By Ellie / Last Updated September 18, 2021

IP remote control PC

“When I was at school, I tried to use RDP to remotely control my computer in the dormitory from the laboratory in order to save time. But I failed. Recently, I did some research on RDP at home, which made me understand why I failed is because the laboratory computer and dormitory computer aren’t on the same network. The IP address of my dormitory computer assigned by the campus network is the intranet IP, while the laboratory computer has an extranet IP address. Thus, it is naturally impossible to connect the two computers which are under different networks.”

The above case just demonstrates a key point. If you want to remotely control the computer through IP, you need to know whether the IP addresses of the two computers are under the same network. We know it is easy to remotely connect computers on the same network, but how to use IP remotely control PC that is in different networks?

Here in this post, we’ll show you how to remotely access a computer over the Internet using IP address when the two computers are on the same network and in different networks respectively. But first, you must know how to accurately find the IP address.

How to accurately find the computer IP address?

Windows RDP requires the IP address to achieve remote control, so it is necessary to ensure the accuracy of the IP address. Here are two ways to find the IP address of your computer.

Method 1. Use command line

Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog box. Type in “cmd” and press OK. Then type “ipconfig” and press Enter. Now you can see a group of IP addresses, of which the IPv4 address is the one you need.

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Method 2. Use network connection

Step 1. Click Start and then click Settings. Find Network & Internet and then click it.

Network and Internet

Step 2. On the Network & Internet interface, find Advanced network settings, click Change adapter options below.

Change Adapter Options

Step 3. In the automatically pop-up Network Connections window, find your network and double-click it.

Network Connections

Step 4. On the General tab, find Details.

Network Details

Step 5. In the Network Connection Details, find IPv4 Address.

Network Connection Details

How to use IP remotely control PC?

Then how to get remote access to another computer with IP address? RDP allows users to remotely control a computer through IP address. But we should notice, the steps to connect two computers that are on the same network or in different network are different. Next, we will introduce the specific operation steps of the two situations in detail.

Remote control computers on the same network

Set up the host computer

Step 1. Navigate here: Start > Settings > System > Remote Desktop, and turn on Enable Remote Desktop.

Enable

Step 2. Find User accounts and click Select users that can remotely access this PC.

Find User Account

Step 3. After opening the Remote Desktop Users window, click Add to add users who are allowed to access this computer (you need to add already existing users to realize remote desktop). And then click OK.

Add Allowed Access Users

Step 4. In addition to IP address, we also need user name to achieve remote control over RDP. Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog box. Type in “cmd” and press OK. Then type “query user” to see the username.

Find the Username in the Control Panel

Start remote control on the client computer

Step 1. The client computer doesn’t need any configuration. Just search for Remote Desktop Connection in the Search box. And then open it.

Remote Desktop Connection

Step 2. Enter the IP address and user name in the Remote Desktop Connection interface to achieve connection.

General Tab

Remote control computers in different networks

When the two computers that you want to connect are not on the same network, you need to set up the intranet computer first. There are three steps: get a static IP address, find the public IP address, then port forward.

Get a static IP address

Step 1. Click Start and then click Settings. Find Network & Internet and then click it. On the Network & Internet interface, find Advanced network settings, click Change adapter options below.

Change Adapter Options

Step 2. Right-click your network and then click Properties.

Network Properties

Step 3. Tick Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.

Internet Protocol Version 4

Step 4. Turn on Use the following IP address in the General tab, change the IP address to a valid local IP address outside the scope of the local DHCP, set the Subnet mask, and set the Default gateway. Then turn on Use the following DNS server addresses, set the corresponding address in the Preferred DNS server, and click OK.

IPv4 Properties

Find the public IP address

After setting the static IP, we need to get the external IP address (that is, the public IP address). First, open the Chrome browser, enter “what is my IP” in the search box, and then you can see the public IP address (remember not to share your public IP address with anyone to avoid security issues).

My Public IP Address

Port Forwarding

Step 1. Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog box. Type in “cmd” and press OK. Then type “ipconfig” and press Enter to check the IPv4 Address and Default Gateway.

Default Gateway

Step 2. Enter a name for your device in the Port Forwarding interface, and enter the port you want to forward in the port field (if you are not sure of the protocol used, please select “TCP/UDP” or Both under Service Type). Then enter the intranet IP address of the device you want to port forward, and then click Apply to save the changes.

Set Up Port Mapping

Use IP remotely control PC over Windows 10 RDP

Step 1. Search for Remote Desktop Connection in the Search box. And then open it.

Remote Desktop Connection

Step 2. Enter the public IP address we found above and the user name in the Remote Desktop Connection interface to achieve connection.

General Tab

Note: The Windows built-in program RDP can’t be used freely in all Windows versions. RDP feature isn’t available in Windows 7 Starter Edition/Home Edition, Windows 8/8.1 Home Edition, Windows 10 Home Edition. If you want to use RDP, you need to upgrade your Windows edition yourself.

When using IP remotely control PC over Windows 10 RDP, you need to notice whether the two computers are under the same network. If they are, then the connection process is relatively simple. But if not, then the process is more complicated, which is not very friendly to novice users. Therefore, the free third-party remote desktop software for Windows AnyViewer would be more practical.

AnyViewer: achieve remote access easily

Compared with RDP, AnyViewer has obvious advantages. When connecting remotely, there is no need to find the computer IP addresses of the computers. Even the two computers are in different networks, they can achieve remote control over AnyViewer directly, without any configurations.

In addition, AnyViewer is the professional remote desktop software for Windows. It supports multiple Windows versions, including Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012 R2.

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Set up AnyViewer

Step 1. Install and run AnyViewer on both computers.

Temporary Code

Step 2. On the host computer, click on Setting and then Recipient. Tick the third option. Then set the security code you want in the box. Then click OK to finish the set-up process.

Accept Remote Control

Remote control over AnyViewer

You’ve already configured it for remote control. On the client computer, enter the device ID of the host computer. After entering the device ID, you’ll be given two options:

Option 1: You can send a control request; then the host computer will receive a pop-up request. People sitting in front of the host computer could either allow it or deny it.

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Request to Control Your Device

Option 2: You could also input a security code of your home PC to achieve remote assistance directly. You can either input a permanent security code or a temporary security code.

Security Code

Tip: A permanent security code is set by you in advance. A temporary security code is automatically generated and will change every time. Both security codes allow you to establish the connection directly.

Conclusion

When using IP remotely control PC over RDP, it is pretty convenient if two computers are on the same network. Otherwise, the connection process will be much more complicated. In contrast, AnyViewer does not need to the networks of the two computers, nor does it need to find their IP addresses. The two computers can be connected as long as they are connected to the Internet. 

Besides, RDP has several problems. For example, RDP shift key not working. Therefore, users can use AnyViewer to achieve remote control easily.