By Hester / Last Updated December 9, 2022

How do I reduce latency on Remote Desktop?


Hi, I want to know how to reduce latency when setting up a remote connection via RDP traffic. Or are there any low latency remote desktop options? Many thanks for reading! Any comments would be greatly appreciated.”

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How to achieve low latency Remote Desktop [3 methods]

Microsoft Remote Desktop is a great tool for accessing remote PC from any locations. Many users have, however, expressed frustration with the poor interaction speed of the Remote Desktop connection.

For remote access applications, the ideal latency is less than 100ms. Anything with high latency over 150ms will deteriorate the experience, showing up as slow downloads and uploads, slow mouse clicks, etc. Here in this part, we will discuss how to reduce latency on Remote Desktop to improve user experience.

Method 1. Change Remote Desktop Connection settings

To get the best Remote Desktop performance, following the next steps to change the RDP settings.

Step 1. Search Remote Desktop Connection in the search bar and open it. Then click Show Options.

Show Options

Step 2. Click Display tab. Drag the slider to small size under Display configuration, and select High color (16 bit) under Colors.

Display Configuration Colors

Step 3. Go to Local Resources tab, click Settings, tick Do not play, and click OK. The Printers option may also cause delays during connection, uncheck Printers unless you must remotely print documents.

RDP Do Not Play Audio

Step 4. Switch to Experience tab, change the connection speed to Modem (56 kbps), and uncheck Persistent bitmap caching.

Connection Speed

Step 5. Be sure to save the settings. Back to General tab, enter your username, and check Allow me to save credentials. Click Save to keep the settings, then click Save As.

Save RDP File

Step 6. Right-click the RDP file you saved > Send to > Desktop (Create Shortcut). Then you can launch the improved Remote Desktop connection for activate.

Method 2. Run specified CMD command

You can also run specified command on CMD when Remote Desktop connection is slow.

Step 1. Press Win + R, and enter “cmd” to launch Command Prompt.

Run Box cmd

Step 2. Type the following command and press Enter.

  • netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=highlyrestricted

Run Specified Command on cmd

Then close the Command Prompt and restart your computer to take effect.

Method 3. Configure the Policy settings

Configure the policy settings may also achieve low latency Remote Desktop.

Step 1. Press Win+R, type in “gpedit.msc”, and hit OK.

Run Box gpedit.msc

Step 2. Follow: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Internet Communication Management > Internet Communication settings. Then double-click Turn off Automatic Root Certificates Update on the right pane.

Turn Off Automatic Root Certificates Update

Step 3. Tick Enabled and click OK.

Enable Automatic Root Certificate Update

Best low latency remote desktop software - AnyViewer

Creating a better remote desktop application experience requires optimizing three key areas: the user settings, the network conditions, and most important, the application. Therefore, we recommend you switch to the professional remote desktop software AnyViewer without lagging, poor connection, and slow scrolling.

It allows you to remotely access another computer over the Internet.
It will show the image in high resolutions with the best performance in a remote session, and you can manually change the image quality according to your network condition.
It enables remote access to a computer's resources without making physical contact. For example, you can easily access files from remote PC with high speed.
It also supports establish multiple sessions, control multiple monitors, remote share screen, etc.
It supports Windows, Android, and iOS, which means you can remotely access computer from iOS/Android devices as well.
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Step 1. On the remote computer, click Log in from the left pane, and click Sign up to register a new account.

Log in AnyViewer

Step 2. Fill the information and click Sign up.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 3. On the local computer, log in to the same account. You can see the assigned devices when successfully logged in.

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Step 4. Go to Device tab, select the target computer you want to connect to, and click One-click control to performunattended remote access.

Connect to My Devices

Then you can remote control the computer like you were sitting in front of it.

Remote Access Operations

Tips: You can also upgrade to a Professional or Enterprise plan then the following rights will thereafter be yours:
  • Assign up to 100 devices.
  • Enjoy 10 concurrent connection channels for an Enterprise plan.
  • Enjoy 5/10 simultaneous sessions.
  • Connect in privacy mode to strongly protect your privacy.
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This post introduces how to achieve low latency Remote Desktop. You can try to improve the RDP performance by manually changing the related settings, however, there are several other factors that lead to RDP high latency. Therefore, you can choose other professional remote access software instead.