By Hester / Last Updated March 20, 2023

Can you remote access without Internet?


Can you remote access without Internet? I currently have a wireless router connected to two Windows computers. There is no internet connection to this router.  I would like to achieve a remote connection between the two computers. I am wondering if this is possible due to the lack of an Internet connection. Any advice would be appreciated!”

- Question from Microsoft Forum

Two Remote Computers

Can you remote access without Internet? The answer is YES. The Internet is not the only network available. There are LAN, WLAN, WiFi, etc. You can effectively access a remote computer as long as you have a network switch or route placed in between the two computers.

Then we will discuss how to remote access a computer without Internet.

Case 1. Remote access with third-party software [2 options]

You can remote access a computer without Internet using the following third-party software.

Option 1. Establish remote connection via AnyViewer

If you are looking for a simple straightforward setup, we recommend you use the professional remote desktop software AnyViewer to achieve remote connection quickly and safely.

It has an intuitive interface and easy operations without complicated settings.
It applies to various network environments, including remote connection without Internet. Besides, you can also access another computer over the Internet.
It supports several ways to have a remote connection or transfer files. You can achieve unattended remote access or files transfer with only one click in the same account.
It offers a lot of considerate features during a remote connection, for example, chat, copy/paste, select resolution, change image quality, etc.
It is compatible with Windows, Android, iOS.
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Download AnyViewer on both your devices and then you can establish a remote session without the Internet.

Step 1. On the host computer, click Log in and click Sign up (log in directly if you have already signed up).

Log in AnyViewer

Step 2. Fill in the information.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 3. When you successfully log in to AnyViewer, you can see your assigned devices.

Free Editions

Step 4. Log in to the same account on the client PC, then click One-click control to achieve unattended remote access.

Connect to My Devices

Option 2. Remotely access devices using SSH

SSH is a network protocol that connects users to a remote computer over a secure connection. Windows client does not support built-in SSH command by default, but we can do this job with the help of the third-party application PuTTY.

Step 1. Download PuTTY and launch it on your computer.

Step 2. In the Host Name (or IP Address) text box, type the host PC's IP address or hostname. Verify that the Port number corresponds to the SSH server, then click Open.

Putty Windows

Step 3. You will receive a PuTTY security alert concerning the server's host key the first time you connect. Click Yes.

Putty Security Alert

Step 4. Type in your username and password when prompted, then you can connect to the remote server.

Password Windows

Step 5. To close the SSH connection when you are done, type “exit”and then press Enter.

Case 2. Remote access using Windows built-in tools [2options]

You can use the following Windows built-in remote access tools if you don’t want any installation.

Option1. Perform Remote Desktop Connection without Internet

Through RDP, you can achieve a remote desktop connection without Internet. Before operations, be aware that RDP does not support Windows Home Editions as host PC.

Part 1. Preparation work

Enable Remote Desktop

Step 1. Press Win + R to evoke the Run box. Enter “sysdm.cpl”.

Run Command sysdm.cpl

Step 2. Go to Remote, tick Allow remote connections to this computer and other related settings if desired.

Remote Desktop Tab

Change Windows Firewall settings

Step 1. On the host PC, open Control Panel and go to System and Security > Windows Defender Firewall.

Defender Firewall

Step 2. From the left panel, click Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.

Allow App or Feature

Step 3. Tick Remote Desktop and tick Private. Hit OK after that.

Tick Remote Deskop

Part 2. Establish remote connection via RDP

Step 1. On the local PC, press Win + R and enter “mstsc”.

Run Box mstsc

Step 2. Type in the IP address and username, then click Connect.

General Tab

Step 3. Enter the password and click OK if prompted.

Enter Your Credentials

Option2. Achieve remote connection via Remote Assistance

Another available Windows built-in tool is Remote Assistance. To use this feature, there should be someone sitting at the remote PC to grant access when connected.

Part 1. Enable Remote Assistance

Step 1. Open Control Panel and go to System and Security > System > Remote settings.

Remote Settings

Step 2. Go to Remote interface and tick Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer.

Remote Tab

Part 2. Start a remote connection

Step 1. Press Win + R and enter “msra”.

Run Box msar

Step 2. On the remote PC, select Invite someone you trust to help you and Save this invitation as a file to the desktop.

Windows Remote Assistance

Step 3. Then you can get the password. Send the invitation file and password to the local PC.


Step 4. On the local PC, open Remote Assistance and select Help someone who has invited you. Double-click the file, enter the password, and click OK.

Step 5. Then the remote PC will receive a connection request, click Yes.

Allow See Ccreen

Step 6. On the local PC, click Request control.

Request Control

Step 7. Then there is a pop-up window appears on the remote PC, click OK to perform the remote assistance.

Allow Share Screen

Bonus tip: How to remote access PC from Android without Internet

As we mentioned before, AnyViewer also released Android and iOS versions. In this part, we will show you how to access a remote PC from Android via AnyViewer.

Tips: You can access the remote PC from iOS devices using the similar steps below.

Step 1. Download, install and open AnyViewer for Android.

Step 2. Sign in using the same AnyViewer account that you used on the remote PC.

Log in

Step 3. Go to Device and tap the target device you want to control.

My Devices

Step 4. Tap Remote control to achieve an unattended remote connection.


The end

This post introduces how to remote access without Internet. We provide you with several feasible options. You can use third-party software or Windows built-in remote access tools based on your demands. Get the one that fits you most.