[Did You Know?] You Can Use TeamViewer Remote Control Software to Manage Your Computer Network at Home

TeamViewer is the critically acclaimed remote control software that you can use to control any computer (anywhere) as if you were sitting right in front of it – even through firewalls.  It is engineered to work across your internet connection to allow you to remote into another PC that is connected to the internet. This type of setup is an excellent (and easy) way to provide support to others (such as friends and family).  The best part about TeamViewer is that it is FREE for non-commercial use.

TeamViewer

Typically, when working with TeamViewer you are working through the TeamViewer’s servers on the internet to make that remote connection happen; BUT, did  you know you can setup TeamViewer to manage your computer network at home (through a direct connection) without having to go through the TeamViewer’s servers? For this purpose, you have to configure TeamViewer to accept incoming LAN connections.

The benefit of this is that after you install the TeamViewer software on all of the computers on your home network, you can remote into each of those computers to perform maintenance, transfer files, multi-task by using more than one computer, etc… Recently I have been using and testing the TeamViewer direct connection on my home network over a wireless connection and have found that it works flawlessly. Connections on your local (home) network are initiated via the IP address (or the computer name).

To set this up, you will need to install TeamViewer on each of the computers that are on your network at home and then follow the instructions below. After setting up your connection, configure TeamViewer to start with Windows. This will allow you to perform an unattended remote session with another PC without having someone being present at the PC.

1. Click on Extras / Options / General.

TeamViewer - Configuration

2. For Incoming LAN connections, select the option accept from the drop-down menu.  Once you select the “accept” option you will be prompted to generate a password.  There may be a slight delay from the time you select “accept” and the prompt to generate a password appears.

TeamViewer - Configuration

How to establish a LAN connection:

1. Start TeamViewer and click on the Remote Control tab.

2. Enter the IP address of the PC you wish to access and click on Connect to Partner.

3.  The TeamViewer Authentication dialog opens.

4. Enter the password of the remote computer and click on Log On.

5. The desktop of the other computer should display.

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