How Remote Control Software Works
Many people are aware of the benefits of remote control software, even if they don’t
understand exactly what it is or how it works. Some of us may have been on the receiving
end of high quality tech support that involved the technical support specialist taking
control of your machine and directly addressing the computer issue you were facing. Others
may have unknowingly used these types of programs to monitor home surveillance or
merely keep an eye on home alone pets. Still others may use the software in an office
setting for holding meetings and conducting interactive presentations. Despite this
widespread usage, their remains questions about exactly how this software works and
makes these connections. In this article we will examine the nuts and bolts of this software
and how it enables us to increase productivity, enhance tech support and perform all of the
other tasks that its connections allow.
The connections made through remote control software are actually quite basic, despite
their incredible flexibility. The explanation is made easier if we think of our computers as
having several available open tunnels to and from the internet. These tunnels, known as
‘ports,’ are used by our computers to perform each and every task we perform over the
internet. One port may be used to send an instant message, another for internet traffic, and
yet another for sending emails. It is through these ports that information is securely sent
and received, so as to help keep that information protected. At any given time, users may
choose to open or close these ports in order to tweak their personal security settings.
Remote control software simply leverages one of these ports to make a connection among
Once the connection is made, the computers have full access to one another. It is easy to
understand these connections if you think of them as simple internet connections to a
webpage or server. Using the power of the internet, users can actually take control of the
remote system and access it as if it were their own system. The workstation the user is
viewing the remote computer on will display a full screen and full color display of that
system. While there may be a slight loss of visual definition, this disparity should be fairly
minimal and will not hamper the user in any way.
Some choose to use these connections for the reasons outlined above, but there are new
uses for this type of software - and the connections they allow – being utilized every day.
Whether you choose to use remote desktop software for tech support, a business meeting,
or a more interesting application such as long distance disk jockeying or catching up with
long lost friends and relatives, the knowledge of how these connections work can only help
us use them more effectively and efficiently. Do you have any unusual uses for remote
control software? How has it helped change your work and personal life? Feel free to add a
comment or send in your stories!
This article was written by Tim Kennedy on behalf of Proxy Networks. He recommends you
consider Proxy Networks for all your remote control software, PC remote access and
remote access needs.