How can I access my pc remotely and what is my computer ip address for remote desktop? These questions and other inquiries about working remotely on a computer arrive in my inbox more frequently now that more people are working from home.
Windows remote desktop is indeed a great way to be able to work on your computer from a distance, but you do have to set your computer up to allow remote access connections. And you need to know its ip address.
If you don't know the remote computer's ip address, you won't be able to connect remotely.
The question what is my computer ip address for remote desktop needs a little more perspective before we can answer that. There are two main possible situations how you can access your computer remotely and the way to find the correct ip address to use depends on the situation you’re in. Let’s clarify.
Scenario 1: If your computer is part of a local network (for example in the same building or the same workspace) and you want to connect to your computer remotely from another computer in that same local network, you need to find out your computer’s ip address in the local network. That’s pretty easy to do.
To further illustrate this, take a look at the image below. There are 3 computers connected together in a local network via a router / firewall. All 3 computers can use the internet via the router / firewall and all 3 computers have an ip address on a local (private) network.
Now if you want to connect remotely from computer A to computer B (red arrow), you just need to know what the ip address of computer B is on the local private network. If you are in this scenario, click here to read the instructions to find the correct ip address for remote desktop connections.
Scenario 2: But it’s also possible to connect to your computer remotely from farther away. For instance if you’re at home and you want to connect to your computer at the office (in other words, use remote desktop over internet). That’s also possible, but it may require some additional configuration. And surprisingly, the question what is my computer ip address for remote desktop will have a different answer in this scenario.
Take a look at the following image. Your home computer (computer A) is probably also connected to the internet via some sort of router / firewall and you want to connect to your computer B at the office (red arrows).
In this scenario, you can’t directly connect to computer B at the office, but you’ll have to connect through the router / firewall at the office first.
To answer the question what is my computer ip address for remote desktop connections to computer B, you’ll actually need to know the public ip address of the router, rather than the ip address of computer B.
It’s easy enough to find the public ip address of the router at the office, but the router will need additional configuration in order to know what ip address on the local office network to forward the remote connection to (computer B). You’ll have to consult the router / firewall manual to find out how to do port forwarding for remote desktop computers to an internal ip address or ask someone who can configure the router / firewall correctly. There’s simply no way around this if you want to use Windows remote desktop to connect remotely. If you’re open to other remote connectivity options, you might want to consider Google Chrome remote desktop.
Anyways, in order to find the public ip address of the router / firewall at the office, all you have to do is sign in to computer B, open up a browser and point it to whatismyipaddress.
Then, take a note of the ipv4 address that is shown.
That is the ip address that you’ll need to enter in your remote desktop connection screen at home. But allow me to repeat, in order for this connection to work, the router at the office must be configured correctly to relay the incoming connection to computer B.
Now, to come back to scenario 1 (what is my computer ip address for remote desktop access on a local network), you would need to open a command prompt on computer B and type “ipconfig” (without the quotes).
To open a command prompt, click the Windows logo in the bottom left corner of your screen and type cmd. Then, under “Best match”, click the command prompt app.
A command prompt window will appear.
Type ipconfig and press ENTER.
Now look at the output of the ipconfig command.
Look for your ipv4 address under “local network adapter” or “wireless adapter” if you’re on a wireless network and take note of the ipv4 address that’s listed (you may have to scroll up a bit in the ipconfig output).
This is the ip address that you’ll have to use if you’re looking to answer the question what is my ip address for remote desktop on a local network computer.
Please note that the remote computer must also be configured to allow remote connections for the remote desktop connection to work.