What is Remote Access?
Remote access is a method used to access information from one computer from on another computer. This could be, for example, viewing your work e-mails on your home computer, or being able to work from home on important documents.
Remote access can happen anywhere around the world as long as you have access to a computer, an internet connection and the right setup in place.
There are a number of ways that remote access can be achieved. We have briefly outlined 3 methods below. Each method will give you different functionality, and a different result – it all depends on what you wish to do. Each one has their own individual benefit to you and your business.
Essentially, web mail gives you the ability to check your e-mail through the internet. As long as you have internet access, you can check and reply to e-mail.
A good example of this is using Microsoft Exchange Server which comes built in to the Microsoft Small Business Server operating system.
When set up, it works very much like any other web based e-mail such as Hotmail, G-Mail and Yahoo Mail.
Connecting over a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a method used to gain access to your files and folders from a remote location. It requires you to set up a secure connection from one location to another location over the internet.
A VPN will allow you to access the computer network you are connecting too. Often this is used for home workers, to be able to access all the resources on the network at an office.
Remote Desktop gives a person visual command of a computer i.e. they can see the screen and can take control of their mouse/keyboard.
This is very useful if you need access to a program that only runs on your desktop machine at work. Meaning you can go off site with a laptop and still have full access to your required information and programs.
It is also a great way for company's to diagnose and fix problems remotely, saving the time and expense of having to send an engineer out on site.
If this article hasn't made things clearer, or you would like more information on how to get remote access yourself- simply give us a call on 0845 8990099. We will be happy to give you free advice on what solutions are best for you.