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Working Remotely – What’s Involved?

Working Remotely | October 13, 2016
IT Solutions for Working Remotely


We all love heading home after a long day at the office. But, do you ever find yourself leaving work, wishing you had just a few more hours to get things done? Or maybe your day begins with an off-site appointment and you’d simply like to touch base while on the go. Scenarios like these have brought many of us to wonder how we can work from home or anywhere else. Thankfully, there are a number of options to get you started, some even for FREE!



What does it mean to work “remotely?” It’s more than simply using a second computer to create and modify work-related content. To work remotely is to connect directly to your office computer. Essentially you are using a second computer to access and control your office computer.

In this series we’ll take a look the various software that are available to help you get started; we’ll take a close look the pro’s and con’s of using FREE software; and finally, we’ll examine the industry leader, Microsoft Remote Desktop.


Before getting carried away, you will need to think about the status of your office computer. If you are using a desktop computer, you will need to leave it on. This means ensuring that any auto power-down functions are disabled. If your office computer is a laptop, then make sure it’s plugged in before you leave. In both cases, your office computer needs to be connected to the internet.

Next, you’ll need to install some software and configure your office and remote computers. Popular applications for this sort of thing are LogMeIn, TeamViewer and Microsoft Remote Desktop.


  • LogMeIn  is free to try for 14 days and is quite popular for remote business applications.  Plans start at $109/year.
  • TeamViewer is free for home use and business licenses are sold as a one-time purchase for $759 (no monthly payments)!
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop is part of the company’s cloud services platform and many different options are available, but you’ll need to use the Windows Pro version for connecting to your office PC.

Of course, Nexthop is available to assist you with all of your remote work needs.  We can take a look at your situation and point you in the right direction.

LogMeIn and TeamViewer are both free to try and can be installed fairly easily, without a degree in computer science.  While Microsoft’s contribution to the remote desktop game is more robust and powerful, it will take some extra know-how to get set up.  We’ll cover the start-up process for both the consumer-friendly products as well as for the industry-giant in our next posts.

In the meantime, if you have questions about working remotely, or if you’re eager to get started with one of the products we’ve covered, just leave your comments below.

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