use laptop as thin client
April 12, 2012 7:40 PM Subscribe
RDP into personal desktop from work laptop over LAN/wifi - suggestions to get the best possible "thin client" experience at home? Is it a bad idea to use my work computer this way?
posted by hot soup to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My personal laptop is on its last legs and I really want to replace it with a desktop.
I love having a laptop around to browse the web while sitting around the house/lying in bed. Since I have a decent work-provided laptop, I want to use Remote Desktop Connection over my home LAN/wifi to get the best of both worlds.
Have you done this? I'm trying out the setup right now (RDP into my personal laptop from my work laptop) and the overall experience seems pretty good- screen refresh rates are a bit choppy, but definitely bearable for most web surfing.
Are there things I can do to optimize the experience? Streaming video at a reasonable framerate is probably asking too much, right? Am I right in assuming that my wifi is the bottleneck, or will having a faster parent computer change anything?
In short, do you have any advice for me?
Secondary question: There are things I do on my personal computer that I'd rather not do on my work computer. Should I feel comfortable using my remote session the same way I'd use my desktop?
My employer's use policy is not draconian - many of my peers travel extensively and basically use their work computers for 100% of their computing tasks. What risks am I taking?