Working remotely... from my living room
August 16, 2013 7:11 AM Subscribe
Is it possible/remotely feasible to use my PC remotely from another room in the house?
posted by missmagenta to computers & internet (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For nearly 6 years I used a laptop for work but I got fed up with the unreliability and expense of them (and the burning hot thighs in summer), I guess they're really just not designed to be used 14 hours a day, 6-7 days a week and never turned off heh. At the start of the year, when the warranty ran out on my latest Dell, I copied all my files, firefox & thunderbird profiles etc to my desktop PC and things are great - my PC is way more powerful than any laptop in my budget and much more suited to the enormous PSDs that I'm getting sent lately (I recently upgraded to 8GB and I'm still running out of memory sometimes). But sometimes I miss being able to veg out of the couch with my laptop and still get some work done.
What I basically want is a laptop shaped "terminal" that I can use to operate my PC from another room (bonus points if the solution can also work over the internet for when I'm away from home and there's a work emergency - currently using my smartphone for that which is sub-optimal).
Is this even remotely doable, would a cheap laptop running RDC/VPN be just too slow to be useable? Are there other possibilities?
My main requirements are:
Cheap - I don't really want to spend more than £500 - less is better
To be able to remotely operate my desktop PC from another room, with reasonable speed.
I do still have my broken Vostro 1720 ( the DC-In is broken which means it needs a whole new motherboard or a new DC-In at least, but usually Dell just replaced the whole motherboard when I had this issue - and I had it frequently over the 3 year lifespan of the computer, the power cable was kept in place by a tiny piece of plastic that was always breaking then the cable wouldn't connect properly to charge the battery) and I suspect the parts would cost more than the machine is really worth