Like others remote connection apps open source mRemoteNG simplifies the process remote connection collecting almost all remote connection protocols in one application. This includes the most popular connection types and some of the more obscure ones.

Supported connection protocols

The complete list of connection protocols supported by mRemoteNG:

  • RDP (Remote Desktop/Windows Terminal Server)
  • VNC (virtual network computing)
  • ICA (Citrix Independent Computing Architecture)
  • SSH (Secure Shell)
  • Telnet (Telecommunication network)
  • HTTP / HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
  • rlogin (UNIX remote login tool over TCP)
  • Raw socket connections (unextracted packages)

This list covers just about every protocol you can use to connect to a networked PC, so mRemoteNG can be your one-stop shop for remote desktop connection.

What are remote connections?

If you are not familiar with remote connections, the term may be vague. A dial-up connection is a type of network connection that allows one PC to access data on another PC. Just like you connect to a website to access data, dial-up connections allow you to connect to a PC to access programs and data on that computer.

For the average user, remote connections can be convenient. You can use dial-up connections to connect to your home PC from the office, or vice versa. If you always have the server enabled, you can connect to this device from any computer. You can also connect to devices on your local network so you can share files and apps with friends and family over your home Wi-Fi.

In large organizations, remote desktop connections can be critical to core functionality. In some companies, all data and applications are accessed from a central server that requires some type of connection. Depending on the organization’s technology policies, users may not even store data on their computers. IT support in these organizations needs an easy-to-use and fast tool to connect to remote connections to diagnose and fix problems.

mRemoteNG is great for both use cases. Whether you’re a personal user trying to share video over Wi-Fi, or an IT professional working to keep critical systems running, mRemoteNG can meet your needs.

Setting up for remote connections

Before you can connect to a computer using mRemoteNG or any other remote connection tool, you need to prepare the target computer.

Enable remote connections in Windows 10, 8 and 7

  1. Open start menu and type remote access in the search box.

    Search for remote access settings
  2. Select Allow remote access to your computer in search results.

  3. To customize using remote access in Windows 10 check the box » Change settings» to allow remote connection to this computer .

    On Windows 7 or 8, check the » Change settings» to allow connections from computers that have any version of Remote Desktop installed .

    Update and security settings in Windows 10
  4. If you’re on Windows 10, uncheck Allow remote connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication .

    Choice to change settings to allow remote connections

Enable remote connections in macOS

To run mRemoteNG on Mac, first install Remote Desktop Manager .

  1. Open » System Settings» > » General access» to view the remote connection settings.

    Location of system settings for sharing
  2. Check the boxes for Remote login and remote control .

    Sharing settings for remote control

    Screen Sharing does not need to be checked, as this allows remote control.

  3. Click » Computer Settings» and check that users VNC can control screen with password . In the text box, enter the password you want to use for VNC connections and click the button OK .

    Entering a screen sharing password

Installing mRemoteNG

Once your target computer is properly configured, open mRemoteNG on your host computer.

  1. Download the ZIP file containing mRemoteNG, from the mRemoteNG website.

    mRemoteNG website
  2. Unzip the ZIP file to any location.

    Extracting files from a zip file
  3. Open the extracted folder and double click Appendix mRemoteNG, to start the program.

    Run executable extracted

Opening a remote connection with mRemoteNG

Connections can be established with mRemoteNG quickly from the toolbar. Select inside the text box on the toolbar and enter the IP address or hostname of your target computer.

You need the local IP address of the target computer.

  1. In mRemoteNG, select the connection protocol from the drop-down menu next to the text field. Default Remote Desktop ( RDP ) is selected.

    mRemoteNG interface
  2. To change the protocol, select the drop-down list and then select the desired protocol from the list.

    Selecting the type of connection
  3. Select green arrow next to the protocol dropdown to open the connection.

    Connecting to an external connection
  4. To close the connection, select X in the top right corner to close the connection tab. Be careful not to close the application itself.

    mRemoteNG is connected to an external device

Saving connection information

If you often connect to the same machine, you can save the configuration for quick access.

  1. Select File > New connection or click Ctrl + N .

    Creating a new connection in mRemoteNG
  2. On the panels configuration in the lower left corner, enter the IP address or hostname, username and password in the section Connection .

    Connection name in mRemoteNG
  3. Select the hidden dropdown next to protocol, to select the appropriate connection protocol. You can also include a useful name in part display .

    Selecting the connection type in mRemoteNG
  4. To connect to a saved connection, right-click the connection on panel » Connections» and select » Connect» . The connection opens in a new tab.

    Connected on a newly created connection.  Expert advice.  Advice.  For advanced usage of mRemoteNG, check out the mRemoteNG documentation on GitHub or visit the mRemoteNG sub for technical support.

For advanced options for using mRemoteNG, check out mRemoteNG documentation on GitHub or visit the subsection mRemoteNG for technical support.

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