How Do I Remotely Access my On-Campus PC?

With Remote Desktop Connection, you can connect to your office desktop from off-campus and access all your programs, files and network resources just as if you’re sitting at that computer.

First, you’ll need to know you’re the IP address of your office computer. To find that, follow these directions:

Click Start, and in the search box type cmd. Next, click on the program cmd.


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The command prompt should open; now in the open line, type ipconfig and press Enter:


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You’ll see your IP address listed right above the subnet mask. Look for the number that starts with “172” and make a note of it.

Once you have the IP address, and after connecting to the Rutgers VPN as detailed above, search for “Remote Desktop Connection” on your home PC and launch it.

Enter the IP address of your office computer followed by :9833. (see example below).

Enter the username as “RAD\yournetid, e.g. RAD\jsmith. The password is your NetID password.


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Once Remote Desktop connects a window will open displaying your office PC’s screen.

It’s best to use Full Screen Mode by clicking on the Maximize icon.


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Once you’re in Full Screen mode you can use the minimize button to minimize your office PC’s screen or click on the X to close the session to your office PC.


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If you have multiple monitors on your home PC, you can set Remote Desktop to use them when connecting to your office PC.

Under Display > Select “Use all my monitors for the remote session.


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NOTE: Please keep in mind that you should minimize or exist your Remote Desktop session before trying to use videoconferencing or calling software. If you run those software programs on the office computer you're remote controlling, it will use the camera and/or microphone on the office machine.

You can also use these same directions to connect to an on-campus Windows computer from a Mac computer. Search for “Microsoft Remote Desktop” in the app store and install the client.