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Can Remote Desktop be made to work through just a switch?

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    Can Remote Desktop be made to work through just a switch?


    I noticed Remote Desktop currently seems to depend on reaching my Verizon gigabit router and was just wondering, is it even possible to have it operate off a switch alone? I'd also like to have it avoid the router even when it's on the network.

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    Remote Desktop does not really depend on hardware at all. It requires a network connection of some type and machine that has remote desktop enabled at the other end and a valid user account on the end machine.

    If you are connecting to a remote machine on a network outside your subnet, then you will not avoid a router. If you are with in your own subnet you will most likely keep the traffic local depending on your switch and how "smart" it is. I remote to machines all over our WAN with out issues, my traffic travels through all sorts of switch and routers and to dozens of vLans.

    I am not sure what exactly you are trying to accomplish as to be honest what your are saying does not make much sense. Could you elaborate?
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    A router does DHCP, a standard switch does not. Without DHCP the PC's will not acquire an IP address and not be able to communicate with each other. With no device handling DHCP you would have to set each PC manually with static IP address etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haxcid View Post
    Remote Desktop does not really depend on hardware at all. It requires a network connection of some type and machine that has remote desktop enabled at the other end and a valid user account on the end machine.

    If you are connecting to a remote machine on a network outside your subnet, then you will not avoid a router. If you are with in your own subnet you will most likely keep the traffic local depending on your switch and how "smart" it is. I remote to machines all over our WAN with out issues, my traffic travels through all sorts of switch and routers and to dozens of vLans.

    I am not sure what exactly you are trying to accomplish as to be honest what your are saying does not make much sense. Could you elaborate?
    Hi there
    I'm not a network specialist but I've heard of "Virtual Switches" being created and used as for example in HYPER-V on W8.
    What I THINK this does is create two or more sets of "Virtual Network cards" so switch A could route to network A whether remote or local and switch B to Network B.

    The problem of course is that if you have a home router you always go through a single point to the Internet at large - your ISP. While you can "parameterize" some routers I think you are stuck with it.

    I'm totally not a network guru but google a bit on Virtual switches etc and it might start you off on your travels hopefully.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    A router does DHCP, a standard switch does not. Without DHCP the PC's will not acquire an IP address and not be able to communicate with each other. With no device handling DHCP you would have to set each PC manually with static IP address etc.
    He cannot eliminate the router provided by Verizon. If he does not want the router doing DHCP, he can turn it off in the router or just assign each machine a static address but that is pointless. If you just want the machines to have the same IP all the time, reserve them in DHCP. Every router with DHCP has this ability.

    He needs to come and clarify his intents.
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    He needs to come and clarify his intents. <<<
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    Verizon replaced my 100 megabit router with a gigabit model (Actiontec MI424WR Rev. I) that's been out for about a month. Something about it has added considerable choppiness to remote sessions as well as poor image quality due to compression, in an effort to lighten the load I'm sure. The effect was night and day. I'm at a loss. I was excited for my new fully gigabit setup (confirmed) and instead there's some great bottleneck. Otherwise the network is doing everything right. Tech support has been really bad.
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    So I clarified my intents... what now?
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    Are you accessing the machine via remote from outside your own network IE from a work machine to a home machine or from one home machine to another?
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    No outside access. Everything I'm trying to do is across one network, at home.
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