Remote Desktop Over Wifi

I’ve been having a problem for the past few months with Remote Desktop Connection when connecting through the wireless network at work. I didn’t think it was a configuration problem because I had no problem connecting through the wired connection. Actually, I could connect through the wireless adapter with no problem, too. As soon as I logged in, though, the session would freeze, and I’d get disconnected.

Today, I was googling around looking for a solution, and I came across this forum post. One responder said that they’d had the same issue, and it was a problem with the Wifi network profile. It was created for one user and not for everyone. I had seen this solution before and had verified that the network availability for my wireless connection was “All users.” The responder went on to say that it needs a different profile even when you log on with the same account.

I decided to give it a shot. I logged in through Remote Desktop Connection using the computer’s wired IP and found that the wireless adapter was not connected! I reconnected from the remote session, and guess what? Now everything works! I’m having trouble wrapping my brain around why the wireless adapter would disconnect when I log in remotely, but I’m happy to have it working.


Author: Adam Prescott

I'm enthusiastic and passionate about creating intuitive, great-looking software. I strive to find the simplest solutions to complex problems, and I embrace agile principles and test-driven development.

3 thoughts on “Remote Desktop Over Wifi”

  1. So are you able to do remote desktop over Wifi or not? I have searched a lot of forum posts for this and I can’t find a solution. I was able to RD over WiFi ONCE, it worked fine. Now forever after that, I try to do RD over WiFi, and the WiFi on the laptop disables as soon as it connects. I do it over wired, it works fine. I’m just looking for an actual answer: How do I do RD over WiFi?

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