Do you need to connect to your computer to work remotely? For example, want to create a game server to share with a friend but don’t know how to communicate with your PCs? Or, again, do you need to share files between two PCs that belong to you, but do you think cloud systems are too slow for your taste?
If that’s the way it is, know that you’re right in the right place: during this tutorial, I’ll explain how to connect two PCs both remotely and locally, even if animated by different operating systems. Although many believe that this is a complex operation, I can assure you that it is only a few minutes of free time and a little goodwill to succeed brilliantly in the enterprise.
So, I suggest you take some time off and focus on reading this tutorial. I am sure that, in the end, you will be more than satisfied with the results obtained.
How to connect two PCs locally
If, on the other hand, the computers to be connected are physically close and are connected to the same router (and, therefore, to the same network), via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable, it is enough to enable the network/sharing features of the operating system to be able to make sure that the computers “see” through the network and can take advantage of the available resources (files, folders, printers, LAN gaming systems and so on): I explained to you how to proceed, step by step, in my guide on how to share a folder on the network.
Alternatively, suppose you don’t have a router that is “via.” In that case, you can connect the two computers directly to each other, using a cross-network cable (or cross cable), that is, a particular Ethernet cable whose ends are wired oppositely. Lines of this kind can be purchased in specialized stores or online.
Once you have obtained the necessary, connect the ends of the cable to the Ethernet inputs placed on the PCs to be communicated and assign the static IPs appropriately: on Windows, click on the network icon (the one depicting a computer), then on the Property item below the name of the Ethernet link and, once in the new window, locate the IP Settings pane, press the Edit button and set the drop-down menu that appears later on Manual. Now, move the switch corresponding to the IPv4 entry from OFF to ON to manually address access.
If, on the other hand, yours is a Mac, open system preferences by clicking on the gear symbol that resides on the Dock, select the Network entry, click on the Ethernet option visible in the left sidebar (and accompanied by the character), and press on the Advanced and TCP/IP buttons. Finally, enable manual address adjustment by setting the Configure IPv4 drop-down menu manually.
After you complete this operation, fill in the fields offered to you with the following information.
- First Computer IP Address : 192.168.0.2
- Second Computer IP Address : 192.168.0.3
- Subnet mask : 255,255,255.255.0
- Default gateway: Leaves blank.
- DNS server: Leaves blank.
If everything went well, the two computers should “see each other” within a few seconds: when this happens, you can send/receive files between PCs using shared folders or run local multiplayer sessions on the games that support them.
How to connect two PCs remotely
Beyond what you might think, the operation of connecting two PCs remotely (i.e., physically distant and not connected to the same network) is easier than it seems: have an Internet connection and the program that best suits your needs! Below you will find a series of solutions suitable for different scenarios.
Resilio Sync (Windows/macOS)
Suppose you’re interested in figuring out how to connect two PCs to transfer data from one folder to another. In that case, you’ll want a program like Resilio Sync. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s helpful software that allows you to create one or more shared folders and sync them across multiple computers via a network of links and codes, using any internet connection.
Resilio Sync is available in several versions: the basic version, Home, can also be downloaded free of charge, but it should only be used for non-commercial purposes; If you intend to use the program in the professional field and are interested in unlocking some additional features, you will need to purchase a license to use, with prices starting from $59.99.
To download the free Home version of Resilio Sync, connect to the software home page and click on the Free Download button. Once you have obtained the executable file, please open it and follow the procedure that best suits your operating system: on Windows, press the Next and Yes buttons, and after selecting all the resident boxes in the next window, click the Start button to open the program.
If, on the other hand, you have a Mac, use the window that opens on your desk to transfer the Resilio Sync icon to your computer’s Applications folder; next, double on the newly created icon and press on the Open and OK buttons twice in a row, so that you grant the necessary permissions for the program to function correctly.
Now, if the software interface were to appear in English, click on the gear-shaped button (called Settings) residing in the upper right, set the Language drop-down menu to the Italian option, and restart the program to apply the change: therefore, right-click the Resilio Sync icon (in the shape of circular arrows) placed in the Menu Bar of the Mac, select the Close item from the menu that appears and call resilin Sync again, using the icon residing in the Launchpad or the Mac Applications folder.
Once the installation on the first computer is complete, install Resilio Sync on all other devices involved in the sharing, repeating the exact steps that I have indicated to you so far.
After the setup phase, to share a folder, go in front of the computer that contains it, open Resilio Sync, and click the [+] button located in the upper left; Now, click on the Standard Folder entry found in the panel that appears and serve from the next window, to choose the directory you want to share.
After this step is also passed, you should see the sharing panel dedicated to the chosen folder, through which you can adjust security permissions and file access permissions. If you are going to share the folder on a computer that belongs to you, remove the checkmark from the Box. I must approve the new peers I invite: in doing so, you will turn off the permission request during the next stage.
After that, click the Email button to self-send you (or share) the sharing link by email, or the Copy button, to copy it to the operating system clipboard.
Now, go to the second computer (the one on which to sync the folder to transfer files), open the Resilio Sync home screen, and press the [+] button at the top left. Now, choose to insert a key or link from the next panel, type the link you created earlier in the text field, click the Next button, and select the computer folder to which you want to pour the shared files (or copy the files to share).
At any time, for each shared folder, you can view the list of computers that are allowed to access, suspend, or stop sharing them:
Simply Resilio Sync home screen, click.
- Clicklder symbol, and.
Right-click the directory on which to intervene.
In Hamachi (Windows/macOS)
What do you say? Would you need to connect two PCs remotely and use them as if they were related to the same local network? In this case, you can turn to a program that can quickly create a site-to-site VPN, such as LogMeIn Hamachi.
In short, this software allows you to create a virtual private network within a couple of clicks and manage the computers connected to it exactly as if you were on a LAN; Hamachi is available for Windows and macOS and can be used for free to create VPNs with up to five users/computers.
First, download and install the program on both computers involved:
Then, connect to the program’s website.
Click on the Download button located in the center of the page and, once you have obtained the setup file.
- Open it.
Now, if you’re using Windows, click the Next button, tick next to the I read the entry, accept the terms of the license agreement, click the Next buttons, and make sure that the boxes add bundled software (e.g., LastPass) are cleared. Finally, to complete the program’s installation, press the Install, Yes, and Finish buttons.
If, on the other hand, yours is a Mac, click first on the Open button (if necessary), place the checkmark next to the entry I have read and agree to the terms of the License Agreement, click on the Install button and, when prompted, enter your Mac password in the appropriate field and from enter.
Now, set up macOS to authorize the program to run correctly:
Then click the Open Security Preferences button.
Press the lock symbol visible in the lower-left corner of the window that opens and enable changes.
- Enter your Mac password and press the Enter keyboard button.
Now, click on the Allow button visible next to the wording The system software upload was blocked from loading by the developer “LogMeIn, Inc.,” click again on the open security preferences entry and press again on the Allow button, corresponding to the item The developer’s system software “LogMeIn, Inc.” has been updated. Finally, Restart your Mac by pressing the mac button.
As of now, the procedures for Windows and macOS are the same. Position yourself on the first of the two computers to be configured; click the Power button located in the upper left corner of the LogMeIn window. Then, to register for the portal, click on the Register entry visible at the top.
Now, enter an email address and password for future logins (twice) and click the Create Account button to register for the service.
Now, click the Create a new network button, enter an ID to identify the VPN you will create, and a password to access it; when you’re done, click the Create button to finish making the private network.
After that, switch to the second computer, “turn on” Hamachi by clicking on the Power button and log in to the LogMeIn portal, using the same data that you created earlier.
Now, click the Join Existing Network/Join Network button and enter, in the fields displayed, the network ID you made just now and the password to access the VPN. When you’re done, click the Join button, and you’re done! From now on, computers should “see each other” via the local network and communicate.
To configure shared resources, locate the name of the second computer on Hamachi’s home screen, right-click the second computer, and then click the Browse/Browse item found on the context menu that appears. If, on the other hand, you want to use in-game multiplayer or host a game server, all you have to do is minimize the LogMeIn window and do the operations expected from the title of your interest: the computers will be seen entirely automatically. If you want to have a concrete example, I refer you to reading my guide on making a Minecraft server.
If, on the other hand, you need to connect two PCs over the Internet to provide remote assistance or, in general, check a computer that you can’t physically access, I recommend opting for a solution like TeamViewer. This well-known program allows you to access the desktop of a remote PC straightforwardly and check for updates, transfer files, and much more.
TeamViewer is available for both Windows and macOS. You can use it for free only for personal purposes and for no commercial purpose; otherwise, you must subscribe to the reference platform, with prices starting from €29.90/month.
As you’ll soon find out, the mechanism behind Teamviewer operation is far from complicated:
Install the software on both computers involved.
- Have the id and password of the device to be checked dictated (or annotate).
- Type them into the one that will access it.
First, log on to the computer to check and download the full version of TeamViewer:
Connect to its website.
- Click on the Free Download button located in the center of the screen.
- Wait for the program’s installation package to be downloaded.
When you’re done downloading, open the obtained file, and if you’re using a Windows-based computer, tick next to the Default Install entry, click the Accept — Next and Yes buttons, place the checkmark next to the entrance I want to use the free version for personal use and click the Finish button, so that you complete the installation procedure and open the program.
If, on the other hand, yours is a Mac, double-click the Install TeamViewer icon visible in the window that opens on the desk, click the Open button (if necessary), select the inbox next to the I accept the EULA entry, and press the Continue and Continue buttons, twice in a row.
After that, enter your Mac password in the mac password field, press the Install Software button, and wait for the program file to be copied to disk.
Finally, all you have to do is grant the necessary permissions for remote control of your computer: then press the Configure Permissions and Open System Preferences buttons, click the Accessibility entry located on the left side of the window that opens, and place the checkmark next to any option that applies to TeamViewer. Repeat the same for the Screen Recording and Full Disk Access sections.
Installation should be performed on all computers involved in the communication; however, I would like to point out that, again on the TeamViewer website, there is a “minimal” version of the program, called QuickSupport, which can be used on the computer to be checked and only allows you to receive essential support.
In any case, once the installation phase of the program has been completed, reach the computer to be checked, locate the Remote Control tab of TeamViewer and take note of both the interlocutor ID (it is located under the wording Your ID) and the password to access the computer: you will need them soon.
After that, start TeamViewer on the device you’re going to work from, click on the Remote Control tab, and enter the interlocutor ID you obtained earlier, inside the text box below the check remote computer.
Now, select the Remote Control box, click the Connect button, and when prompted, enter your password to access the computer you want to check and submit: within a few seconds, you should be able to see the computer you connected to.
It should be noted that TeamViewer can also be configured to accept incoming connections without the need to enter a password, send/receive files, make remote updates, and much more: I explained everything in detail in my TeamViewer operation guide.
Cloud storage services
Suppose your intent is to connect files and folders between multiple PCs (and multiple devices, as well as smartphones and tablets). In that case, I can only recommend the use of cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and iCloud Drive, which allow you to have a kind of online hard disk in which to store data, sync it on multiple devices and easily share it with other users.
They are accessible in their basic versions: I told you more about it in detail in the tutorials just linked and my generic guide on the best cloud services.