Listening port for Remote Desktop in Windows® XP®
Read on to know the tips to change the listening port for remote desktop in Windows XP system.
Multi-channel protocol that permits you to remotely access or connect a computer, which has enabled Remote Desktop server from another remote computer, is known as remote desktop. These computers can be connected through Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN) or Internet with the help of a Remote Desktop Connection client program. Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) server application are found pre-installed on some Operating system, which includes Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE), Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC 2005 Edition, Windows Vista Ultimate, and Windows Vista Business Edition. Remote Desktop may use port 3389 TCP as the listening port for any incoming Remote Desktop connections by default.
Following are the need and tips to change the listening port for remote desktop in Windows XP system:
- Need for changing listening port
- Changing the listening port
- Things to be kept in mind
Need for changing listening port
When you are trying to get an access to the remote desktop with an activated firewall, listening port can be changed for your remote desktop and it will be very useful. In most of the public Internet stations, listening ports for remote desktop functions may be blocked. They can provide listening port for e-mail and Internet and you can access your remote desktop by changing the listening port. You can also update the port to a known secure port or can allow access from anywhere with a generic port number.
Changing the listening port
For changing the listening port for Remote Desktop, you need to select Remote Computer for other computer and log in with the desired computer name or IP and also need to have authentic user name and password to change the listening port. After that you need to configure the required setting that includes the new port number for Remote Desktop, and you may need to reboot your system after the change, and then hit 'Submit'.
When you change the listening port of Remote Desktop, the Remote Assistance feature in Microsoft Windows XP may not work properly. When you want to connect a computer using a non standard listening port with the Remote Desktop connection from remote computer, you need to specify the port number together with computer host name or IP address to connect to that specific port.