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Here is my proposed scenario - feel free to shoot it down - just wondering in my head if it work.

STEP #1 - I buy a super nice desktop workstation for designing in adobe
STEP #2 - I buy a mediocre laptop
STEP #3 - I install the best (open to suggestions) remote desktop software on the laptop.

The laptops ONLY purpose is to run a Remote Desktop software every time it boots up. ALL the laptop does is mirror the other workstation.
So theoretically I could Design & Publish at Desktop Hardware speeds, save my work to cloud & download on laptop.

My question is, do Remote Desktop Clients works seamlessly enough in a Full Screen mode that it would look and feel like I was working on my higher horsepower desktop when I was on the road?

Things To Consider In Your Much Appreciated Responses:
#1 - I understand I would need Wi-Fi for good remote connection
#2 - I already own the mediocre laptop
#3 - The alternate scenario would be not buying a desktop and lugging around a performance notebook everywhere

I'm Looking For:
#1 - Reasons why it wouldn't work
#2 - Software suggestions for remote desktop control
#3 - Personal experiences with using remote desktop software (good or bad)

Thank you so much for your help everyone.
(Moderators - I didn't know what section to put this in so relocate me if needed)
post #2 of 5
at my last job, we used "remote desktop connection" which is in all versions of windows 7 (and i think it is in a lot of other versions lol) to connect to a server and could get to all network drives from home.

it is pretty easy to set up
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/allow-remote-desktop-connections-from-outside-your-home-network

if you are using it locally, you don't have to set up the port forwarding, you would just open remote desktop connection and type the hostname of your desktop (found by opening command prompt and typing hostname>enter)

the technet article explains how to connect from outside your network. you would then just type your external IP address and should be able to connect.

I'd test this first before spending the big bucks on a desktop, RDP does a pretty good job, the desktop wouldn't be sharing the monitor, you would actually be logging in remotely and having a local session. using RDP, you can actually be logged in and using the desktop, and connect from the laptop, so you'd be logged on as 2 different users. you could use dropbox as the file sharing part between the desktop/laptop. i think if you go through the whole "getting started" part, you get 50gb for free for 2 years
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Thanks Rocker22Dallas sounds like the solution I am thinking of would have a decent chance of working based on your response - I found a vacant desktop at office I am going to try logging in to to see how smoothly it goes. After I try it I will update the thread with my experience. If anyone else has any reasons why it wouldn't work long term please let me know - Thank you
post #4 of 5
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Didn't work unfortunately - experience was to shaky/glitchy - I guess Im leaning back toward lugging around the power notebook - Thanks for your help
post #5 of 5
I use logmein but it's pretty laggy for most cases as are all the others I've used that are GUI based.
 
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