Changing the Remote Desktop Port


The default port that the Windows Remote Desktop Connection program listens on is 3389. However, you can change to any port you wish; maybe you find public networks block everything except port 80 and 433 (in which you could set it to 433) or you feel changing to a non-default port is better security wise. Whatever your case, you must edit the Windows Registry:


Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key: \System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\
Name: PortNumber
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: desired port number in Decimal format


Then if you use the Windows Remote Desktop Connection program to connect to the computer, follow the address you want to connect to with a colon and the port number that you changed to; for example 255.255.255.255:433.


 


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Eric Geier is an author of many wireless networking and computing books including Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (Wiley 2008) and 100 Things You Need to Know about Upgrading to Windows Vista (Que 2007).

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