Optimizing remote control performance (legacy)

Use the Options dialog's Optimize performance tab (Tools > Options) to optimize remote control performance for these connection types:

  • Slow connection (modem)
  • Medium connection (broadband)
  • Optimize for fast connection (LAN)
  • Custom connection

Changing the optimization setting dynamically adjusts color reduction, wallpaper visibility, and remote windows appearance effects (the ones you can adjust in Display Properties > Appearance > Effects), such as transition effects for menus and tooltips.

Remote control always uses a highly efficient compression algorithm for remote control data. However, even with compression, it requires a lot of data to send high color depth information. You can substantially reduce the amount of remote control data required by reducing the color depth displayed in the remote control viewer. When the viewer reduces the color depth, the viewer has to map the full color palette from the remote desktop to a reduced color palette in the viewer. As a result, you may notice colors in the remote control window that don't accurately reflect the remote desktop. If that's a problem, select a higher-quality compression setting.

Another way you can optimize performance is to suppress the remote wallpaper. When you do this, remote control doesn't have to send wallpaper updates as parts of the remote desktop are uncovered. Wallpaper often includes bandwidth-intensive images, such as photographs. These don't compress well and take time to transfer over slower connections.

The final way you can optimize performance is to use a mirror driver on the remote device. For more information, see Using the mirror driver (legacy)