Configuring RDP for Low Bandwidth Connections

Modified on Mon, 25 Sep 2023 at 03:43 PM

When connecting to a remote desktop using Microsoft RDP, the settings on the Experience tab of the Remote Desktop Connection software client influence the quality of the user’s experience based on the bandwidth of their connection. The default RDP Configuration file in Leostream Protocol Plans is configured to maximize the user experience, which may require a higher bandwidth connection. You can modify the default parameters or create new plans that are better suited to groups of users with lower bandwidth connections


For example, the default value for the connection type parameter is set to 6, which is ideal for LAN connections with high bandwidth.  To build a Protocol Plan for users with lower bandwidth, set the connection type parameter to 1 or 2, where:


  1. A connection type of 1 [Modem (56 Kbps)] enables persistent bitmap caching and disables all other Experience features.

  2. A connection type of 2 [Low Speed Broadband (256 Kbps - 2 Mbps)] enables persistent bitmap caching and visual styles (themes), but disables all other Experience features.


Additionally, you can manually disable the individual Experience features by setting their specific parameters in the Configuration File, for example:


connection type:i:1
disable wallpaper:i:1
allow font smoothing:i:0
allow desktop composition:i:0
disable full window drag:i:1
disable menu anims:i:1
disable themes:i:1
disable cursor setting:i:0

In addition to the Experience parameters, you can try disabling audio and reducing the color bit depth to improve the desktop connection over low bandwidth, for example:


session bpp:i:16


For more information on these settings and tips on how to configure remote desktops for low bandwidth networks, see:

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