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VNC allows you to remotely access a computer and use its desktop, either over the Internet or from another room in your house. Windows includes a Remote Desktop feature, but it’s only available in Professional editions of Windows.
Some people may prefer TeamViewer or another service instead, but VNC allows you to install and manage your own server without using a centralized service. VNC clients and servers are available for all platforms, but we’ll be covering Windows here.
Install a VNC Server
First, you’ll need to install a VNC server on the computer you want to access remotely. We’ll be using TightVNC here, but there are other VNC servers you can also use, such as UltraVNC.
TightVNC installs itself as a system service by default, so it will always be running in the background as long as your computer is on. (Of course, you can always disable the service manually.) It also automatically allows itself in the Windows firewall – if you use a different firewall, ensure that the firewall isn’t blocking TightVNC or you won’t be able to connect.
Be sure to secure your VNC with a strong password, especially if you’re exposing your VNC server to the Internet!
After the quick installation process, TightVNC will now be running on your computer. You can use the TightVNC Service – Control Interface option in your Start menu to configure your server.
One important setting you’ll want to change is the ports TightVNC uses. The default port used for VNC is 5900 – you can increase your security by changing it to another port. People scanning for open VNC servers will try t o connect at port 5900, ut generally won’t notice VNC servers running on other random ports, such as 34153.
You may also want to change the Web Access port for the same reason — or disable web access entirely.
Forward Ports & Set Up Dynamic DNS
Your computer is now running a VNC server, so you’ll be able to connect to it from other computers on your local network. If you want to connect to it from the Internet, you’ll have to do a few more things.
First, you’ll need to forward the VNC server’s port on your router. This process is different on every router, but you’ll have to use your router’s web interface to forward ports.
You may also want to set up a dynamic DNS hostname for your home network. Internet service providers often change the IP address assigned to home networks, which means that you may be unable to connect to your home computer if your home IP address changes.
Connect to Your Computer
With a VNC server running on the remote computer, you can use a VNC client on another computer to connect. TightVNC includes a VNC client – you can install TightVNC on another computer and deselect the server option in the install process to only install the viewer. Once it’s installed, you’ll find the TightVNC Viewer in your Start menu.
Enter the address of your home computer to connect. You can use several different types of addresses:
- Use the computer’s local IP address if you’re on the same local network as the computer.
- Use your home network’s IP address if you’re accessing the computer over the Internet.
- Use your dynamic DNS hostname if you set up dynamic DNS and are accessing your computer over the Internet.
For more information about determining the local or remote IP addresses your computer is using, read: How to Find Your Computer’s Private & Public IP Addresses
If you’re using a different port for your VNC server (as you probably should be), append the port number after two colons.
After connecting, you’ll see the remote computer’s desktop in a window on your screen.
For more ways to get Professional features on Home versions of Windows, read: How to Get Pro Features in Windows Home Versions with Third Party Tools
How to use VNC Viewer and Server
Remote desktop software is an easy way to access programs and resources on a remote PC as if you were actually working on it. It allows for free screen sharing, making the experience seamless.
We’ve put together this quick guide for you. It explains how to connect to another computer running VNC Server, using VNC Viewer to do it. You will also find out more about the ways to connect, as well as securing your account. We’ll even discuss how to use VNC Server for Raspberry Pi.
VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. It is a cross-platform screen sharing system that was created to remotely control another computer. This means that a computer’s screen, keyboard, and mouse can be used from a distance by a remote user from a secondary device as though they were sitting right in front of it.
In 2016, RealVNC launched its latest VNC-based remote access product: VNC Connect. This software combines the convenience of a cloud service with the flexibility of offline connectivity (also known as direct) and provides an optimized strategy for every size of business.
Since its initial release , the product has continued to evolve, with features such as high-speed streaming and remote audio being added to the mix , along with continual tweaks to further refine the product to meet the needs of our customers.
VNC Connect’s key features include intuitive remote control, cross-platform support, attended and unattended access, file transfer, multilingual support, online team management and virtual desktop management under Linux. Its sessions are encrypted end-to-end using up to 256-bit AES encryption providing multi-factor authentication, single-sign-on (SSO), granular access control and rich session permissions.
But let’s start with the beginning and discuss all these topics one at a time.
How to set up a team in VNC Connect
After you’ve created your free RealVNC account , next on the list will be to download VNC Viewer . However, another thing would be advisable before you remote control a computer. This will make managing computers and user permissions much easier. You can manage them in a much simpler fashion if you set up a team in VNC Connect .
Setting up teams will make it much easier to control who has access to each remote computer. It will also improve security in the process.
How to configure VNC Connect for maximum security
While we’re on the topic of security, you will want to secure your RealVNC account as much as possible. It would be ideal to do this before you start making the most out of your VNC Connect subscription.
· How to turn on multi-factor authentication
· How to blank your screen
· How to authorize your device
Let’s take these one at a time. First, MFA – multi-factor authentication will make sure no unauthorized access happens. You will need a code from an app on your phone, apart from your password. Unless you meet the two conditions, no remote access will happen.
Blanking your screen is pretty self-explanatory. Enable it and nobody will see anything on the screen of the machine running VNC Server. Of course, only while it’s controlled.
When it comes to authorizing your device, this is an out-of-the-box security measure. If a new device connects to your account, you get an email to your registered address. That way, nothing happens without your knowledge.
How to set up a Direct (or offline) Connection
You will definitely want to know how to set up a Direct Connection (also known as “offline”) if you use VNC Connect in a secured environment. With this method, connections are not brokered through the cloud. This means that everything happens solely on your own network.
VNC Connect does offer 256-bit encryption for Enterprise subscriptions. However, Direct Connections give you more peace of mind if your environment requires an additional layer of security.
It does also mean that you’ll need to have information such as IP addresses and port numbers. You might also arm yourself with access to your router or firewall.
How to set up an Instant Support session
In an IT support environment, Instant Support makes the most sense.
Once you’ve set up Instant Support , you won’t need VNC Server on the machine you want to connect to. Your user will visit a webpage and download a little piece of software. They will then input a code that you generate, give their consent and you’re connected.
The best part is that the user doesn’t need to install or license any software. So there is no footprint of an installer; it’s just a small, disposable app, which can be deleted when the session ends. Deletion of the app will leave no traces whatsoever on the system, so there are no potentially dangerous circumstances for the user.
No configuration is required, as the cloud service does that for you. It all happens with end-to-end encryption and across platforms.
However, this is not a feature that any VNC Connect user would need. Therefore, your company’s subscription needs a Technician license added to it. You can find out all about licensing here .
How to print a file to a local printer using remote access
Remote printing is one of the most convenient features of VNC software. Can you imagine something as annoying as needing to transfer every file you need to print? If there are a lot of files involved, that’s what you’ll be doing with your afternoon.
Luckily, the ability to print a file from a remote machine on a local printer is available on VNC Connect out of the box.
How to transfer a file remotely
Working on a remote computer will sometimes mean that you will need to quickly transfer a file. For example, you will need to transfer a file if you only have a piece of software for it on the other machine.
As long as you are running VNC Viewer and you connect to a VNC Server on the other machine, this is a very easy task. The ability to transfer a file remotely can be set up and used in a few minutes and a couple of clicks.
How to set up VNC Connect on Raspberry Pi
Many users wonder how to use VNC Connect on Raspberry Pi. With good reason; the little piece of hardware is gaining more popularity every day. If you have a Raspberry Pi, you should know that it comes with VNC Viewer and VNC Server preinstalled.
You follow a simple set of steps to enable it and you’ll connect to your Raspberry Pi in no time. You can also use VNC Viewer on it to connect to other machines.
The good news is that a partnership between RealVNC and Raspberry Pi exists. This grants you some special privileges on your Home license. Namely, you have access to both cloud and direct connections.
How to use VNC to remote control a PC from a smartphone
VNC Viewer for Android is a great way to control a Windows, Mac, or Linux machine, straight from your iPhone or Android smartphone. The best part is that the Android VNC app couldn’t be easier to set up. And so is downloading VNC Viewer from the iOS App Store and using it to control your remote machine.
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Ever been at a friend’s house and wanted to show off a photo you left saved on your home computer? Ever wanted to check from the office that your daughter’s doing homework and not instant messaging with friends at home? Ever need to grab a file on your home hard drive when you’re miles away? An age-old protocol called VNC and some free software lets you control your home computer from anywhere.
In this tutorial, we’ll set up a VNC (Virtual Network Computing) server on your home computer, which will let you connect to your desktop and drive it from any Internet-connected computer.
Notes and warnings: Running a server and opening up a port on your home computer to the Internet is a risky undertaking. Make sure your computer has all the latest security patches, has been checked for spyware and viruses and that you’re using strong passwords. The VNC protocol is not inherently secure. This how-to assumes you’re comfortable with basic networking concepts. If you’re scared off by the fine print, check out an easier alternative  to VNC. Still with me? Read on.
The Virtual Network Computing (VNC) protocol remotely controls another computer over a network. Think of it as a window into your home computer’s desktop from any other computer. Your key presses and mouse clicks get transferred over the network and happen on the remote computer in real time, and anyone at the remote computer can watch the action as it happens.
A few things you can do with a VNC server running at home:
- Start a downloading a large file, like a movie, in the morning so it’s there when you get home in the evening
- Search your home computer’s IM logs, address book or file system for important information
- Help Mom figure out why Microsoft Word doesn’t start without having to go to her house (even though Mom would like to see you more often)
- Control a headless (monitor-less) machine like a media center or file server in another room in the house from the laptop on the couch
It is possible for you to be able to connect to your home computer from a different location, and work with your files, photos and software. With Virtual Network Computing (VNC), you can connect to your home computer’s desktop from any computer with Internet access.
The VNC technology uses remote capabilities to control another computer over a network. Everything is seen/done in real time, so there is no lag time on applications, installations, etc. By using this type of technology, you can successfully manage your client accounts or interact between computers.
In order for the VNC to have a successful connection, it requires a setup on the server on your home computer, and a setup on the viewer that’s on the remote computer.
The steps to work with your computer using a VNC platform are:
- Install the VNC server, and
- Install the VNC client.
Both of these would need to be present and working on their respective ends for it to be successful.
Installing the VNC server
A comprehensive VNC server and client software that is effective to use is RealVNC. It allows for file transfers and uses your Windows passwords and usernames to authenticate the VNC server connection. Usually, the VNC server will be your host computer, the place where you will be retrieving and accessing the information that you’ll need.
Mac users can also access a free download to use that is very effective called OSXvnc. You simply download the software, install it and initiate a password. After this process has begun, you then start the server then to begin the connection.
Installing the VNC client
With your Windows installment, you can also download and install the RealVNC software, but make sure to start the viewer but not the server. Once that has finished downloading, you are ready to begin managing and using any computer.
Ideally, these basic steps will work in setting up this process. It may be necessary to tweak something, but that will just be to make things flow smoother. For instance, if you have a computer that has a slower network connection, “best” is the ideal compression setting which will give you a quicker connection response. It’s also a good idea to use a USB memory stick with a VNC viewer on it each time you remote access a computer so you don’t have to download and install it each time.
For this software, wireless mobile technology offers more beneficial features that will appeal to many people. The VNC technology is also available to use in a mobile device environment. The RealVNC software is platform independent and can be used anywhere. Users can use it to link their mobile devices or other smart devices to their cars and use it to manage files, transfer files and even troubleshoot any computer problems.
The VNC technology is a comprehensive and adaptable tool that is great for managing systems in any environment, whether that’s on a desktop or mobile, and doesn’t require any lengthy or complicated steps to get right into the process.
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There are a number of ways to do this. commercial tools, open source tools like VNC, and even something that Microsoft already stuffed inside some versions Windows XP, Vista and 7.
This is different from DynDNS,that allows you to find your home server no matter what IP address your ISP assigns you. Many of the services we’re talking about today already have this ability built in.
There are tons of commercial applications to do this. They usually charge a monthly fee, but can save you lots of work setting things up. We talk the following applications, and tell you which ones are the best deal and why:
pcAnywhere GoToMyPC.com LogMeIn.com
We also walk you through setting up free tools, such as the Remote Desktop Connection tool that have been built into many versions of Windows since XP.
That includes the basics of port forwarding, which you’ll need to set up in your router for most DIY remote connection tools.
Finally, we get our geek on and walk you thru setting up VNC, aka Virtual Network Comput
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Screens lets you connect back to your Mac, Windows or Linux PC and control it from the comfort of your living room, the corner coffee shop or anywhere in the world.
Work on that spreadsheet you left at home, perform software updates on your server ten thousand miles away, help your dad configure his computer in your hometown.
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• External Keyboard, Mouse and Trackpad support
Connect your device to a Magic Keyboard or a compatible external keyboard, pointing device and controlling your remote computer just feels even more natural!
• Curtain Mode
Curtain Mode obscures the display on remote Macs you connect to. Useful if you don’t want anyone to see what you’re doing.
• Connect Safely
Screens can connect back to your computer through a secured connection. Enable Remote Login on your Mac and you’re done! Screens also support SSH keys.
• Connect from Everywhere
Install Screens Connect on your Mac or Windows PC and make it easily reachable from anywhere in the world.
• Powerful Gestures
Control your computer with all the trackpad gestures you’re used to and more!
• Shortcuts Toolbar
Screens’ scrollable shortcuts toolbar ensures that you’ll always have your favorite shortcuts at hand when you need them.
• Display Selection
For Macs with several attached displays, Screens lets you select an individual one or you can show them all at once. Plus, it can remember your last selection for future sessions.
• Clipboard Sharing
Exchange rich text, URLs, images and more via your local or the remote clipboard. Screens can also keep them in sync.
• Session Selection
If there is someone logged in on a remote Mac, Screens can ask to share their screen or it can start a new session — your choice!
• Help Out Your Friends or Relatives
Have them download our free Screens Express utility and gain access their Mac to help them troubleshoot issues, update apps, etc.
• Mobile Trackpad
Turn your extra iOS device into an external trackpad to control your computer’s cursor in Screens! This is a great addition to your iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard.
• iCloud and Dropbox synchronization
• Full hardware keyboard support
• iPad Multitasking Support
• Full 3D Touch Support
• URL Schemes Support
• Secure your content with Touch ID
• AirPlay Mirroring
• Send commands to your computer before disconnecting
• And so much more!
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“Screens is now the best VNC client for iOS.”
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• A VNC Server, such as UltraVNC or TightVNC, is required to connect to a Windows PC.
• Windows and Linux PCs can only send or receive text and URLs.
• Screens will not receive any sound from your computer. This is a limitation of the VNC protocol the app is using.
• Screens Connect requires OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later. You will need to create a free Screens ID.
- Dynamic DNS Service
Step 1: Set up VNC Server on the remote Windows computer
Some users contacted us saying that their Windows computer does not come with Windows Remote Desktop by default and asked if there is an alternative. The answer is yes. There are many remote access applications on the market and among them there is VNC which is free for less than 5 remote devices.
You can first go to RealVNC and sign up for a free account by providing a valid email address. The email address and password will be used later when you set up the VNC server. After you sign up for the account, you can activate a Home subscription for free.
Then download and install VNC Connect on each remote computer you want to control. During the installation, you can keep all the default options, especially the ‘Add An exception to the firewall for VNC Server’ option needs to be enabled.
Once the application finishes installing, sign in to the VNC Server app using your RealVNC account credentials (email and password). After signing in, you will see a page asking you to specify a password for VNC Server. This is the password you will use every time when establishing a remote connection.
Step 2: Set up Port Forwarding (Port Translation) in the router
Please log into the router website (generally at http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1) at the remote location and go into the ‘Port Forwarding’ section. Add a new ‘Port Forwarding’ rule for TCP port 5900 to be forwarded to the internal IP of your remote Windows computer. To get the internal IP address of the device, you may type ipconfig in “cmd.exe”. It is usually in the form of “192.168.0.**” or “10.10.*.*”.
NOTE: If you need to connect to several machines behind the same router, you should set up port forwarding for all these machines. Let’s suppose machine 1 has an internal IP 192.168.0.4, machine 2 has an internal IP 192.168.0.10, and machine 3 has an internal IP 192.168.0.15. We can set up different external ports for different machines as shown in the picture below.
To see if the port forwarding has been setup correctly, you can use our Port Check network tool to see if the corresponding port is open. If you get a “Success” response from the port check, then your network has been correctly set up.
STEP 3: Map your dynamic IP to a hostname
Internet service providers change your IP address on a regular basis, but with dynamic DNS you can keep your domain pointing at the current IP of your home server or other devices.
You may register a domain name of your own (yourdomain.com) and sign up for Dynu Dynamic DNS Service for it or use a free Dynu domain name (myhostname.dynu.com). You may refer to this Getting started tutorial for more information.
Download the appropriate client software and run it on the remote Windows computer to keep the hostname mapped to the remote dynamic IP. You may also set up the DDNS service in the router if the router supports it.
Step 4: Download and install VNC Viewer on your local computer
Depending on the operating system of the computer you are using, you may download the appropriate VNC Viewer here. Note that it should be installed on the computer that you use to connect to the remote Windows computer. We have already installed VNC server (VNC Connect) on the remote Windows computer in Step 1.
If the local device is Mac OS or iOS that has Safari browser, there is no need to install VNC viewer and you can simply type in vnc://myhost.dynu.com in the browser address bar to connect.
STEP 5: Use VNC Viewer to access your remote PC
You should now be able to access your Windows computer remotely using myhostname.dynu.com from the internet via VNC Viewer.
You will be prompted a window asking for a password, which is the VNC password we’ve set up on the remote Windows computer in Step 1.
With technological advancements, we may use our technology with ease. One of the many benefits is viewing the laptop camera remotely.
Isn’t it wonderful to have the option of using your laptop or home computer remotely? We may frequently need to access our vital documents and other data on laptops.
Thanks to the advancement of technology, we may now access our laptops from a distance. We can not only view our data, but we may also have access to our laptop camera through another software that is accessible online.
Let’s have a look at the numerous options and programs that are open to us. Before we get into the specifics of How To Access Laptop Camera Remotely?, let’s first understand what a VNC server is.
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Virtual Network Computing (VNC)
Virtual network computing (VNC) is a form of remote-control software that allows you to operate another computer from across the internet.
It’s a program that allows you to control PCs and laptops from anywhere in the world remotely. It also allows technical support to manage another computer or laptop while away from it.
It’s critical to understand this server since it is the crucial component in allowing a remote connection to the laptop. Other features are available through applications that I’ll discuss below.
How To Set Up Vnc On A Laptop?
To obtain the free edition of RealVNC, go to the RealVNC site and download the software. You don’t need to give your name or email address.
- Click on ‘Download’
- Download the version with both server and viewer on your laptop, then install it.
- Ensure the server software is up and running on the laptop and linked to the network. You’ll need to set a password for accessing it when you first use it.
- On the other computer or laptop, launch the viewer software. The name or IP address of the laptop will be put there.
- After you’ve entered the name, press OK.
- After that, type the password.
If this still doesn’t work, double-check that a firewall or security software on either device or computer is not blocking the connection.
You can use this program as remote control software to access your desktop computer or laptop. You may also install it on multiple devices, allowing you to access your laptop camera from anywhere in the world. To understand what it is, I’ll go through some of the accessible programs that you may download and use to connect to your laptop.
How To Access Laptop Camera Remotely
Many software is used for accessing the laptop camera remotely through your mobile phone or another computer or laptop. Below are the 6 most common and widely used software for remotely accessing your laptop camera and other files.
1) Splashtop Remote Desktop
Splashtop is an app that gives you functionality and quality all together. It let you access the laptop remotely and gives the HD quality screen view.
That is why it has been chosen as the finest mobile app. You can utilize Splashtop Streamer on your laptop to establish a remote connection.
After that, the mobile app will automatically detect your local computer. When you join your Gmail account, you may access your laptop over the internet. It’s paid software that may be downloaded from the app store or online. It is simple to use.
TeamViewer is a well-known program for using your phone to access your laptop remotely. You may use TeamViewer to share the desktop and remotely access the laptop, allowing you to assist friends or relatives with computer problems or any other important work
It includes the free edition for casual usage, perfect for non-commercial use, and a premium edition with more robust capabilities and best suited for commercial usage.
The Pro version adds more features, including faster drag and drop, the ability to store connection settings per computer, AVI format conversion for recorded sessions, improved performance, and various other things.
You may participate in group talks and attend meetings on the go. Overall, it’s a fantastic program for remotely viewing your laptop camera from your smartphone.
3) Phone My PC
This is a paid app with some of the most useful features available. You may download the laptop version and follow the simple instructions on the developer’s website to set it up for efficient usage.
It allows you to access and modify the workings of your computer’s programs, windows, and web camera. You may even use your laptop’s camera to capture video and audio in an instant.
It makes controlling and managing your laptop remotely on a small smartphone screen a lot easier.
Here’s another program that may help you out. It allows users to access their desktop remotely from an Android phone and connects to most VNC servers.
It will create a file with your settings from the SD card and URLs for importing settings. It also includes keyboard zoom, the configuration of numerous connections, varied input modes, and other capabilities.
This program will work best for basic activities such as viewing and editing files on your computer and remotely programming to upload and download processes.
5) Connect Bot
It’s intended for IT professionals. It makes it simple to access your laptop. Experts use this software to repair problems from a distance, For example, Hp support or Lenovo support.
It’s no secret that connecting remotely to a server is now required as an IT professional can use their Android smartphone to access your laptop camera and other files remotely.
The fact that this program can access the deeper laptop system indicates that getting access to the camera should not be difficult. The software is available for download, although it might be region-locked depending on your device’s OS version.
6) Chrome App
It’s another wonderful program, and it’s simple to set up. Because Android is so well-suited to Google, it’s great for both laptops and Android mobile devices. Install Chrome Remote Desktop from the Chrome Web Store.
You may access your laptop with the browser using this program. It’s completely safe, too. Once you’ve downloaded it, double-click it to launch it on your computer. Pin must be provided during installation.
Download it on the phone as well and, when prompted, input the same PIN as your laptop. You’ll be allowed access immediately. Now you will be able to access your laptop camera or other files remotely.
There are many different Apps and software you can use to access the laptop camera remotely. Every software comes with there own unique feature, but the sole purpose of all this software is to access other laptops or computers remotely.
Hopefully, after reading our article on How To Access Laptop Camera Remotely, you will have all the necessary information to access your laptop camera remotely.
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Compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and requires at least iPhone 2.0 Software Update . Its available at App Store for $24.99 only. Jaadu VNC is formerly known as Teleport, you can teleport yourself to your computer from wherever you are are in the world. With its intuitive touchpad-like interface, Jaadu gives you full control of your computer’s mouse and keyboard, and provides a rich visual display of your computer screen. Jaadu is currently the only VNC client for iPhone that has no screen resolution limit. Make sure you visit www.jugaari.com for setup instructions and usage tips.
* Launch and control any application on your Mac or Windows PC desktop
* Advance PowerPoint slides while reading your presenter notes
* Control your media player from anywhere in your home
* Visit Flash-based websites from your iPhone
* Access your computer’s files from anywhere
* Use your iPhone as a wireless touchpad + keyboard + media remote
* Discovers local network VNC servers automatically
* Supports Ctrl-Alt-Del and other combination keystrokes
– RealVNC performance is faster over 3G
– Added “Save Password” option
– Added media key support (requires modified Vine Server / TightVNC-Jaadu, both available from our website)
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- No high-speed video mode
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Take control of your PC no matter where you are with Remote Utilities.
Some office IT utilities make the transition to home use without skipping a beat. A staple of home PCs since the era of modems and MS-DOS, remote desktop control programs allow a user to take direct control over a system without being physically present. Given the mission-critical nature they often fill in a workplace, and the length of time they’ve been around, it’s not a surprise that many of these suites are robust, stable, and capable of performing just about any computer task you care to conjure. Remote Utilities has been a player in this market for years, with their first release in 2004 of Remote Office Manager. Since then the feature list has grown considerably, but the biggest change came with the release of 5.2; the current version is now free for personal use. That’s quite a perk, given the $30 cover charge for entry otherwise.
The Remote Utilities Free Edition client allows individual settings for each computer you connect with. The Remote Utilities installation package consists of a server application (available for silent remote installation) and a viewer, along with a standalone, portable version of the viewer that doesn’t require installation. This is ideal for use on a portable USB drive or borrowed workstation for quick access to files or settings that might otherwise be unreachable. Security is top-notch, with industry-standard 2048-bit RSA and 256-bit AES keys employed for encryption, and plenty of warnings about password protection during setup.
Over a dozen features are supported in the personal version of Remote Utilities 5.2.2, including all the relevant ones from the complete commercial package. Full desktop control, file transfer, chat and even videocam support are all on board along with extras such as a task manager, remote code execution capability and a terminal. Only IT-centered functions such as inventory analysis, built-in mediation servers and automatic integration into an active directory environment are gone from the free version, omissions not likely missed for home use. Moreover, configuration is straightforward and the Internet ID feature allows connections without opening firewall ports or entering IP addresses, although connection via those more standard means is fully supported as well.
Remote Utilities Free Edition’s server options reveal its IT roots. Every remote access package has its forte, and Remote Utilities picked a good area in which to excel: speed. The desktop experience is only slightly sluggish and much faster than several VNC-based solutions tested side-by-side on similar systems. There’s also a low-bandwidth mode that preserves this responsiveness in marginal networking situations. Image quality is crisp and scales well with either of these selections. That said, there’s no “media player” mode to soften detail and raise framerates when needed for video playback, a feature common in recent desktop sharing and broadcasting apps. This is one area where competing solutions such as Teamviewer pull ahead.
Another issue is Remote Utilities Free Edition’s all-or-nothing approach to screen sharing. While an entire desktop or monitor display can be shared, there’s no way to share just a portion of the screen or the single window of an application. This limits some of the potential of the package as a teaching/demonstration tool, but is admittedly a fairly minor quibble.
The security configuration window is the first thing you’ll see after installing the Remote Utilities server. The biggest problem is OS support. While every version of Windows is covered in Remote Utilities Free Edition, no other OS gets a viewer. Documentation suggests Linux users can get by using Wine, but emulation isn’t really much of replacement for a proper OS native viewer. Meanwhile cross-platform Android, iOS, and Mac users simply have to look elsewhere for their remote access needs. The latter at least have been promised relief, Mac support has been promised soon.
Despite this, Remote Utilities Free Edition is an easy choice for Windows-centric home networks. The price can’t be beat, and the feature list is more than enough to satisfy even power users. If you do Windows, this one is worth a closer look.
Note: The Download button takes you to the vendor’s site, where you must register to download the latest version of the software and follow the installation instructions for the free version.
Did you know you can use your Android smartphone to control your computer? This is what Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is about. You can think of it as an alternative to your mouse or trackpad.
There are lots of both free and paid applications which can help you achieve this goal, but which ones are the best? Keep on reading to find out.
An Introduction to VNC
VNC is primarily a way to remotely control a computer from another computer on the same server. This is achieved through a “remote framebuffer” protocol (RFB protocol). This is, for example, what the program TeamViewer does. It’s a very popular way to connect your home and work computers, as it lets you access both of these wherever you are.
Using VNC servers lets you control your computer from your smartphone. There are also programs for controlling your smartphone from your computer.
Best VNC Server Apps for Android
VNC Viewer is a product of RealVNC, which is a leader in remote access software. Therefore, it’s not surprising that their app is doing well and it’s getting regular updates. With this app, you can control your computer that runs Windows, Mac, or Linux, wherever it is.
What’s great about this app is that you can control both the mouse and the keyboard using your smartphone. Your smartphone can also become a trackpad for increased accuracy.
This app is very easy to use, as you just need to install it on your Android phone and install the computer counterpart, VNC Server, on the computer you want to control. The fact that it’s free to use is another significant upside.
VNC Viewer for Android
Another free app, this open-source VNC viewer lets you set up the controls however you wish. What this means is that you can choose how your phone actions affect those on your computer, giving you lots of flexibility. You can also use your phone as a keyboard with this app.
Other benefits of using this app include the fact that it doesn’t need to be installed on an SD card, it lets you import and export your settings, and it can connect to other VNC servers (such as RealVNC and TightVNC).
TeamViewer Quick Support
From the developers of the famous TeamViewer program comes an app that lets you control your Android phone from a computer or even from another smartphone. As the name suggests, this app is primarily about getting help from a person experienced with device repairs.
It’s not overly tough to use, as you just need to install this app on your cellphone, while the other person has to install the regular TeamViewer computer program. The app’s features include chat, a file transfer option, and a process list which allows for stopping processes.
TeamViewer for Remote Control
This is the app to use if you want to remotely control another Android phone. It’s the counterpart to the TeamViewer Quick Support app that has similar functions. If you want to help another person, this is the app that you need to install while they install the QuickSupport app.
If speed is what you’re looking for in a VNC server app, give this one a try, as it connects directly to the machine, without using any additional servers or third-party services. Direct connections through the internet are possible, but they might require some additional tweaking. Some functions here are quite complicated, so this app is for users who have at least some earlier experience with VNC servers.
If you understand these basics, you’ll find the interface easy to navigate. The fact that TightVNC’s developers made this app is also worth noting. However, note that this one isn’t free.
Servers Ultimate Pro
This app is not free either, but it more than makes up for its modest cost of $10. VNC is just one of the servers you can use here. This app lets you use about 60 servers.
However, despite this and all the network tools it brings, its creators warn that the app doesn’t work on many devices, you can use only one email address, and a phone root might be required. Still, if the VNC server is not the only server you’d like to use, see if this app works on your phone and consider buying it.
Making Good Connections
VNC servers are certainly a rising trend, and they make life quite a bit easier. That being said, start with figuring out which function is the most important to you and keep that in mind while choosing a VNC server Android app.
Why are you planning on using a VNC server? Which app did you find the most appealing? Did it work properly in your case? Share your experiences with us and with other new VNC server users in the comments below.
What is Remote Access?
Remote access solutions like RemotePC make it possible to access your office or home computer from anywhere, with Internet connectivity. Once you have established a remote connection, you can see the remote desktop as it is when you use it in person.
With remote access configured on your computers, you can log in to your desktop to access files, use applications from anywhere. Play media files, print documents, transfer files to and from the computer, phone, or tablet you are remotely accessing from. This is helpful for telecommuters, individuals who work from home, or in situations like the current pandemic where many are unable to travel to work.
Remote Access – A VPN alternative
What do you do when you are physically far away from the office but need to urgently access corporate applications or files? VPN access to your office resources helps in remote work but VPN access over a public WiFi network poses its own set of challenges.
RemotePC provides a quick, secure, and easy alternative to VPN. Your remote desktop is just a few clicks away; work productively from anywhere, any device over any network. TLS v 1.2 and AES 256-bit encryption ensures secure communication.
Connect from anywhere – manage work emergencies with remote access
RemotePC’s cross-platform compatible solution ensures your desktop files are within easy reach. With your remote desktop easily accessible from anywhere you can deal with workplace emergencies effectively.
If you do not have your laptop nearby the RemotePC apps for iOS and Android let you reach your work computer from your mobile device or tablet. Work seamlessly with multiple monitors, engage in brainstorming sessions over the whiteboard, access and print documents from your remote desktop on your home printer. Unexpected issues will crop up but RemotePC lets you tackle them with ease.
The Remote Access Solution
RemotePC provides secure remote access with a user-friendly interface, handy features at a competitive price.
Setting up remote desktop access with RemotePC is easy:
- Download and install RemotePC application on the computer you need remote access to.
- Login and click ‘Configure Now’.
- Edit your computer name and set the Personal Key вЂ“ a unique access code for added security.
- Install RemotePC on the computer or mobile device you wish to remote from.
- Select the remote computer name from your computer list and connect. You can also login to your account via web and access a remote desktop.
There are a number of VNC solutions that you can use across all platforms, even Linux and the iPhone. They cover the spectrum in terms of cost as well – some are free, some are a flat one-time purchase, and then some are a recurring monthly fee.
We’ve rounded up ten rock-solid VNC solutions to help you escape your desk. All you need is an internet-ready device.
GoToMyPC is pretty foolproof
After downloading the client, GoToMyPC automatically launches, installs and configures itself, with no restart required. All data is protected with 128-bit AES encryption. You can cut, copy and paste between computers, as well as print documents to your computer or the computer you are accessing. Furthermore, you can even invite a person to temporarily view or share control of your computer from anywhere.
Price: $9.95 per month
LogMeIn works on whatever device you have
A heavyweight in the VNC world, LogMeIn has been connecting people to their computers remotely for a long time. Their service branches across platforms – you simply log in via their site, which displays your home desktop. Copy documents to and from your computer, and control your computer as if you were sitting in front of it. Use their iPhone app as well. There are free and paid services available.
Price: $0 or $12.95 per month, $29.99 for the iPhone app
Apple Remote Desktop for school or the office
Apple Remote Desktop is more suited for managing multiple computers on a single network. Use it to check up on what’s happening on your network. It includes a Dashboard widget that gives you an instant view of the remote computers in your network. The Remote Drag and Drop capability gives you the ability to move items between your computer and a computer on your network. You can also copy and paste information between systems. It also keeps track of who’s been using your computer – it saves information in user history reports that tell you who is using a computer, when they logged in and out, and how they accessed the computer.
Price: $299 for a ten-system license, $499 for unlimited systems (available in the Mac App Store for $79.99)
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Why establish a remote connection to Linux from Windows?
Suppose you are running a business, and you have a meeting with board members in about 10 minutes. All of a sudden, you remember that your presentation file is on your home system; remote access can potentially save the day.
Or you are running a windows system in one location and your Linux system in another room, and you want to run some commands on your Linux or retrieve some files from your Linux, and your Linux is inaccessible, or you are just too lazy. Either way, in all cases, remote access provides great convenience and saves much time.
Now out of all the popular Linux distros, Ubuntu is by far the most popular one. All of the other Linux distros combined make up a total of a mere 35% of Ubuntu (google search trends). Upon searching Linux, 161 million results appear, while the next most popular Linux distros i.e., the Debian Linux, has a mere 65.9 million search results, so keeping in mind the above stats, I will be using Ubuntu for this tutorial. To establish the connection, you would need to access the Ubuntu machine physically. But don’t worry, this is a one-time thing.
There are many methods through which you can remotely access your Linux from windows. Here I will be sharing three ways through which you can access remotely control Linux Systems from Windows.
- RDP connection
- VNC connection
Find the IP address:
Regardless of what method you use, finding the IP address of your system is required almost in every case. Following is an easy way to find the IP of your Linux system.
Go to the terminal in your Linux machine and type the following command:
Now enter the following command:
After writing the above command, your terminal window will look like this
You will find your IP address next to “inet” in the first section. In this case, as you can see from the above screenshot, the IP address is “10.0.2.15”
If the method mentioned above doesn’t work for you, you can try the following ways:
In the terminal, write the following command. Remember, this works for some of the Linux versions like Ubuntu.
Method 1:Remote Access using SSH (Secure Shell)
For this method, you should install the PuTTY software, as it’s better than using windows default SSH function. PuTTY establishes an SSH connection between your Linux and your Windows desktop, which gives you access to the Linux terminal.
After Installing the PuTTY software write the name of your Linux system, or it’s IP address under the “Host Name (or IP address)” label. Make sure to set the connection to SSH if it isn’t. Now click open. And voila, you now have access to the Linux command line.
Note: This will give only you access to the terminal, i.e., there will be no mouse control. Still, this is useful to install software using Terminal commands
Method 2:Using RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol)
RDP is the easiest method so far. The RDP tool is already installed in the windows. So the windows system doesn’t require any work (software-wise). However, this is not the case for your Linux system. On your Linux system, you will need to install XRDP tool. For this open the terminal (Ctrl+ Alt+ T) and type the following command
Press “y” and hit enter. It will then continue to install.
The first command will install the XRDP tool. The second command will allow the auto-enable on startup option. In other words, the xrdp tool will automatically start when the Linux boots. After this process completes. Go to your windows system and in search bar type “RDP.” Click on the “Remote Desktop App.”
Type the IP address of your Linux system adjacent to the “Computer ” label, and click connect
Enter the Username and the Password of your Linux system.
TroubleShooting: Although connecting through RDP is the easiest method for remote connecting, some problems occur during connecting with Ubuntu. This started happening after the Ubuntu 18.4 LTS release. Linux doesn’t like it when it is accessed remotely when the user is logged in. So a simple solution is to try RDP after logging out of your Linux
Method 3:Setting up a connection using Virtual Network Connection (VNC)
You can also connect using VNC. As mention above, SSH provides access to the terminal (no mouse control). VNC provides access to the Linux desktop (full mouse control). However, there is some prerequisite for connecting using this method, i.e., you have to install some VNC software.
Go to your Linux system and type the following command to make sure it’s up to date
Now input the following command
Now create a password for your connection. You will be given a desktop number, mostly 1. Remember this number.
After this, install the VNC client on windows. These TightVNC tools are installed in bundles, so once installed, go to the windows search bar and search “TightVNC Viewer. “ Launch the app and enter the IP address of the Linux device.
Now enter the IP of your Linux system followed by the desktop number, as shown in the above screenshot.
Now that you know these methods, you should know which way is best for your use.
- RDP uses xrdp which is open source
- SSH can be used to remote access the terminal
- VNC can be used instead of RDP, but it’s a little less secure
It is recommended to set up SSH regardless of what method you use as it makes the installation for the other two methods much more easier.
Ubuntu has a built-in remote desktop tool, which is VNC-compatible.
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Controlling and operating a computer remotely is not as hard as some of you may think. Accessing your home computer from another computer which you are currently using can help you perform critical operations, and also saves a lot of hassle.
So what are you waiting from? Learn the tricks and start using your personal computer from any location or house. It is recommended to install free remote desktop software that will help you complete tasks on your computer remotely. Even if you do not have any networking experience you can get this job done by learning more about the Virtual Network Computing software.
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Follow the steps. Once set up is complete, run the VNC hosting server by going to Begin – Programs – RealVNC, and select ‘run VNC hosting server.’
You will be asked to provide a security password to protect your hosting server.
Double click the VNC symbol on the taskbar to get to the options selection menu.
Run the application and get the IP address of your VNC hosting server pc (to find the exterior IP address of your house system, go to begin with – run and enter ‘cmd’ to bring up the control option, then enter the command ‘ipconfig’).
Again you will be asked to provide the username and password once the computer is connected to the host server
Those who are using non static IP internet service or a DSL connection, should consider creating a user account with any of the free dynamic DNS service providers.
It is also possible to find a no IP resource link by searching for no IP link in the Google search engine. Simply use the URL address instead of entering the full IP address.
You may also choose to install the LogMeIn software on the computer you are currently using to access your personal computer. Simply create a user account by providing your personal details including full name and address.
I set up VNC server thanks to this tutorial but I realized that I can access to my r-pi only on the same network. So, I would like know how to access my r-pi while I am on another network and how to set a fixed IP for each r-pi I wish to monitor.
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There are literally many ways for doing this for which what you need are static IP address and port forwarding on the router. Your condition may vary depending on what you have access to and on what side (client or server).
In my case, I had no access to the router and no static IP on both sides. But, I had access to a third-party server which I used for the connection. In short, here’s what I used to do:
I used ssh tunnel for port forwarding and a third computer with a static IP to solve dynamic IP related problem. If you have access to an ssh server, you can follow the procedure from this link.
Having made a free account with VNC I am now able to connect securely to my Pi from anywhere, over the internet:
I followed these instructions:
For anyone looking to do this, take a look at this tutorial
You basically install VNC Viewer on both machines and configure cloud sign in. This allows you to remote into your pi without having to enable port forwarding on your router. Additionally, you can access your pi from mobile devices since they have mobile apps as well.
Even if you save your data to the cloud with care, there will always be a time when you’re away from your home or office and need to update a file that’s been saved on that computer. Alternatively, you could be in a hotel room and need to run an application on your home computer. Maybe you’re out and about and want to use your phone to run a desktop app.
This is where remote desktop technology comes into play. These programmes allow you to securely connect to a computer from another device once they’ve been configured. You’ll be able to fully manage your computer from anywhere, and it’ll feel almost as if you’re sitting at the real thing. So, how do you do it? Let’s start with general-purpose remote desktop solutions, then go on to more specialised remote control and access options for gaming, productivity, and more.
Remote Desktop Access
The remote desktop software allows you to use another device to access your computer and all of its apps over the Internet, essentially by streaming a feed of your desktop. Even over a cellular data network, this works from a tablet or phone.
To do so, you’ll need to install a remote desktop server on the PC you want to connect to. To connect to your PC remotely, enable the Remote Desktop capability in professional editions of Windows and buy RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) client. Remote Desktop apps for Android, iPhone, and iPad are also available from Microsoft. Even if you don’t have a professional edition of Windows, you can set up a VNC (Virtual Network Computing) server on your PC to access it in a similar way.
These DIY services, on the other hand, aren’t as simple to utilise. To access them remotely, you’ll need to set up port forwarding and dynamic DNS on your own. They’ll also be more difficult to secure, because any bot scanning your IP address from the Internet will see the services operating on those ports and may try to break in and compromise your PC. Services like TeamViewer and Parallels Access, which handle the authentication pieces on their own central servers, aren’t at risk.
File Access On The Go
You may also access your PC’s files while on the go. An easy-to-use remote control system with an integrated file-transfer option is your best choice for avoiding mucking through a remote desktop session.
Instead of using a remote file access solution, the average PC user will probably prefer to use a cloud storage service. Your files will sync online if you use a service like Dropbox , OneDrive, or Google Drive. You can then access them from anywhere via your web browser, the service’s mobile app, or its syncing client.
On the plus side, your remote PC does not need to be turned on. The disadvantage is that the amount of storage provided by the service is limited. You may always encrypt files before storing them in the cloud if you’re concerned about storing crucial files online.
Using Cloud-Based Documents
Users of Microsoft Office can store documents to Microsoft’s free OneDrive cloud storage service, then use a web browser to access the Office Online website to read and edit the documents from anywhere. Office Online is a totally free service. OneDrive is included with Windows 8.1 and may be downloaded for free if you have an older version of Windows.
You can also read and edit Office documents stored in your OneDrive account for free using the Office Mobile apps for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. On the iPad, Office for iPad offers a more capable editing experience, although all of the mobile apps require an Office 365 membership to edit.
The only game in town isn’t Microsoft Office. Google Docs is a free programme that runs in your PC’s web browser and allows you to edit Google Docs or Microsoft Office documents from anywhere using a web browser or mobile apps.
Remotely wake up your comput Wake-on-LAN has been supported by PCs for a long time. While Wake-on-LAN is activated on a computer, the network interface watches for a specially constructed packet even when the computer is turned off, hibernating, or sleeping. The machine turns on when it receives the packet.
Wake-on-LAN allows you to turn on your computer via the Internet. This would allow you to leave your PC turned off unless you needed to remotely view its desktop or data.
This can be accomplished in two ways. You might use a special software program to send the “Wake-on-LAN” packet to your home IP address after forwarding the proper ports from your home router to the machine on your local network.
Video Game Streaming
When you’re not working, you can use the graphics card on your computer to play games when you’re away from it. Steam’s incredible in-home streaming function lets you stream games from your gaming PC to other Windows, Linux, or Mac machines on your network. You might connect your PC to a VPN server on your home network to stream games when you’re away from home… Even if you managed to persuade Steam into streaming over the Internet in this manner, performance would be poor.
Nvidia also has its own GameStream feature, which only worked with Nvidia graphics cards for the last several years. Unlike Steam, Nvidia allows you to connect to your home PC and stream games from it over the Internet, but this feature is currently in beta. The issue is that this feature is limited to streaming games to an Nvidia Shield portable console or Shield tablet . You can hook up your Shield to a TV and stream to a bigger screen, but you’ll need the Shield hardware to do it.
Although the mobile revolution continues, the PC remains a vital part of many people’s lives. The remote control is one example of how the correct technologies can make PCs, cellphones, and tablets more powerful when they collaborate.
While we are used to have graphical output on monitor next to computer, nothing prevents from neatly packing that image and streaming it away by network. In the past numerous computers at home were uncommon but now remote screen access via LAN or Internet is more interesting to users.
TightVNC is handy app based on Virtual Network Computing protocol that allows remote access to PC screen and files.
What it does
VNC is based on client-server model.
- server runs on PC to check permission and give access to screen;
- client runs from anywhere to connect to server.
VNC is open source, cross-platform and extensible protocol so core functionality remains unchanged and apps from different developers are compatible. Running TightVNC server you are not limited to its client, I can connect to server even from my Nokia N810.
This distribution is optimized for low-bandwidth connections. If client connecting is not TightVNC one than default VNC connection settings are used.
Other than that is provides:
- multi-monitor support;
- file transfer;
- access without client (with Java-capable browser);
- reverse connection (server requests session from client).
How to use
Run server (WinVNC.exe) on PC you want to access. Password must be set, rest is fine-tuning.
Run client (vncviewer.exe), choose connection type and input IP or host name of computer running server.
Optionally you can enable browser access in server settings (Administration > HTTP server > Enable built-in HTTP server) and access from browser via http://computerIP:5800
TightVNC encrypts passwords but not rest of information. Do NOT use it over Internet for access to sensitive data without additional encryption layer – setting up which is usually more complex.
TightVNC is open source (GPL) and freeware app. I think it writes minor registry entries but works without installation and browser access option makes it more than portable. App hadn’t been updated in a long time but works perfectly fine and it’s not an issue.
Radmin is fast remote control software for secure access to remote computer via Internet or LAN in multiple modes: view remote desktop, control remote PC’s keyboard and mouse, file transfer, telnet, remote turn on/off, text and voice chat.
- File Name: radmin35int.zip
- Author: Famatech Corp.
- License: Shareware ($49.00)
- File Size: 7.51 Mb
- Runs on: Windows 8, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinVista, WinVista x64, WinXP, Win2000, WinServer
A remote control solution designed for the Internet. Easily control machines across your LAN, or across the world.
- File Name: ProTrial.exe
- Author: IntelliNavigator, Inc
- License: Shareware ($59.00)
- File Size: 987 Kb
- Runs on: Win NT 4.x, XP, 2000, 2003
DameWare Mini Remote Control provides powerful remote control software for connecting to remote desktops, laptops and servers to troubleshoot and solve issues. Remotely control Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux computers from one console.
- File Name: DameWare-MRC32-v10.0.0.exe
- Author: DameWare by SolarWinds
- License: Shareware ($259.00)
- File Size: 57.06 Mb
- Runs on: WinXP, WinVista, WinVista x64, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinServer, Windows Vista
Bluetooth Remote Control turns your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone into a universal controller for Window. See your Power Point slides directly in the phone, browse/play the songs in ITune and Media player and much more.
- File Name: bluetoothremotecontrol.zip
- Author: BluetoothShareware.com
- License: Shareware ($9.95)
- File Size: 1.27 Mb
- Runs on: Win98, WinME, WinXP, Windows2000
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- File Name: RemoteControlPCInstall.exe
- Author: Remote-Control-PC.Com
- License: Freeware (Free)
- File Size: 3.33 Mb
- Runs on: WinXP, Windows2000, Windows2003, Windows Vista
‘Camera Remote Control for Nikon’ software by ColorRiver is used for remotely control Nikon DSLR cameras connected to a computer by USB cable or other interface. The program gives you full control over all camera parameters including shutter speed,. .
- File Name: setup-RCNikonSW.exe
- Author: ColorRiver
- License: Shareware ($19.95)
- File Size: 10.18 Mb
- Runs on: WinXP, Windows2000, Windows2003, Windows Vista
CrossTec Remote Control is designed to provide you with vital tools to help you access, control and support PCs across your operation. With CrossTec Remote Control you can easily and securely reach any Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Sun Solaris, or CE. .
- File Name: ctcrc.exe
- Author: CrossTec Corporation
- License: Freeware (Free)
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ShowDirector for PowerPoint provides wireless remote control of all your PowerPoint slide show presentations over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. With 5-way navigation, PPT ShowDirector is the most powerful, flexible PowerPoint slideshow remote control available. .
- File Name: ShowDirectorSetup.zip
- Author: Signal Beach Software
- License: Shareware ($4.95)
- File Size: 901 Kb
- Runs on: WinXP, WinVista, WinVista x64, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Vista, Android
Vectir is a PC remote control application that lets you control applications such as Winamp, iTunes, Windows Media Player and PowerPoint with a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or infrared (IR) remote control. Other features include remote desktop,. .
- File Name: Vectir WiFi and Bluetooth Remote Control
- Author: Incendo Technology
- License: Shareware ($14.95)
- File Size: 10.96 Mb
- Runs on: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinVista, WinVista x64, WinXP
Allows controlling your media player/center with TV-style Remote Control Unit via standard IrDA (infrared) port; No additional hardware is required. USB IrDA receivers are not supported. Features: * No additional hardware required (only. .
- File Name: IrRC-Setup.exe
- Author: Sphinx Software
- License: Shareware ($19.95)
- File Size:
- Runs on: WinXP, Windows Vista
Description: Skype Remote Control Plugin makes it possible to see your Home Cable TV from anywhere via Skype, and even change channels via Skype Chat Window. You can watch TV on remote PC or Mobile Device. This Plugin works together with Skype and. .
- File Name: SkypeRemoteControlPlugin.exe
- Author: SoftCollection
- License: Freeware (Free)
- File Size: 3.27 Mb
- Runs on: Windows2000, WinXP, Windows2003,Windows Vista
Mobilewitch Bluetooth Remote Control can be used to control your computer directly from your cellphone. The main purpose of the software is to turn your mobile phone into a universal PC remote control. The application is perfect for business as well. .
how to Access Your Mac Remotely will not be difficult after this article. If you have a Mac in your home, you probably know the frustration of not being able to access it from anywhere. With your laptop and computer always plugged in, it’s difficult to find the time to unplug them when they need some attention. Especially when you need to perform a quick task or check on something. You can also sometimes get caught in situations where there is no WiFi connection available with your MacBook Air or Macbook Pro. Luckily, there are multiple ways that enable you to remotely access your Mac. Here are some tips on how to do so.
What You Need to Connect Your Mac Remotely
On a Mac, the easiest way to access your computer is through the Remote Desktop Connection software. This software will enable you to remotely connect to your computer and use it as if you were in front of it. To do so, you need a remote desktop service account that has been configured for your Mac. You also need a broadband connection for this software to work properly.
Another option is to use VNC. VNC lets you connect directly to your Mac through an application on your phone or computer. To set up this software, all you have to do is input the IP address of your Mac into the application and then test if it’s working by clicking “Connect.” If it’s not working, try restarting the VNC Server app first before continuing with the steps below.
Of course, there are other ways in which you can use remote desktop services and apps. For example, if your laptop or computer isn’t connected directly to WiFi or Ethernet cables, then using Wi-Fi Direct will be a good solution because they don’t require any cables at all! You just need two different devices with Wi-Fi connectivity on the–one with the remote desktop service installed and one without–and they’ll automatically connect when they are near each other.
Where Can I Remotely Access My Mac?
A remote desktop is a good option to remotely access your Mac. Remote Desktop enables you to view and control your Mac from anywhere. You can also use Remote Desktop on multiple devices simultaneously. Another option is using the VNC Viewer. With the VNC Viewer, it’s possible to connect to your Apple device from any PC or mobile device that has an internet connection and a compatible browser. If you haven’t already, download the VNC viewer for free.
How Do I Use Remote Desktop Connection?
First, download Remote Desktop Connection on your Mac. This app will allow you to remotely access your MacBook Air or Macbook Pro from any computer that has a connection to the internet. It is also an easy-to-use tool, so anyone can use it. Once downloaded and installed, start-up this free program from the menu bar on your Mac. You’ll be able to see the Remote Desktop icon in the menu bar. Click it and sign in with your name and password when prompted for one. If you’re not signed in yet, you’ll be asked for credentials by default before being allowed to connect to your Mac from outside of it.
How Do I Use VNC?
One of the easiest ways to access your Mac remotely is through a Virtual Network Computing (VNC) app. The most popular VNC apps are from RealVNC and TightVNC, but there are others too. With these apps, you can connect to your computer by clicking on the “access” button in the bottom right corner of the screen. For example, if you were on your Macbook Air and wanted to access it remotely when you were not near it, you would click on the “access” button in the top left corner of your Macbook Air. You can then customize what information is shown on your computer screen while using this app.
Using a SSH Tunnel
If you have never accessed your Mac remotely before, it can be a little bit difficult to figure out how to do so. One way that can help is by using an SSH tunnel. An SSH tunnel uses port forwarding to connect your computer and another device together through a network. This allows you to access your computer from anywhere with an internet connection even if there is no WiFi available on the device. To create this, simply open up Terminal and type in the following command:
ssh -L 5000:localhost:5000 [email protected]
This will create a tunnel that will allow you to access your remote-IP without the need for WiFi or any other internet connection. Just make sure that the remote IP is correct and that port 5000 is forwarded for your device. This can be helpful when you are trying to get it done quickly because it only takes seconds to open up Terminal and run these commands.
There are many ways to access your Mac remotely, but these 5 methods are the easiest, with the least amount of effort.
1. Connect your Mac and PC via Ethernet cable
2. Connect your Mac and PC via WiFi
3. Connect your Mac and PC with a Remote Desktop Connection
4. Connect your Mac with a VNC Connection
5. Connect your Mac and PC with an SSH Tunnel
Your home computer is the perfect machine which holds every important file, images, videos etc that you can access anytime.
But sometimes, it’s not possible to take your computer always with you. So what can you do if you want to access your computer even when you are not in front of it? Yes, we are talking here about to remotely access your PC.
Managing your own computer or troubleshooting a family member’s PC even when you are far away is now becoming easy. Remote control apps help to remotely access and securely control your desktop. Such apps are very helpful when you can’t access your system in personal.
So here we are discussing top 5 mobile apps by which you can easily access your system remotely.
TeamViewer provides fast and secure access to a computer and mobile devices. If you are looking for a multi-platform solution then it is the best option. It helps you to access any system remotely and online customer support or servers across different platform. It comes with a number of attractive features. It supports all major platforms including Windows, Linux, Android, BlackBerry OS, Crome OS. It also offers chat and VoIP features for making calls, meetings, and conferences. It can easily transfer files with speed up to 200 MB/s between two remote devices.
2) VNC Viewer
VNC Viewer is another remote control app that gives you instant remote access to your computer from anywhere using your mobile. It also comes with various awesome features as it provides backup and sync connection details using RealVNC’s cloud account. It Supports Bluetooth keyboards for easy access. It offers multiple authentication schemes that prevent from unauthorized access. It offers services for almost every operating system i.e Windows, Linux, Android, and Chrome etc.
3) Microsoft Remote Desktop
It is the best tool to work remotely on a Window system using mobile. You only need to install Remote Desktop Assistant and it does all for you. There is no need to install any software for it. It is the best choice for window PC only. But it lacks other features such as file transfer, chat, voice call etc. Using Remote Desktop Gateway you can access remote resources like printers, scanner etc. It provides secure connection and high-quality audio and video support.
4) Chrome Remote Desktop
It is the only multi-platform tool that’s freely available for commercial use. It support Windows, Mac Os, and Linux easily. It can able to set up screen sharing and remote assistance. It supports functional copy-paste for Windows. But it does not support file transfer for any platform. It manages connection details at a single place. Provide one-time authentication code to get access. It is the unique option for any Chrome user.
It is a secure remote control app which provides full access to multimedia files, applications, games, file transfer on the remote computer through mobile. Splashtop is the best option for a local network solution. But it connects to Windows and Mac Os only. It does not support Linux OS. It provides strong encryption including multi-level passwords, audit trails etc. You can easily set up a connection using Splashtop Streamer on the remote computer.
Do you ever wish you could have access to your computer files no matter where you are? You can! And Tech Talker shows you how.
Let’s say you spent all weekend working on a big project. Then, come Monday morning, you have to present the project to your boss or teacher, when suddenly, 15 minutes before the presentation, you realize that you left the file you were working on saved on your home computer! Either you’d have to have somebody log on to your computer and email the file to you, or you’d have to go all the way back home just to get to it. Not a good situation.
Or what if you’re an aspiring computer whiz managing your family’s digital network, and are tired of going all the way across town to double click a program for Uncle Ralph? Well, in this episode I hope to make these problems a thing of the past! Because I’m going to teach you how to access your computer from anywhere.
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What are Your Remote Access Options?
In a previous episode called An Introduction to the Cloud , I mentioned Windows Live Mesh which is a file syncing tool, but also has computer sharing capabilities. I use this program quite a bit because it has a whole range of benefits. By far the biggest benefit is that it is made by and for Microsoft. However, if you’re trying to access your computer from a mobile device or from an Apple device, then you’re out of luck.
After a fair bit of research, I began using a program called TeamViewer . This program has many similar benefits as Windows Live Mesh, except that it can be used from your iDevice , Android, or Apple computer. TeamViewer can support just about anything that you have, and what’s even better: It’s completely free for personal use! There are one or two ads on this program essentially asking you to purchase the professional version for business use, but other than that, it’s pretty robust all the way around.
Here’s an example of how I use TeamViewer. Let’s say I’m at school and realize that I completely forgot to email a paper that I had been working on. I can just whip out my phone, open the free TeamViewer app, and work on my computer just as if I were sitting in front of it! Granted, it’s not the easiest thing to navigate on a small screen, but in a pinch, it works great.
Or let’s say you’re a child prodigy when it comes to computers and your grandparents are having a problem opening their email. Well, you’ve probably had a conversation similar to this one over the phone:
“Grandpa, if you want to open your email, you need to double click the icon that looks like a letter on your desktop.”
“No, the desktop is where you can see your background.”
“No, when I say double click, I mean with the mouse.”
“No, click with the left mouse button two times.”
“What do you mean you accidentally turned the computer off?”
I know, I’ve been there.
I’m sorry to say that trying to diagnose and fix a computer problem over the phone just isn’t practical. Because I couldn’t see exactly what was happening on the screen and control the computer, I kept having these types of circular conversations with Grandpa…until I stumbled across a website called Join.Me . All you have to do is go to the website and have the person on the other end of the phone also go to the same website. Then, they will read you a password that the website will give them, you type the password in on your end, and voila—their desktop will appear on your screen! No accounts to create, no software to install, and best of all—it’s free!
I can’t tell you how many of my relatives I’ve helped using this method. Even better, though, is how easy this is to do. When computers don’t work correctly it can be frustrating, especially when you’re trying to explain something over the phone. This has saved me gallons of gasoline, hundreds of dollars, and countless minutes on my cell phone plan. Money Girl would be proud of the cost benefits gained just by using this one simple program.
Yes, But is it Safe?
Let’s talk about security. I’m sure that for many of you this is a major concern. After all, if you can access your computer from anywhere, then couldn’t anyone else access it as well? Well, that’s something you don’t have to worry about as long as you have a strong password , which you don’t share with anyone else. Your password will act as your vault door, preventing anyone who wants to gain access to your computer. Even if you’re still skeptical, most services like TeamViewer will keep a log of when your computer was accessed and for how long. So if you want to be even more sure that your files haven’t been compromised, you can just check those logs to give you peace of mind.
I mentioned Windows Live Mesh, Join.Me, and TeamViewer because I have personally had great experiences with all these services. But if you want to do some more research on your own, I’d also suggest checking out programs such as VNC , GoToMyPC , and LogMeIn !
Here are you 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for remotely accessing your computer:
If you use multiple computers in different locations, install a program such as TeamViewer to give you access to all of them, as long as they are connected to the internet.
If you need to access someone else’s computer remotely, and don’t want to or can’t install software on their machine, use the free service Join.Me to connect to their computer anytime.
Just to be safe, always use a secure password so that no one else can control your computer!
If you think I missed something while covering this topic or want to talk about your experiences with storing accessing your computer remotely then head on over to the Tech Talker Facebook page! Or send me an email at [email protected] .
Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker , keeping technology simple!
March 15, 2007
The Ultimate Portability Tool: Accessing your computer remotely
“Out in the woods or in the city, it’s all the same to me, when I’m driving free.” When The Who wrote “Goin’ Mobile,” I doubt they had any idea how easy it could be to work while away from home unless you were a traveling salesman or rock band. Well, guess what? It’s no longer a vision of the future. Many of you, no doubt, already use your Blackberry, Treo, etc. to access the Internet while working away from the office. But how would you like to be able to access any file on your computer as if you were sitting in front of it even if you’re in another state?
With the advent of such great software as GoToMyPC.com, PCAnywhere, FilesAnywhere, LogMeIn.com, RealVNC, etc. we can take our work with us anywhere! Sure you can get an external hard drive and back up all your files on it or use your trusty thumb drive to have the most important files available to use from another computer, but what if you wanted to work on another computer while you’re away from home just as if you were sitting right in front of your home computer?
I have to do just that when I visit my husband for extended periods of time. Because my husband has taken a position with the government in the D.C. area and we are still in Augusta, GA waiting for our middle daughter to graduate from high school, we often travel to visit him. Since I can’t stop working just because I’m not at home, I had to find alternative ways to access all my files while away from home.
I’ve used gotomypc.com to access clients’ computers so I could add email signatures, update their computers and so on. It worked fine, although it’s slower than actually working from my own computer. I then heard about LogMeIn and its free version. I like free. So I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve got to say I had some trouble getting it to work on my laptop. I contacted customer service and they were very helpful in troubleshooting ways to get it to work.
Because this is our portability issue, I thought I’d share with you the different software that’s available for accessing your computer while away from home. Below, I’ve provided a quick overview of the most popular programs out there. I have quoted from their sites.
“GoToMyPC is for individuals needing remote access to 1-20 PCs. It’s an easy and secure remote-access solution that enables you to conveniently access email, files, programs and network resources from home or the road. Get unlimited access to your PCs from any Web browser anywhere.” They do offer a trial version good for 30 days.
“The ultimate in mobility, freedom & flexibility. You’re always looking for ways to make your schedule more flexible – it’s the key to work/life balance. And the key to flexibility is access to your computer. LogMeIn Free lets you get on your computer without physically being there.
With access to your PC from anywhere, you can go wherever, whenever:
• open remote files
• check your email
• run programs
• run system diagnostics
• access from any browser
• access from wireless Pocket PC
• Easy-to-use interface
• 100% free to use”
“Symantec pcAnywhere™ 12.0 is the world’s leading remote control solution.* It lets you manage computers and resolve helpdesk issues quickly, and connect to remote devices simply and securely.
Now pcAnywhere adds support for Mac OS® X. And new gateway functionality enables remote users to quickly find the hosts they need through firewalls and routers with minimal setup.”
“PCNow gives you the ability to access your PC anywhere, anytime. Conveniently access your files, programs and email whether you’re at work, at home, on the road or on vacation.”
“VNC (Virtual Network Computing) software makes it possible to view and fully-interact with one computer from any other computer or mobile device anywhere on the Internet. VNC software is cross-platform, allowing remote control between different types of computer. For ultimate simplicity, there is even a Java viewer, so that any desktop can be controlled remotely from within a browser without having to install software.
The open source version of VNC has been freely available since 1998, and more than 100 million copies of the software have been downloaded. The software has also appeared on numerous magazine cover disks, and for several years all popular versions of Linux have included VNC. It is in active use by many millions in industry, commerce, education and at home. Virtually all Fortune 500 companies use VNC, and installations of VNC across thousands of workstations are commonplace. For the free download, click here.”
Installing and using these programs is easy
If you want to work directly on a remote machine from some other location, just sign up for one of the programs I just mentioned.
Your home computer has to be connected to the Internet all the time so just leave it on while you’re away. (It’s a good idea to protect your computer during a storm or other power outage by having it plugged into a power surge protector.) Then, access your computer while away from home by using any computer that’s connected to the Internet such as your laptop or someone else’s computer. To access your computer back home you simply log on to the Internet and visit the login page of the program you downloaded. You can then initiate a session by logging on with your user ID and password that you created when signing up for the service.
It’s that simple! Now you’re ready to work from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection! I love this capability; without it I would have a much harder time trying to work from my husband’s townhouse while visiting him.
Give it a shot; what have you got to lose?
Supported operating systems
– Windows 95**, 98**, Me**, NT4**: latest version: https://uvnc.eu/download/102/
– Windows 2000: latest w2k version: https://uvnc.eu/download/1215/Ultravnc_w2k_1215.zip
– Windows XP, 2003, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Server 2003 R2, Server 2008: latest version: https://uvnc.com/downloads/ultravnc/129-download-ultravnc-1231.html
– Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2, Server 2016, Server 2019: current version: https://uvnc.com/downloads/ultravnc.html
Its embedded Java Viewer allows you to connect (and make File transfers) from a simple Web Browser on any system supporting Java (Linux, Mac OS. ) to an UltraVNC server.
PcHelpWare and uvnc2me require XP or later.
All VNC flavors follow the RFB protocol. This common start point means that most of the VNC flavours available today “usually” talk nicely together, allowing for easy cross platform desktop sharing to occur.
PcHelpWare and uvnc2me are not RFB compatible.
Remote PC Access Software
If you provide computer support, you can quickly access your customer’s computers from anywhere in the world and resolve helpdesk issues remotely! With addons like Single Click (SC) your customers don’t even have to pre-install software or execute complex procedures to get remote helpdesk support.
Who Should Use UltraVNC
Anyone who needs to support local or remote Windows users will find UltraVNC Products are must-have tools UltraVNC Products have been specifically designed to answer the needs of:
- Help Desk (Internal/External)
- IT departments
- Remote Computer Support companies
- Remote Computer Access
- Remote demonstration
- eLearning, classroom control
- Individuals that want to help their relatives and friends, or access their home PC from work or cybercafes
UltraVNC is free for ALL usage.
ALL = This include commercial usage.
We are a small team of highly motivated and cool people 🙂
Our goal is to make the more powerful, user-friendly and no-brainer free Remote Control software available.
UltraVNC is Free and distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
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With more people working with each other all over the world and the Internet becoming more ubiquitous by the minute, the physical computer is becoming less important. Rather than relying on taking your physical computer with you everywhere you go, as long as you can get to a “dumb terminal” with an Internet connection, you can reach your computer from anywhere.
Here are 8 apps to help you gain a remote access connection to any of your computers around the world.
Remoter VNC (iOS)
This is my go to VNC (virtual network computing) client on my iPhone. Out of the box it works with Mac screen sharing, as well as UltraVNC and any newer VNC server for Mac and Windows. Remoter VNC can also use RDP, Telnet, and SSH protocols to get a remote access connection, but you have to upgrade the app with in-app purchases.
You can setup and save your remote access connections, emulate a mouse and keyboard, and even use Windows keys. Right now Remoter VNC is $0.99 in the App Store and well worth the price, even to upgrade to RDP and Telnet access.
TeamViewer is a free for consumer application that can be used to remotely access your computer. It’s super secure using 256 bit AES encryption and an RSA private or public key exchange. You first install TeamViewer on any client machine that you want to gain a remote access connection with and then use the client on another machine to access it.
In my quick tests remoting into my home and work computers, TeamViewer worked great and helps you get rid of the overhead of setting up VNC servers and tricky OS level remote access.
TightVNC is a free VNC server for Windows. It can be a bit of a bear to setup (if you aren’t the most tech savvy), but works well to share your screen with another VNC viewer client.
One thing you have to keep in mind with TightVNC is that it isn’t as secure used directly “out of the box”. If security is a real concern for you, then TightVNC recommends establishing an SSH connection with the host before starting your remote access connection.
I love join.me because it is fast, easy, and secure. While being more of a screen sharing app, you could potentially use it for remote access connection. Basically, all you have to do is go to join.me, click the big orange “share” button, download and run a small executable, and use the join.me sharing number to access your machine with join.me in the browser.
I’ve been using this a lot for remote help with clients and it’s proven to be a really great tool. If you need a free way to remotely access computers and work with people, this is one of the best ways to do it.
CrossLoop is a fremium application that allows for screen sharing and a remote access connections to 1 computer for free (more than 1 requires a subscription plan). CrossLoop’s interface for remote access is in the browser and reminds me of using LogMeIn.
To get CrossLoop working you have to install the CrossLoop app on your Mac or PC and then you can gain a remote access connection to it from any browser. CrossLoop also offers a free screen sharing solution.
LogMeIn is still one of the best ways to remotely access your PC and Mac from anywhere. The free version allows you to access your computers securely from your browser or even from LogMeIn’s companion iOS app. The connection is fast and secure (join.me uses the same technology), and is one of the quickest and best ways to get a remote access connection to your machines.
With LogMeIn you can even remotely wake up a computer from sleeping.
RealVNC is an implementation of VNC that has a free version, but to gain the features most people are looking for (connection to Macs and Windows Vista and greater machines), you will have to pay for a license. RealVNC works well and is secure allowing you to access any number of machines through the VNC server-client model.
There are also VNC Viewer apps for iOS and Android that can be used to connect to a RealVNC server.
Remote Desktop Client (Android)
Remote Desktop Client works with Android allowing you to access any non-Home version of Windows computer through RDP, which is already built into the Windows operating system. All the user has to do is make sure that the Windows computer can be connected to remotely for the Remote Desktop Client to work on the Android device.
Using remote access connection applications is a great way to be productive from anywhere. Rather than staying tied down to your physical computer, use these 8 apps to give yourself the excuse to work from home, or even the beach if you are so inclined.
Remote Desktop software, is a computer remote access software that displays the remote computer’s desktop on the screen of your local PC, and allows you to remotely control computer in real time using your own mouse and keyboard. Installing Remote desktop software on your remote computer or remote server definitely will benefit computer administrator to provide effective help desk support to their end-users or support customers / server maintenance remotely.
How Remote Desktop Software works:
To get started working on a remote PC, you need to install a remote desktop software on that remote computer (for example your home or your office PC) and install same remote desktop software again on the local computer that you will use to access the remote computer. Both computers need to be connected to the Internet or the same LAN (Local Area Network).
Once the remote desktop access connection is establish, you will view the remote computer’s screen on your own monitor either in a window or full screen. All your mouse movements and keyboard signals are transferred directly to the remote computer. You work on the remote computer just as if it were right there in front of you.
The quality, speed and functions of any remote desktop protocol are based on the system layer where the graphical desktop is redirected. Software such as PC Anywhere, VNC and others use the top software layer to extract and compress the graphic interface images for transmission. Other products such as Microsoft RDP, Graphon GO-Global and others use a kernel driver level to construct the remote desktop for transmission.
Besides that, remote desktop software is quite advanced nowadays compare to past few years back, which computer technical personnel can remotely access any client computer via remote desktop software or web browser connection. Since there are so many Windows remote desktop software available, i have gather a windows remote desktop list that allows you to get help from your friends or computer technical person over the internet or computer network connection.
Free Windows Remote desktop Sharing software Download List:
TeamViewer – Free Remote Access | Remote Desktop Sharing Software
TeamViewer is an user friendly remote access computer software, which you can remote control a partner’s computer desktop to give online assistance. Your partner just has to start a little Team Viewer application which does not even require an installation or administrative rights.
Besides that, the major difficulties in using remote control software are firewalls and blocked ports, as well as NAT routing for local IP addresses. But TeamViewer will find a route to your partner’s computer and resolve all firewall protection, NAT routing or blocked ports problems.
Team Viewer also supports multiple platform like Windows, Linux and Mac.
TightVNC – Free Remote Control Software
Free remote control software for personal and commercial use. TightVNC is a enhancement version of original VNC, which improves a lot features like remote Web browser access, File transfers in versions for Windows, Scaling of the remote desktop to enhance your remote access experiences.
LogMeIn Free: Remote Access | Control PC or Mac Desktop
LogMeIn Free gives you remote control of your PC or Mac from any other computer with an Internet connection. All you need is install LogMeIn on the computer you want to access. Log into your account from another computer and click the computer you want to control. You’ll see its desktop and be able to use all the applications on your remote computer as if you were sitting in front of it – even if you’re across town, across the country, or across the world.
Mikogo – Remote Desktop
Cross platform free desktop sharing tool comes with full of features to assist you in conducting the perfect online meeting, remote support or web conference. It can support share any screen content or application over the Internet in true color quality with up to 10 participants simultaneously, while still sitting at your desk. Plus more, this free desktop sharing tools is free for commercial and private use.
However, the organizer starts a session from their desktop, receives a unique 9-digit session ID from the Mikogo server, and distributes the session ID to their participants. Participants open their Internet browser, go to www.mikogo.com and click on “Join Session”. There are no installations or registrations required for the participants. They simply run the software and enter the session ID. A connection is instantly established, and the participants can view the organizer’s screen in real time via the Mikogo viewer window.
UltraVNC: Free Remote Support Software
UltraVNC is a remote computer support software that similar like TightVNC, which based core VNC to develop. It allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to control the other PC remotely. The main key features of Ultra: File transfer, Video driver, Optional Encryption Plugins, MS Logon, Text chat, Viewer Toolbar, Java Viewer with File Transfer , as well as Auto scaling and Server Side Scaling, Multiple-Monitors-support, Repeater / Proxy-support, Auto reconnection, good performances and tons of other functionalities. Plus more, UltraVNC also support addons such as Repeater, SingleClick generator and NATtoNAT connectors that help you to easily handle the most complex connection situations.
So, above remote desktop software is freeware product. If you have use any remote desktop / remote access software before, let us know which is your favourite remote desktop sharing software and share your remote computer experiences with us.
Carrying out ordinary terminal-based activities efficiently from remote connections can be tricky. Ideally, we would like to use a computer or “terminal”, from a remote connection anywhere in the world, exactly as we were sitting in front of our computer at our usual working place. In this article, we suggest a few simple tricks that can be useful to transform a remote connection into a sound and efficient “smart working” platform.
Let us assume that when you are physically located at your organization or working place, you work in front of a PC, which is able to reach both an internal network (for example, for accessing local file servers or printers) and the rest of the world (internet). The internal connections are managed by an internal server (the Company Server). Usually, there is also a firewall (or something like that), managed by your organization, that protects your PC from the external world. The “normal” situation looks like that:
Working remotely on your PC
Now, you want to access your PC from an external work station. If you work with Linux/Unix machines, you can do several things. You need to know the IP addresses of the involved computers. Let us assume that the IP addresses are as in the picture below and you want to connect to your PC from your “Home PC” (which is also a Linux machine).
A terminal-like connection (that is, a remote shell) is extremely useful and efficient if you just need to run basic (text-only) commands, visualize and edit text files, run remote programs, submit jobs, check job status. Most of the activities related to high-performance and large-scale computing can indeed be done on a simple Linux/Unix shell!
The most straightforward way to access a PC is via ssh, tunneling through the Company Server. In this case, from a terminal on your Home PC, type:
ssh -4 -f -N -L 9999:192.168.1.10:22 [username-at-company-server]@100.110.120.130
ssh [username-on-your-work-PC]@localhost -p 9999
And you will get a (bash) shell on your Work PC directly from your Home PC. Add any other option you may require to connect to the Company Server (port, authentication files, etc.). (Note: if the first ssh command complaints, please consider that you can choose almost any other number in place of 9999, which is just an example).
Access to remote files
In several cases, you need to access files remotely. This happens, for example, if you need to open large files with some program or application (graphics, visualization, etc.). In principle, you could copy your remote files from your Work PC to your Home PC, open the files locally, make changes, and transfer the modified files back to the Work PC. Remote access to files is the most efficient solution in these situations.
To access remote files without copying/transferring, you can use ssh-like connections.
On your Home PC, you first need to create a “temporary” mount point. Type:
Then, on your Home PC type (if not done already earlier):
ssh -4 -f -N -L 9999:192.168.1.10:22 [username-at-company-server]@100.110.120.130
sshfs [username-on-your-work-PC]@localhost: -p 9999 remote_files/
Your remote home directory (on your Work PC) will be available under remote_files. Please, note that these are the REAL files, not copies, so any change in this directory will also affect the remote files.
Complex applications are difficult to manage and control via command-line, and use instead a GUI (Graphical User Interface). Remote connections can be set-up to enable the use of GUI-based applications.
If you need to use graphical applications, enable X11 forwarding with -X. Essentially, just to the same as in the previous point, adding a -X to both ssh commands:
ssh -X -4 -f -N -L 9999:192.168.1.10:22 [username-at-company-server]@100.110.120.130
ssh -X [username-on-your-work-PC]@localhost -p 9999
You will get a shell on your Work PC, but you will also be able to run graphical (X11) applications. However, remote graphical applications can be very slow.
Remote desktop connections
If you need full control of your Work PC from a remote connection, you can use a desktop-sharing solution. In this case, you will have a window on your Home PC showing the monitor of your Work PC, and your (local) mouse and keyboard will control remotely your Work PC. This environment is therefore able to transfer the desktop of your Work PC to your Home PC. But, to be efficient, you will need a very large bandwidth. And, don’t forget that you are exposing the desktop of your Work PC to the outside world.
You can work using remotely the full graphical environment of your Work PC by using VNC. The set-up is easier when you can still physically access your Work PC to enable remote access. You need to do the following.
On you Work PC (you need access to a shell on your Work PC, see above):
- Enable desktop sharing on your Work PC (with gnome: type gnome-control-setting sharing), also entering a password for desktop sharing.
On your Home PC:
- Install a VNC client on your Home PC (for example: sudo apt-get install remmina).
- Type the following:
ssh -4 -f -N -L 9998:192.168.1.10:5900 [username-at-company-server]@100.110.120.130
To access the desktop of your Work PC remotely from your Home PC, open remmina on your Home PC and select “VNC” and insert this address in the main bar:
The application should ask you for the password selected before and your remote desktop should be visible. This solution is probably much faster/reactive than using a direct graphical forwarding, as done above.Please, note that you should disable desktop sharing when not needed.
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