When managing a computer network, having the ability to remote into a PC on the network to provide help desk support or to perform maintenance, there is none better than the VNC (virtual network computing) software packages that are freely available. VNC allows you to share, view and control remote computers as if you were sitting in front of them. If you have several PC’s in the home environment that are networked, this is an excellent way to manage those PC’s to perform maintenance routines or to perform alternative tasks without having to physically sit in front of each PC. What “VNC Software” do I have on my PC? There are several VNC packages available: RealVNC , TightVNC and UltraVNC. I “currently” prefer UltraVNC over the rest of the pack.
UltraVNC runs under the Windows operating systems (95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003…), is available for free (under the GNU General Public License) and is constantly being improved. Vista is not reflected on the list; however, I am using it on a PC with the Vista operating system and have experienced no issues.
Key features of UltraVNC (as indicated on the web site):
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.
Using UltraVNC to wirelessly connect to my notebook PC… In a previous post, I did a review on the Acer Aspire One Netbook computer [Click Here] that I recently purchased. Since that review I have setup the Aspire One to wirelessly connect to the internet via my wireless router or access point. I currently have the UltraVNC viewer installed on my main PC (Windows Vista) and the UltraVNC server installed on the Aspire One (Windows XP). When installing VNC software, the viewer is always installed on the computer(s) that you want to use to control the other computer(s). The server component is installed on the computer(s) that are going to be controlled. When installing the UltraVNC software, the installation routine walks you through the entire setup process. I have the Aspire One setup to automatically load the UltraVNC server, when booted, so that it is ready at any given time for a remote session. Using the UltraVNC viewer component on my main PC (Windows Vista), I “wirelessly” remote into the Aspire One. I’ve found that this works best if the Aspire One is working off the AC Power Adapter. The neat thing about this, and it works very well, is that I am pulling up and controlling the Aspire One, “wirelessly” from my main PC, with minimal performance loss This gives me the ability to manage the Aspire One and to perform other tasks (i.e. downloads, test software, perform updates, transfer files, etc…) without having to physically touch the (Aspire One) computer. The sole purposes of my setup is that I making good use of my computer resources; the Aspire One is not just setting around; and it is a great conversation piece when people visit and see me controlling another PC through thin air.