Access your home server remotely!

Anyone that has been in the corporate arena has probably heard of Symantec’s PCAnywhere, a program that let’s you take control of computers at work, or home just as you would logging into the computer itself (except in a window).
Opensource provides a couple of great solutions. The easiest would probably be RealVNC. VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. This is how it works.
The second to try would be TightVNC. There are a number of features that make it superior to the original VNC, but that is up to you to decide.
The last would be FreeNX. FreeNX is a bit more difficult to install, but has vastly better networking abilities. What does this mean? You can remote-control your computer over a 56k modem. Original based on NoMachine‘s proprietary NX where the core was open-sourced. A howto is here to help those that are interested in pursuing a server/client system based on FreeNX.
All of these solutions allow the user to be mobile, but access the power wherever it may be without bringing it along. Useful? Definitely.

  • tightvnc all the way with the hooks.dll installed, comes with java applet so that you dont have to carry around/download the viewer all the time
    –adam

  • tightvnc all the way with the hooks.dll installed, comes with java applet so that you dont have to carry around/download the viewer all the time
    –adam

  • TightVNC is great, but I’m not sure about Java. Any java = slower processing since Java isn’t running native. Non-native java is slow, since it has to be translated.

  • TightVNC is great, but I’m not sure about Java. Any java = slower processing since Java isn’t running native. Non-native java is slow, since it has to be translated.