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Akom 11th December 2007 06:10 AM

Remote Access Software
I'm looking for a good remote access solution, primarily on my home network but out of network access would be a plus. I have a windows media center Vista Home Premium machine that I want to be able to control from any machine on my network including my laptop with wireless access. I also would like to use it to provide remote help.

Free would be ideal but not necessary

I've looked at but the free version is not compatible with Vista

Logmein doesn't appear to have a free version and I think I've heard various tech podcasts saying they use it. Which pay version is best, they have a lot of them.

Windows Remote Desktop is out because it doesn't support Vista Home Premium. You would think someone would have an easy had for this.

Complete one sided control with no manual confirmations from the accessed machine is necessary, too many steps otherwise and I could use remote assistance if I was willing to go to each machine.

I think I've heard of a virtual KVM but it was enterprise level and $$$.

So what are you all using? If I decide to buy, what would be the best option.


StupidScript 11th December 2007 12:47 PM

We've had excellent results from UltraVNC on all versions of Windows and Linux, crossplatform (i.e. a Vista box controlling a Linux box, vice-versa, or any version of Windows controlling any other version).

In your case, because Vista is so @$#% ... you'll want to use UltraVNC's "custom" setup, called UltraVNC Single-Click. You configure it to connect from inside your Vista firewall to the remote machine, thereby clearing all of the security hassles. The remote machine has a "listener" running on it, and when your Vista box calls out to it, it will wait until you get there to acknowledge the connection, then you simply click "Allow Access" on the remote box, and you're controlling your Vista box without doing anything else on the Vista box. Conveniently, when you end the remote session, the VNC running on your Vista box dies, too, so there's no remaining open hole through your Vista defenses, such as they may be.

You'll need a reliable IP address for the remote machine (the controller), but the Vista box (to be controlled) can be on any type of network, because it calls out to the remote box. Dynamic IP is perfectly fine on the box to be controlled. Also, the to-be-controlled box needs to allow UltraVNC through the firewall, and the remote controller needs the same (just check the box in Windows Firewall).

Works great. Free.

Sporkman 11th December 2007 01:20 PM

I've used NoMachine NX ( in my linux network with very good results. It has a (free) Vista client package, however for the server you're logging on to, they only have Linux & Solaris in their free offerrings.

Softix 19th December 2007 12:42 AM

i THink you shall go PC linux OS!! that's cool. or even UBuntu ultimate! they keep you virus free and have built in Remote Access methods!

Prasanta 3rd July 2017 05:13 AM

You can try using on premise R-HUB remote support servers. It works on Windows, MAC, Android, iOS etc. and provides a simple and easy to use interface.

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