Originally Posted by Palooka
My daughter is away at university. She has an internet connected Windows 7
PC at home, behind a domestic router. I would like to control her screen
and mouse occasionally (over the Internet) from my Fedora 13/14 box, so as to
help her out with the inevitable Windows issues.
There is no data of a particularly sensitive nature on her PC, and it
would not be a problem if it involved a telephone call in advance on each
occasion, to arrange for her to start the server or whatever.
It's not particularly important whether or not she could view the local
screen while I am controlling the PC.
What is important is performance of screen updates - her connection
(although broadband) can be a bit slow at times.
Can anyone recommend a straightforward and reliable method to do this? I
am quite happy digging through documentation.
I have Googled, and there seem to be many alternative approaches.
Is VNC the way to go (and if so, which one)? Or something else?
rdesktop... great... everyone should open RDP on their networks to the world.
But terminal sessions in Windows 7 cause crashes for some reason. Whenever I RDP to my Windows 7 box... I can't login at the local system... it hangs infinite until I hard cycle the box.
VNC is old... slow... and not even worth it. I've lost respect for VNC's poor unencrypted latency... Even on a LAN it's connection is garbage...
LogMeIn is faster + uses 256AES TLS/SSL communication. Like SSH... good encryption with good compression, fairly good responses. Ok... think of VNC at normal rates... LogMeIn works faster than VNC without disabling wallpaper and user interface goodies, and disabling the display accelerator. Beat that...
Http://www.logmein.com - Install LogMeIn on her computer with a free account and free-license(reduced features)
Since you probably haven't even tried it, use logmein trial of LogMeIn Central which allows you to pre-configure an installation on the web interface. Then send her the link that it provides after you've created your automatic installation wizard. All she needs to do is put her name in the box... run a test installation for yourself so you know what to tell her. This currently only INSTALLS on Mac and Windows but you can manage from Linux using Fire Fox browser. See my SS.
LogMeIn Central allows for IT Departments to work together from Multiple Email logins instead of a single login...
My central trial expired... it's kind of sad now that I can't just deploy with the automated install but I still have free... ANYWHERE access to my systems when I need them. Uses port 443... so it's allowed from ANY network. I can goto a library and manage the servers at work.. It's sweet.
Now you need the Admin password for the system(Central SAVES THEM FOR YOU, single-sign on style, I now have to re-enter them each session)
Send her a ONE line command to copy and paste into command prompt so you can log in with logmein. She will need to elevate command prompt and runas administrator, by right clicking cmd and run as administrator.
net user yourname P@ssw0rd /add /active:yes & net localgroup administrators yourname /add
If not, just ask her for her password if she trusts you enough, then you don't even have to worry about that junk.
Then use yourname with the password. IT will let her know when you connect.