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Old 12-30-2008, 09:48 AM
 
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I'm looking for a simple, small app that will let me remotely access my dad's desktop. We bought him a new Vista notebook a couple months ago and, at 82, he's having some problems figuring out how to do things he did on his old WinME desktop.

I saw UltraVNC on Filehippo and will probably give it a try as it's a very simple setup from his side of the fence. I'm not looking for a "go to my pc" type service. I've used Laplink in the past too, but am looking for something basic and easy for him to launch and understand.

Any experience with UltraVNC or other remote desktop (PC to PC) apps?
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:23 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Remote Desktop Connection comes as part of Windows. Read up on it and see if it does what you want.

Last edited by mensaguy; 12-30-2008 at 10:25 AM.. Reason: spelling
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:53 AM
 
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Thanks mensaguy, I know Remote Desktop CAN do the trick. The problem is that my father would need to go in and change a bunch of network and firewall settings that could, literally, take him hours to do even if I walk him through it. And if he screws up a setting, I'd get a migraine trying to debug it. UltraVNC allows me to create a setup exe that I can simply mail to him that will setup his notebook so that I can access it. I say "simply," but I've not yet tried to set it up. Then again, I suppose, I could get a trial account with go to my pc and set it up for him. That's a possibility.

Last edited by JTGJR; 12-30-2008 at 10:55 AM.. Reason: additional thought
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:49 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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The Remote Desktop connection port is already in the exception list for the Windows Firewall. Generallt, all you need to do is put a check in the box to allow Remote connections.

I haven't seen UltraVNC, but had used VNC thousands of times. It is quite easy to set up.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:34 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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even with the config capability - you may still need to configure the firewall on his router to allow the right ports for connection. And you should filter that so only YOU can get in.....
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Old 12-30-2008, 03:18 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Realvnc has a free version. You might check them out here.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:19 PM
 
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VNC would still require firewall setup to allow connections, microsofts terminal service client would be the best and easiest in my opinion.
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Old 12-31-2008, 07:00 PM
 
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What's wrong with "go to my PC type of service"? I use logmein's free version and it works great. There's no firewall or router configuration issues. Once its installed, your dad doesn't even have to know its there until he calls you for help, you remote in, and his mouse starts moving around.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:38 PM
 
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Thanks EscapeCalifornia. If there's a free version, that's great and I'll check it out. But I don't expect to have to use it more than a few times per month and I don't want them to have to pay a monthly charge. Tried to rep you, but was denied. I hate that limitation!
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:13 AM
 
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Thanks EscapeCalifornia. If there's a free version, that's great and I'll check it out. But I don't expect to have to use it more than a few times per month and I don't want them to have to pay a monthly charge. Tried to rep you, but was denied. I hate that limitation!
Yeah check it out. Create an account with them, then go to your dad's computer and logon to it there. You'll then have the option to add his computer to your account. Once added, their tray icon loads up at startup and you can see that his computer is online when you logon to their web page. I have all of my computers, my parents' computers, and a few others added to my account. The free version is quite fast (limited only by the host's upload speed) and the only thing it lacks compared to the paid version is printer redirection and file transfer.
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