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Windows 7: Care to recommend a remote access method beside Remote Desktop?

25 Jun 2014   #1
Atom

win7 64 Home Premium
 
 
Care to recommend a remote access method beside Remote Desktop?

I have a home network of 4 Win 7 computers which I leave running when I'm away from home to provide data to my website, among other things. In the past, I've been using Remote Desktop to access my home computers. It works very well, but it's always a challenge getting everything set up to work right before I go. I was wondering if others who have used Remote Desktop as well as other means of remote access would care to share their experience and express a preference, if any.

Thanks.


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25 Jun 2014   #2
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

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25 Jun 2014   #3
cyberSAR

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I've used splashtop, and am trying Remote Utilities now but I prefer Remote Desktop.

I setup CopSSH server on one machine and tunnel to the others. Best performance and most dependable of all I have tried so far.
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25 Jun 2014   #4
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Atom View Post
I have a home network of 4 Win 7 computers which I leave running when I'm away from home to provide data to my website, among other things. In the past, I've been using Remote Desktop to access my home computers. It works very well, but it's always a challenge getting everything set up to work right before I go. I was wondering if others who have used Remote Desktop as well as other means of remote access would care to share their experience and express a preference, if any.

Thanks.
If you forward your ports correctly RDP shouldn't be an issue. Do you use a static IP address or is it dynamically assigned? You may want to consider using Dynamic DNS so you can RDP to a URL instead of having to find the IP address.

Team-viewer is a good alternative but requires someone to be at both ends.

How is your setup currently running?

Josh
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25 Jun 2014   #5
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

the easiest method I found was to install team viewer on both computers. I have to admit that I have not tried any other way over the internet but within my network I mostly use VNC Viewer for my 3 computers
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26 Jun 2014   #6
phantomofrussia

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I recommend Teamviewer, it is free as long as it is for personal use.

You can install unattended connection which then allows you to connect to the computers as long as those computers have an internet connection.
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26 Jun 2014   #7
Atom

win7 64 Home Premium
 
 

Ok, I'm going to give TV a try. I'll let you know how it works.
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26 Jun 2014   #8
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

I use RealVNC for almost all of the 21 remote machines I support. I use RealVNC Address book on my laptop (i.e. "client") to connect to each of the remote "host server" machines. RealVNC Address Book is just a simple way to get to RealVNC Viewer without having to enter each host's password everytime you want to connect. There's simply a master password to get into the Address book, where each of the subordinate target host machines connection details are stored once and then remembered.

RealVNC does require that you configure the router at the target host server machine to allow "port forwarding" from outside, to get through the router firewall. And port forwarding requires that the target machine IP address be "static" within the LAN, meaning your router must support "address reservation by MAC address" so that the IP address can be specified in the port forwarding rules.

Furthermore, if the target host IP address can vary over time (e.g. if it's at least possible for your ISP to assign a different address to your cable/dsl modem when the DHCP lease renews... although in reality that does occur only very very rarely) then you now must deal with the "dynamic IP target address" (as viewed from the outside Internet world, for connection from the remote client machine to the host server machine). I use DynDNS Pro to solve that problem (very nominal cost per year to support symbolic hostname->IP registration for up to 32 host machines).


For two particular host machines I support where the router simply doesn't provide IP address reservation and port forwarding correctly, I use TeamViewer. It's free for non-commercial use, but if you go with the free version then you're also bothered by advertisements for the commercial retail non-free version (which is VERY expensive).

Anyway, TeamViewer's approach eliminates ALL of the configuration requirements I described above for RealVNC. You simply install TeamViewer on both client machines and host machines, and there is secure connectivity performed through an intermediate TeamViewer server (at least initially, to establish the connection). So there's no router configuration needed, nor is there any dynamic IP (via ISP-provided DHCP) consideration.


Personally, I prefer RealVNC even though there is router setup required as well as something like DynDNS required if you don't have a static IP provided by your ISP.
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26 Jun 2014   #9
cyberSAR

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I also just ran across AnyDesk AnyDesk - The World's Fastest Remote Desktop Application from some ex-employees of Team Viewer. Will be testing it today.
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27 Jun 2014   #10
Atom

win7 64 Home Premium
 
 

I took Teamviewer for a test drive and it seems to work very well and I especially like not having to worry about the port forwarding/router setup. I'm going to use it next time I'm away from my home office.
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