Don't pay for vnc software. Ultravnc and Tightvnc is free for the viewer and server.
realvnc is an nice tiny programm. I use it on all my desktop pc and aswell on my carputer.
the only problem is that the viewer is freeware but the servers is shareway/ payware.
but I bought it, its nice,clean,accept keyboard presses like -ctrl-alt-del and it use only 200k of ram.
I use tightvnc... for no particular reson... can someone point out the diffeences between real/ultra/tight?
Are they compatible? (tight server, real client, for example)
Some of the clients are compatable. I think real and tight work together but ultra vnc has some special fetures that don't seem like tight or real to work with it.
RealVNC = the original developed by IBM
UltraVNC = Many additions to incress compression and screen refreshing
TightVNC = Small package with improvments over realvnc but lacks some of the nice layouts Ultra has.
I used tight vnc for a long time and am now switching over to Ultra because I like the feture set it has and all there added bells and whistles. I would try Ultra and Tight both out and make up your mind. Also I think each one of these has linux binaries/source available.
Originally Posted by gameboy
what he said
I use RealVNC to access my computer at home (Texas) from IRAQ. I carry the viewer on a memory stick so I can access my home computer from anywhere (pending firewalls though). RealVNC can in handy when I was home to allow me to access my server (no more monitor needed). The only thing I do not like is its inability to copy files between the two computers. It's weird because I can copy text via the clipboard between the two.
May have to check out Ultra and Tight to see what they can do.
EDIT: UltraVNC page is being updated. TightVNC is a RealVNC clone and it does have the ability to transfer files.
UltraVNC also has file transfer. It isn't listed on there page but I just checked and it is in there.
I now got TightVNC up and running. It was a pain in the @$$ because I was already running RealVNC and I ran into some issues with the port forwarding on my router.
That got squared away so I set up TightVNC as a service and removed RealVNC as a service. I then remotely restarted my computer and attempted to log in. D'Oh! I forgot to set a password or change the option for disallow connection if there is any empty password.
So I sent my girlfriend an email and had her make to correction (she's in Texas; I'm in Iraq). I tried to log in from work which is a tactical military network. No dice. It's probably because I am behind a router here that, obviously, does not have the port forwarded for me.
So I tried to be slick. I remotely logged in to my router in Texas and changed the incoming port to port 80 and the private port to 5800. This time I managed to connect via HTTP. The Java applet downloaded to my computer but it wanted to connect to port 5800. No dice.
So what I am going to do is set up TightVNC to run off two of the three ports: 80, 8008, 8080 (which are HTTP ports that won't need port forwarding on my side). Hopefully it will work.
All this work to get around the stupid "You page has been blocked by WebSense."-BS.
PS. File transfers work like a charm on the non-military network.
Success. I set up TightVNC to use ports 80 & 8080. I can now connect to my computer in Texas with no problems and I am behind a router with no port forwarding. Best of all, I can use the Java viewer from any computer connected to the Net. (I've run into access priviledges when trying to use the .exe viewer from a memory stick. Stupid Admins.) [not here...] Anyways, appears to be working great.
Downside, is TightVNC will not transfer an entire folder or more than one file (queueing). You have to download each file individually. That's not cool. Could always zip the files or folders and download just the one zip file.