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VNC Viewer – Remote control your Pc on the N900

18 February 2010Entry by

This fine small application allows you to take control over your pc in your network, from everywhere you want. Vnc viewers are generally used to support customers desktop computers, servers, workingstations, etc. for example in large companies, so the technician won’t have to be locally at the device itself. He is able to solve problems directly from his workstation, what is an efficient way to save costs (by the way).

Before you can start, you have to install a VNC server on your desktop computer, such as UltraVNC or TightVNC (Mac OSX has already vnc onboard, socalled “screen-sharing”, and also linux has comparable software installed) which are free, but also enough commercial versions are available. I’m not going into specifics of setting up a VNC server, you will find the instructions of each programm on their websites. I used the UltraVNC alternative, which is working very well. It is really easy to install, and guides you to the process.

Once you’ve setup your VNC server, install the VNC viewer from the appmanager to your N900. By starting the program, it will ask for a VNC server IP adress. If you are in your home network with WLAN connection, just type in the IP address of your computer you want to control and tap OK. This will help you find your home network IP address.

Next is the password, you’ve given to your server at the setup. That’s it. You will now see your desktop on the screen of your N900. Amazing!

My Linux desktop

My Windows desktop

Of course you are able to use the VNC viewer from outside your very own network via 3G or another WLAN network somewhere. You will find detailed instructions in the maemo.org’s talk section. In case you do not have a static IP address, just register yours free on DynDNS and create your own domain name. This allows you to connect your home network, even if your IP is constantly changing. Detect your IP address here.

Fact is, VNC viewer is a very useful app for those who need this for work, and for us (others) it is nice to play arround on our homescreens.

- sam -

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