Use UltraVNC to Manage the PC’s in Your Home

UltraVNC is a powerful, easy to use and free software that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen.

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If you have a home network setup, UltraVNC is an excellent way to manage all of your PCs from one main PC.  For example, I currently have a wireless network setup of three PC’s in my home consisting of a desktop PC (Win7), a netbook (WinXP) and a Home Theater PC (Win7). The cool factor here is that UltraVNC will work over a wireless network. In this scenario it is not uncommon for me to have all three PCs running at the same time. With UltraVNC I use my main desktop PC (Win7) to remote into into the other two PC’s to perform routine maintenance, updates, transfer files or to simply have another computer resource available (for super multitasking purposes). In other words I can bring up the screens of the other two PCs on the screen of my desktop PC and work on them as if I were sitting in front of them.

Setting this up is pretty easy… When you install UltraVnC you will see that it consists of a “server” and a “viewer”.  Do not let these words scare you. The “server” is what you want to install on the PC’s you desire to control. The “viewer” is what you want to install on the PC that will be controlling the other PC’s. If that sounds pretty confusing let’s use my network setup as an example. I installed the “server” on the netbook and the Home Theater PC and installed the “viewer” on my main desktop PC. I use the main desktop PC to “view” the other PCs. You can get specific install instructions [HERE] .

UltaVNC is pretty powerful remote software and can be used for many types of application. When I was managing a business network, UltraVNC was my go to app to remote into other PC’s to perform help desk tasks and to perform maintenance routines.

UltraVNC was specifically designed to answer the needs of:

  • Help desk (Internal & External)
  • IT departments
  • Remote Computer Support companies
  • Remote Computer Access
  • Remote demonstration
  • eLearning, classroom control
  • Individuals that want to help their relatives and friends, or access their home PC from work or cybercafes
  • If you are looking for a way to easily manage the PCs in your home and keep an eye on your kids; then, UltraVNC will get the job done.

Key features: File transfer, Video driver, Optional Encryption Plugins, MS Logon, Text chat, Viewer Toolbar, Java Viewer with File Transfer , as well as Auto scaling and Server Side Scaling, Multiple-Monitors-support,Repeater/Proxy-support, Auto reconnection, good performances and tons of other functionalities.

UltraVNC runs under Windows operating systems (95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7…). Its embedded Java Viewer allows you to connect (and make File transfers) from a simple Web Browser on any system supporting Java   (Linux, Mac OS…) to an UltraVNC server.

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