Computer Tips - What's the best way to use a Windows machine remotely?
Date: 2012sep23 OS: Windows Q. What's the best way to use a Windows machine remotely? A. UltraVNC -------- UltraVNC is the best VNC client/server. For one it supports file transfers. If you have no NAT issues use this. To access a NATed server, see: http://www.davekb.com/search.php?target=server+behind+NAT I like VNC because there are implementations on nearly every platform. No charge for any use. http://www.uvnc.com/ Team Viewer ----------- TeamViewer is great for getting around NATs. No change for personal use. Charge for business use. http://www.teamviewer.com Unified Remote -------------- This is an Android app and Windows server. Requires Windows dot-net framework. Its call "unified" because it contains a bunch of little remotes for different program that you may want to control on your Windows box from your Android device. (eg Power, XBMC/Kodi, JRiver, etc). The free version has some remotes. You need to buy the full ($3.75) app to get them all. http://www.unifiedremote.com/ Remote Desktop Protocol ----------------------- Windows has a builtin app called Remote Desktop. But you need the "Pro" or better version of Windows to have it. To access a NATed server, see: http://www.davekb.com/search.php?target=server+behind+NAT http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_Desktop_Protocol Other issues ------------ Some issues with any remote control app are... - NAT - Encryption - Speed/Efficiency - Cost - Availability