How is it all working ?
Scott C. Best
Fri Dec 27 16:56:01 2002
Heya. Even though you're new to VNC, I think you'll
find it's really easy to use. Some comments inline:
> I need to remote-control by internet a PC connected to a LAN (the NT
> server but also some W98 clients).
You're using the right software then. :) Just install VNC
on all of the machines you want to either remote-control or do the
As you seem to know, the VNC package comes in two parts: the
VNC-server and the VNC-viewer. To remotely-control a machine that's
running a VNC-server, you just need to startup the VNC-viewer and
"point" it to the desired VNC-server, in very much the same way that
you might "point" a web-browser to "www.RealVNC.com".
> To connect to the remote PC it is neccessairy that I know it's IP
> address. Correct ?
Just like with a web-browser, you can use an IP address or a
domain name. Most people don't have their own domain names, though,
but you can get them for free at "www.myVNC.com". Using that service,
your target VNC-servers can have either static or dynamic IP addresses.
> Suppose I'll get it all working, is it possible to connect (and remote
> control) to a client of that LAN (first to the server and than to the
> client or directly to the client) ?
Yes. Once you connect to PC-1 on the target LAN, you can do
pretty much anything that you could do if you were sitting in front
of PC-1, including starting up other VNC-viewers to connect to PC's
running VNC-servers that are "peers" with PC-1. It's not as efficient
as connecting directly to the other machines, but it would work.
> I suppose that the remote machine must be connected to internet before
> the VNC viewer can connect to the VNC server ?
> If the remote machine is not connected to internet when I want to
> connect to it, is there a way to wake it up or something like that ?
The VNC-server needs to be powered-on and connected to the
Internet to receive incoming connections from VNC-viewers, yes. :)
> Is there a whitepaper available somewhere explaining step by step what
> to do to connect, control and deconnect ?
The best source of documentation is still at the website
itself: "www.RealVNC.com". Once you get it working, though, I think
you'll find it's as easy as using a web-browser. Good luck!