HELP INSTALLING REALNVC SOFTWARE (Pugrox) - msWINDOWS

Peter Judd pajudd "at" gulfislands.com
Sat Jan 10 09:39:00 2004


Sharon,
For Windows: Could be easy to do if her's is the computer that you are 
trying to view and control and neither of you is on a Local Network.
The setup is:
MOM - Server software
YOU -  Viewer software.
Her machine is running the Server; it is serving you pictures of her screen 
for your Viewer to show you.
The Viewer is poorly named - you can both view and operate.  Almost 
anything you can do on your own computer with the mouse & keyboard can be 
done on the remote computer.

On your MOM's machine download RealVNC from 
http://www.realvnc.com/dist/vnc-3.3.7-x86_win32.zip
Unzip the program to its own folder on your harddrive (e.g. C:\Program 
Files\RealVNC)
Run vnc-3.3.7-x86_win32.exe and install.  When you get to the Select 
Additional Tasks window (see attached) click on the two "Start Services" boxes.
When finished installing, reboot the machine.
Once it reboots, Right Click the VNC icon on the system tray (normally far 
right hand end of the Windows task bar, bottom of the screen).  Select 
PROPERTIES and change the password to something useful for you - best if it 
is longer than 5 characters.

On YOUR machine download RealVNC from 
http://www.realvnc.com/dist/vnc-3.3.7-x86_win32.zip
Unzip the program to its own folder on your harddrive (e.g. C:\Program 
Files\RealVNC)
Run vnc-3.3.7-x86_win32.exe and install.  When you get to the Select 
Additional Tasks window (see attached) DO NOT click on the two "Start 
Services" boxes.

Does your Mom have two phone lines or a cell phone?
You will need to have her computer dial up the Internet (could just have 
her check her email as long as the email program does not hang up the 
connection after checking for email).

Have her hover the mouse over the new VNC icon in the system tray.  Her 
present Internet (IP) address will appear and she can tell it to you on the 
phone.  This will have to happen every time she wants you to view her 
machine since every time she dials into the Internet Service Provider they 
will give her a changeable, temporary number.

On your machine, double click the vncviewer.exe program and enter the (IP) 
number she tells you in the VNC Server address box.  It will be something
like 234.345.456.567 . The Viewer will try to connect and then ask you for 
the password you set up on your Mom's machine's VNCServer program.

And remember, it is remotely possible for hackers on the Internet to view 
the traffic between your two computers.  This is usually a concern for only 
folks with secrets on their machines but don't be sending 
Visa/bank/identity information between the computers.  Another level of 
this remote access topic is "tunnelling" where the traffic is sent through 
a secure, encrypted channel safe from prying eyes (a.k.a. sniffers).  Also 
available for free but requiring more understanding & setup.

Peter 


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