Alternatives To VNC... (Backup Remote Access)
bunnz at mhtc.net
Tue May 12 14:17:38 BST 2009
I've been using VNC over SSH to access my Dad's computer for a number of
months now. The setup has proven quite reliable, but I'd like to have a
parallel remote access method in place in case the VNC/SSH link should
fail for some reason. (My Dad is elderly and could not assist with setup
of another service in that event.)
I used PCNow originally to set up the VNC and retained the service as a
backup, but I've been having some problems with it (PCNow) recently
(merely testing the connection to ensure it's working). I'm also paying
a monthly fee for the service, which, given the poor performance, I'm
reluctant to continue doing.
Can anyone suggest an alternate, secure, reliable remote connection
I'd need it to run (effectively) as a service on my Dad's Windows XP
machine, so that it's always available... I am on a Mac. I can't use
Windows RDC, as Dad's system is XP Home... and outdated at that.
Though my Dad has broadband, I'm still on dialup, with few other options
at present. VNC works quite acceptably with dialup (slow, but
survivable), and I'd like to find something else that was usable over
dialup (PCNow is slow as death).
Or am I simply being paranoid? It seems to me only once in some nine
months have I actually needed a backup service. Should I just drop PCNow
and hope for the best? Almost every other aspect of Dad's system and
setup is in sort of precarious balance anyway... given that we're several
hundred miles apart.
Thanks for any/all replies...