Alternatives To VNC... (Backup Remote Access)

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Tue May 12 15:48:04 BST 2009

Hello Peter,

I am in the same situation - I have family that is far away, and from
time to time the IP changes, or something happens where I need a

 My backup is LogMeIn free.

The website is:

I think they limit you to two PCs, but that should not be an issue for
you, and best of all it is free.

Steve Wiseman

On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 9:17 AM, Peter Bunn <bunnz at> wrote:
> Hello:
> 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
> method?
> 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 and outdated at that.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).
> Suggestions?
> 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...
> Peter B.
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