Alternatives To VNC... (Backup Remote Access)

Claudio Coletta c.coletta at
Tue May 12 21:53:27 BST 2009

	Installed like a service on a same PC, I use both TightVNC and RealVNC (naturally 
setted-up on a different IP port number) and Hamachi network as a VPN backup.



> 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 and outdated at that.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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