- User Guide
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You can start VNC Viewer in such a way that it does not connect to VNC Server but rather waits for VNC Server to connect to it. This is called a reverse connection. For more information about this feature, and why you might want to use it in conjunction with a host computer user, see Establishing a reverse connection.
Note: Reverse connections are not secure and should only be used in a locked-down environment.
To start Listening VNC Viewer, open a Command or Terminal window and:
• Under Windows, run the command <VNC Viewer>.exe -listen.
• Under UNIX/Linux, run the command ./<VNC Viewer> -listen.
• Under Mac OS X, run the command <VNC Viewer>.app/Contents/MacOS/vncviewer -listen.
Note: If you installed VNC on the client computer, you can start Listening VNC Viewer from the menu system of most operating systems, which may be more convenient. See Setting up the client computer for more information.
Under Windows and Mac OS X, a VNC Viewer icon is displayed in the Notification area or Status bar. Under Windows 7, note this area is hidden by default and accessible from to the right of the Taskbar. Hover the mouse cursor over the icon to confirm that Listening VNC Viewer is running:
Under Windows and Mac OS X, the VNC Viewer icon has a shortcut menu:
You do not need to configure Listening VNC Viewer, but if you want to do so before a connection is established, select Default Options. For more information, start with Configuring VNC Viewer before you connect.
Note: Select New Connection to establish a connection to VNC Server in the normal way. Carry on from Connecting to a host computer.
If a reverse connection:
• Is successfully established, Listening VNC Viewer displays the host computer’s desktop in a new window on the client computer in exactly the same way as VNC Viewer. Carry on from The VNC Viewer user experience.
• Is not successful, start with Establishing a reverse connection.