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I've got a main desktop computer at home, I'd like watch movies using it but able to control it afar.

For example, I would like to lay on my bed and control the desktop using my own laptop via wireless.

I've been looking for solutions to my question. I tried to use remote desktop, I can pause the movie but I then have to go to the pc to log in the OS again. I also tried to bind my desktop to my mobile phone over bluetooth, this works as I can control the mouse etc. but I found I can barely see the mouse pointer when at long distance.

I still wish I can use my laptop as a remote control, is this possible?

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This should be a superuser question, stackoverflow is for programming questions. –  Randolf-RF Dec 21 '09 at 0:37
    
This should be on superuser.com –  Callum Rogers Dec 21 '09 at 0:37
    
SNAP! I win! :) –  Callum Rogers Dec 21 '09 at 0:38
    
got an iPhone handy? –  JT.WK Dec 21 '09 at 1:32
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The program you want is Synergy. I personally have used it exactly as you describe.

Here's an explanatory picture from their website:

synergy

So you would set up your laptop as the server, and your desktop as a client.

If you have problems seeing the mouse cursor on the far away monitor, I'd suggest you simply increase the pointer size in the control panel.

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Haha, yay, I made that image. +1 for using it! :) –  nbolton Jan 12 '10 at 5:55
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For minimal configuration, I recommend TeamViewer. It will not log you out like RDC.

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simply the best ... –  Molly7244 Dec 21 '09 at 0:56
    
Teamviewer is great - I use it all the time, but maybe Synergy+ is better when you can physically see the remote computer's screen. I am bias though, of course. –  nbolton Jan 12 '10 at 5:57
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VNC: http://www.realvnc.com/

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There's a tool for Windows Media Center computers that allows you to send commands from one computer over ethernet or wifi that are interpreted by the other computer as if they came from a media center remote. I don't think that it's really necessary for the destination computer to be a Windows media center PC. It's called MCE Controller

Source is available via Source Forge

Havn't played with it yet myself, it's on my todo pile :)

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