Gaining control to a computer or equipment while not necessarily being physically located near it. More specific tags include [remote-desktop] and [vnc]. Not the same as [remote-access].

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How can I control two computers with the same keyboard and mouse?

How can I control two computers (with seperate monitors) with the same keyboard and mouse? Is there a software solution to this? Can the computers be running different OSs?
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Run a remote command using ssh config file

I'd like to be able to setup a command to run on ssh login to a server, without needing to type it. Basically I'm looking for the ssh config file equivalent of: ssh host command so that all I need ...
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How can I use my computer to control my house?

I would like a way to use my computer to control the lights and appliances in my house. Does anyone have any good suggestions on how to do this. I would prefer to do this as unobtrusively as ...
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Office jukebox systems [closed]

We're looking for a good office jukebox solution where staff can select songs via a web interface to be played over the central set of speakers. Must haves: Web Interface RSS / easy to scrap ...
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How can TeamViewer work without modifying firewall/router settings?

All remote desktop software that I know about needs to modify firewall settings and open ports. How can Teamviewer work without modifying them? Does some alternative software exist that can also do ...
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Can I remotely hibernate a computer?

I know the shutdown command (and the corresponding shutdown /i switch to show the GUI), but is there a way to hibernate a computer remotely in a similar way? The machines are running Windows XP and ...
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How to hide the notifications of the Teamviewer (silent use)

Is it possible to hide a quick panel of the TeamViewer in the right corner and other notifications and pop-ups to enable a "silent" remote session?
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High-performance remote desktop for Windows 7

We have a client who has a machine using an extremely high resolution output setup (3 30" monitors in portrait mode for a total resolution of 4800x2560.) He routinely remotes into this machine but ...
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Is there any method of blocking remote control software?

Recently someone using a computer of mine started a remote session with GoToMeeting and allowed someone to control the PC. UAC didn't block the session (they're a regular user). It appears that many ...
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automate your computer via sms

I was wondering if it was possible to automate my pc by sending sms text messages to it. This is the plan: connect usb gsm modem to the pc Send the text "start explorer" to the usb modem using my ...
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Feeding a Dog Remotely - hardware? [closed]

I'm looking for a way to, remotely, activate some sort of treat dispenser. I'm not a hardware guy, and I'm sure that conceptually, this is very easy. But I don't know how to begin. I haven't ...
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Remote control a computer using another computer

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 ...
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Is a good graphics card important for remote desktop?

I'm trying to pick a laptop for working from home, where I'll be using remote desktop to connect to my machine at work. How important is it to have a good graphics card on the client machine (the ...
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How to share only one window/application to other user in network?

I know VNC, windows remote control can share screen to others. Can I just share one window/application to my buddy and give control of this window/application to him? Same time, I still want to ...
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Software to customise this USB PC Remote Control

I bought this remote from eBay and have been trying to customise it ever since. Most of the buttons work but I was hoping I could use something like Autohotkey and WinLIRC to fully personalise every ...
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How can I disable the IR/Remote Control on an HP Laptop?

I've seen this happen on 2 different HP laptops now. If I try to use them in the same room as a Media Center, the MCE TV remote keeps sending commands to the laptop. This can do anything from wake ...
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Remote control Linux keyboard/mouse

I have a unique need but I was hoping it isn't that unique. I have an Ubuntu desktop that is connected to a TV in another room. There's no remote that would work over the distance and walls, so my ...
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Options for gaming remotely on a LAN?

I have a Windows 7 desktop for gaming, a big bulky tower with a nice graphics card. I'd like to sit out on my porch rather than inside while the weather is nice and play games. I have a high end ...
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How to prevent question mark cursor issue cause be Insert key when doing VNC to a mac?

I found out that when I press the Insert key on the client I will block the OS X VNC server by putting it in a "help mode" where you get the question mark mouse cursor. The mouse works but I cannot ...
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remote wipe windows computer

Is there a way to wipe the hard drives of a windows machine remotely? like the remote wipe function that's built into iOS. I can still use remote desktop to access (with admin rights) the machine, so ...
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SSH from Linux computer into GUI of windows computer?

Basically I want to store my Windows system somewhere remote and use SSH (or any other protocol that would work) on Linux (specifically a raspberry pi) to access the entire desktop GUI on the Windows ...
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Is there a Linux-compatible R/C simulator that works with real radios?

My Dad flies radio-controlled (R/C) aircraft. He used to run a simulator called "RealFlight" which allowed him to connect his actual radio to his computer and fly simulated craft. He learned enough ...
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What is a good IR-receiver for my Linux (XBMC) HTPC?

I have bought a Asrock 330 ION-BD and use it as a HTPC. I'm running XBMC under Linux (Ubuntu). I'm missing a good Remote control. The problem is that the Asrock doesn't have an IR receiver onboard ...
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Remote access for network printer

I have a network printer (HL-2250DN) that I want to also reach from outside the home network. In the network it is reachable by 192.168.0.103 Now I used a DNS service to map my external IP to a ...
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Cheap/simple way to turn TV on/off using computer and/or Windows Meda Center remote

I have a Windows Media Center HTPC, and it's great. I'm trying to rid myself of one last minor inconvenience, though. The only thing I need my TV remote for on a day-to-day basis is to turn the TV ...
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Controlling music player from web

I have a ubuntu machine that is connected to my house's sound system. Is there a way I can control what it is playing remotely? I have SSH access if necessary. I typically use Rhythmbox to play ...
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How to remotely clean a Windows computer of spyware and viruses?

I am a college student, and my parents are hours away. So last time I went home, I upgraded my mom's computer to Windows 7, and also installed Hamachi to it so that it's in a VPN with my laptop. Well ...
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How to turn on and remote access home PC to monitor my kid's PC usage?

I want to monitor my kid's home PC usage. Here's what I'm looking for: To be able to turn on a home PC remotely from laptop at work; Remote access the same home PC. Transfer files, open browser ...
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In need of a unique remote desktop/VNC solution

I was wondering if there was a solution already created that would be all web browser based without having the need to connect to anything else other than the web server port if you were the client. ...
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How can I control iTunes remotely

I have a desktop with a large music library connected to a high quality stereo and I'd like to be able to control which songs are playing, and in an ideal world, make playlists, using a laptop. ...
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Windows: Detecting which IR remote keys are pressed

I'm looking to customize how my 'Noah Company MediaGate GP-IR02BK' remote control works with XBMC. I've found the file I need to update for XBMC (Keymap.xml), but I now need to find out how each ...
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How to make SSH work faster?

I now have SSH daemon on a remote server and SSH client my PC, both running Debian Linux. Currently it uses password authentication. The trouble is that it takes about 5-6 secs (I have not measured ...
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Using multiple computers effectively

I have some extra (old) Macs and PCs around the house and a MacBook that's sometimes overworked. I'm looking for tips on using multiple computers effectively. Basically, I'd like to add to the ...
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Run VNC only for a region of the screen

Is there a VNC server that lets me define only a region of the screen for remote control?
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Keyboard remote control

Since IP KVMs are too expensive for me (especially for a home project), I need to find a way to send real keystrokes to a computer remotely in order to install OSes, changing BIOS settings, etc. Do ...
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Remote control software that doesn't require the end user's input

When I worked at a large corporation a long time ago, their IT staff had a remote control solution that did not require the end user to enter a password, give a password, or anything else of that ...
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Is a screen mandatory for using remote desktop?

I'd like to use the GUI environment on a spare box I have headless, not just ssh into it. Is it possible to setup a remote desktop service even when there's no screen attached to the remote host? ...
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How to use my computer to control a lamp?

I've been researching computer automation systems, but everything I've found has been overkill for what I'm interested in. Can anyone help me control a lamp that is on my desk, plugged in the wall ...
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Remote sharing of a terminal

At work, I fire-up a terminal and start executing some huge process(which may take couple of hours to complete) and leave office. When I reach home, I want to check what is happening to the ...
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Is there any freeware for remote access via web browser?

I have a PC at home which I want to access from a web browser at school. I looked for many software solutions but they had at least one of the following problems: Not free Need to install client ...
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Controlling my Computer via Remote Controller

Is it possible to control my Computer using a Remote Control device (something similar to our TV Remotes) ? So that I don't have to get up from my sofa or bed to turn of my computer or switch it on or ...
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Is there a simple way to control the desktops of some clients and family members regardless of their environment?

I'm not sure if I've worded this question well. I have family members, friends and clients scattered all over the world who rely on me for technical advice. Directing them over email or the telephone ...
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How to render remote assistance to a person using Live Messenger?

There is a feature within Windows Live Messenger v9 that allows a person to ask for remote assistance. BBut as I understand it, this works only if the router is UPnP enabled on both ends. Today I ...
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how to prevent ir receiver from waking computer

I have an HP dv4 notebook, which has an ir receiver on the front. I want to configure it so that no matter what, IR signals will not trigger vista media center to start. It currently starts whether ...
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Remote control (via ethernet) a computer from boot for Grub choices. (On Linux)

I have a computer that I use for practically everything. In the same room I have a second computer that I use purely for trialing Linux distributions, It currently has Debian, gNewSense and Kubuntu on ...
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How to remote desktop to a Windows Vista machine from a Redhat machine?

I can find this article about remote desktop in Vista, but none that tells me how to remotely control my Vista machine from my Redhat machine. Any ideas?
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Why does SSH hang at the end of these commands and how can I make it exit?

I run this: ssh -t -vvv -i ~/.ssh/druid-keypair -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no ubuntu@${INSTANCE_ADDRESS} <<EOI # Setup Oracle Java ... # Install dependencies - mysql must be built from source, ...
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How to send keystrokes over internal network?

Anyone know of a small, lightweight solution to send keystrokes from one PC to another PC over an internal network? I want to be able to send all types of keystrokes, including the modifier keys and ...
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Remote desktop type software that the client need not install anything [closed]

I am primarily a Macintosh user, and can usually walk a client though any troubles they may have because I have a Macintosh in front of me. If they are on a different OS, things are close enough, or I ...
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Universal Remote Question

I'm looking for the mid-price point universal remote to control a Visio TV + Blue Ray (Samsung)+Comcast Cable Box + Panasonic Stereo. I would like touch screen if possible with easy setup. Price is ...