VNC or Remote Desktop or What?

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My last caller for tonight was AfroThunder, another long-time member. He was wondering if I know of any KVM’s with USB support. There are several out there, but I’m unsure as to what brand may be better. You definitely want to get the most for your money. You have to keep in mind what kind of video it supports. I’m unsure of pricing, also. He plans to use the KVM to switch from the Notebook to the Desktop.

Instead of doing this, I wonder if he’s thought of using Win2VNC.

This program will let you use two screens on two different computers as if they were connected to the same computer. It even works between different operating systems.

If you have two or more computers on your desk and you are tired of having several keyboards and mice around to control them, this is the program for you. While running this program, you can move the mouse pointer beyond the right or left edge of your primary display and the pointer will appear on the other computer screen. If you have ever used x2x or a computer with two graphics cards, you know what I am talking about.

The program will open a small (one pixel wide) window on the edge of your screen. Moving the pointer into this window will trigger the program to take over your mouse and send mouse movements and keystrokes though the RFB protocol to a VNC server running on another machine. When the pointer is moved back towards the opposite edge on the other screen, the mouse is returned to your primary display.

The operation itself is almost identical to x2x, but most of the code was actually borrowed from the program vncviewer.

Win2VNC works with Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP. Note that if your secondary machine is running X-windows, you will need to use x0rfbserver rather than the regular Xvnc server to achieve the proper effect.

Win2VNC normally lives in the system tray and has a menu there that allows you to exit the program, send syskey events and save connection options.


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39 thoughts on “VNC or Remote Desktop or What?”

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  4. hi chris sorry about my commemt about you banned me it is ok now sorry. anyway great videos and great website.please not stop. thank you for all the great videos and onces again sorry and thank you for the vid

  5. Use VNC on my 300+ network and also use it to control those PCs from home. We have one Vista (for obvious reasons) and I can’t VNC into it… irks me.

  6. hey chris i saw u on this video that was about some guy on ur tv show and he broke like the rele rele rare item and u were cracking up loll

  7. If you just want to share one keyboard and mouse across multiple machines (desktops, laptops, etc) – then Stardock’s Multiplicity (or Multiplicity Pro) is the best choice I’ve found.

    I use it at home and at work and really couldn’t live without it.

    It not only lets you move the moue cursor past the edge of the screen to control a different machine seamlessly (and you can set up several machines on all sides, great multi-mon support, etc), but you can also copy and paste across them, including everything from text and images to full files or folders.

    It’s brilliant software. If you’re willing to pay for it (or get your company to pay for it), it is well worth it versus something like Win2VNC.

  8. Seems like a nice program to have and may be something I would be interested in to go between my laptop and desktop, but I didn’t see Vista support.

  9. I use Synergy ( took long to figure out, but I LOVE IT ) , and ultraVNC ( open source ) Dameware. also I like Radmin best. You have to pay for Radmin, but worth it.

  10. It stands for Keyboard Video Mouse, It’s a device that allows you to use one keyboard, one mouse, and one monitor for controlling two or more computers

  11. I really like the job u do 😀
    u help other people and thats free.
    i rlly hate it that some of the calls are pranks 🙁
    u are a really cool guy 😀

  12. If you want to tunnel through to your home machine from work, I use UltraVNC using a MSRC4 encryption plugin. Screw gotomypc or logmein!

  13. proxy server will get you ban i had 1 install on my network and it ban me use it for when im over sea as thailand ban youtube and such things need 1 but a simple email to suport and i got the thing fix

  14. I recently switched from LogMeIn Rescue to Techinline, which is a fraction of the price. It’s very easy to use since nobody has to install anything: your client just goes to a page where they get a number which they tell you and once you punch it in, that’s the connection! From what I’ve seen, that’s as easy as it gets. Lacks a couple of features though

  15. Great article about remote desktops and VNC. In addition to VNC, one can even try using various other remote support tools such as logmeinrescue, gosupportnow, GoToMyPC etc. or can even deploy on premise remote support appliance such as Bomgar or RHUB appliances in order to remotely access computers.

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