Remote Access Software recommendation

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RealVNC has come on absolute leaps and bounds since I used it a decade ago. Really recommend you give it a go.

Will do, thanks. I used it a few years ago and it did work for me except for some odd display issues. I'll try it again.
 
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Will do, thanks. I used it a few years ago and it did work for me except for some odd display issues. I'll try it again.
It's a real overlooked gem. Don't be too turned off by making an account; it really simplifies everything.
 
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Just tried VNC - when I connect I just get a blank screen. This happens with Teamviewer initially as well, but when I resize the window and back again, it appears. Same trick does not seem to work with VNC. Will google the issue. It is to do with the fact that there is no monitor attached to the remote system. Most remote software just can't deal with this.
 
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Just tried VNC - when I connect I just get a blank screen. This happens with Teamviewer initially as well, but when I resize the window and back again, it appears. Same trick does not seem to work with VNC. Will google the issue. It is to do with the fact that there is no monitor attached to the remote system. Most remote software just can't deal with this.

I remember this now - solved it by setting CaptureMethod to 1 in advanced settings.
 
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I've used Radmin in the past. Good tool but it's not free. A downside I remember is if reinstalling the OS or moving to a new computer you usually need to contact them to reset the licence.
 
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Can Splashtop and VNC be used purely LAN based within the home without having to go through third party servers / internet access (like TeamViewer) if only wanting to remote home media centre?
 
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Got a Raspberry Pi ? Install Wireguard VPN on it.

Then you can just use VPN with Remote Desktop.

I don't really understand that solution.

Anyway, today it happened - Teamviewer locks me out because of "professional use". Utterly predictable, what a crap company. So onto my two backup solutions. VNC and Chrome remote desktop.
 
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I've finally got VNC running fairly well. It seems that display resolution is a common problem when accessing a headless remote machine. (Teamviewer seem to have a way of getting round it though.)

I found the VNC help here:

Why do I see a low resolution when connected to VNC Server for Windows on a headless/virtual machine? – RealVNC Help Center

And then eventually found a solution here

Activating a Secondary Display on Windows 10 when no Monitor is Connected - Amyuni Technologies

I'm now seeing a full 1920 * 1080 desktop on the remote machine.

Also you can buy an HDMI dummy plug, which I've done as well but it will be a few months before I'm physically able to access the machine.
 
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Strangely I had to re-do the above after applying a cumulative windows update remotely. But VNC is working beautifully. It lacks clipboard transfer that Teamviewer has, but I can live with that. Goodbye Teamviewer with your not-really-free for private use. You are history.
 
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Can Splashtop and VNC be used purely LAN based within the home without having to go through third party servers / internet access (like TeamViewer) if only wanting to remote home media centre?
Splashtop will connect directly if the devices are n the same LAN but I would expect it still needs an internet connection to setup and authenticate the session.
 
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Hi. Who has tried Kickidler for remote laptop monitoring? My boss told me that all of our employees will have laptop tracking installed starting in June. Will be watching what we do during working hours, whether we use the clock for its intended purpose, and not doing our own thing. Who uses this program, is it realistic to cheat?
 
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Hi. Who has tried Kickidler for remote laptop monitoring? My boss told me that all of our employees will have laptop tracking installed starting in June. Will be watching what we do during working hours, whether we use the clock for its intended purpose, and not doing our own thing. Who uses this program, is it realistic to cheat?
Just use a different machine for your procrastinating
 
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Hi. Who has tried Kickidler for remote laptop monitoring? My boss told me that all of our employees will have laptop tracking installed starting in June. Will be watching what we do during working hours, whether we use the clock for its intended purpose, and not doing our own thing. Who uses this program, is it realistic to cheat?

Undetectable Mouse Jiggler^^​

 
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Currently using Zoho. Pretty sure they have a free version? I use the unattended support though for my small business so pay a small monthly fee. They offer you 5 unattended devices for free (when I started with it anyway)
 
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