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  • Rush

    Been meaning to try this out for a while. I’ve been using UVNC, but since 105 I run into a lot of issues with it so I went back to 102. My primary use for a remote software is to access unattended systems on my local network, mainly IDS sensors and virtual server hosts. Good call on the human presence, saved me some time. I will however try this out is some tech support sessions. Beats having them flip on their ps3 cam and point it at the monitor in a chat session, although in desperate situations it works.
    Any thoughts on a good replacement for UVNC? I’m going to check out tightvnc but wondered if you had any other suggestions? Main things I want are the ability to control an unattended system, encryption and open source. Not to worried about it being complicated because I’ll be the only one that’ll be using it.
    Good post and thanks in advance.

  • @Rush

    I like TightVNC for use inside home LAN. Over Internet it lacks traffic encryption. There are plenty of tutorials how to wrap it with SSH, but overkill for my needs.

    As possible alternatives there is newish TigerVNC project http://tigervnc.org/ It is fork of TightVNC by people who got tired of slow development pace. Hadn’t got to it myself, status is still beta but 1.0 was released in August.

  • Moddy

    Hi! I use Radmin for helpdesk in LAN. Crossloop is not bad for remote access over Internet.

  • @Moddy

    Radmin is nice (I have that at work) but it isn’t compatible with generic VNC and is shareware.

    I see little reason to use it except some specific advanced functions are needed.

  • Is it free? Does it require port forwarding through gateways? open ports on firewalls? What sort of encryption does it use? I could just look these upmyself, but I like your blog (i’m a friend of Xangelos) and so I thought i’d ask here

    :)

  • @felipe1982

    TightVNC part is free (GPL), CrossLoop itself is proprietary freeware.

    Connectivity is quite mean, I was able to make it work even through port 80 http proxy. It is flexible so for more open connections it will go directly and for more closed it will be routed through CrossLoop servers.

    Encryption is 128 bit Blowfish at endpoints.

    Welcome to blog. :)

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  • Techy

    CrossLoop is and was a great product. However like everything else, they have gone from a free product to a service charge product for more advanced features like file transfers. It used to be that file transferring was just part of the interface, now they charge a premium for this capability. Well it was great while it lasted. Still a useful product if you are trying to help out a friend, family member or co-worker with a computer problem. I have been using it for at least a couple of years now and it really is pretty slick.

  • @Techy

    Thanks for heads up hadn’t notice file transfer removed from free version. I don’t use it much in CrossLoop anyway, speeds are often terrible.

    Luckily there are many ways to conveniently transfer files. So as long as CrossLoop gets remote control right it will have its niche.

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