• Angelo R.

    Generally I use TightVNC for fixing issues on the computers throughout my house. Accessed over the LAN, I never need to get up and actually visit the computers to figure out what’s wrong with them. Plus it saves a lot of time when diagnosing little problems (when someone calls and says “My sound isn’t working”, you can easily hop on, unmute their sound and continue ;) )

    However, you are completely right in stating not to use it over the internet. A lot of people don’t realize that it’s not encrypted (who reads pop-up notices these days?) and will proceed to do so.

    The only thing I don’t like about this, is the fact that since I’m technically the “client” and my “server” is normally computer illiterate, they have tons of issues configuring the server. I prefer to give them a sort of one-shot configuration. Normally I point them to log me in which is pretty straight-forward.

    Never-the-less TightVNC is still a great choice, especially since it’s free!

  • @Angelo

    Yeah, TightVNC is good for techies but it’s bit hard to use when other side has to install server.

    For such situations I mostly use some remote plugin Skype has. It’s bit crappy comparing to VNC solutions but easy to get it running – send request and other side only has to confirm install and then confirm access.

  • Angelo R.

    I didn’t know that Skype had an addon that worked like that.. that’s definitely something I need to check out. A lot of people use Skype, so this would be a great solution, Thanks!

  • Thanks for sharing this. I use Teamviewer for remote accessing the PC.

    I tried visiting tightvnc from my office. It is blocked :(

    Do you know any tool which may not be blocked at office and then i can connect to my Home PC?

  • @Nihar

    It depends on specific setup of internet access in your office. If may work through caching proxy, blocking all but web – then nothing would work.

    Maybe only specific ports are allowed, try setting TightVNC to use port 80 (http).

    And remember – TightVNC is NOT safe for use over Internet out of the box.

  • Mehul

    Good Article,
    Even we are using TightVNC for helping out out clients and it helps a lot in terms of no need to go at the clients place!
    It also seems pretty stable and decent for graphics.
    Ive a question regarding the blanking feature available on the host side.
    We checked the option, but the host screen didnt blank on remote connection!
    Both sides are running XP.
    Are there any specific conditions for it to run?

    Hope you can give inputs.


  • @Mehul

    My home desktop just died so I can’t test that at moment. Only thing that comes to mind that there is some optional driver for better performance as far as I remember. Maybe that will help. I’ll try it in next few days.

  • TightVNC, is easy to install and use… Having used other VNC apps, i can vouch for this one as being the best :)

  • Azeem

    Hi sir i use tightvnc on my offic to acces my home computer but when i put my home computer ip address he goes to initialised but not connectig can you tell me whick ip address i put and connect my home computer from my office
    please mail me and tell me how i connect my home computer and whick ip address i put.
    Regard sir

  • @Azeem

    You can use YouGetSignal to determine your (external) IP address and if VNC port properly configured and accessible.

    Overll there can be many combinations of your home and office connection setups that interfere with VNC operation so it’s hard to say without details.

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  • sasi

    hi, i downloaded tightVNC 2.0.4 from http://www.tightvnc.com/download.php
    i installed in two systems.

    in both systems windows firewal is in disabled. (start-> run->cmd, after opening command prompt, services.msc, then i disabled windows firewall).

    after running tightVNC viewer (start->programs->tight VNC-> tightVNC Viewer) it showing one window.
    in that window i entered the ip number (XX.XX.XX.XXX format) of another system.
    it showing connection initiated error and failed to connect to server (XX.XX.XX.XXX) error.
    please give suggections

    Thanks & regards

  • @sasi

    Not enough information to suggest anything. Can you access one computer from another in different way? Can you ping it for example?

  • sanjay


    how to connect to customers’s computer from remote place

  • Al

    I installed it but it only connects to the computer in my my own wireless network where which both computers are connected to the same router. It doesn’t connect when i go somewhere else. What should i do?

  • prabha

    @Angelo R.

    Hi Angelo,

    I installed Tight VNC server on my local machine. It obviously listens on IP address of my local machine, what if i want VNc server to connect on external IP and transfer screens(frame buffers) to that system(with external IP).will this be possible.We need the situation wherein VNc is physically installed in local machine but connects to External system (virtually)


  • @Al

    Check that you are using correct IP and such. Also might be your router interfering if it has firewall features or something.


    This is possible, but you will need direct IP to IP network connectivity, so if there is router or something between internal computer and Internet you will need to configure ports pass-through and such.

  • Hector

    Hey i have the same problem…were u able to fix it

  • ami

    ya sure we can access but we must need ip address of client

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