How can I obtain remote access to PCs on my home network without an ISP?

Ray Nelson June 13, 2011
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I am considering dropping my network cable ISP and using only a tether to my G3 cell phone, which connection is quite adequate for most everything I need on the Internet.

I have been using TeamViewer unattended for over a year between my old Windows XP system which is in family room and my better machine (dual core) in my bedroom. All the real work occurs on the faster machine.

However, this goes out over the ISP.

What I would like is something that lets me do this (use one PC as desktop to the other one) without the connection through the internet (i.e. only using my home network).

Anyone know of a good solution for this?

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  1. Mike
    June 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Old topic but for general education:
    You can use Teamviewer locally to by connecting via the IP Address.
    Necessary configuration and information can be found in the manual.
    9.4.1 Activating LAN Connection
    http://www.teamviewer.com/download/teamviewer_manual.pdf

    • RayInLV
      January 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      It has been a while, but with no isp again, I tried this.  It worked easily once I downloaded the PDF using this Cell phone tether.   Much faster than TightVNC.   

      TightVNC does have one very nice feature I have not found in Team View.  It can save a connection's information to a .vnc file and by clicking it be reconnected, no fuss, no passwords.  

      Very nice...

  2. Tim B.
    June 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    The best choice for that would be UltraVNC.http://www.uvnc.com/downloads/ultravnc.htmlIt is free. You install the server on the computer that you want to control and use the viewer to access it either by directly typing the IP address of the computer to be controlled or you can use the UNC path \yourcomputernamehereIt isn’t too hard to set up, but may be difficult for a novice user.Remote desktop as mentioned by muotechguy is only available with Windows Pro & Ultimate versions. Most people use the Home version which doesn’t have that feature.

  3. muotechguy
    June 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    If the machine you wish to connect TO is running Windows 7, I believe it comes with built in remote desktop software. I dont know if that’s included in XP, but this an article from microsoft describing how to install it:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/284931Basically you’re looking for “Remote Desktop Protocol” + “your version of windows”

  4. Anonymous
    June 16, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    This will be my last update, but wanted to let everyone know that tightVNC

    http://www.tightvnc.com/ is working adequately for what I need to do.   Tweaked the options (Jonathan recommendation) to use Hextile encoding with JPEG compression of 6 and someplace I can not remember where, told it to not show the desktop.On the Server PC which is windows 7, I set my screen resolution to match my resolution on the client, and also on the Server PC I disabled most of the Visual Effects in Performance Options, leaving only Smooth edges ...Now still not as responsive as TeamViewer, but the difference is minimal and not slow enough to be an issue.Only other thing is that TeamViewer was a little easier to use since it had more things you could control while connected, and easier escape path, as well as it remembered your password from session to session until you exited the program.But, No ISP is being used.    And that means we can use the money normally on our Cable ISP to .....   try it, U will like it....  Fair Trade from my point of view....

  5. Jonathan
    June 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    OK Ray, I send you a email with pics that should help you, let me know how it goes :)

  6. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Jonathan, tightVNC installation was effortless and worked right out of the box, and I have no direct ISP connection to my home network.  This note is over Cell-Tether...

    Anyways, my only issue now is it seems slow incomparison to teamviewer.   My WirelessNetworkSpeed is between 24 and 56 Mbps.   I know when I installed the server there were some compression and color configuration questions, I picked highest color settings and that could be it.   Will try to reset that stuff to factory defaults.

    If anyone else has had experience in optimizing tightVNC, please advise.   If I can help you, please ask...

    Thank you to Tina, for getting me back on....

  7. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Hey melting, I have the "wireless bridge", been on a home network for years.   They talk, I can move files.   What I want is to duplicate what TeamViewer does without going over internet, which is essentially using a wXP system in my family room to attach to my desktop on the Larger Dual Core Windows 7x64 system located in another room.

    Jonathan, I will e-mail you.   I had been given advise to use RealVNC (written by same group as LogMeOn), but it does not work, and I think it is trying to use the now non-existent Cable ISP.  The Client does not see the Server.   Will love to try your alternative...  

    Thank you much all.   And thank you to the support team for getting me so things now are email'd to me, and I can even log in again.... (smiley face)

  8. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    It sounds like you just need a switch or wireless bridge between the two.  You can use a router to do this as well, you don't have to have an internet connection for your LAN computers to talk to each other.

  9. Jonathan
    June 15, 2011 at 10:10 am

    use tight VNC
    http://www.tightvnc.com/

    It is easy to set up, ant it works well.
    You install it on both pc's and then you can remote desktop with the pc's, and it has a built in file transfer service.

    if you need more help, I can email screenshots for you. Let me know if you need more help
    my email address ( jpbnetley@gmail.com )

  10. Tim B.
    June 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    The best choice for that would be UltraVNC.

    http://www.uvnc.com/downloads/ultravnc.html

    It is free. You install the server on the computer that you want to control and use the viewer to access it either by directly typing the IP address of the computer to be controlled or you can use the UNC path \\yourcomputernamehere

    It isn't too hard to set up, but may be difficult for a novice user.

    Remote desktop as mentioned by muotechguy is only available with Windows Pro & Ultimate versions. Most people use the Home version which doesn't have that feature.

  11. muotechguy
    June 14, 2011 at 4:22 am

    If the machine you wish to connect TO is running Windows 7, I believe it comes with built in remote desktop software. I dont know if that's included in XP, but this an article from microsoft describing how to install it:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/284931

    Basically you're looking for "Remote Desktop Protocol" + "your version of windows"

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