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how to access computer remotely If you want to have all your data with you at all times, you could carry an external hard drive. You could also take your laptop everywhere. You could even set up an FTP server complete with port forwarding and a static IP address.

Or you could just install and run a single program and access your computer remotely from any web browser.

Sounds too good to be true?  It isn’t. FeelHome (alternative link), a relatively new service built on top of a variety of open source projects, makes it possible to access your entire hard drive from anywhere you have access to a browser. You can download and upload any document, from or to any place on your drive. All of this without having to muck about with your router or firewall.


Best of all? You can install this free program on any Linux, Mac or Windows computer and access your computer files remotely from anywhere.

What It Does

how to access my computer remotely

FeelHome could be compared to Dropbox, I suppose: you can access your files from the Internet. Unlike Dropbox, however, FeelHome is strictly a way to access files on your desktop. It does not sync your files between multiple computers, and it does not upload your data to a server for you to download from. Instead, FeelHome gives you direct, relatively secure access to files on your computer.

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The main advantage of this is you don’t need to upload your data to another server, meaning the service is usable as soon as you install it. The main disadvantage is that you’re limited by the upload speed of your home Internet connection. So don’t expect to download large files like movies from a friend’s house in a matter of minutes, but expect complete access to any file on your hard drive.

Installation

how to access my computer remotely

Setting up this program is easy. Just head over to Nuxinov and click the “Download” link. You’ll be presented with downloads for Linux, Mac and Windows. Download the package of your choice.

For Mac and Windows users the process should be straight forward: Mac types do their standard Fisher Price Drag ‘n Drop Dance and Windows users double-click to see various prompts which they have to click “Next” for.

Linux users, unusually, have a few extra steps. Before doing anything you need to install FeelHome’s main dependency: libqt4. Ubuntu users can do this by searching their package manager for a package called libqt4-core, or by typing “sudo apt-get install libqt4-core” in the command line and pressing “enter.” If you use a different OS than that, I can’t tell you how your package manager works, but I can say that if you use KDE you don’t need to install anything.

Once this dependency is installed you can run the feelgood program directly from the folder it’s currently in, or you can copy it to your “/usr/bin” folder by opening the Terminal, browsing to the folder FeelHome is in and typing “sudo cp feelhome /usr/bin“.

(Note to the developers: create a .deb package! It would make using your service much easier to Ubuntu types.)

Windows users are lucky, in that they can grab a portable version of FeelHome if they like. No installation here; just run the program and you’re good to go.

Using The Web Interface

Once you get the program up and running you’ll be asked to either sign in or to create a new username. Creating a username is easy: just enter your name, email, a username and a password. Once you create this user profile, and the program starts running in your computer’s system tray, you can connect to your computer from anywhere.

To test this, head over to Nuxinov and click the “login” link. Enter your username and password and you’ll be logged into your computer. You can now browse all of your documents from anywhere on the planet. The interface is really simple to use; it’s almost exactly like whatever file browser it is that you’re used to. Click a folder to open it; click a file to download it. You can even browse to a folder and upload a file to it by clicking the “Save File” button.

how to access computer remotely

This is a great way to get a file onto your home desktop from work, or vice-versa.

Clicking the “Desktop Mode” button will bring up a sort of virtual desktop. Of what use this is, besides being able to open two folders at once, isn’t altogether clear to me, but it’s kind of cool.

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Overall, this is a pretty nifty way to access your files from a computer that isn’t your own. But that doesn’t mean it’s without risk.

Security Implications

FeelHome’s website goes to great lengths to emphasize the service’s safety and privacy: your information is never stored on their servers, passwords aren’t accessible to FeelHome’s own team and all transactions are encrypted. These measures are respectable, but it’s still important to consider the security implications of installing a piece of software like this. No matter how good FeelHome’s security is, installing this program means anyone who gets your username and password have complete and total access to your computer.

Don’t take this lightly. Make sure you select a quality password that you’re unlikely to forget How To Create A Good Password That You Will Not Forget How To Create A Good Password That You Will Not Forget Read More and that you change it regularly. You might also consider only leaving FeelHome running when you need it, instead of leaving it running all the time. These two steps could help a lot toward keeping your data safe while still allowing you to enjoy the amazing convenience of FeelHome.

Conclusion

If you want remote access to your computer, but don’t want to set up an FTP server or anything like one, this is a great way to get full access to your computer from anywhere. Best of all, setting it up takes minutes.

What do you guys think? Is this a useful way to access your files from anywhere, or do you know of a better service? Are the security ramifications of such a service too steep, or are you willing to risk a potential breach for the convenience of accessing your data anywhere? We have a comment function; use it!

  1. hkbs
    April 8, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Just to add to my last post - I have emailed contact@nuxinov.com (as shown on the Feel Home web site) regarding the problems and got the email returned 'undeliverable - permanent failure'!

    • bri
      April 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks for this info. I tryed it for a day or so and went to LogMeIn. Since I am more of a tech curiosity freak, so to speak, I don't use to the fullest extent, all software that I review for friends etc. These programs are no exception. So thanks for you input... - bri

  2. hkbs
    April 8, 2010 at 2:15 am

    I have now given up on Feel Home completely. I once managed to get into my files but, since then, my name and password have been rejected from my Desktop app even though I could log in with the same details from the web site (sometimes).

    I have tried uninstalling Feel Home and re-registering with a different email address, etc. Still have problems so decided it isn't worth the bother. I have LogMeIn so will have to stick with that. I just thought it may be quicker/easier with Feel Home.

  3. hkbs
    April 4, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Have this sorted now!

    • Brian A. Morin
      April 6, 2010 at 10:48 am

      Could you give us a briefing on your results, please hkbs?

      bri

  4. hkbs
    March 22, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I have managed to connect to my PC but cannot get to my files which are on my D:\ drive. If I click on D:\, I can see some folders (My Data, My Templates, etc) but not the folder (Files) containing my Word documents. So this makes Feel Home pretty useless for my requirements.

  5. abrielle
    March 21, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I have installed this and I can login from my browser but on the desktop, I get 'Wrong surname or password. Authentication failed' even though I am using the same login details.

    The help files on the website don't help at all!

  6. Brian A. Morin
    March 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I tried the http://www.logmein.com recommended by Key and it works like a charm. Well I say that, but I haven't used it remotely yet, but it installed without anymore than the regular difficulties; computers (Micro Soft) are "NOT" user friendly... LOL

    Good luck all
    bri

  7. Brian A. Morin
    March 20, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I tried the http://www.logmein.com recommended by Key and it works like a charm. Well I say that, but I haven't used it remotely yet, but it installed without anymore than the regular difficulties; computers (Micro Soft) are "NOT" user friendly... LOL

    Good luck all
    bri

  8. Dan
    March 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Hmmmm, their website seems to be down... Anyone know when it'll be back up?

    • Srivatsan Venkatesh
      March 20, 2010 at 8:16 am

      Not really. I was about to impress some friends with the new cool tools I found and I go to the site and.... FAIL it doesn't work..

  9. lena
    March 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    yesterday i've tried this and it really worked! i didn't even have to turn on my laptop.

    today i wanted to visit this site again and it does open, as if it never existed oO

  10. JK III
    March 19, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Not good for people with slow internet connection.

  11. Hari
    March 19, 2010 at 8:17 am

    For those who don't want to have their computer on all the time, one solution is to have a router that supports ssh login (e.g., those that support 3rd party firmware such as dd-wrt or tomato) and wakeup the computer you want by sending a WOL packet. I do this all the time and it works great. With Tomato firmware, you also have an option of sending WOL packets from the web interface, so all that you have to do is to enable the remote management.

    • Brian A. Morin
      March 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      This is very interesting, but do you have a link that will assist someone who would like to know how to do this.

      I checked around, and so far have come up with nothing...

      regards
      bri

  12. David
    March 19, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I signed up yeserday and it seemed to work well... but today the site is down and I cannot connect at all. If this is the reliability I can expect when I NEED to download a file, forget it!!

    • Brian A. Morin
      March 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      I am having the same issue.

      bri

    • Brian A. Morin
      March 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

      I agree with you, I am having the same issue.

      bri

  13. quidam
    March 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Opera Unite, anyone?

    easier, cross-platform, safer...

  14. Hari
    March 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I normally resort to running ssh server and access using scp, but, this is pretty useful to make it easier. However, I think the program should run without GUI so that I can login over ssh and start it up when needed.

  15. kye
    March 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    dudes....common....the service SUCKS....i`m lost between these folders....
    http://www.logmein.com or Team Viewer or 10 times more useful and simple...

    • Brian A. Morin
      March 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm

      I am just installing this program. Thanks for this...

      bri

    • Martin
      April 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm

      LMI and TeamViewer don't work for Ubuntu users. FeelHome might "suck" for you, so what's your _easy_ alternate suggestion for Ubuntu users?

  16. kye
    March 18, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    dudes....common....the service SUCKS....i`m lost between these folders....
    http://www.logmein.com or Team Viewer or 10 times more useful and simple...

  17. Tom Alex
    March 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks Justin for the reply and the wonderful article

  18. Tom Alex
    March 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Hi
    Just a doubt. Since the data is not uploaded anywhere
    does it mean that my home computer need to be running to access the data from somewhere else ?

    Thanks

    Tom

    • Justin Pot
      March 18, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      Yep: your computer needs to be on, and FeelHome needs to be running.

    • shaeflan
      March 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      Your computer must be on to access the files. Just tried it and unfortunately there seems to be a 100MB file size limit for downloads. I guess it would still be good for occasional use but the limit is a bummer.

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