What happens when BitTorrent meets Hamachi meets remote desktop meets networking? Well you get something similar to Remobo (no longer available). Remobo lets you create an IPN which is an Instant Private Network.
Lets see what you can do with an IPN, Remobo and how to set it all up.
Remobo allows you to:
- Control your own computer remotely from any other computer.
- Access your files securely from work or while traveling.
- Share files, photos and media with friends & family on your network.
- Secure all your messages and file transfers against hackers.
- Create a virtual private network (VPN) instantly and securely.
- Play LAN games over the internet as if you were all in the same place.
- Connect to any computer in your list securely to access files and data.
- Run virtually any 3rd party application on top of Remobo.
Quite a handful isn’t it? Lets set it all up!
Download and Install
Simply download and install. It will try to install a BitTorrent client (which will be required later as you will see) so if you already have your own, you can say no to this. While setting up the virtual network driver Windows will warn you. Click ‘continue’ and you should be good to go.
Set up an account
Set up a Remobo account. Simple and easy, no fuss. Requires an email address.
When Remobo starts, it asks you for the account details you just set up. Log in and then click on the button labelled “Menu” and then add one of your buddies on the Remobo network. You would have to enter the username of your buddy and your buddy will have to approve your request. This is unlike Hamachi where you create a network where others can join.
Remobo actually supports more than one PC per account, so you can have multiple entries under one buddy. This simply translates to the various computers of your buddy that you can access. This also means that you can use the same account on more than one computer. So you can have your work and home PC listed under the same username.
Let’s MakeUseOf Remobo
This little menu is all you have to take note of for being a Remobo King!
Files are sent using BitTorrent. Click on “Send a File” and you will be presented with an option to choose the files and folders to share, choose them and specify if you want to share this one time only or keep it shared for longer. Remobo will now automagically create a torrent and send the torrent file to the other side (to the buddy). The other side can then download the torrent file and use any BitTorrent client to download the file. This increases in significance if you are sharing a file with a group!
View Shared files
Clicking on “View Shared Files” will open up a webpage that allows you to view all the shared files (yours and others’) and also allows you to browse the files categorized by usernames so that you know who is sharing which file..
Windows File Sharing
Don’t want to use Bittorrent for some reason? Well no problem you can try “Windows File Sharing” just as you would do on a LAN. Just that it is a lot more simple here. When I clicked on it I was hoping to go through a messy workgroup setup and complicated network settings, but what did I see? I saw the shared printer and shared docs (in other words, it’s already done and I did nothing). Yes that’s how simple it is. Depending upon your situation you may be prompted for a password or do some minor configurations here.
Play games, Stream Media
Basically you can run any 3rd party application atop of Remobo. Want to play any game with your buddy just like you would have played it on the LAN? Easy, hover your mouse over the buddy name and get the IP. This is the virtual IP or the Remobo IP. Use this for streaming media configuration or playing games over the network.
Control Computer from other computers
Click one of the computer names that you want to access. Choose “Remote Control” from the menu that shows up. Enter your buddy’s password and you’ll get remote access to that computer. The whole password situation used for Remote Control bothers me a bit. While this is fine if you are in a work/home scenario, this might not be a good idea in the “buddy” scenario as the Remobo password and the Remote Control password are the same. So if you know someone’s remote control password, you know their account password. Kinda lame?
I am not going to tell you how you can chat with Remobo. This is just for you to know, that you can chat as well!
All the connections are secure and encrypted so your data is secure!
Don’t like remembering IP addresses? Well just use <username>.remobo.com and you don’t need to remember any IP address. In case of multiple computer setups use <username>.<computername>.remobo.com
There is a great Remobo community over there. You can make feature requests, get skins, discuss problems and see how others are using Remobo.
All in all a great application. There is the password issue that I mentioned and some dialogs that I feel are redundant, but overall it greatly simplifies the whole process or sharing files, using BitTorrent to send files, VPN setup and Remote Desktop.
It’s still in beta and I am sure it will mature as it grows. If you thought Hamachi was easy and feature rich (or otherwise) try Remobo, you’ll have no idea!
Let us know what you think about it. Have you tried it? Or do you plan to stick with Hamachi or some other application?
(By) Varun Kashyap, who is getting absent minded and forget to mention his name in the last two articles. And before he forgets, he would like to invite you to his TechCrazy Blog, where he writes about latest on the web, tech tips, tweaks and hacks.
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