Ever wished you could access your Raspberry Pi when you're on the road? Perhaps you've set up a home security camera, you're running a private Minecraft server, or you're using your Pi for some crazy hacked together internet appliance of your own making. Whatever your reasons, it's easy than you think to access that Raspberry Pi remotely. Here's how.
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Real VNC is an excellent, easy way to remotely connect to your Raspberry Pi from your home network, but it's a little confusing for beginners. VNC Connect is a new version that simplifies the process and makes it easy to connect to your Raspberry Pi from outside your network.
iOS: Screens has long been our pick for the best VNC client on iOS and today it gets some handy new features that take advantage of newer iOS devices.
You've got your Raspberry Pi ready to go, but you want it to run it without having a keyboard or mouse (or perhaps even a screen) attached. In order to interact with it, you'll need to connect to it remotely and one way to accomplish that is with a Virtual Network Computing (VNC) server / client setup.
Dear Lifehacker, I'm about to head off to school for a few months, and I'm the tech-literate one in the family. My parents depend on me to fix their computer problems and set up new things they want to use. What application can I use to connect to their computer from school and work on it when they need me that requires little to no setup on their part?
There are many VNC apps for the iPhone, ranging widely in price, features and approach. Our favourite is Screens because it makes your desktop actually easy to use on a touch screen, offers a secure connection through SSH tunnelling, and provides a setup-free option should you not want to mess around with your router.
If you've ever left your iPhone at home and needed to check for missed calls, or you couldn't find it and wanted to make an alarm go off with minimal effort, you could do both of those things easily if remote access were possible. If you have a jailbroken iOS device you can do that by installing Veency, the iOS VNC server.
Yoics, a remote access app built around VNC tools, offers a Gmail sidebar gadget that makes grabbing files, browsing pictures, or controlling a remote desktop a one-click affair from your inbox. Yoics installs a highly customised version of WinVNC on your Windows, Mac, or Linux system and lets you connect to it over the web with a single login/password. In this case, Yoics' sidebar gadget simply launches the relevant web link to your documents, pictures, or desktop, if you've chosen to share all of them. Installing and setting up Yoics took me about 10 minutes, between the relatively lengthy sign-up forms, system checks, and configuration demands (including a very mandatory changing of your WinVNC default password). Installing the gadget, though, was as simple as any other.
Choosing the "My Pictures" link gives you a customised gallery view of your documents:
LogMeIn Pro offers fans of the well-liked remote desktop software some key features over the free version, including file syncing and remote printing. With some free apps, you can cover most of the difference. The Daily Cup of Tech blog recommends a few free apps that boost a free LogMeIn connection to nearly pro-level features. Key among them is the use of Dropbox, the free, multi-platform, password-syncing, Hive-Five-awarded app. The basic idea is that if you need to manipulate a file you've got locally with another remote computer, simply drop your file into your Dropbox bin, and it'll arrive there in a few moments. For printing from one computer to another, Tim Fehlman suggests using a Windows PDF printing solution. Another good pick is the previously mentioned Yuuguu for screen sharing, as its a very simple connection (PIN and username) and works with both Macs and PCs. The only no-go with Cup of Tech's free substition plan is remote audio streaming—something that only a fraction of the user base would likely want, but still a nifty feature. Any suggestions from our remote-savvy readers on getting all your remote system's audio through your local speakers?
Windows only: If you're eager for a simple, non-browser, quick-starting app that will let you get remote desktop access to your mom's desktop, your struggling friend's laptop, or nearly any other machine, Ammyy Admin is just about perfect for your needs. The 128KB, no-install app opens and gives you a dedicated client ID number. To connect as the administrator, you simply enter the client's ID's number, choose a connection speed optimiser (if needed), and hit "Connect," while the client only has to hit "Start." Unless you use its sister private router product, Ammyy Admin will route its screen-sharing traffic over the developer's servers, so work that requires privacy shouldn't rely on Ammyy. Still, for keeping it simple with one-time connections—or even regular hook-ups, through Ammyy's Windows service option—Ammyy is worth checking out. Ammyy Admin is a free download for Windows systems only.Ammyy Admin
On its face, a tool that gives you remote control over your jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch seems kind of pointless. If you're sitting at a computer already, why would you need to use your tiny touch screen computer? But take a moment to think of the things you could save time typing out—like built-up text messages and frustratingly non-syncing notes—as well as the ability to charge or play music while still using the software. Now it's a safer bet that some curious hackers will want to tunnel into their gadgets. Let's take a look at how to set up Veency, along with a few good uses for it.