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Ekkie Tepsupornchai
03-01-2005, 01:30 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.pocketgear.com/software_detail.asp?id=16879&associateid=204' target='_blank'>http://www.pocketgear.com/software_...associateid=204</a><br /><br /></div><img src=http://trials.pocketgear.com/Product_images/1/1640/All.gif><br /><br /><i>"Breakthrough! Take Remote Desktop on your mobile device to a whole new level! Dedicate design for your mobile device to remote control the PC and transfer files with phone, network or ActiveSync connection."</i><br /><br />The key features includes: <br />* Remote control of your desktop (support for Win98SE, WinME, WinNT4.0 SP6, Win2000, WinXPHome/Pro)<br />* 256 bit encryption<br />* Three encryption algorithms to choose from (AES, Serpent, Twofish)<br />* Two way authentication with rotating key<br />* FTP with file resume capabilities and wildcard support<br />* Copy &amp; Paste integration between desktop / PDA<br />* License includes unlimited "Remote2PC" server installations (for the desktop). You are only charged for number of the "Remote2PC" Client (PPC/WM) installs.<br /><br />This looks like an enterprise grade VNC-type of solution. If it delivers on everything it claims to deliver, this is an absolute steal at $36.95. I'd still prefer using TightVNC (or equivalent) over my laptop to connect remotely, but for people who are on-call but constantly on the go, lugging around a laptop everywhere may not always be practical or convenient. In some easy-to-imagine circumstances, this would be a far more desirable solution. Additionally consider that if you only use one PPC/WM device to support a large number of PCs, this price is phenomenal!

bobbert
03-01-2005, 02:40 AM
This is very tempting. Makes me want to get a Dell VGA plus this program (since it seems goofy to try to use this with a 240x320 PPC). But I think I'm so happy with my Toshiba e405 that I'll wait for the Win Mobile 2005 PPCs to shake out first.

piggity
03-01-2005, 03:02 AM
Anyone know how to use this remotely?

I tried this on my local network, and it works really good. But does anyone know how to make it work, if I want to access my home PC from say a GPRS connection?

I messed around with the call back options, but never got it to work.

DaleReeck
03-01-2005, 03:08 AM
Perhaps if it supported the standard Microsoft Terminal service. But why install a third party product on a server when a RAS service is already built in.

Anjuan Simmons
03-01-2005, 03:14 AM
Anyone know how to use this remotely?

I tried this on my local network, and it works really good. But does anyone know how to make it work, if I want to access my home PC from say a GPRS connection?

I messed around with the call back options, but never got it to work.

I haven't used this particular piece of software, but it seems like you want to externally access your local network. Do you use a router between your home computers and your cable/DSL modem? If so, then you'll have to set up port forwarding (this is a router setting) to the machine hosting Remote2PC and then hit the IP address of your router on your GPRS enabled device. The router will forward the call to the port of your machine which should establish the link.

Ekkie Tepsupornchai
03-01-2005, 04:39 AM
you'll have to set up port forwarding (this is a router setting) to the machine hosting Remote2PC and then hit the IP address of your router on your GPRS enabled device. The router will forward the call to the port of your machine which should establish the link.
That'd be my guess as well. Specifically, I'd be looking at the PC server applet for details on what port it is listening to and then configure your router to allow access to that port. That configuration should include a setting that specifies which machine (within your LAN) the router needs to send packets to from that port.

If for some reason you don't have a router but have multiple machines in your home sharing the same broadband connection... then I highly recommend you buy a router!

carphead
03-01-2005, 05:25 AM
Seems strange that it uses port 81. As port 81 is usually taken by (according to lana) the Host 2 nameserver. It also gets opened by a couple of worms so would be a prime one for ISP's to block.

x999x
03-01-2005, 08:14 AM
Great software, it solves all my gripes with VNC.

It's screen rotation and scaling feature is very nice, there's no reason for firing up landscape software first on non VGA devices like with the old VNC solution.

Additionally, it's native support for dyndns.org accounts for those of us with dynamic IPs is also handy.

A little on the pricey side though, and it's registration process leaves much to be desired in terms of expediancy.

after_forever
03-01-2005, 01:48 PM
Please wait 1~4 business days for us to email you the register code? That is totally unacceptable. You expect me to wait that long before I can use a software package I just purchased?

Wish there was a trial version that I could test on my setup before buying it. Then again, it might take me 1~4 business days to figure out the port forwarding on my router?

DaleReeck
03-01-2005, 02:16 PM
Please wait 1~4 business days for us to email you the register code?

That's a coincidence. It may take me one to four days to pay them ;)

Underwater Mike
03-01-2005, 03:20 PM
Sounds interesting, but I'm a bit leery of buying software whose only support link is a Hotmail addy. Anybody heard of these guys before?

Paragon
03-01-2005, 05:04 PM
I threw this on my JAM for a quick trial. It messed up Activesync with the JAM. I tried doing a restore to get it back, as well as a system restore on my desktop. I finally had to delete the partnership to get it to work again. Anyone else have this problem?

Dave

jancelet
03-01-2005, 05:54 PM
Loaded it installed it and connected immediately, I have a static IP address for my computer I use though, I paid $200 for PCANYWHERE 11.5 and it had ZERO documentation and after 6 emails and 2 weeks still got NOWHERE with symantec tech support, this took all of 2 mins to load and get it fully connected and it simple to use. I have a sprint ppc-6600, not sure what everyone dislikes about it though

also after I paid and then forwarded the email per instructions on how to register I got my code immediately, and there is a trial version of this on pocketgear

ctmagnus
03-01-2005, 06:23 PM
.Net VNC Viewer (Google it; there's no link in the About box) supports screen rotation on older devices.

after_forever
03-01-2005, 06:30 PM
Thanx jancelet for pointing out my blunder. I didnít see there was a trial version available. I went back and downloaded the version and within 2 mins I was up and running on my works computer. So far so good.
The real test is my home setup :)

Thanx again
After Forever

Paragon
03-01-2005, 06:41 PM
I went back and downloaded the version and within 2 mins I was up and running on my works computer. So far so good.


Good to hear. Hopefully my little problem is because of a conflict on my end, and it is a rare occurrence.

Dave

x999x
03-01-2005, 06:50 PM
.Net VNC Viewer (Google it; there's no link in the About box) supports screen rotation on older devices.

Interesting, this is the one VNC I have yet to try. Does this .Net VNC also scale the desktop view down to fit your devices screen? This is something that this rZ software does very nicely, it nixes the whole need to use Nydiot's Virtual Display for tasks like this.

Personally, I'm sold on this software, if .net VNC comes anywhere close I may hold off on buying it.

gratefuled
03-02-2005, 01:59 AM
Basically, I already have this capability via Citrix Thin Client Server at work and Citrix CE on my device. Iahve been using Citrix CE since 2003 and it keeps getting better with each upgrade.
The downside of course is that not everyone utilizes a Citrix work environment. The upside is if you do use Citrix on a server at work Citrix CE is a free utility.
I have to say that when I'm on vacation or on a business trip it is so easy to get right to my desktop. Browse files, check email, work on real excell spreadsheets and real word documents just as if I'm right at work. The beauty of Citrix is that the applications run from the server, not from your device. Therefore you are using reall windows environment applications right from your device.
In fact I only use this application to check my email at work.
Ed

x999x
03-02-2005, 08:16 AM
Had a go with .Net VNC, and while good, it doesn't hold a candle to the features or ease of use that this RzPC software exhibits.

Now if only the price and registration method were as streamlined :(

bostonGuy
03-02-2005, 03:56 PM
LogMeIn.com offers basically the same product but the remote control function is FREE. They want you to pay for things like file transfer, etc. in the "Pro" version.

I've been using it for about a month now and can easily access my work PC behind a corporate firewall and my two home PC's behind a personal firewall/router.

The only drawback to it is the login - three logins to each system. One to log into LogMeIn to see my available PC's and then one when I connect to each one, and lastly the actual screen saver/screen lock on the PC itself.

But for Free...?

-bostonGuy

Anjuan Simmons
03-02-2005, 04:18 PM
Has anyone tried using Windows XP Remote Desktop? It comes with Windows XP Professional, and it allow you to remotely access any PC that has a network connection. I recently set this up on my home network, opened the Remote Desktop Port (3389) on my Router and forwarded the port to the host computer. What's nice about this is I can use Terminal Services on my PDA to access my computer over GPRS.

whydidnt
03-02-2005, 04:32 PM
Has anyone tried using Windows XP Remote Desktop? It comes with Windows XP Professional, and it allow you to remotely access any PC that has a network connection. I recently set this up on my home network, opened the Remote Desktop Port (3389) on my Router and forwarded the port to the host computer. What's nice about this is I can use Terminal Services on my PDA to access my computer over GPRS.

I was wondering the same thing. I've played with this a little with PPC at home, but am not real comfortable with opening a port on my router to access my PC remotely. Can somebody who understands these things better than me explain what z2 Remote2PC provides that Remote Desktop/Terminal Services doesn't?

bostonGuy
03-03-2005, 01:47 AM
Can somebody who understands these things better than me explain what z2 Remote2PC provides that Remote Desktop/Terminal Services doesn't?

Well in my case my company would not want to open any ports on the firewall for this access. But these products' agents can communicate to the server using your work desktop's http proxy settings. So the local agent, on your work PC, connects to their server via your desktop's proxy settings, and you (remotely) connect to their server and "meet" your work PC there for a remote control connection.

Basically their agent somehow forwards and receives instructions from you through a firewall without opening ANY special firewall ports.

Besides it's much more advanced (speaking of http://www.LogMeIn.com) and a good bit faster than Remote Desktop is.

Try it - it's FREE!


-bostonGuy

x999x
03-05-2005, 11:00 PM
Great application, Im loving it more and more, especially since it has no problem picking up direct X windows.

x999x
03-08-2005, 08:52 PM
w00t double post.

Just wanted to say the registration process went without a hitch. Ordered it lastnight on pocketgear around midnight, and had my serial key this morning in time for work. Not exactly instantaneous, but darn near close enough for me.

Kudos to the author, this app REALLY serves it's purpose well, very intuitive design.

Ekkie Tepsupornchai
03-08-2005, 09:37 PM
I'm glad to see so much positive feedback on what looked to me like a great concept. Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I hadn't tried this yet myself b/c I just haven't had the need for remote connectivity software recently, but I'll definitely have to put this app on my wishlist for the future!