How to Monitor a Remote Computer


If you have a computer that you are not near, you can monitor it remotely over the Internet and control it as if you were sitting in front of it. This is done by using a VNC (Virtual Network Client) program that runs on the remote computer and lets you view its screen, as well as control it with your keyboard and mouse.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • Set up a dynamic DNS service through a free online provider, such as No-IP or DynDNS. Once you have created your account, download and run the dynamic DNS application onto the remote computer. This application will report the IP address of the computer to the dynamic DNS service that you signed up with, so even if the computer's IP address changes, you can still access the computer using a custom URL.

  • Download and install a VNC program, such as UltraVNC, onto your computer, as well as onto the remote computer. Run the server portion of the program onto the remote computer and run the client portion of the program onto your local computer.

  • Set up the VNC server by running the automated installation process. You will be asked to enter a username and password. This is the username and password you will use to connect to and monitor the remote computer, so make sure it is difficult for someone to guess.

  • Set up the VNC client by running the automated installation process. When you reach the end of the installation process, start the client program, and in the IP address field, enter the custom URL you set up with the dynamic DNS service. Enter the username and password that you set up on the remote computer and press the "Connect" button. You will notice a brief delay, and then a window will pop up showing you the screen of the remote computer. If you click inside this screen with your mouse, your computer and mouse input will be directed into the remote computer.

  • Use the VNC window to monitor what is happening on the remote computer. Whether you are monitoring a remote process or watching someone work on the computer, you will see everything that happens on the screen in real time.

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