View Full Version : Remote computer control

23-07-2004, 10:24 AM
I would like to know if it is possible using the internet to be connected to and operate a system and everything on it that you have set up in another house. The remote system would just be a low spec PC box with no monitor but with a webcam attached. I would like too use a free operating system with the remote PC ie. Linux or something that will work with the webcam so I can have live video feed from the cam to my PC via the net... Also would it be possible to have multiple remote setups all connected to my PC so I could view any or all of the cams?

23-07-2004, 11:04 AM
That sort of thing is very possible but you may need a permanent IP address (usually) at your end if they call you, or the remote end if you call them.
There are many ways to do it, but they mostly cost good amounts of money.

Graham L
23-07-2004, 03:44 PM
It's certainly possible ; probably not even very difficult. The problems will mostly be cost of the links. :D If you have phone lines, the unattended computers can easily dial in and upload pictures as required to a web site. If you want to control them ,it's not hard to send the "current" IP address to you in an email, so you can then connect to it, and control it. There's no problem having multiple protocols on the same connection ... the camera could be sending pictures up while you are logged on to its computer using ssh or VNC or Telnet (:D).

"You can do anything with software". -- Common line of computer salesmen. ;-)

23-07-2004, 04:11 PM
Here's a few links to get you started regardless of your OS:

If you go with Linux:

If you go with Windows:

Hope this helps


23-07-2004, 06:09 PM
Under windows how do you send the "current" IP address to you in an email? I've been looking at getting a static IP address but when I look on the ADSL modem the IP address has been the same for 27 days. If it doesn't change offten your way would be a good option.

23-07-2004, 06:28 PM
Unless you organise it with your ISP, it is unlikely that you will get a static IP.

If you go to www.no-ip.com (mentioned above), you can sign up free and get a DNS redirect - which means that you can use yourname.no-ip.com (for example) instead of the IP Address.

You should then download the DUC (Dynamic Update Client, under downloads), and run, so that it will update your IP Address with the Np-IP redirection servers every 30 mins or so.

This way, yourname.no-ip.com is up to date whenever you need your IP.