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VNC modified to run remote Windows on iPhone

updated 02:55 pm EDT, Wed July 11, 2007

VNC Windows on iPhone

An independent coder by the name of Nate True has devised a way of gaining remote desktop access to Windows via the Apple iPhone. After loading a Windows PC with a modified copy of TightVNC, an open-source remote desktop, users need only browse to the 5800 port of their computer's IP address and enter a password. Zooming and panning gestures let users view different portions of the screen, while tapping will bring up a menu to execute an equivalent mouse command -- such as left-clicking, scrolling the mousewheel, or dragging-and-dropping. To enter text into programs, users simply select Text Input from the same menu, which will bring up the iPhone's normal keyboard.

Because the program is web-based, it can operate via both EDGE and Wi-Fi and requires no hacking of iTunes or firmware. The program does have limitations though, principally in that it cannot be run as a dedicated service on a PC, and users may have to download a DLL file to get the program functioning. PCs behind routers may need to forward port 5800, and compatibility with Windows Vista is unknown.



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  1. mgpalma

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    Wow

    Now that's cool. I wonder about doing the same with Macs?

  1. Ikon

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    hmm…

    Is it not possible to run parallels on the iPhone? :-)

  1. dynsight

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    Remote Desktop

    Macs come with VNC built right in, called apple remote desktop. Not sure if it is running the standard VNC web interface, but there are other VNC servers for os X. Might be a fun test!

  1. UberFu

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    yeah but...

    ARD {apple remote desktop] isn't great at handling Windoze environs_

    It mentions he's using something called TightVNC_

    That's way cool though - the hacking takes off with flying colors_

    I am waiting to run FCP and Photoshop on mine_

    It looks like it's almost easier to access a Win machine from an iPhone than it is from my desktop Mac_

    Now if he just releases it as a complete Mod_

  1. testudo

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    Re: remote desktop

    Macs come with VNC built right in, called apple remote desktop. Not sure if it is running the standard VNC web interface, but there are other VNC servers for os X. Might be a fun test!



    Sorry, apple remote desktop is something else, not VNC. However, it does come with VNC built-in, and you can enable it when enabling Apple remote desktop.

    But it does not use the HTTP VNC, but the standard VNC protocol, so it would not work with this.

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