I'm looking for an (ideally FOSS) alternative to TeamViewer.
I need to support less tech-savvy people using Windows as well as Linux on their computers - and of course it would be great to serve all of them using the same tool...
Most of the host systems don't have a static IP address, and I'm afraid I can't VPN into their local LANs.
Please feel free to retoot - I'm looking forward to any suggestions
@falgn0n @tetrapyloctomist @switchingsocial Tried to install, but it failed. Log: https://stemy.me/zerobin/?d531db96e343cd20#8FvJZzDjgMc2lMKcHzf4sEjizEMAaOzlxdghsRuJ5yw=
Thanks for your suggestion! The appealing aspects are that it is free for up to 30 computer and that no client application is required. So I'm going to give #DWService a shot!
A first installation at the office seems painfully slow despite of GB-Ethernet
Do you know whether DWS always routes through the web (the ADSL connection is weak here - Uplink: 16 Mbit DS / 1 MBit US)?
I'll try to connect again later from a client with a faster web link...
What I experience is that it is a bit slow in GUI desktop sharing (I mostly use it's terminal emulator for Linux, which is fine). I don't know much about its background connection.
Have you looked at this article yet?
When I'm looking for an alternative to the proprietary solutions (TeamViewer, AnyDesk, Ammyy Admin, RealVNC, Chrome Remote Desktop...), 😒
the count of choices from the article drops to 4 (No. 7 to 10) - and as far as I understand, these all need either some kind of manipulation on the router (DynDNS + Port Forwarding) or VPN in order to access computers behind a NAT? 😟
Please tell me if I'm I missing something here? Thanks! 😊
@tetrapyloctomist @switchingsocial @Cedara I don't see Cedara's link, but... Yeah, things that don't have a centralized server infrastructure to send your connection through a NAT are going to need some kind of router manipulation or a VPN. :(
I'd be wary of exposing your less tech-savvy friends' and relatives' machines to the internet via port forwarding, myself. A VPN would be the more secure choice.
Yeah. The problem is establishing the connection between the two machines. A lot of those links are for services with a centralized server infrastructure in order to make the connection through NATs, etc.
I was going to suggest that you might get more traction out of looking for alternatives to LANdesk, but that was worse. This is maybe closer to your use case. https://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/comments/3qkths/is_there_an_open_source_alternative_to_teamviewer/
Please correct me if I'm wrong: from what I understand #Guacamole seems to be a pretty nifty solution for remote access to Linux machines - at least I don't see a Win installer?
If I can't manipulate router settings (for DynDNS & Port Forwarding) and can't VPN into a local network - how do I connect to a computer with a dynamic IP address? And to different computers in the same NAT? 😳
What part of TV are you replacing?
Guacamole runs on a GNU/Linux server on target LAN. From it you connect to RDP (Win), VNC (Win/Linux), SSH (Linux) on your LAN. In your situation you can use a reverse SSH tunnel to a third party server + 2FA auth. A lot of pieces but it works. Requirement: VNC installed/RDP enabled.
Compare TV licensing vs. professional sysadmin/consulting fees, make a budget. I can help if you don't have the time or experience to do it.
In order to access the other computers in my (all windows) office, I would place a separate computer there, run Linux and install #Guacamole.
After that I can make a connection to the Linux machine from outside (Port Forwarding needed?) and from there I can connect via VNC or RDP to the Windows machines?
@tetrapyloctomist exactly :) port forwarding is best if possible.
Sorry if I'm asking too many questions
@tetrapyloctomist Protocols: yes, RDP steals the session and VNC can share it so RDP on some servers, VNC all the rest of Win desktops. It's a VM with 2GB of RAM, 32G storage on multi0core host.
@tetrapyloctomist @switchingsocial A few alternatives to #TeamViewer are suggested on AlternativeTo.net: https://alternativeto.net/software/teamviewer/?license=opensource. If I read correctly, #TightVNC is GPL and multi-platform.
@tetrapyloctomist @switchingsocial Reverse VNC? That way the server connects to the client, so only the viewer needs a public IP.
I wrote about it ages ago: https://blog.gibson.sh/2010/01/08/remote-administrationtech-support-with-reverse-vnc/
@tetrapyloctomist For my windows using relatives, I have them setup to be able to create a reverse tunnel with ssh to my router, and then I just use standard remote desktop to access their machines. But I'm dealing with a small set of users, and I have no linux users I have to support.
I haven't found a very good solution either. One thing that might work though is to use a Dynamic DNS service like no-IP to setup a VPN or SSH server. Then just setup a FLOSS VNC server and you can remote in that way.
I know this approach is pretty hacky and requires a lot of setup but it would work. I do wish someone would build a true FLOSS TeamViewer alternative.
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