Virtual Network Computer: A Universal Remote
July 27, 2010
VNC (Virtual Network Computer) is a remote access tool that lets you connect to or from nearly any computer platform to control and view a remote machine. As noted in this PC World report, VNC's flexibility comes at a cost: in its most basic form, it lacks many of the connection features you get from other remote access tools.
"VNC has the added bonus of being available for iOS devices. There are several VNC apps that let you access and control a remote Mac from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, including iTeleport: Jaadu VNC and Mocha VNC.
"But VNC's flexibility comes at a cost: In its most basic form, it lacks many of the connection features you get from other remote access tools. For example, it can't by itself get around NAT gateways protecting your local network; you need to configure port-mapping (manually or using a utility) on your router for the connection to get through. Even then, your router must have a public IP address."