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Old 07-20-2009, 01:53 PM   #1
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Cool Remote Login query.

I've set up a small computer in the garage. It's connected to my wireless network and I can access files and folders on it.

Just one thing though.

I've set up a remote access to it from my main computer. It works fine but i've just realised that I have to login on the remote computer before I can login to it from my main computer.

The thing is I wanted to put just the tower in the broom cupboard down stairs without the monitor, mouse and keyboard. But now I need those connected to it too so I can login to it.

Is there a way I can just use the tower and remotely login to it without having to connect a monitor, mouse and keyboard?

Lots of help appreciated.
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Default Re: Remote Login query.

What do you use for your remote log-ins? Something like VNC would probably work for you. We use it at work and can access computers that are not logged on.
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:26 PM   #3
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I'm using Windows XP Pro's own login software.

The remote computer is connected wirelessly to my network.

The thing is, this wouldn't be a problem if the remote computer was on all the time. But I switch it off at nights.
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:48 PM   #4
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Wireless? I was going to suggest a wake-on-LAN script, but that wouldn't work if it isn't wired (since your wireless adapter would be switched off). As far as I am aware, RealVNC and TightVNC will allow you to connect remotely even without the computer being logged on.
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Wireless? I was going to suggest a wake-on-LAN script, but that wouldn't work if it isn't wired (since your wireless adapter would be switched off). As far as I am aware, RealVNC and TightVNC will allow you to connect remotely even without the computer being logged on.
So even when you've just started the remote computer and you get the prompt for a password the Ethernet is live and working?

I think that might be the problem. The USB wireless receiver isn't on at this stage and the driver software loads after you log in.

I need to hard wire the remote computer up to my router and see if this solves the problem.

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Well, hard-wiring it would go some way to giving you more options, however your wireless adapter should be connected before you're asked to log in. We have computers that connect to wireless APs at work and they're able to run start-up and log-on scripts, as well as apply policies, before a user has logged on.

You would, however, get the advantage of being able to make use of a wake-on-LAN script (provided your motherboard supported this feature) if you were plugged in to the router instead.
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VNC is a free software that will allow you to login remotely when the computer isn't logged in. I think you can control when your wireless adapter connects to the network (I have been able to do that with the software I've seen). Look around and see if there is an option to connect to the wireless network before login.
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VNC is a free software that will allow you to login remotely when the computer isn't logged in. I think you can control when your wireless adapter connects to the network (I have been able to do that with the software I've seen). Look around and see if there is an option to connect to the wireless network before login.
This is what I need to do I think. Because the wireless receiver only starts to work after the driver software loads up..... after I log into windows.

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Just checked the settings for the wireless receiver and there's nothing that allows it to work before login.
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Look to see if you can download Intel's Wireless Pro software. I have that on mine (I don't think you need to have an Intel Wireless card to use it or if you do, it was just lucky that mine must be an Intel). I downloaded it off the net because I had one laptop that was using it and it was available, so I downloaded it on my Lenovo laptop as well. It works fine for me so maybe give that a try.
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Look to see if you can download Intel's Wireless Pro software. I have that on mine (I don't think you need to have an Intel Wireless card to use it or if you do, it was just lucky that mine must be an Intel). I downloaded it off the net because I had one laptop that was using it and it was available, so I downloaded it on my Lenovo laptop as well. It works fine for me so maybe give that a try.
Thats software for Intel's own mobile internal WIFI adapter.
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Hmm. I wasn't sure. I guess I just got lucky and that is what was inside my Lenovo laptop.
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Do a google search for tweak ui. It can auto logon for you so it will boot up already logged in.. Are you using the microsoft RDC client (mstsc)?
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personaly, i use logmein.com

It is a website where you sign up and download their free software to put on the host computer. Then after it is installed, you can access this computer from any computer in the world that is connected through the internet. all you have to do is go to logmein.com after you sign up and click your name. just be sure that your computer is on when you do this.
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Do a google search for tweak ui. It can auto logon for you so it will boot up already logged in.. Are you using the microsoft RDC client (mstsc)?
Tweakui is great, but completely overkill for just doing this.

Start => Run => control userpasswords2 => uncheck "user must enter username and password to access this machine." Does that not sort it out?

Logmein is also completely and utterly overkill, it's ok if you want a nice place to manage all your PCs and you'll be accessing them from over the net regularly, but for quick access over the network, XP's built in stuff should be fine. It'll be quicker and far less bloated. Those sorts of remote access things on the net do have their place - but this doesn't sound like one of them.
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Well I suppose that would work lol. Since when is overkill not wanted? Overkill is the spice of life!

I just have always used tweak ui. So its convenient because it seems to be universal on all of my machines.
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Since when is overkill not wanted?
Overkill is very rarely wanted when it comes down to computers... personally I like my software to be small, fast and efficient rather than fat, slow and bloated. Microsoft may think otherwise, but no-one is going to convince me it's the best way...!
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Then why not tweak ui? Change the menu speeds to make it peppy, remove unwanted items from the right-click sub menus, and streamline windows a little. I know that too much is a bad thing, but in the case of my favorite little app, it takes hardly anything to run and the benefits are far worth while.

Its not just microsoft. Ever run Norton internet security on one of your machines? lol Thats just a big fat, ram consuming joke
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Microsoft is just one example, there's many others including the one you mentioned!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not putting tweakui down at all, it's a great little piece of software and it's hardly going to consume many resources. My point was just if ALL you're going to do with it is create an automatic login, then why bother? If you want it to play around with other various bits and pieces, go right ahead, it's easily the best piece of software out there for customising all sorts of bits and pieces
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Makes sense.
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