Controling other computers

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April 26, 2010 at 22:20:20
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 2.394 GHz / 6143 MB
I known this is probibly to simple but I am a bit lost. My home network is set up like this:

in my room is my pc and the dsl modem it has built in router. I am running windows 7. Ethernet cable run from modem to my comp and another run to lan port of old netgear router (set up as switch or bridge) two more ethernet cables run from there to kids computers in seperate rooms. One comp has XP Home and the other is a new build with Windows 7. The network seems to be fine all computers see eachother can share and use the internet. My issue is I would like to control them both from this computer to be able to run updates and maintenance. I was using vnc with the old Xp comp but after adding the other router when I attempt to connect to either one I get " unable to resolve host by name: The requested name is valid, but no data of the requested type was found. (11004) " When I use the IP address in the server field I get " connection aborted".

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April 26, 2010 at 22:58:01
The name resolution for the internal computers did not work.
If all computers get an ip address via DHCP from the router, it should be possible to access the computers by name.

When using ip address to access the computers, you have to make sure, that you*re also use the correct port.
By default, VNC uses port 5900.
In the case, that you haven't change it at the kids computers, you don't need to set the port to access them.
E.g.: (for default port)
Let's say kids computer 1 has the ip address
So in the VNC client, you have to type:
That's it.

But let's say kids computer 2 has and VNC is configured to listen to port 6900.
In that case you have to type this:

So you can see, you have to check the settings for the ip addresses, whether they get the the ip dynamically via DHCP, and you have to check the VNC server settings at the kids computers to figure out the used port.

Also check, whether there is running a firewall that may block VNC.

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April 26, 2010 at 23:37:36
They all do get ip through dhcp. I have tried using both the ip and ip followed by port. I get a differnt message with each but they are basicaly the same. I have also downloaded and tried to use vncscan when I used ip or ip+port I get " the connection was closed". I am thinking I need to look at OS firewalls.

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April 27, 2010 at 06:26:12
post an ipconfig from your machine and one from a pc you can't vnc into for comparision.

Have you tried using RDP instead of vnc?

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April 27, 2010 at 13:56:09
I bet, you've got a problem with the windows firewall.
You simply have to add the program to the list, e.g.:
"C:\Program Files\RealVNC\VNC4\winvnc4.exe" by using the Browse button, at the kids computers.

You may also have to check the local firewall settings of your machine and may have to add the vncviewer.exe to your windows firewall.

But anyway, as wanderer stated, post the ipconfig /all of your machine and one of the kids computers.
This will help us to help you.

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Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!

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