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jonaskoelker 11-29-2012 07:51 AM

Free server-in-the-middle remote desktop viewing software?
 
Hi all.

I'm on the hunt for some remote desktop viewing software for my business.

I have a sales and support rep on the move, armed with a windows laptop and a private IP. I have a closet with a debian server on a public IP. I have customers which I'll scrape and bow for, so I don't want them to have public IPs or any software more modern and spiffy than IE7.

Is there a solution based on free (liberty and $0) software which lets customers view my S&S guy's desktop?

My immediate thought: it should be possible, if S&S-guy does a connect to some kind of server program and sends it images, and the customers go to my website and are fed some stream of images (in, say, a java applet). But I don't know what the tools for it are, which is what I'm asking the community for.

Help me, Obi-Wan Kenerdy; you're my only hope :D

mpapet 11-29-2012 05:25 PM

A later version of icecast can broadcast the stream to a video player with Theora support. But, how one forwards a desktop stream and then merges two streams together is unknown to me.

Even after figuring out a method to forward both desktops there will very likely be awful latency getting a video feed to work in that scenario.


I could be wrong though.

jonaskoelker 12-12-2012 10:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mpapet (Post 4839837)
icecast

Thanks for the recommendation, I'll look into it.

Quote:

Originally Posted by mpapet (Post 4839837)
how one forwards a desktop stream and then merges two streams together is unknown to me.

I'm not sure what gives you the impression that merging is required; I'm not sure which two streams you're talking about. There should be one stream of images from sales guy to customer.

It would be awesome if I could stream customer's screen to sales guy, but that's probably beyond the scope of a java applet or such. And in any case, they wouldn't need to be merged: for all the software (and sysadmin) cares they're independent; the reciprocal nature of human communication doesn't matter.


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