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Old 02-02-2008, 03:26 AM   #1
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VNC and IP address


My situation is the following:

I would like to make maintenance to the computer of my mother who is 10000km far from me (so she is in another network). She is running windowsXP and I Kubuntu 7.10

The VCN client requires an IP address to connect to... my mother gave me something like but what I see is that this address is not the real one... something is preventing me to reach her computer. How can I change then the IP of her computer and then make it accessible to me so that I can access it??

On the other hand I see that my IP in Linux is how can I change my IP as well?


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That will tell you your Internet IP.
The 192.168.1.* addresses are the LAN addresses of your computers.

You will need to set up port forwarding in your mother's modem/router to forward ports 5900-5909 to her LAN IP, and maybe open a hole in her firewall to allow this. See her modem/router's manual for how to do this.
I do the same with my mother's PC. She gets her IP address from, phones me up, and then runs krfb which allows me to control her desktop. Excellent for sorting out problems and demonstrating how to do things.
Edit: She is running linux, but there'll be a similar program to krfb for windows.

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