What is VNC?
In the vein of remote-controlling other devices is VNC, or virtual network computing. Virtual network computing is a means by which servers and clients can remotely control one another through a network. The workings of a VNC can be a little complex at first. It’s important to know that VNC is a type of software that is downloaded.
The inner workings of the process are intricate and take explaining to fully understand. Let’s take a look at VNC software in its entirety, step-by-step, in order to get a better idea of what it is and how it works. We’ll also discuss what VNC is used for.
As mentioned, VNC is a type of software that relies on a server-client system in order to remotely control something across a network. This means that VNC software gives users the ability to control another device or computer without actually physically being with it.
The viewer portion of the software is also the client portion, and it is downloaded to the local computer. In other words, the part of the software that lets you see another computer or device is the client section–the part that reaches out–and it is on the computer that you usually use.
The server part, then, is on the remote computer–the computer you are going to control. When you wish to control this remote computer, the software on your computer makes contact with the server on the remote computer, giving you access to the remote device and allowing you to see and control it.
Usually, you can use key strokes and clicks in order to produce a response in the remote device. This can allow you to go through another device without actually being there. When used for good purposes, this can be a great way to control some of your other devices or even remotely control a friend’s computer and help them out. However, it also opens the door to privacy issues, so one should always be careful about allowing remote access of their devices.
If you’ve ever watched crime shows such as Criminal Minds, you’ve probably seen the FBI use similar techniques to control a suspect’s computer. While you’ll probably never want to use VNC for things like that, you can use it to integrate your devices and give you greater control over your electronics–even when you aren’t physically there.
This is great for times when you need to access your computer or other devices but don’t have access to them for whatever reason. Using VNC can help you bridge that gap by giving you greater control of all your devices across the network.