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casey
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2020-01-20 6:44 am  

I have a laptop window10 as the main controller computer on my robotic base.  Is there anyway I can control the robot base pc using another window10 pc via wifi ?

 


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codecage
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2020-01-20 2:34 pm  

Unless I'm not really understanding the question here what about using remote desktop?

I think you are leaving the Win10 laptop on the robot base as its control computer, so you could use another another computer to connect to the robot laptop using remote desktop.

Or am I missing something here?

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2020-01-20 3:07 pm  

Thank you for the feedback.  I have just googled how to set up remote desktop it may be what I needed.

 


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2020-01-20 3:14 pm  

I now see where what I suggested might not always be suitable.  What I was suggesting would require that the laptop control computer would always need to be in range of some network.  And the computer you wanted to control the laptop from would have to connected to a network where you could still reach the network the laptop was connected to.

With that being said, I now see I have a brand new application for the multiple node mesh network components I have here around my shack.  You could put a mesh node on your base and as long as it stayed within range of any of the other fixed nodes you could control it from your local computer through the mesh network.

If you might have an interest in Amateur Radio use of mesh networks, take a look at this link: AREDN Mesh Networks

The above link talks about using mesh networks in amateur radio applications, but as long as you used the normal 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz WiFi frequencies and stayed clear of the 3.4GHz frequencies (as well as not trying to increase the transmit power), you don't need to be licensed as an amateur radio operator (Ham) to use this mesh network technology.

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2020-01-20 3:40 pm  

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Maybe mesh networks might fit into your application as well.  Especially if you have a supply of the older Linksys routers laying around.  There are only certain models of the Linksys routers that can be re-purposed for mesh networking and while I have eight (I think) at last count, I have now switched to Ubiquiti routers going forward.

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2020-01-20 7:55 pm  

Is the "to be controlled" W10 a Pro or Family version ? The Pro version includes the RDP server (Remote Desktop Protocol server), while the Family version doesn't if I remember well, and only has the RDP client (= "Remote Desktop" icon).

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2020-01-20 9:25 pm  

Another suggestion was TeamViewer.  Both computers are window 10 Home machines. I just thought it would be easier to experiment while developing software ideas to be able to do it from the office computer and be able to view what the robot PC is seeing with its webcams and other sensors without having to chase it around the house.

 


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2020-01-20 9:55 pm  

With Windows Home Edition, TeamViewer is a solution; it needs both machines to have access to the Internet though.

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2020-01-20 10:37 pm  

I imagined software that would connect the two computers via the wireless modem they already share.  Going outside to the www seems to be the long way around.

 


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2020-01-20 10:55 pm  

@casey

Not having to use the www is the reason I brought up the mesh networks.  Not sure if teamviewer works non-www connected.  And Pro is the only Windows I've ever used so my suggestion about Remote Desktop may be off base.

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2020-01-20 11:35 pm  

VNC allows you to RDP to any number of machines on LAN, and up to 5 over the internet for free. A neat trick is to VNC over the internet to one machine on your network and then cascade connect from the first PC to any other VNC machine on your network, thus using only one of your free 5 internet licences to access anything on your network.

Clients/servers are available for win Linux and mac, IOS and Android (wow your fiends by playing games on a multi monitor setup from your mobile :)). Comes preloaded on Pi.


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