Remote control

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It is becoming increasingly important for researchers to be able to operate their instruments remotely. Below are some notes that may help in this regard.

Video Conferencing

Solution: Tablets

A simple solution for video conferencing is to use a tablet that has front and back cameras (for discussion and for showing equipment status, respectively). For instance, this tablet is light, low-cost, and has the necessary features:

In terms of video conferecing, there are of course many platforms and associated apps. To avoid using a personal account, one can:

  1. Create a gmail account for the device:
    1. Create a new Gmail account.
    2. Use Google Hangouts to create a meeting.
  2. Or, use Google Meet to create a new meeting.

Solution: Robot

Double 3 Telepresence Robot

Remote Desktop

Solution: VNC

VNC is a generic cross-platform protocol for remote desktop. Free and open-source viewers/clients and servers are available for all major operations systems.

OS Viewer Server

Solution: Network KVM



Solution: Network Web Cameras


Data Access

Solution: Linux Shared Network Drives

  • Linux system (accessible via SSH, scp, rsync, etc.) that hosts an NFS shared drive to Windows machines (via Samba).

Distanced Computer Sharing

If two people want to co-operate on a single computer, while maintaining distancing, there are some options:

  1. Use the remote desktop solutions (e.g. VNC) mentioned above. This allows a second person to remotely view/control the computer.
  2. Use a network/remote KVM switch to remotely control the computer.
  3. Mirror the display to another nearby monitor. There are several ways to do this:
    1. A video splitter and long cables.
    2. A KVM splitter (a.k.a. reverse KVM, a.k.a. "2-way KVM Extender") allows two users (with separate keyboard/monitor/mouse) to both control a single computer.
    3. For Mac, Luna Display allows one to use an iPad or another Mac as a mirror/extension of the computer.
  4. Have a WiFi tablet near the computer, allowing the user of that computer to video-conference with someone else (and use the tablet camera to show what is on screen).
  5. Point a web-camera at the computer screen, allowing a remote participant to see what's happening.