Remote access from the outside with DWS Remote Control

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Article from Issue 268/2023

DWS Remote Control offers convenient browser access to computers outside of your home network.

The use of remote software has grown massively in recent years. Users increasingly experience situations where they need to access the desktop on a remote computer – whether to connect to work from the home office, to help family or friends with computer problems, or to quickly access the home desktop system. Linux offers many possibilities for remote control.

Tools such as Virtual Network Computing (VNC) [1] or Remmina [2], which supports the RDP, Spice, NX, XDMCP, and SSH protocols in addition to VNC, provide access to Linux, macOS, and Windows computers. Chrome Remote Desktop is available for users of Google's Chrome browser. In the commercial world, TeamViewer and AnyDesk are the kings of the hill. However, they are increasingly seeing competition from the fledgling open source tool, RustDesk [3]. Another free, but little known, application for remote access is provided by the Italian company DWService.

Agents at Work

DWS Remote Control, as the service is called, requires you to install an agent as a client on the target computer. You can then access it in any web browser from the source computer. You first need to register on the DWService [4] website. After doing so, proceed to download the agent, which is available for Linux, macOS, Windows, ARM, and Android [5]. DWS Remote Control is released under open source licenses, and the source code is open [6].


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