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Need a tiny Windows box for remote access - Ideas?

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:31 am
by htpcinc
Many of my home network components are tucked away in a little dormer space that is not easy to access (rarely need to). But when I do need to access devices that are not network accessible & require direct connect to a PC (like a UPS), it would be nice to have a small PC there with something like Team Viewer installed. I could remote in and work from the "dormer space" PC. I have two C1+ units that I no longer use for media. Are they non-windows only? Could you recommend another small, basic, inexpensive device to do the job that can give a platform to Windows software? Don't need a lot of CPU, memory, etc - only basic tasks like configuring, rebooting, etc. Thanks!

Re: Need a tiny Windows box for remote access - Ideas?

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:38 am
by odroid
TeamViewer could be working with Exagear on the C1+.
But Exagear discontinued sadly.

But I think there must be a TeamViewer app for Android.
If you have an eMMC, install C1+ Android OS and the app to see how it works.

Re: Need a tiny Windows box for remote access - Ideas?

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:46 am
by htpcinc
Good idea but most of the applications I will run are Windows.

Re: Need a tiny Windows box for remote access - Ideas?

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:00 am
by odroid
In that case, you need to buy a small PC which comes with a properly licensed Windows OS.
It seems to be around $150~$250 in the US.

Re: Need a tiny Windows box for remote access - Ideas?

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:45 pm
by mad_ady
Are you sure you can't find linux alternatives for those windows apps? UPSs are usually supported by linux through apc I think.

Re: Need a tiny Windows box for remote access - Ideas?

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:36 pm
by meveric
You can always use RDP to connect to the Windows machines and do remote desktop that way.
Or install VNC clients, some can give you a list of available devices to connect to and such.

Re: Need a tiny Windows box for remote access - Ideas?

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:44 pm
by Nuems
htpcinc wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:31 am
(...) Could you recommend another small, basic, inexpensive device to do the job that can give a platform to Windows software? (...)
Apart from experimental/exotic solutions on arm64 boards [ie. not the Odroid C0/1(+)], you might want to have a look at the Odroid H2 or other small x86 solutions (NUCs etc.). You'd still need a windows license, though.

Re: Need a tiny Windows box for remote access - Ideas?

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:01 pm
by htpcinc
Thanks everyone! Sounds like I would spend many many hours figuring out how to integrate different platforms. So I can just get an old windows 7 laptop for $50 and place up there. I will relegate my old c1+ units to a weather station or something.