Need a tiny Windows box for remote access - Ideas?

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Need a tiny Windows box for remote access - Ideas?

Unread post by htpcinc » Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:31 am

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!

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Unread post by odroid » Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:38 am

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.

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Unread post by htpcinc » Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:46 am

Good idea but most of the applications I will run are Windows.

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Unread post by odroid » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:00 am

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.

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Unread post by mad_ady » Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:45 pm

Are you sure you can't find linux alternatives for those windows apps? UPSs are usually supported by linux through apc I think.

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Unread post by meveric » Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:36 pm

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.
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Unread post by Nuems » Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:44 pm

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.

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Unread post by htpcinc » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:01 pm

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.

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