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Create wiki page for VNC Server

Creating a VNC Server

Author: stevester (information by amain)


This is very cool stuff, it would be a hassle to even attempt to run a VNC server on OpenWrt or other firmware. The beautiful thing about DebWRT is that all these packages are compiled and working and are only one apt-get install away. As noted below, there are a few ways to go about running a VNC server which will depend upon your hardware and personal preference.

Installing the VNC Server

On the DebWrt box:

Become root apt-cache search vncserver apt-get install vnc4server ( 25MB of basic X11 stuff installed ) apt-cache search window manager ( search X11 window manager ) apt-get install fluxbox apt-get install xterm adduser <user1> ( add a user of your choice) su - <user1> vncpasswd ( generate a passwd for the vnc X11 server, stored in ~/.vnc/passwd ) vnc4server -depth 24 -geometry 1024x768 :1 Now the VNC server is running on the DebWrt box ( and started /home/<user1>/.vnc/xstartup which starts fluxbox ) Note: multiple vnc servers van be started. Instead of :1 you need to specify :2 or :3, etc... These display number are basically mapped to TCP port numbers: 5901, 5902, 5093, etc...

Installing the VNC Viewer

Now the vncviewer need be started on a Linux PC or on a Windows PC with an XServer installed ( for example cygwin + Xserver ). Asuming Linux:

vncviewer debwrt-box-ip:1 (note the :1, it is the display number of the vnc server) Enter the password

Alternative Options

On a box with quite some RAM and CPU(i.e. RouterStation Pro) it is even possible to run Gnome with Firefox.

You can also use SSH with X11 tunneling, from a Linux box or a Windows box with an X11 server installed:

ssh -X <user1>@debwrt-box xterm ( or firefox, etc ) The remote started program will pop-up on you screen

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