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Well done Brad. As you know I have issues sending emails with pictures! Hugo
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There are ways to get to the boat without the port forwarding. The setup depends on having a proxy someplace. For serveral year I used the ultravnc repeater. It was a chore to setup but it worked for years.
Now I use gotomypc, expensive but easy.
If you left an ebay notebook on the boat you could just connect to it with gotomypc or one of its clones.
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Some cameras have apps that indicate bilge pump failure. Heres what that looks like!
Someone who has access to your boat or laptop could play some really mean practical jokes! Sorry...my dark side coming out.
Nice job. Should provide peace of mind. I worry about my boat, and we don't even have the temperature issues!
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Does your laptop have a webcam built in? I'm thinking of just using VNC with my Macbook on my boat and activating the isight camera....

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There are ways to get to the boat without the port forwarding. The setup depends on having a proxy someplace. For serveral year I used the ultravnc repeater. It was a chore to setup but it worked for years.
Now I use gotomypc, expensive but easy.
If you left an ebay notebook on the boat you could just connect to it with gotomypc or one of its clones.
David,

Good idea on gotomypc. I've use it myself to connect to other PCs. I don't have an extra laptop on the boat though.

Not sure what ultravnc is.

I've heard about somehting called "tunnelling over port 80". I wonder if we could use that to connect to webcams.

(Didn't go sailing this past weekend. Was too busy getting the webcam setup. I'll have to do a make-up this week I guess.)

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Not sure what ultravnc is.


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It is just a fork of the venerable vnc.

Your current solution as the advantage keeping a log so you can see when the setup fails.
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There are ways to get to the boat without the port forwarding. The setup depends on having a proxy someplace. For serveral year I used the ultravnc repeater. It was a chore to setup but it worked for years.
Now I use gotomypc, expensive but easy.
If you left an ebay notebook on the boat you could just connect to it with gotomypc or one of its clones.
Sorry, but most of these would require some sort of port forwarding on the router, since the incoming request would have to be delivered to the computer.

Also, a proxy server really doesn't help in most cases.

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Sorry, but most of these would require some sort of port forwarding on the router, since the incoming request would have to be delivered to the computer.

Also, a proxy server really doesn't help in most cases.
SD, the entire point of GoToMyPC is that you don't need port forwarding. I'm not certain how it works, but if I had to guess, I'd say that it maintains an outgoing connection to a GoToMyPC server at all times, so when you connect to the service, it uses that existing connection. No need to establish a connection into the computer. I also suspect this is why it gives nightmares to IT departments everywhere -- it's a huge security risk for a company if their employees can open up connections like that without approval from IT.

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So... with a 30 minute drive to the marina, what do you do if the camera send back a snapshot of your space heater having a meltdown at 11 pm?

Don't get me wrong, the camera is a smashing idea. The space heater, well...

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