Any apps that can enable black screen for remoting desktop?


  1. Posts : 8
    Win10 x64 1809 17763.475
       #1

    Any apps that can enable black screen for remoting desktop?


    TeamViewer now requires paid version in order to use black screen feature. Splashtop have it too but must pay to remote outside :/

    I have now switched to Google Remote Desktop which is 100% free

    Is there any apps that can enable black screen on monitor but still can see my desktop via remoting? My PC is running Windows 10
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  2. Posts : 42,536
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Just a thought: Nirsoft offers several small utilities for monitor control (and loads of others too) - whether they are of any use in your context I can't say though.

    https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/multi_monitor_tool.html
    https://nirsoft.net/articles/turn-off-monitor.html
    https://nirsoft.net/articles/turn_of...mand_line.html
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  3. Posts : 456
    Windows 10
       #3

    With black screen do you mean that the monitor should be turn off locally but enabled when accessing remotely? Have you checked on the power options to maybe have it turn off after 5 min of inactivaty or something.
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  4. Posts : 8
    Win10 x64 1809 17763.475
    Thread Starter
       #4

    @dalchina very close but it doesn't make screen black. They can turn on monitor again
    @ricardobohner yes, sadly you can't make it turn off after inactivaty while i'm remoting it. You will also see black screen remotely when it's turn off

    But nevermind, i'll just unplug cables to my monitor
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  5. Posts : 11,247
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #5

    Hi there

    @gordeymaslow

    why not simply RDP to your remote Windows desktop -- just disconnect the session when you want to suspend it
    It's easy enough to remote RDP .

    To re-connect you just have to supply password again so should be safe from "prying eyes".

    No point paying companies like teamviwer any more --they used to be OK but now are really rapacious -- and often suspend individuals using the free service for "over use" !!! -- seems corporate greed these days just gets worse and worse -- I'm no "leftie" but surely is it necessary to squeeze every last tiny microcent out of everybody - especially if the company "Only !!!" made a few million! last year etc.

    Anyway for "Teamviewer buster" and remote RDP you'll need to get your Internet IP address of the remote computer (that's the one you get from the ISP - or your internet provider).

    That's easily done with a script that you can use to send (from the remote computer) an email say to your mobile or whatever containing the IP address. You don't normally get fixed IP addresses but they actually don't change much after the initial logon so perhaps initially set up the job to run every 2 hrs --then alter to less if address doesn't change.

    A simple Linux script like this would work fine -- modify if your email (remote one) server needs passwords etc -- I'm sure Windows users could hobble up the same thing via powershell -- or it can be done from within the WSL if you install that.

    Once it's working supply the variables as constants rather than testing via console and then set in crontab to run every so often.

    #!/bin/bash
    # Send email from bash
    # hrafn simple script to send simple email with your IP address (external)

    read -p "Enter SMTP email server address: " server
    read -p "Enter SMTP Port: " port
    read -p "Enter Your Email Address: " from
    read -p "Enter Recipient's Email Address: " to
    # get your public IP address
    myip="$(dig +short myip.opendns.com @ReSolver1.opendns.com)"
    # create message
    function mail_input {
    echo "ehlo $(hostname -f)"
    echo "MAIL FROM: <$from>"
    echo "RCPT TO: <$to>"
    echo "DATA"
    echo "From: <$from>"
    echo "To: <$to>"
    echo "Subject: Testing SMTP Mail"
    echo " "
    echo "Your public internet address is "
    echo $myip
    echo " "
    echo "finished"
    echo "."
    echo "quit"
    }

    mail_input | netcat $server $port || err_exit


    Don't forget to finish the inline text with the "." line before the SMTP quit command.



    Now you should be able to access your remote computer -- it's best to have the computer you are "rdp"ing to as a fixed IP address on your Lan.

    So the easy way to do this is to set your Router to port forward tcp port 3389 to the INTERNAL lan address of the computer you want to RDP to. (Set this at home before you leave)

    Now simply use rdp with the External IP address you receive in the email (you might need also to append :3389 after the Internet IP address -- depends on your Router so test this at home.

    The easy way to test at home is to set up a temporary access point from your phone so that gives an address OUTSIDE your home lan. Connect with a laptop to that access point and see if your RDP works --- should do --Good Luck.

    Job done !!!!

    BTW there are more secure ways like ssh and tunnelling via Puty or even openvpn --that's a bit over the top though I suspect for this application -- but this is the idea to get you started and show that these sorts of things are really easy to do so BYE BYE Rapcious companies like TEAMVIEWER.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. Posts : 8
    Win10 x64 1809 17763.475
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Yeah RDP would be a great solution but nah it's too complicated and I don't wanna open any ports no matter what.

    I will stick to Google Remote Desktop for now
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