Providing Remote Access

You have several choices for enabling computers at separate geographic locations to communicate with each other. Among these choices are remote control and remote access programs.

Understanding Remote Control Programs

Remote control programs take total control of a remote computer and send the remote computer's entire screen over a modem, which can result in slow performance. Note that the screen on both computers is the same. Keystrokes and mouse movements that you make locally are mirrored at the remote computer.

Understanding Remote Access Programs

Remote access programs, like Microsoft's Remote Access Service (RAS), treat a node that is located at a different geographic site as if it were on the local network. Only real-time process data is transferred over the modem. Remote access is usually more appropriate for remote monitoring of iFIX systems.

Microsoft's RAS does not require a dedicated computer to act as a gateway. Many other remote access products require some kind of dedicated computer to perform the gateway function between the LAN and the asynchronous line.

For more information about Remote Access, refer to the following topics:

NOTE: The iFIX SCADA allows all configured network paths to accept connections unless the paths are explicitly disabled in the SCU. This was changed so that an existing RAS connection would still be recognized by an iClient.

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