I want to use TightVNC for remote access. I can connect from my laptop to my desktop over my LAN using either the hostname (notebook and desktop) or their local ip addresses. I then attempted to connect via the "real" ip address (the one I would have to use from a remote location) It didn't work. So, I went into my router settings and forwarded the port (5900) to the local ip address. I tried connecting again (via the "real" ip) and it worked. Okay, so since my school seems to have a pretty strict firewall policy, should I assume that outgoing access to 5900 is blocked? Is that normal for it to be blocked? If so, is there any other way around it? (eg. use a different, but more likely to be left open, port?) I can't install the VNC viewer because of user rights restrictions, (they finally upgraded to Win2K, so can't just bypass the security settings like I could with FoolProof) but I read of a way to access VNC through a java-capable browser. Will this work, even though program installation is blocked? Also, I know that for security reasons it is best to turn off the VNC server when I don't expect to be using it, but is there any danger to leaving 5900 forwarding to the local ip address, or should I disable that when I turn off the VNC server? Thanks for any suggestions!