Use remote viewing to access hidden "headless" Blueiris computer?

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  1. Jimbob

    Jimbob n3wb

    Mar 7, 2018
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    I am considering to use Blueiris for my NVR needs, but would like to locate the computer somewhere it can't be easily discovered and stolen. (For example, the attic or furnace room, etc..)

    Since it would not be easily accessible... I would set it up as a "headless" computer. (No keyboard/mouse/monitor.)

    I've never done that before, and would like to know if there are any hints/tricks/gotchas or straight-up problems that could prevent this setup from working. (And what is your recommendation of the best way to connect to the headless/remote computer?)

    Thanks for any advice and help.
  2. ruasonid

    ruasonid n3wb

    Aug 21, 2017
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    Blue Iris runs only on Windows so you could access a headless computer via Remote Desktop.

    You would need to be careful with the environment in terms of temperature swings, ventilation, dust, etc.

    No doubt on some occasions you would need to access the computer to do a hard reset.
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  3. aristobrat

    aristobrat Known around here

    Dec 5, 2016
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    My BI system is headless in a wiring closet. 95% of my interaction with it is from other systems -- my phone/tablet (using the awesome BI iOS app), or from another computer in my house (using the updated BI web pages).

    The few times I actually need to control the BI system directly, I use what @ruasonid suggested, which is the built-in Remote Desktop feature of Windows.

    BI configuration wise, RDP is kind of slow, so you need to limit the frames per second shown while you're connected this way. There is a configuration setting within BI that does this for you. I think it slows the BI client to only show you 5 FPS while you're RDP'ed in. Cameras continue to record at their normal FPS.

    Also agree with @ruasonid's comments about the environmental factors. I'm not sure how it gets where you're located at, but attics in my area hit 100% humidity and easily 130'F during the summer, so I'd be afraid to store a PC there!
  4. Aengus4h

    Aengus4h Getting the hang of it

    Mar 12, 2018
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    could you not use VNC instead of RDP, might work better tho not tried BI so can't say on that side. For remote console you could look at an IP KVM like the ones Raritan do so you'd have KVM over IP via browser when you need to interact with the actual kit. Just get one that can handle the required video resolution