I learned about this site: www.meshcentral.com while attending the HP Discover tech conference in Las Vegas. As an R & D developer with Intel, Ylian Saint-Hilaire has created a very unique and powerful toolset (and made much of it open-source)
With MeshCentral.com, users can do all kinds of very impressive things remotely from almost any web-connected device.
- Create an administrative P2P mesh between all your computers/devices
- Access your computers remotely (via KB/mouse/desktop or just the command prompt)
- Access your files remotely from any computer
- Synchronize files between computers
- Power on/off, sleep, hibernate, or simply reboot computers remotely
- Send messages to the screen remotely
- Connect with your twitter account to allow for twitter based commands! (for example: Tweet “@MeshCentral reboot computer computername” would restart my computer. Still can’t get over how awesome that is.
- Various mobile device inter-operabilities.
Here’s a screenshot of me accessing my home server via the MeshCentral.com website. It’s amazingly functional.
If you have a web-enabled smartphone, your options even get better. I was able to do a fair amount even just using Opera Mini on my blackberry. I restarted my computer using my blackberry several times just because “I could”… But you can even do a lot more if you’ve got an Android device (sync your photos, etc)
Using MeshCentral did feel a bit daunting at first because of how powerful it is – but it’s actually quite the opposite. You visit the site, create an account, skim the tutorial quickly which will walk you through creating your first “Mesh”, and finally you download the Meshing agent (Available on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, even DD-WRT for routers) and you’re ready to go!
It’s an innovative framework, and it was one of the coolest things I took away from my trip to Vegas for HP Discover.
Certainly worth checking out if you’re a techie who wants to access his/her things remotely, or even help out family/friends with computer issues. It certainly gets my seal of approval