Gbridge
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Gbridge HOWTOs

Manage multiple computers of my own Collaborate with my friends

Q: How to securely share files/folders among mulitple PCs of my own?
A: Assume you want to access computer-Src's folder F from computer-Dest, both have Gbridge installed and are logged in under your account. Please use the same account so Gbridge knows both computer are yours.
  1. On Computer-Src, drag-and-drop the folder F to Gbridge software window to create a SecureShare.
  2. On Computer-Dest, in Friends tab of the Gbridge window, find the source SecureShare icon under the computer-Src in the "My Computers" branch, click it, and select menu item "Browse it", then a browser window will popup to show you the folder F from Computer-Src.

Q: How to instantly view photos and play mp3 files that are on my remote PCs?
A: You need to first create a SecureShare of the media folders on the source computer (Refer to previous howto for detail). When you browse the SecureShare remotely, you can instantly view the thumnails, which are generated on-the-fly, of the remote photo files. You can also instantly play mp3 files remotely.
Gbridge provides many unique LiveBrowse features.
   One-click instant play for mp3/wma/midi files
   One-click instant play for flash video (flv), flash (swf) and wmv/asf/rm files
   Automatic thumbnail creation for image files on the fly
   One-click instant slideshow for image files
   Summary directory statistics information (size of sub-directories, file type statistics, etc.)
   AutoSync download this directory (Automatically download the directory by a predefined schedule to synchronize two directories.)

Q: How to synchronize one file/folder from one of my PCs to another periodically?
A: Assume you want to synchronize computer-Src's folder F to computer-Dest, both have Gbridge installed and are logged in under your account.
  1. On Computer-Src, drag-and-drop the folder F to Gbridge window to create a SecureShare.
  2. On Computer-Dest, in Friends tab of the Gbridge window, find the source SecureShare icon under the computer-Src, click it, and select menu item "AutoSync download it". Then you can select the destination location, AutoSync interval and include/exclude lists to create an AutoSync task. In AutoSync tab, you can monitor the status of AutoSync tasks and even manully start/stop tasks.

Q: How to browse a SecureShare before I decide to setup an AutoSync?
A: Please see "How to securely share files/folders among my mulitple PCs?" and "How to instantly view photos and play mp3 files that on my remote PCs?"

Q: How to backup my important folder remotely or locally?
A: Click the "EasyBackup" button in the Gbridge toolbar, select a folder or a SecureShare as source, then select which computer to store the backup data, and select which destination folder to use and how often data is backed up. You can achieve the same goal by creating a SecureShare from the directory you want to backup and creating a corresponding AutoSync Task on the destination computer (Notice that EasyBackup allow you to easily create the backup pair from just your source computer alone). The backup destination folder can be on the same computer as the source (local backup) or on a remote computer (remote backup).

Q: How to remote control my PC?
A: You can use the build-in VNC to remote control your PC. You need to turn on the remote-control on the PC to be controlled first. For security reason, it is turned off by default. To turn it on (need to do step 1 to 4 only once):
  1. Click the DesktopShare icon on the toolbar, and select "Configure Gbridge DesktopShare".
  2. In the "DesktopShare (VNC) Configure" dialog box, check the checkbox "Allow access after verify DesktopShare password".
  3. In the same dialog box, setup a password in "Desktopshare Password for this computer" and click "ok".
  4. The Gbridge will do a self test for the DesktopShare. If you see a stack of mirrored windows, that means the selftest passes. Otherwise, it is likely your firewall is blocking the DesktopShare server from accepting request. Typically your firewall will pop out a window asking your permission when gbridge desktopshare server (gbwinvnc.exe) starts, please select "always allow". This is a very critical step. If your firewall does not do pop up, then You would need to check your firewall setting and allow desktopshare server listening on port 5905.
  5. The remote-control is now turned on. On the other PC, log in to Gbridge using the same Google account, then click the icon of the PC to be controlled in the tree in the Friends tab, and select the meun "Access my Gbridge DesktopShare", and type the password you set in step 3. A firewall warning message may popup, please select "allow".

You can use Microsoft Remote Desktop to do remote control as well, if the PC to be controlled is running XP pro, Vista business or Vista ultimate.
  1. On the PC you to be controlled, click the DesktopShare icon on the toolbar, and select "Configure Microsoft Remote Desktop".
  2. In the dialog, check the checkbox "enable access to microsoft windows remote desktop ...", and click ok.
  3. Gbridge will bring up the "system properties" dialog box if you allow. check "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer", and select ok. Window will configure the the microsoft firewall automatically, but you may need to configure 3rd party firewall if you are using one (allow access to TCP port 3389).
  4. The remote-control RDP is now turned on. On the other PC, log in Gbridge using the same Google account, then click the icon of your PC to be controlled in the tree inside the Friends tab, and select the menu "Access windows remote desktop". A login diag will pop up, input the Windows (NOT Gbridge!) username and password of the PC to be controlled, and click ok. you MUST have the password setup on the PC to be controlled. If you have an empty password setup for the user on the PC to be controlled, Microsoft RemoteDesktop won't allow you to access remotely.


Q: How to securely share files/folders to my designated friend(s)?
A: You can create a SecureShare (by drag-and-drop the file or folder to Gbridge window) for the file/folder you want to share, and configure SecureShare to allow designated friend(s) to access it.

Q: How to configure who can see/access my shared files/folders, i.e. SecureShare?
A: In the "Edit SecureShare" dialog box, which is shown when creating a new SecureShare or editing an existing SecureShare, there is a column showing all your google contact names. Check the checkbox next to the name that you want to grant access permission. If you want allow all friends, including all future new friends, to access this SecureShare, you can check the "Allow all friends" checkbox.

Q: How to let my friend instantly see my photos without lengthy uploading/downloading?
A: Drag-and-drop the photo file or media folder to Gbridge window to create a SecureShare, and configure the SecureShare to allow your designated friend(s) to see it. Following the prompted message to send notifications to your friend(s), then your friend(s) can use the LiveBrowse feature to browse your photos instantly without uploading/downloading.

Q: How to send a big video file or hundreds of high resolution photos to my friends?
A: Follow the HOWTO above, instead of live browsing, your friend can choose to "AutoSync" download the big file or folder in the background. The AutoSync will resume a partial download automatically even after the machine restarts.

Q: How to setup a private website that is only visible to my designated friends?
A: Put the website files under one folder, and drag-and-drop the folder to Gbridge window to create a SecureShare. Configure the Secureshare to allow your designated friend(s) to see it. You friend can just use any browser to browse the html files in this SecureShare remotely. It is effectively a private website that no ISP can see. You can copy this private website's url to clipboard by right-clicking the SecureShare item in the SecureShare tab, and select "copy SecureShare URL". Currently Gbridge only support html/css/java-script/java, no cgi/php/perl is supported.

Q: How to chat with my Gbridge/Gtalk/Gmail friends?
A: In Friends tab of the Gbridge window, find the friend you wan to chat with, click the icon and select menu "Chat". You can chat with your friend who is running Gbridge, Gtalk or Gmail. If your friend is not online, the message will be sent to his/her Gmail box.

Q: How to share my desktop to my friend, so we can discuss my new project/design remotely?
A: Start a chat session with your friend (see "How to chat with my Gbridge/Gtalk/Gmail friends?"), and click "Send DesktopShare invitation" button on the top of the chat window. You can specify the share to be in read-only mode or you also allow your friend to access your mouse and keyboard (Note: this means your friend can type or control your mouse remotely. But we design the software so that once you start typing or using your mouse, your friend would lose the control. So you always have higher priority.) Also note that your friend doesn't need any password in this process. He/she can see your share desktop only after you send him/her an invitation.

Q: How to remote control my mother's PC, so I can solve her computer problem remotely?
A: Start a chat session with your mom (see "How to chat with my Gbridge/Gtalk/Gmail friends?"). Ask your mom to click "send DesktopShare invitation" button on the top of the chat window, and also ask her to allow you to control her mouse and keyboard when prompted.
Alternatively, you can also have a google account setup that is only shared between your mom and yourself. Having both computer logged in same account and you can have more control over her PC (as if it is your own.) without calling her any more.