I'd like to "Remote Control" my Android 2.3.x (Oxygen 2.3.2 ROM) from my PC. I know that there are VNC servers available (previously available via https://market.android.com/details?id=org.onaips.vnc) and also apps like Remote Web Desktop (previously available via https://market.android.com/details?id=net.xdevelop.rm).

This works fine, but only if the mobile phone and the "controlling PC" are in the same subnet, or if traffic from PC -> mobile phone is routable.

At work, this isn't the case for me… :/ The WiFi devices are in a separate subnet, and the office network devices cannot reach the WiFi devices. That's done on purpose and is to be accepted as an unchangeable fact (at least for the time being).

If the mobile phone were a normal PC/Mac/Linux system, I'd install TeamViewer on it and be all set. But there's no TeamViewer server for Android, is there?

Well, what are your suggestions? How can one remote control the Android smartphone from a Linux (or any…) system, if the PC doesn't "see" the mobile phone?

I do have USB and Bluetooth available, if this helps.


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If your phone is rooted (which I'm assuming it is since you're running Oxygen), you could try androidscreencast. It allows you to interact with a rooted phone over USB using mouse and keyboard. It's not the fastest solution, but then again, neither is a VNC server and the like.

There's a fairly decent walkthrough on how to set everything up on How-To Geek. You'll also need to have adb in order to use androidscreencast (the Android SDK is one way; there's probably also some places you can directly download the necessary binaries).

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    Hi. That's indeed a cool solution! I had a look on the Market in the mean time, and found the Webkey App. Webkey allows to "proxy" all the stuff thru the developers hosting thing. Works somewhat "fast", but then you've got to trust the dev. OTOH: you anyway have to trust the dev, so… Anyway, the more solutions, the better, and so I'm really thankful for your idea!
    – alexs77
    Nov 17, 2011 at 16:17

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