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Finding other NoMachine computers on the same network

A quick look at the 'Advertise this computer on the network' option

It's easy to find other computers on the same LAN thanks to the handy 'Advertise this computer on the network' feature. Any hosts, which have NoMachine or NoMachine for the Enterprise products installed and additionally enable the check box (see Fig. 1), will show up in the connection list of all clients on the same network.

NoMachine welcome panel displays local and external IP addresses of the host

Fig. 1 - Check the box 'Advertise this computer on the network' to make sure your computer shows up on the network in the connection panel of other users

How do you enable it?

It is enabled by default upon installation of any of the NoMachine server products. Broadcasting of the host information can be enabled or disabled from the 'Server preferences' in the 'Network services' panel by checking or unchecking 'Advertise this computer on the network'.

If there are other NoMachine computers available on the network and they have the broadcast functionality enabled, you will be able to see them in the 'Recent connections' panel of the User Interface. It will look something like this upon opening for the first time:

Click on 'Click here to create a connection' to be guided through the creation of a new remote desktop connection

Fig. 2 - Cloud Server (host on LAN) and a Testdrive connection are available on the network

The 'Recent connections' panel is populated with different types of connections available. A different icon is associated to computers which are broadcasting their availability on the network, thus making it easy to distinguish them from any connections already created by the user.

On a LAN, all available NoMachine computers are advertized. Desktop sessions are identifiable with the 'world' icon

Fig. 3 - This symbol represents a host broadcast over the LAN

On a LAN, all available NoMachine computers are advertized. Desktop sessions are identifiable with the 'world' icon

Fig. 4 - The 'world' icon represents a connection already initiated

So now you can find your colleagues' computers who also use NoMachine. Remember that for your convenience, you can disable the "Advertise..." feature if you do not want to be found.