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Remotely Accessing My Computers from my Oculus Quest (SideQuest + Virtual Desktop + SteamVR)

Now that I can side load games and apps through SideQuest on my laptop and stream the screen wirelessly using Vysor, it’s time to set up a way to control my computers via the Oculus Quest!

For Windows there is already a great solution for this called Virtual Desktop, but unfortunately it does not allow you to stream SteamVR games. Instead, the SideQuest version of Virtual Desktop will need to be used to unlock this feature.

To start, you’ll need to set up developer mode for the Oculus Quest and then download and install SideQuest to your PC. There are plenty of tutorials and articles on this, but I found this guide to be accurate and helpful. After you’ve enabled Developer mode and connected your headset to SideQuest, simply install the Virtual Desktop app.

Once you have Virtual Desktop installed, download the Virtual Desktop Streamer to the computers you want to access. Start the application and enter your Oculus Quest user ID.

Finally, make sure the Oculus Quest and computers running the Virtual Desktop Streamer are all on the same network, and then just launch the app in Oculus Quest and select the PC. Use the Virtual Desktop app to change your environment and other options. You can even use a mouse/keyboard to control your computer instead of the hand controllers!

If you want to use SteamVR, download and install it to your computer and then launch it through the option in the Virtual Desktop menu in the headset. Be sure to use a 5Ghz internet connection and a LAN connection for the computers to reduce lag.

With this setup, you’ll be able to use your computers from the comfort of your couch to work, watch videos, or play your PC games. With a strong enough PC and internet connection, you can even play SteamVR games!

I knew you’d appreciate this one, David

The only problem I have with this setup is that the computer needs to be on with the Virtual Desktop Streamer application running. Since computers typically go to sleep after a period, this stops them from being available. To solve this issue, my next blog will discuss how to enable and use a function called “Wake on LAN” that can allow you to wake up your sleeping computers from your phone!

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The blog will also cover using VNC Viewer to remote access your computer securely anywhere in the world. With the help of a raspberry pi server, you can turn on your sleeping computers and then remote access them!

Now that I can “Wake on LAN” I can access the external harddrives on my desktop from upstairs on my laptop so I can get fresh cat pictures at all times! Huzzah!

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