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System Requirements

Please make sure that your device complies with the following system requirements.

1. General Description

The Remote Labs Client provides a simple and easy to use access to the Fast Lane Remote Lab Services. The Remote Labs Client Installer is available in the Download section.

At the moment the Remote Lab Client supports the Windows and MacOS operating system. Please refer to the relevant requirements sections for more information.

2. Facility Requirements

Bandwidth

56 kBit/s or higher multiplied with the number of Student- PCs. We recommend for 1-4 Pods: 400kBit/s, for 5-8 Pods: 700kBit/s and for 8-16 Pods: 1MBit/s. *If you are using a shared line e.g. for parallel trainings, ensure that you have enough bandwidth for each class.

Proxy

It is not possible to access the Fast Lane Remote Lab System directly using a Proxy. If a Proxy must be used due to company policies, please use the following solution.

Please contact our Support for further help.

Security

Firewalls must allow the client to establish outbound TCP connections to:

IP DNS Name Port (Traffic)
General
213.203.255.58 api.remotelabs.io
dl.remotelabs.io
Port 443 (HTTPS)
Germany (DE)
217.110.100.76 de.remotelabs.io Port 443 (HTTPS)
217.110.100.67 x2go.de.remotelabs.io Port 443 (SSH)
217.110.100.76 de.remotelabs.io Port 443 (WSS)
United States of America (US)
64.239.247.136 us.remotelabs.io Port 443 (HTTPS)
64.239.247.137 x2go.us.remotelabs.io Port 443 (SSH)
64.239.247.136 us.remotelabs.io Port 443 (WSS)
India (IN)
182.18.181.126 in.remotelabs.io Port 443 (HTTPS)
182.18.181.126 in.remotelabs.io Port 443 (WSS)

3. Minimum System Requirements for Windows Client Systems

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 and higher
Screen
Minimum Resolution of 1024 x 768 px
We recommend to use at least 22” displays and resolution of 1920×1080 px
Hardware
2 GHz Processor or higher with at least 2 GB RAM
Software
RemoteLabs 3 Client
Security
Personal firewalls must allow the client to establish TCP connections

4. Minimum System Requirements for Mac OS Client Systems

OS
OS X 10.12 and higher
Screen
Minimum Resolution of 1024 x 768 px
We recommend to use at least 22” displays and resolution of 1920×1080 px
Hardware
2 GHz Processor or higher with at least 2 GB RAM
Software
RemoteLabs 3 Client
Security
Personal firewalls must allow the client to establish TCP connections

Installation and Usage Guide

Follow these steps in order to install the RemoteLabs 3 Client Software on your System.

Step 1: Download and Install the Client

In order to make sure that the Remote Labs Client works with your device, please read the System Requirements. Afterwards, please download the right version for your OS in the download area and open the file.

Windows
On Windows it will automatically install the RemoteLabs 3 Client on your system. The picture below shows the installation dialog:
Windows Installation
Mac OS
On Mac OS open the downloaded *.dmg file and just drag and drop the Application into your Applications folder:
MacOS Installation

Step 2: Login

Log In to your account on the welcome screen shown below:

By checking the box "remember my login on this computer", the user name is prefilled the next time the client is started, with the last entry of a successful login.

If you don't have an account yet, click "Create Account" on the login page to create your own:

Register

Step 3: Dashboard

After Login your Dashboard will open up:

This is the overview for all Labs you're currently attending. Please add the Lab you want to join like this:

When you've successfully entered the AccessCode, which will be provided by your trainer, your Lab will appear on the Dashboard:

Step 4: Your Lab

Click on the "VIEW LAB" button and your Lab will open up:

The Lab View is separated in these three secitions:

Side Menu  
The Side Menu enables you to switch between Exercises and Excercise Groups. This is also the menu used to load a configuration into your lab environment.
Lab Topology  
The Lab Topology is used to show you the lab structure. It will show you how the Devices in your Lab Environment are arranged and give you an impression on how they are interconnected.
Lab Guide  
The Lab Guide is used to place your Learning Material. You can click to switch Tasks and have a look at Exercises and Informations about the Lab.
This is also the place where Login Credentials are normally provided.

Opening a connection:

  1. In your Lab choose a connection you would like to open from the "Lab Topology" and double click it.
  2. If you have selected X2Go as your connection technology (see Settings) a dialog will open over your Topology diagram and indicate connection progress.
  3. Your connection window will appear on your screen and you can start using it.

Step 5: Settings

On your Dashboard, you're able to get to the clients settings page when you click on your Name in the upper right corner of the screen.

Profile
Here you can change your Name and Password.
Connection
The client offers two connection types, X2Go and Guacamole. While X2Go is a long established and proven connection type in the RL3Client, Guacamole is still in the beta phase.
You can configure the initial resolution of connections by RDP and the Keyboard Layout used in this kind of connection. If you use the connection type Guacamole, the keyboard layout is determined automatically.
If you selected X2Go as connection type you need to allow outbound connections created by X2go.
Connection Check
The test tries to establish connections to all Fast Lane services. The results are listed by service. In order to implement appropriate rules in a firewall, please have a look a the facility requirements

Connection Control Bar

The Connection Control Bar is available for connections using the Guacamole protocol. It contains several control elements for a remote connection. Depending on the connection type and the user's permissions, a different number of control items are displayed.

To display / hide the control the user can either click on the small arrow at the top left of the connection window or type Ctrl+ Alt + Shift + Space.

Shortcuts - Overview

Shortcuts are available for nearly all controls. All shortcuts start with Ctrl + Alt + Shift followed by a command key:

Shortcut Short description Icon / Description
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Space Show / hide control bar Show Control
Hide Control
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+c Copy Copy
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+x Cut Cut
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+v Paste Paste
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+r Lock Ctrl key Lock Ctrl key
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+e Lock Windows key Lock Windows key
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Delete Ctrl + Alt + Delete Send Ctrl + Alt + Delete
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+w Send Windows - Key Send Windows key
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+s Toggle Spectator mode Toggle Spectator Mode
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+f Toggle Fullscreen Fullscreen
Window Mode
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+q Close connection Close connection

Buttons - All connection types

These items are independent from the connection type and user permission.

Short description Icon Description / Action
Show control Show icon Conrol bar slides into view
Hide control Hide icon Control bar slides out of view
Fullscreen Fullscreen icon Displays the window in Fullscreen mode (without window decorations and window bar)
Window Mode Window icon Switches the connection window from Fullscreen to Window mode
Copy Copy icon Copies a selected text from the remote machine to the user's clipboard
Cut Cut icon Copies the selected text from the remote machine to the user's clipboard and deletes the selected text
Paste Paste icon Pastes a text from the user's clipboard to the remote machine
Close connection Close connection icon Closes connection and window.

Buttons - RDP only

Short description Icon Description / Action
Lock Ctrl Lock Ctrl icon Locks the Ctrl key. This means that every time the user presses a key, the Ctrl key is send prior to the key pressed.
A red bulb indicates that the key is locked:

Selected Lock Ctrl icon
Lock Windows Key Lock Windows icon Locks the Windows key. This means that every time the user presses a key, the Windows key is send prior to the key pressed.
Send Ctrl + Alt + Delete Send Ctrl Alt Delete icon Sends the Ctrl + Alt + Delete command to the target device.
Send Windows Key Send Win key icon A windows key press is send to the target device.

Buttons - Trainer only

Short description Icon Description / Action
Toggle Spectator mode Toggle Spectator Mode icon Enables / Disables the Spectator mode for this connection.

If locked (red bulb is displayed) the Spectator mode is enabled and all inputs are ignored.

Copy and Paste

To copy between your and the remote computer, the RL3Client uses special key combinations instead of Ctrl+c, Ctrl+x or Ctrl+v when connecting via the Guacamole protocol (for details have a look at the Shortcuts section).

This ensures that copying (with Ctrl+c) and pasting (with Ctrl+v) work as usual on the remote device.

Have a look at the following video for a detailed explanation of the described behavior:

Connection Test

The Connection Test ensures that all your connection requirements are met. We'll establish test connections to our infrastructure to make sure you've got optimal connectivity to our labs.

  1. Please log in to the client with your Fast Lane Account and open the Settings.
  2. Run the Connection Test.
  3. If a red cross appears, please ensure that your system meets our System Requirements.

Support

Our support team is available 6am-2am (CET* / CEST**) from Monday-Thursday, 6am-12am (CET* / CEST**) on Friday. Weekday nights are covered by our on-call service.

* Central European Time (UTC+1)
** Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

Please contact us via:

Skype
Start chat
Phone Support
+49 (0)40 2533 4618
Email Support
remotelab-support@flane.de

RL3Client Download

Please visit our download page in order to download and install the RL3Client.