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I have a Raspberry Pi and a Wi-Fi dongle. I want to be able to fully control my Raspberry Pi over Wi-Fi from my notebook running Windows 8.

Is it possible to accomplish this? If so, how do I do it?

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    Fully control how? Command line? Gui? – Canadian Luke Aug 19 '14 at 4:40
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    @CanadianLuke - Fully control is achievable over CLI - it simply means logging in as root or equivalent - what would make a GUI have any more control than the CLI? – user2813274 Aug 21 '14 at 17:23
  • It's just very open ended, in my opinion – Canadian Luke Aug 21 '14 at 17:39
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"Over wifi" is somewhat vague - which device will be acting as the access point, the Pi, the notebook , or a router?

Once you have both the Pi and the notebook connected to the same wifi (and provided wireless isolation is disabled), you should be able to ssh into the pi and have access to it - ssh as root or equivalent, and you will have full access.

In order to SSH into the Pi, you will need either it's IP address or it's network name - the network name can be configured in the Pi, but the IP address depends on how you intend to configure the wifi network.

You will also need a SSH server enabled and running on the Pi

While there are many programs that can be used to SSH into the Pi, Putty is probably the most common one used by windows

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You can fully control it via

CMD: ssh -X username@ipadress

GUI: if you want to get a sort of remote desktop, you can use VNC: http://elinux.org/RPi_VNC_Server

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