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This paper describes a novel distributed architecture for building Web-enabled remote robotic laboratories. The solution presented here focuses mainly on three aspects: easy and efficient network communication in client-server applications, Internet access of networked sensors, portable architecture based on Java 2 platform. These goals have been achieved by the employment of Java 2 platform and other Web tools. The proposed architecture has been successfully implemented by a demonstration project to run a remote robotic laboratory. Experiment results of the demonstration project prove that the architecture works well and functions to be open, extensible, Web-enabled and platform independent. The original Web site of this demonstration project is offline now. But a video of the demonstration project can be downloaded from http://robot.seu.edu.cn/websensor/.