Even though I have my essential on-the-go files on DropBox and have access to it all the time no matter where I am, there are times I need to get to my home computer when I am away.
Also, this is a great way to remote control and help a friend/family computer.
I have tried many other remote access software but one that has stuck with me for months is the LogMeIn free version.
LogMeIn stands out from the rest as it doesn’t need a remote access client to access your computer running LogMeIn software. It just runs straight out of a browser.
And you don’t have to lift a finger to configure your firewall or proxy configuration to access it either. It just works.
LogMeIn Free Features
- Provides remote access from any browser
- Access from a wireless PDA
- You can remote control and view your desktop
- You can chat with the person on the remote computer
- Reboot and reconnect. You can even restart in safe mode.
- Multiple user access
- Noe firewall or proxy configuration
- An iPhone App to access your computer from your iPhone ($29.99)
- Completely encrypted connection
- Multi-level permission based access
LogMeIn Free comes with a great set of features that should fit perfectly for a home user.
If you are a small business or an IT Pro, LogMeIn Pro could offer you a more robust feature set. Some of the extras you get in Pro are
- Drag and drop files to your remote computer
- Remote-to-local printing
- Remote sound
- File Transfer
- Mini Meeting
- Drive Mapping
LogMeIn is running a special right now where they are offering 5 PC support for $19.95/month.
LogMeIn iPhone App
LogMeIn stands out from the rest of the alternatives by offering an awesome iPhone app – LogMeIn Ignition. You can totally remote control your desktop from anywhere right from your iPhone. Think of the possibilities this opens up for you.
If you are keeping up with the tech, you might already have some of these installed in your computer. Tim at Daily Cup of Tech how you can roll your own LogMeIn Pro with some free software available.
He shows you how you can combine LogMeInFree with
to get File Sharing, Remote Printing and Desktop Sharing features available in the Pro version.
LogMeIn is an excellent remote access software and I highly recommend it. I have tried the VNC option before and still use it on some Linux machines but the simplicity of accessing your computer via a browser could make a huge selling point for you.
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