A reader asks,
LogMeIn was great when it was free. Have you found an alternative now that it's $49/year?
LogMeIn is one of many companies that provide software for remotely accessing and controlling other computers. The new $49/year price is for existing customers; new customers pay $99 annually for running the software between just two computers; the prices escalate for accessing more devices. I, for instance, have seven devices I need to connect between from time to time, for which LogMeIn would charge $450 yearly -- no thanks!
It turns out that remote computing is built into Windows for free, but is so awkward to use that free replacements abound:
I use TeamViewer 8 the most, which does the following:
- View remote desktops; even allows rebooting linked computers remotely
- Download files from computers
- Hold GotoMeeting-like sessions with voice and screen sharing.
- Can be used from Androids and other non-Windows devices
It is free for personal use for an unlimited number of devices, from http://www.teamviewer.com. I use it to support my dad and mother-in-law, as well as to retrieve files from my desktop computer when I am on the road. Kind of like Dropbox without the file limits.
Another one I use is Splashtop Streamer, which is free to use over a local network. It has a smoother interface than TeamViewer, and so I use to view screens at home between computers (say upstairs and downstairs). Also runs on Androids, etc. Get your copy from www.splashtop.com.
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Heh, they all claim they are the fastest by 10x, but don't be fooled. I find they are all the same (slightly slow), even on my home LAN running at 1Gb/sec.