Try LogMeIn when you need a connection

aNewDomain.net — LogMeIn offers a number of remote access and cloud based services for both the home and business user.  Install their small footprint program on each of your computers to stay productive from your mobile device or any computer connected to the Internet.  LogMeIn is free for the first 10 computers.  Add paid services at various levels for more advanced features, although the free service is ample for most uses in the home or small office.

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Once installed on your computers, you can access LogMeIn from anywhere on the web for a display of your available connections.  Select the computer you want to access, and within seconds you are presented with a web based screen to log onto that computer from your remote location.

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So long as your bandwidth is reasonably high speed, you should have good performance as you work over your remote connection.

What You Can Do

Control your remote computer to run programs and view your desktop.  You can also cut and paste between computers.  The free version supports wake on LAN if your remote computer is sleeping, and the remote computer can be rebooted with reconnection, even into safe mode.  The program also supports chat and logs and will report on sessions and user access.

Security

Your session is transmitted over the Internet using safe AES 256-bit encryption and includes SSL/TLS intrusion detection and IP address lockout.  The setup requires no configuration of firewalls, routers or proxies.  And since you connect and log into the remote computer, no special setup of remote PC admin rights is necessary.

Other Services

For fees at various levels you can access your computers using a mobile device to gain access to file transfer, sharing and remote printing. Office managers who also double as systems administrators can remotely manage and monitor multiple computers from anywhere. It has a new Windows Updates feature, you can deploy all updates like Windows Server Update Services, which is is overkill for a small office.

Admins can also execute remote commands, distribute files and run batch files and scripts across multiple computers.

Support

Support for the services is available by way of toll free numbers, a robust knowledge base, or by a help ticket.  There is also an active online community with ongoing expert advice.

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LogMeIn must be one of technology’s great values given all you can accomplish with its free version, and with added cost LogMeIn will scale up to meet just about any need for remote management of computers.  It is easy and intuitive to use, give it a try the next time you need a remote connection.

Mike Rothman
Based in San Francisco, Mike Rothman is a tech evangelist and senior writer at anewdomain.net. Email him at [email protected]
Mike Rothman
Mike Rothman
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