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Windows 7: Remote access software recommendation


10 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Remote access software recommendation

I occasionally get asked to troubleshoot computers for friends and family which always involves a drive to pick up the comuter, etc. It'd be easier if I accessed their systems remotely. What's the best software for this? The cheaper the better.

Thanks in advance!


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10 Jan 2012   #2

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Hi lpaul626, try Teamviewer highly recommended by some on this forum TeamViewer - Free Remote Access and Remote Desktop Sharing over the Internet
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10 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

I provide exactly the same service for many friends and all my family.

I use two products since both are required:


(1) RealVNC, which is the remote access host-server/client product that permits remote desktop access.

There is a server application running on the remote machine to which I want to connect. It runs as a Windows service, so I can even re-boot remotely and enter their userid/password for Windows logon.

You have complete access to their remote desktop, conceptual keyboard and conceptual mouse. The person sitting at the remote machine desktop can see what you're doing, and also has local control over the same keyboard and mouse (sometimes you scream "PUT IT DOWN! LET ME DRIVE!" but that's to be expected)

Supports operation in a resizable window or full-screen, with scaling based on the size of the host target machine's desktop and your own client machine desktop or window size.

Provides a "mirror driver" for super-fast access even to very large desktops, and can also "black out" the remote desktop background to temporarily eliminate crazy high-pixel-count images that would otherwise take lots of worthless bandwidth to refresh that background on my client machine's window.

Provides remote printing capability, for example doing a print from the remote host server machine onto a printer on my own client machine.

Provides COPY (i.e. remote file transfer) between the two connected machines.

Provides "Address Book" for convenience, to let you define your remote host machines in a directory with login information pre-stored in the setup, and then you can easily just select an entry and click "connect".

This is a highly regarded global product, used worldwide both on a personal level as I do, as well on an enterprise level for companies with hundreds or thousands of desktops that support needs to "remote into".


(2) DynDNS Updater, which every 10 minutes provides the current IP address of the host machine on which it's running to a web server. The host machine has been given a symbolic URL address (i.e. like a web server or dynamic DNS) that others can then connect to symbolically, using that symbolic host name rather than a fixed IP.

Since typical DSL or cable modem setups involve DHCP assignment of IP address to subscribers, with leases for the assigned IP address that expire periodically and get renewed with possibly different values, it is important for RealVNC Client (running on my machine) to be able to connect to RealVNC Server (on the host machines I'm trying to connect to) symbolically, independent of the actual IP address assigned at the time which I of course have no knowledge of.

That's what DynDNS Updater does. Keeps the web-based DNS resolution for the symbolic host name, so that I'm really connecting to the target host machine through the DNS resolution provided by the DynDNS Updater service.

One DynDNS Updater license for you can support up to 30 "remote host names". Or, there is a 1-2 host version for free (so you can even try it out with one of your family members, to learn how easy it is to set up and use, and then expand for all of your intended support group).


Both products are NOT FREE, but very inexpensive for what they provide. And they are both reliable, commercial-quality and industrial-strength. I've been using both for many many years and they are guaranteed 100% problem-free.

Both of these products get my absolute highest ratings and recommendations. I could not live without them (nor can my family and friends, whom I support when they have trouble or problems or questions).
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10 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lpaul626 View Post
I occasionally get asked to troubleshoot computers for friends and family which always involves a drive to pick up the comuter, etc. It'd be easier if I accessed their systems remotely. What's the best software for this? The cheaper the better.

Thanks in advance!
lPaul, there is another free one called logmein which has a free version as well as a pay version. The free version allows you to login to the remote machine as long as they have run the logmein program or have it autostart. You then use any web browser and can log into their machine and they and you see what is going on.

the only problem with the free logmein is that it does not support file transfer.

Worth a shot for the price.

rich
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10 Jan 2012   #5

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

we've each got our favourite, and my vote is the same as pebbly's - teamviewer - simple, robust, reliable and free!
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10 Jan 2012   #6

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Easy. Team viewer. So good I would buy it.
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10 Jan 2012   #7
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lpaul626 View Post
I occasionally get asked to troubleshoot computers for friends and family which always involves a drive to pick up the comuter, etc. It'd be easier if I accessed their systems remotely. What's the best software for this? The cheaper the better.

Thanks in advance!

IMHO..

One of the best FREE programs is Team Viewer.
Try it yourself & see.

TeamViewer - Free Remote Access and Remote Desktop Sharing over the Internet

TeamViewer GmbH

TeamViewer Download

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10 Jan 2012   #8

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

quick'n'dirty lesson on how to use teamviewer:
  1. get your friend to download and run the portable 'teamviewer quick support' program
  2. you download and install the 'teamviewer full version'
  3. when they run their teamviewer QS, they'll be given an ID and a password
  4. they phone/email you and tell you the ID and password
  5. you type their ID and password (actually a number) into your full teamviewer software
  6. their desktop appears on your screen
  7. you can move their mouse pointer around and click away!
you can also chat over a microphone or via a messenger box and can transfer files - they can also take control of your pc if you chose to let them.

i use it to fix my mother's xp machine, and she lives right over the other side of the country.
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10 Jan 2012   #9

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Team Viewer also supports VOIP, meetings (with chaulk boards), Conference calls, etc.

Their Keep alive server will keep you connected over the thinnest of bandwidth, and the only limitation of the free version is it times out after three hours. It can then be reconnected for another three hours.
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11 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

TeamViewer is good but it's not the best one in terms of performance. And it's quite pricey if you only need to access several machines for business purposes (remember that TeamViewer is free for home use only, and the cheapest license starts from $850).

Here are other, more flexible alternatives (just google 'remote control software' or 'remote desktop software'):

Radmin
Remote Utilities
Anyplace Control
TightVNC
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