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What You Said: Your Favorite Remote Desktop Access Tools and Tips

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite remote desktop access tools and tips; now we’re back to highlight your favorite tools and how you use them.

The two prevailing themes among all the tools suggested were pricing and ease of deployment. On that front, LogMeIn had a strong following. Mtech writes:

I use Logmein and am amazed the free version can be used even for business purposes. I also felt so bad and wanted to pay for the Pro version just out of gratitude but they called me personally from the USA and said why pay when the free version does all you need!

What a company.

Teamviewer is great but prohibitive price wise for my humble salary. Also Kudos to Dyndns as our third world country doesn’t offer fixed IP addresses (except at exorbitant cost)

Logmein Rocks

TrinaryOC uses LogMeIn with an additional layer:

I use LogMeIn and Windows native remote desktop. Both are very solid. I love LogMeIn for the ease of access. My tablet, phone, or any computer. I also use 2X Client for RDP access from my Android devices. Regardless of the method, always connect through a secure VPN.

When you can ensure consistent VPN/SSH access (such as when accessing your own home network) it’s definitely the way to go.

Alex’s favorite tool is a veritable Swiss Army knife:

I use a variety of protocols to access remote machines: RDP, VNC, RAdmin…
My morning routine is to check a large number of machines in the minimum possible time.
To do this I use mRemote. This software is a real time saver as it lets me store the connections’ information and open various connections in tabs. The tabs are well thought, because it has tabs for groups of connections and inside of those tabs are the tabs of the opened connections. To access a machine you just need to double-click the connection in the connections panel and you’re in :)

When we checked into it we saw mRemote supports 8 total protocols including RDP, VNC, SSH, HTTPS, and more—combine that with the well organized and tabbed interface Alex loves and you have a solid and free remote connection management tool.

Finally, a popular alternative/compliment to the aforementioned LogMeIn was TeamViewer. While many readers gave it a nod, IgImAx went all out detailing the features and why he loves it:

I use TeamViewer, also test for long time TWD Remote anything and Symantec PC Anyware and Join.me …. but none of them were fast and reliable and easy to use like Teamviewer! Its stable at any type of networks! Dialup and ADSL and … you can use it for Internet or LAN connections. also it will not require your IP address or remote desk to use! it create ID for each system and then u can use it …
* No need to remember other system IDs! just create and account at TV software very easy and save all IDs inside it then each time one of them get access to internet you will notify! (you can add 43 ID+ Account name at free version)
* Both users can switch desktop by one click!
* No need to install it! just choose RUN at setup progress. with less than 4M it will be good for any network speed connection to get it!
* At new version (7) you have more features like white board and Meeting (Webcam+voice)
* File transferring
* Restart remote windows system to Safe mode with network support, great for troubleshooting!
* Clipboard sharing!
* Drag and drop files to remote desktop (At v7)
* Text chat/Voice/Webcam
* change remote resolution/color deep/disable aero/… from TV above toolbar at remote desktop window
* Disable input devices at remote or start blank screen at remote If remote TV set to allow these!
* Use AES 256bit algorithm for secure connections between 2 computers.
* User at remote computer can take over or setup new setting for control over remote process.
what can i say more!!?? It’s easy to use and Its secure and more important of all! its free!!!

What more can you say indeed? Clearly TeamViewer earned all the votes readers threw at it.

Check out the rest of the reader nominations and tips in the full comment thread here.

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/31/12

Comments (5)

  1. Duke Okil

    On the business side I use Goverlan Remote Control. Integrates really well with our active directory setup.

  2. fallout330

    yes, have to agree that Teamviewer is an excellent choice!

  3. IgImAx

    Hi

    thanks for using my comment and more important of that thanks for your useful site…

    Cheers
    IgImAx

  4. Chemx21

    Teamviewer! I will recommend Teamviewer to anybody with remote needs.

  5. SLeePYG

    Forgot about Radmin. It’s a much better replacement for Windows’ RDP tool.

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