Wednesday, September 17, 2008

TeamViewer Remote Desktop Software

I've been looking for ways to access my files at home from work or where ever I am. I have also been looking for a way to support family members with their computer problems and helping to teach them how to do the things they want to do with their computers.

I tried several things that had limitations. Some of them were complicated to walk others through installing and sometimes never actually worked on their older software.

I found one that I am very happy with. It is called TeamViewer.

Pros
  • Free for personal use.
  • Remote Desktop - Basically you can take control of another machine and the user on the other machine can see what you are doing. This is helping for fixing problems on a remote machine and also for training.
  • File transfer. No need to share directories. Once you connect you get access to both machines file system. You can do file transfers without opening up a full remote desktop session.
  • You can set up a VPN. I haven't done a ton with this, because it seems to be a little different than VPNs I have used. Most times when I have used a VPN when you browse the web it goes out through the VPN's network. So far it doesn't work that way for me. I think the idea is that you can share printers and operate on files as if they were on a local network.

Cons
  • As far as I can tell there is no way to pipe sound from the remote machine to your local machine.

1 comment:

Constantin said...

Brook,
thanks from the whole TeamViewer crew in Germany for your elaborate post.

TeamViewer VPN allows to share the direct resources of the machine to which you connect to like drives, files and printers.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Regards,
Constantin