Difference Between the 3 Best Remote Desktop Softwares for your Computer
Remote log in software:
Remote login software can be used for many reasons. For example, you could be a part of a large corporate company, but need to do most of your work outside the office; or you could be a company offering support on a particular software package; you may be even just a home user who wants to connect to the computer at home while you are on vacation in a different country. This software is very usable in performing the entire tasks. It’s just a matter of how and what software should be used by you to get the job complete. Below are the top 3 rated software packages, designed to fulfill the tasks above. They are TeamViewer, LogMeIn and GotoMyPC.
The following features of the above softwares are stated below:
- Remote login (definitely a must, as this is the whole reason of the exercise)
- Full remote control (see your desktop as if you were right in front of it)
- File Transfer (useful when you need to get a remote document to your current location)
- Encryption (to protect your connection, and therefore your computer from unauthorized access)
But what makes these programs different to each other and what would make each one stand out from the other?
LogMeIn consists of a suite of various apps, each allowing a specific task. The fundamental LogMeIn, though, allows all the conventional features such as remote access, file transfer and many more. But it would be more suited to a fully fledged IT support company who needs access to clients computers all the time, and allowing remote management as well as deployment. Offering unique feature, Remote printing (print a document from either remote PC to local printer or vice versa), this package really does stand out. LogMeIn also offers collaboration benefits, allowing "conference" style connections between multiple computers. LogMeIn is available on Windows, Mac, iPad and iPhone and more recently an Android version. Priced between $39.95 and $299 per year, makes this an option only.
TeamViewer allows, besides the usual features, one to re-boot and re-connect. This makes it suitable for remote administration that may need to be performed on servers. TeamViewer also offers a "no installation" application. This makes it particularly useful if needing to connect to a PC on a "once off" basis. It also works behind firewalls, creating a route even if NAT routing or Port Forwarding is enabled, setting up becomes a very easy task. TeamViewer also offers a fully functional browser based access, using only html and flash and allowing one to connect virtually from any browser on any platform. An enhancement feature that is not visible in the package is that TeamViewer actually optimizes display quality and speed, based upon your connection type and current speed.
Watch this video for a tutorial on how you can download and install Teamviewer:
With TeamViewer, you can create a partner list; therefore creating a page of shortcuts to connect to various PC's, even simultaneously to give presentations. Using 256-Bit AES encryption, TeamViewer is also the most secure among the 3 programs. This does make it an expensive option for the corporate client (between $587 for the Business version and $2200 for Corporate), however a fully functional free version is available for non-commercial use. TeamViewer is also available for Windows, Mac, Linux as well as across of the mobile platforms, including Android, iPhone and iPad.
Although GotoMyPC offers all the features you would expect from a remote login software package, it does not cut it (this is just based on my opinion). Perhaps, the only useful application of this software, would be for large corporations where all staff is needed to connect to their office computers and therefore need an "Active Directory" like environment to manage the multiple connections and user rights. GotoMypc only uses 128-Bit AES encryption, a little low for the target audience, but does offer Cut, Copy and Paste between computers. It has a version that supports Windows and Mac, with an app available in the iStore. They offer a 30-day trial version available for free and between $9.95 - $19.95 per month (for unlimited access) on "Pro" and "Corporate" editions. The only feature that is not available by alternatives are Individual Usage reports which would indicate the number, time and nature of connections, as well as Multi-Monitor support which would enable you to see all desktops, even if the PC being connected to has more than one monitor.
One of the best Remote Desktop software is the NetSupport Manager 11. To download and install it, you can simply follow this tutorial: