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PC Anywhere

Has anyone used this software? Or gotomypc? Or perhaps there is a better choice of software that allows you to access your computer from another location. If you've tried one, what are your thoughts?

Thanks :)

created by swantucky on Mar 20, 2009 at 10:34:16 pm     Comments: 9

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I use gotomypc on a daily basis to connect and operate four different computers from my home office. I've never had any problems. I'm in and out of the computers frequently during the day. It's easy to use with minimal lag time through their servers. I've had Net Meetings from one of the four machines with other companies through gotomypc without a hitch. The annual subscription for connecting the 5 machines isn't cheap.

posted by holland on Mar 20, 2009 at 11:49:40 pm     #  

My sister uses a free online one, I'll get the name later. It's very easy to use and comes in handy when my 70yr old uncle and 66yr old mother have problems with their computers. Saves a lot on gas money that's for sure.

posted by ToledoLatina on Mar 21, 2009 at 02:22:46 am     #  

I've used gotomypc for the last year. I haven't had any problems.

posted by AmericanPie on Mar 21, 2009 at 09:17:44 am     #  

ToledoLatina, is it LogMeIn?

posted by ronaldo on Mar 21, 2009 at 06:08:37 pm     #  

I use the the built in Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance features of Windows

posted by KraZyKat on Mar 21, 2009 at 06:42:35 pm     #  

I'm interested in GoToMyPC, but, I have a question:
I am gone several days or weeks. What if the computer freezes while your traveling or connected? Can you reboot sucessfully? Mine also boots to a local network and requires a keystroke or two while booting up.

posted by Trilby on Mar 22, 2009 at 11:14:55 am     #  

I didnt know you could use that Remote Assistance thing with Windows to do the same thing as PC Anywhere. Is that what it's about? I started playing with it a bit and got scared off.

posted by swantucky on Mar 22, 2009 at 07:27:38 pm     #  

I've used PC Anywhere and GoToAssist (think enterprise level GoToMyPC), as well as VNC. If you want to put out a small amount of money once and you don't mind a lsight delay then PC Anywhere is not bad. The web client of PC Anywhere is a hidden gem for when you are on a system that does not have the main viewing client installed.

GoToAssist works, so I assume GoTOMyPC does as well. I don't have a real high opinion of it though (cheaper options abound that don't require subscription fees).

If you are up for a free option look into VNC software. VNC Viewer is downloadable for free and comes with a VNC Server installation option as well. It is fairly quick and the display options are a nice touch.

On a side note, Windows Remote Assistance leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. It is free and installed by default, but it is an MS product.

posted by apophistoledo on Mar 23, 2009 at 09:06:02 am     #  

Agree with apophistoledo, vnc is nice, free and open.

http://www.realvnc.com/products/download.html is one I like.

I've used GoToMyPC and PC Anywhere, they all are ok products (dont like the fact GoToMyPC requires all communication to be funneled through their servers in California though).

VNC might require you to poke some holes in your firewall though (wireless/wired router connected to your DSL or cable modem.

posted by INeedCoffee on Mar 23, 2009 at 10:31:34 am     #