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QOTD: What Remote Control Software Do You Use?

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When you have more than one computer and you're traveling, it helps to be able to access all your machines remotely.

I have several computers at home, and it helps to be able to control them all from a central computer. Running around from machine to machine can be a big pain. Using a remote control software is essential to being able to efficiently manage your machines. I have used several GUI controllers before: Microsoft's own Remote Desktop, Remote Administrator, VNC, Apple Remote Desktop, and of course when I'm going into my Linux boxes, I just SSH in--I'm not using any GUI on my Linux machines.

On the road, remote control is a real necessity. However, things can become problematic for those who have dynamic IP addresses. Once your ISP changes your IP, you'll have no access to your computer from a remote location. That said, there are several ways around this. You can use a dynamic IP client-service solution that allows your remote computer to automatically inform a live server of a new IP change.

For example: homepc.yourdomain.com can always point to the right IP address if you have a client installed on homepc. There are several services that offer this, DynDNS is a service I've used before.

More recently, I've been using LogMeIn instead. It solves the same problem that DynDNS solves, but you don't get your own sub/domain. It's really easy to use and you won't have to worry about dynamic IP services.

The question of the day is: What remote control software do you use?

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    frozenlead , May 12, 2009 11:33 PM
    LogMeIn + VNC. Works wonders.
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    acecombat , May 12, 2009 11:47 PM
    MS RDP and RemotelyAnywhere (Which is a more advanced application from LogMeIn but doesn't utilise LogMeIn's servers so still requires port forwarding etc.)
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    haffeysucks , May 12, 2009 11:47 PM
    I use LogMeIn.
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    misry , May 12, 2009 11:50 PM
    DynDNS and TightVNC at home and Real VNC within the domain at work.
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    echdskech , May 13, 2009 12:00 AM
    DynDNS + [Real,Ultra]VNC
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    bigdave23 , May 13, 2009 12:04 AM
    i use teamviewer
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    starryman , May 13, 2009 12:39 AM
    I used LogMeIn and it works great when I'm using it. BUT I only need it on occasional out-of-state business trips which is about 5-6 times a year. I wish they had weekly or daily useage fees. Hell I actually wish it was free. Tried other home-brews but LogMeIn is the easiest and most portable.
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    uberlaff , May 13, 2009 12:39 AM
    Live Mesh... get's me file sync and remote desktop.
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    cryogenic , May 13, 2009 12:57 AM
    Terminal Server
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    saifallofjmr , May 13, 2009 1:02 AM
    Learn to Teamviewer it sets it up and the ID is binded to your computer so if you reformat is only when it changes. It also comes with a partner list so you can add your computers to it and log into it anywhere at anytime.
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    Anonymous , May 13, 2009 1:04 AM
    Dyndns and TightVNC, home and office
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    B-Unit , May 13, 2009 1:05 AM
    SMS, RDP, and VNC at work. KVM at home :p 
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    daship , May 13, 2009 1:08 AM
    Teamviewer.
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    shovel , May 13, 2009 1:10 AM
    Remote Desktop (Windows) or SSH over OpenVPN
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    sfiorito , May 13, 2009 1:41 AM
    RemoteDesktop within my house, Live Mesh outside
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    apache_lives , May 13, 2009 1:57 AM
    Hamachi (www.hamachi.cc) and Remote Desktop Connection
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    Anonymous , May 13, 2009 2:13 AM
    LogMeIn...so easy that hurts!
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    JubalHarshaw , May 13, 2009 2:37 AM
    UltraVNC, only for my intranet.
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    superhighperf , May 13, 2009 2:48 AM
    i use remote desktop, when i need it. not too much any more because i use a kvm switch. it works much better.

    btw. i use the ati remote wonder for my htpc.
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    touchdowntexas13 , May 13, 2009 2:58 AM
    superhighperfi use remote desktop, when i need it. not too much any more because i use a kvm switch. it works much better.btw. i use the ati remote wonder for my htpc.


    haha! the sad thing is, when i read the title of this article i actually thought it was talking about physical remote controls :( 

    I was like well that's kind of a lame article but ok lol
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