QOTD: What Remote Control Software Do You Use?

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?

  • frozenlead
    LogMeIn + VNC. Works wonders.
  • acecombat
    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.)
  • haffeysucks
    I use LogMeIn.
  • misry
    DynDNS and TightVNC at home and Real VNC within the domain at work.
  • echdskech
    DynDNS + VNC
  • bigdave23
    i use teamviewer
  • starryman
    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.
  • uberlaff
    Live Mesh... get's me file sync and remote desktop.
  • cryogenic
    Terminal Server
  • saifallofjmr
    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.