Free remote access software required

Posted on 2012-08-17
Last Modified: 2012-09-02

Can you please tell me any remote access software like Real VNC which i can install it on my client PCs.This will be useful for me to remotely access their PCs within our network if there is a problem.
 I  have used real VNC freely  in the past , but i think it is Licenced now asking for Licence keys

Question by:lianne143
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    Team viewer is a great one. If its for commercial use however you have to pay. If its for personal access then its free. I bet you looking for commercial use?
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    How about Tightvnc. From their site: for both personal and commercial usage...
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    If you are ONLY going to access the remote PCs from inside your network (office) then it is safe to use either RDP (remote desktop) on Microsoft or VNC on Linux/Mac machines. RealVNC offer a free edition that would work for you.

    If however you want to access your PCs from OUTSIDE your network then you should only consider a paid version of VNC that provides SSL for its connectivity. Don't forget that you will also have to set up port forwarding in a such environment, and if you have a number of PCs you want to access ths starts to become rather cumbersome and unmanageable.

    LogMeIn is a "web" based service that tunnels traffic from the remote PC through its infrastructure down to whereever you are, and back. Thus it is generally slower and less secure for a corporate environment.

    TightVNC and UltraVNC offer "client" initiated versions that allow the remote PC to initiate the connection and thus traverse through Firewalls. However these are "paid" subscriptions, but this would get you round the issue of port forwarding.

    Thus: if you want completely "free" remote access, set up one control PC at your office that you can access both internally and remotely using RDP (remote desktop) and then from that PC you can access any PC on the same network using either RDP or VNC.
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    Both logmein and teamviewer are free (or have free versions) as long as they are for personal use. If either of them are used commercially you need to pay for them. But they are very good products, and you don't need to change any rules on your router to get setup.

    Depending on the OS used on the remote PC's, there could be something built-in. Windows OS's have something called remote assistance, where the remote user sends out an assistance request to you via mail or messenger, and then you can connect to the PC and help him. This shows both ends the same display, so this is useful when the remote user needs to see what you are doing.

    Pro or above versions (not home versions) of Windows include Remote Desktop, which is like terminal services. If that is enabled on the remote PC you can connect to it (provided the router forwards the correct port). This will suspend the remote user's session, and then you get your own session. This means you can work on the PC, but the user doesn't see what you are doing. So that may not be useful if you want to show him how to do something, for that you'd need remote assistance. After you have finished the session the other user can log back on to his session and keep on working.

    If the remote PC's use some form of Linux, you can use SSH to connect to it, or there are also VNC versions (all opensource and free) you can use to connect, or a 3rd party, nomachine, which has a free version.
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    Try this open source Remote resource management tool.

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    I have used  real VNC  in the past and iam used to the software. But i downlaoded and installed and it offers only five licences for 30 days. Has this gone from free to licenced?
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    Unfortunatly yes.

    I would go for logmein if you open a free tool. You can also pay for it, but the free version gives everything you want.
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    As you are talking of connecting to "Clients", you would be using it in a commercial environment. And as I said earlier, neither logmein or teamviewer can be used for free in a commercial environment. They are only free when either are for personal use. So you'd have to pay for them (after the trial period expires). But as has been mentioned by others earlier, there are other VNC spin-offs that still are free.

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