Remote Access Software options

Hello everyone,
I am helping out a small business who wants to be able to work from home.
They have a DSL connection and dynamic IP, so no static ip to RDP into.

Back in the day we could use the free version of LogMeIn . Today they only offer a Pro version and charge for it.

While the business is not opposed to paying for LogMeIn Pro, before we go down that path, are there any other free or better pay options out there?

Thank you for your time.
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James HIT DirectorCommented:
In comparison to cost:

LogMeIn: $70 year
Teamviewer: $795 - permanent license
GoToMyPC: $115 year

They are all similar is functionality but with a dynamic IP and wanting to keep costs down, LogMeIn is the cheaper option.
Hi Wonker2,

Seems like the cheapest option may be to get the company to request a static IP address(s). This way they could with just RDP in, or if you want a more secure option purchase a low end Watchguard firebox or the likes and enable VPN.
Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPCommented:
Number of users and what application they will need to use also can make a difference on the best solution.

How many users do they have that need to work remote?

What applcications will they run?
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wonker2Author Commented:
It is a small business and the owner would like to be able to remote in to use the Office Suite, Adobe reader, etc. Nothing high tech. LogMeIn Pro was the first thing I thought of but wanted to ask this fine community if there were better options.
Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPCommented:
For only a single user then LogmeIn or something like that would work fine.  

The best solution really depends on how much it will really be used.
There are some free alternative that can be used. Have you looked at any of the VNC apps?

UltraVNC Server and Viewer are a powerful, easy to use, free software that can display the screen of
one computer (Server) on the screen of another (Viewer). The program allows the viewer to use their mouse
and keyboard to control the Server Computer remotely.


TightVNC is a free remote control software package. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer. TightVNC is:

    free for both personal and commercial usage, with full source code available,
    useful in administration, tech support, education, and for many other purposes,
    cross-platform, available for Windows and Unix, with Java client included,
    compatible with standard VNC software, conforming to RFB protocol specifications.

One of these may be enough. I have used both with success.
Kyle SantosCustomer RelationsCommented:
I went through the same thing when LogMeIn was no longer free.  I found a great app to replace it.  Google Chrome browser has a free extension called 'Chrome Remote Desktop' where you can add several PCs as you used to be able to do in LogMeIn.  I use it almost every day and its wonderful and does not need to rely on connecting to dynamic IPs.  All that is mandatory is having a gmail account.

Chrome Remote Desktop

Let me know if you need anything else!

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