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?

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  • I'm a LogMeIn user since a few years and I absolutly love it. I don't have to worry about firewalls or stuff like that, it just works. Worth a try.
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  • Same as the author of the question...
    I use RDP, VNC, (BTW: Apple Remote Desktop is VNC based as well), SSH, SCP, and sometimes SSH with reverse tunneling. Mostly SSH and VNC for my own computers and RDP or VNC for Client's boxes.
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