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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: 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.

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    hyssar , 13 May 2009 09:07
    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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    daship , 13 May 2009 11:31
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    tinnerdxp , 13 May 2009 14:55
    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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    marshallman , 13 May 2009 16:06
    I use the megatron
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    squealy , 13 May 2009 16:14
    CrossLoop - dead simple!
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    mi1ez , 13 May 2009 16:16
    Microsof t's Live Mesh beta which also gives a little online storage too (2GB) and works from a web browser.
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    goosefraba , 13 May 2009 16:46

    LogMeIn is a good product, especially as it's free, but not everyone likes having a always on remote access service.

    I recently used TeamView and you have the option of running a single (small) executable file for a one-off sessions. So nothing is installed for unwelcome visitors to exploit. And it includes a file transfer function, so you can copy down software/updates/photos from the remote to the local machine quite easily - very handy for keeping the mothers online or sending the valued holiday photos home safely.
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    Anonymous , 13 May 2009 16:58
    totaly off topic but that rooms reminds of the control room from goldeneye on n64 lol
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    Anonymous , 13 May 2009 19:05
    VNC, RDC, Logmein, ChickenVNC
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    slopez , 13 May 2009 21:01
    SSH is the only way ;) 
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    Anonymous , 13 May 2009 22:18
    SSH and VNC over SSH tunel
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    manorchurch , 14 May 2009 00:14
    Logmein works well for non-critical business stuff, but it's too risky to use for business-critical access. I've got it for remote support of some business apps, but only on subnets that don't route to the rest of the business network.
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    Devastator_uk , 14 May 2009 01:19
    I use RDP and VNC at work (over LAN) and occasionally SSH at home.
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    belrik , 14 May 2009 22:54
    SSH tunneling and VNC/RDP
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    belrik , 14 May 2009 22:57
    PS I avoid LogMeIn and other services as I don't trust 3rd parties to punch my firewall, SSH tunneling is provably secure and also reliable. Combine that with a dynamic DNS client script running on my server and I'm sorted.
    For work I also use purely SSH access although the network admins seem to think that telnet is still ok. Silly californians, living in the 80s still!