Can you recommend me a good free alternative to LogMeIn?

Diana P May 8, 2014
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I used to use a service called “LogMeIn” but since it cancelled its free plan I don’t have remote access to my personal laptop which I keep at home and turned on. My laptop is running Windows 7 but not anything like an “ultimate” or a “professional” version – just your average “home” version. How can I remote connect and operate my laptop without LogMeIn?

Thank you,
Alisa

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  1. Dalsan M
    May 12, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    I agree with TeamViewer as it is easy and free to use. NoMachine seems better, especially the connection and visual quality, but may not be as simple to set up for novice users. Both are great remote desktop applications that have multiple OS support, including Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, Android, and iOS.

    For Windows PC-to-PC connection, you can just use the built-in Windows Remote Desktop application. Most people, though, prefer other methods of remote access, such as mentioned above and in other posts.

  2. Oron J
    May 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I'm a great fan of TeamViewer, which is both excellent, and free for private use. It is fast, easy to use and works with lots of different platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS).

  3. Ben Levine
    May 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Try UberConference: https://www.uberconference.com/

  4. Hovsep A
    May 8, 2014 at 6:53 am

    10 Best Alternative Software Similar to Teamviewer
    http://onlinetechguru.org/10-best-alternative-software-similar-to-teamviewer/

  5. Rajaa C
    May 8, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Try NoMachine from https://www.nomachine.com/ . It is totally FREE. I shifted from TeamViewer after finding this.

    • Rajaa C
      May 8, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Also you can try Join.me which is simpler to use probably. You can download the FREE Basic option from https://www.join.me/pricing

  6. Tim B
    May 8, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Hi Diana,

    I definitely think that TeamViewer is the way to go here. I've used it extensively in the past, and it works flawlessly – I've remote controlled PCs in the UK from Australia with minimal fuss.

    You can find what you need at: http://www.teamviewer.com/

    Take a look at their available downloads and note the differences. They offer a remote client for accessing your own PC, but also light versions for deploying on friends/family/clients PCs to make it easy to provide support. The vanilla "all in one" version should suffice for what you need, and because you're using it at home you fall under the "free for personal use" category.

    There is an alternative in the form of Splashtop, but I'm not sure if their free service is that great, and I've personally found it a bit fiddly in the past while trying to deploy on remote machines (they may have improved it now).

    You can read up on it if you want: http://www.splashtop.com/

    Good luck, let us know how it goes.

    Tim

    • Rajaa C
      May 8, 2014 at 2:36 am

      Tim,

      Checkout NoMachine, it is truly FREE and available on Multiple OS platform. https://www.nomachine.com/

      Download for various platform : https://www.nomachine.com/download

    • Rajaa C
      May 8, 2014 at 2:52 am

      Also read this review and setup guide : http://www.tecmint.com/nomachine-an-advanced-remote-desktop-access-tool/

      The remote desktop speed is simply awesome, almost like as if working on a computer in front. :)

    • Diana P
      May 13, 2014 at 12:12 am

      That is a reasonable idea but it would require someone to be at both computers. We are using the remote assistance at work and it requires people at both computers. Additionally the remote desktop does NOT work over the internet - it isn't designed for that. The only way to make it work over the internet involves having a server and configuring some sort of port forwarding I believe all of which is more complex than it is worth and I don't own a server and don't have a reason to waste the money buying one. This would be strictly for me to use as a form of convenience to connect to my own laptop which I leave at home and aside from living with two kitties I live alone. But thank you..........

    • Tim B
      May 13, 2014 at 5:18 am

      Hi Diana,

      Have you tried TeamViewer? Ignore the NoMachine stuff, it's not built necessarily for user friendliness and I'm really not sure why Rajaa is pushing it so hard.

      I'm pretty sure TeamViewer has an all-in-one client that allows you to access the computer even when it's not attended. You just need to set it up to accept incoming connections first, probably using a password (that naturally, only you know). You can access using all manner of apps too – if you have an iPhone or an Android phone, there are apps for that. If you're using a work PC, there's a simple client you can download.

      You don't need to purchase anything extra for TeamViewer, and if you connect to the internet using the usual setup – i.e. a standard router with DSL or cable Internet, there should be little to set up in the way of port forwarding.

      Basically: It's free, give it a go, it will probably work. If it doesn't it won't take you hours of trial and error to find out (though I can't say the same for NoMachine). If LogMeIn worked, they probably use the same port ranges, so I can't see why TeamViewer wouldn't.

      http://www.teamviewer.com

      Tim

    • Bruce E
      May 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      TeamViewer does not require you to do any port forwarding at all. Everything works over ports that are normally open.

      When installing, I would suggest first installing it on the machine you want to use to control others. After installing it there, create a TeamViewer account with a good password. When you later install on the machines you wish to control, log in with your TeamViewer account, then set up the host function on the machine. It will store that machine's credentials in your TeamViewer account so you don't need to remember its ID number and password as well.

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