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iPhone and Remote Control

Monday, June 28, 2010 in Technical Articles (Views: 1644)
I've been a fan of 2 remote control solutions on the PC – LogMeIn and Teamviewer. First, my review of the PC versions of both.

LogMeIn is a great tool, which allows remote control for free regardless of Operating System. This tool can be installed as easily on Windows XP, Vista, or 7 as Server 2003 or 2008. The remote control is good, although the paid version adds additional features (that I don't use or need). If you are looking for good remote control and have servers, this is the one to use in my opinion.

Teamviewer was a program I found one day supporting a friend and needed something better than the Windows XP Remote Assistance. It's fast, very lightweight, and free for personal use (on the honor system). The only problem is installing on a server is for commercial use. This is free, for a limited time.

There are other solutions, like GoToMyPC, but not recommended. The service is very good, but no remote control to me is worth $19.95 a month.

So, the iPhone has 2 apps: LogMeIn Ignition and Teamviewer, and the roles are reversed.

TeamViewer is a completely free app for the iPhone. The features are decent, but unfortunately, you can only connect to workstation class operating systems for free. You can still connect to servers on a trial. The features are good, but the mouse control is a little weird. You have to drag the mouse pointer with your finger before clicking on something.

LogMeIn is an app that costs $29.99, and has no demo. You can use it to connect to all of your systems on LogMeIn, free or paid (this also includes all servers). Unlike Teamviewer, mouse control is governed by keeping the mouse centered on the screen, you drag the screen under the mouse pointer. I've become a fan of trialware, and have a hard time shelling out money for a product without a demo.

My choice between the two? I have to say that I would use TeamViewer in a pinch to still support friends who have workstation based OSs. However, for my labs and servers, definitely LogMeIn is the way to go.

Just my 2 cents on remote control apps and the iPhone, but also for what I would use on the desktop as well.


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