Remote Access Shootout: LogMeIn vs. TeamViewer

logmein vs teamviewer There are many reasons why you might want to access your home computer while away from home.  You may need to access a program or file on that machine, or you may need to browse to a website that is blocked in your current location.  Fortunately, there are free options available that let you access your home PC.  Today, we look at two of them- LogMeIn Free, and TeamViewer.  The two applications have similar functionality, but go about things differently.  Read on for a comparison between LogMeIn Free and TeamViewer.

 

TeamViewer

teamviewer

TeamViewer requires a piece of software on both ends of the connection- at the remote (host) machine, and at the local machine that you have at your fingertips.  You can run the TeamViewe client from an executable file, however, and don’t need to install it.  If you do choose to install TeamViewer, it can be set to load in the background at startup, so that the computer is always available for remote access.

Once the app is running on both machines, it is a simple matter of inputting the ID of the remote machine, along with a password.  TeamViewer gives you a few connection options, depending on what you want to do when connected, as the above image illustrates.  You can control the remote machine as if you were sitting at it, you can display your local desktop on the remote machine, you can transfer files, or you can connect via VPN.

If you choose the “File transfer” option, you are presented with a window that displays the directory structure on both machines.  You browse to the file you want to transfer on either machine, click “send” or “receive” depending on where the file resides, and the transfer begins.

The “VPN” option allows you to share files via Explorer, or send a test ping.  I couldn’t, however, get either VPN feature to work.

With the control option, I found the TeamViewer connection to be very smooth, with almost no lag.  The connection interface is simple, and I haven’t run into any glitches yet.

Just like the desktop app, the TeamViewer iPhone app is free for personal use.  It actually displays your remote desktop on your iPhone screen.  The iPhone app is $99.99 otherwise, while the desktop app starts at $749 for commercial use.

TeamViewer Summary

Pros: Free for non-commercial use.  Runs from executable- no install needed.  Smooth connection.  Supports file transfer.

Cons: Client must be present on both machines.

 

LogMeIn Free

logmein screen

With LogMeIn Free, you must install an application on the host (remote) machine, but not on the client machine that you have with you.  Instead, you create an account at logmein.com, which allows you to connect from any browser by logging into the logmein.com site.  I did find that when I logged in via Firefox, I was prompted to install a plugin.

LogMeIn doesn’t provide some of the options that Teamviewer provides, such as file transfer, or presentation of your local machine to the remote machine.  It is a bit more simple, however.  Once it is installed on the host machine, you log in to the logmein site from your browser, and are presented with a screen similar to the one displayed above.  Click the “Remote Control” button, enter the remote computer’s Windows’ password, and you’ll be controlling it in no time.

LogMeIn does have some other features, such as chat, whiteboard, and laser pointer, but I haven’t found a use for any of them yet.

LogMeIn is free for personal use.  LogMeIn also has an iPhone app, but not a free one.  It is called LogMeIn Ignition, and will set you back $29.99.

LogMeIn Free Summary

Pros: Simple.  No client needed on the connecting end.

Cons: No remote file transfer.

 

The Verdict

Which of the two apps is better?  That really depends on what features you need.  If you just need a quick and easy login, without any file transfers, or if you won’t be able to download an application to the computer that you have with you, then go with LogMeIn.  If you want more advanced features, including file transfers, and are able to download an app on both computers, go with TeamViewer.  Personally, I prefer TeamViewer, as it seems a bit more elegant, and offers more features.  Both work as advertised, however, and will get you connected remotely.

 

Do you access any computers remotely?  Do you use an app not mentioned here, such as GbridgeLet us know in the comments how your solution works out for you.

Evan Kline

Hello, I'm Evan. I write about tech from my perspective – that of the average 40-something tech geek. You can also find me on Twitter and at my real-life job as a lawyer.    MORE ABOUT ME.

103 Comments:

  1. I use Vine Server on the host and Chicken of the VNC on the guest (both Macs).

    Sadly, I just use this to check the downstairs computer from the upstairs one in situations where it isn’t possible to get to the downstairs computer (i.e. watching the kids upstairs and want to keep an eye on the downstairs computer).
    .-= Kosmo @ The Casual Observer´s last blog ..Christmas In April =-.

    • I’ve thought about checking out a VNC remote access app (there are several), but have also heard that VNC is slow. Is it?

      • Yeah, I definitely wouldn’t call it FAST. The again, the host machine is almost 8 years old, which tends to put a ceiling on performance (yes, even on a Mac).

        For a quick-and-dirty solution, it works well, though. Honestly, I’m not sure why I use it instead of something like LogMeIn. Maybe LogMeIn didn’t have a Mac client at the time?

        In my work environment over the last dozen years, I’ve used lots of different remote access client (as the company migrates from one preferred product to the next ove the course of time). None of them are free, though. In general, remote access is just awesome.

        (At work, I’m actually accessing machines that are furher away that just downstairs, of course – most are 1000+ miles away)
        .-= Kosmo @ The Casual Observer´s last blog ..House of Cards: Can Competition Harm Consumers? =-.

  2. Hi Evan,

    Thanks for your review of LogMeIn Free. In your review, you touched on an important aspect of LogMeIn: Simplicity. I appreciate you recognizing the straightforward environment we’ve provided for casual and individual remote access.

    Since you mentioned File Transfer as an important feature for you, I can tell you that our LogMeIn Pro2 product offers File Transfer, Remote Printing, Screen Sharing and other robust features at a minimal cost. We provide a free trial of Pro² on our website: http://bit.ly/agyxiy.

    Thanks again for providing a wonderful assessment of LogMeIn Free.

    Maggie Hibma
    Social Media Coordinator, LogMeIn
    http://www.Facebook.com/LogMeIn
    http://www.Twitter.com/LogMeInNews

    • Thanks for checking out the review, Maggie. I do like how easy LogMeIn is to use, and I love that I can access my computer from a browser on any computer, without having to install an app. If my needs should change, I’ll be sure to check out LogMeIn Pro2.

  3. I have many clients who use Logmein.com and it’s great. I have to say though, I love the idea of Team Viewer not needing to install anything. That’s great for new clients, then we don’t have to have a user account for everyone.

    What do you know about a service that will work on Ubuntu? I want to connect to my Ubuntu machine remotely and my ISP will not let me port forward. So I need a web service like logmein or team viewer for Ubuntu
    .-= Jim Gaudet´s last blog ..CRON Jobs for Web Applications =-.

    • I wish I had some answers for you regarding Ubuntu, but don’t unfortuantely. Maybe one of our readers can chime in. Do you mean that you can’t port forward at your local router level?

      • Well, I can port forward some programs, but RDP and VNC are for some reason banned from my ISP (AMNET in Costa Rica). I have tried it a bunch of times and do know how,

        I tried using the default port (5900) testing internally and works, tested outside IP and failed. Then I setup on different random port (42059) and tested internally, no problem, external failed.

        Even if I run a port test on my IP it doesn’t read those ports as open

        I have a WRV210 Linksys Business class router and forwarding works for torrents, weird…
        .-= Jim Gaudet´s last blog ..Google Fiber – Think Big with a Gig =-.

      • That’s very odd. I’m not sure how they could affect what happens on your network, but I guess they could be sniffing packets and doing something to the traffic.

      • to be even more weird, my friend is on another network here in CR and is running VNC >> I can cannot connect to his server from my pc here or any pc on this network >> then I vpn into a computer in MASS and have no issues connecting to his machine…

        So there is something going on with my ISP, just not sure what. I know they have just changed their backbone network, but still not sure why they would be blocking anything..
        .-= Jim Gaudet´s last blog ..Ubuntu 9.10 Error: Initrd is too big =-.

    • TeamViewer now fully supports Ubuntu. Works great, and no need for port forwarding.

  4. Evan,

    Thanks for the helpful reviews.

    I do quite a bit of work from home and office, and sometimes I don’t keep track of where I’ve left files (or the most recent version). Sometimes my wife also needs me to access something she’s working on so I can email it out for her.

    I’ve installed Team Viewer at home and work, and it’s already been a big help.

    • I’m glad it is working out for you, Jeff. Now if there were just a magic way to remotely turn on our computers, so we didn’t have to leave them running, we’d be set. There is a way to put computers to sleep, and then wake them over lan, but I’ve found that to be hit or miss.

    • Why don’t you try something like SpiderOak? I will sync files to multiple computers automatically.

      That’s what I use, and it’s easier then have to go into a PC remotely. If I make changes to a doc on my laptop, it’s automatically synced and available on my home PC.

      • I’ll have to check it out. I can’t install a sync program on my work PC that does a blanket sync of all documents, though. That’s where the above programs come in handy. If I need something, I can just remote in and get it.

    • Jeff I would say you would be better served with DropBox but that is my two cents.

      • My 2-Cents:

        SpiderOak is more configurable (back-up any selected folders and syncs any selected backup locations between machines), really secure (client-side encryption using your own key) and less expensive, more size options when purchasing, and more space on the free account.

        Dropbox is faster (crazy fast), and easier to setup and use especially to share files.

        Both do sub-versioning so you can revert any backed up file to a previous instance and both make incredible use of compression techniques to help you get the most out of your space.

        They are both great and they each have their advantages and disadvantages so I always use both, but if I could only have one…

        …it would be SpiderOak hands down. With these programs keeping my data in sync my computers are completely interchangeable.

      • Thanks for the detailed look, Terry. I’m so entrenched in Dropbox right now, but if I’m ever pushed to switch, you’ve incentivized me to look at SpiderOak.

  5. I have used both TeamViewer and LogMeIn. I must say that TeamViewer walks all over LMI.

    Pros: Clients do not have to install anything. TV for the client is a straight up executable, no install of anything.

    TV has a “host” file that can run on any client machine meaning that no one has to be on the client side for you to log in to thier machine.

    TV does not require anyone to go to the web for anything. I can have all my clients listed in my TV app on my computer.

    LMI requires you to pay money for the file transfer feature the TV offers for free.
    LMI requires you to give your clients access to your web account so they can add machines to your account.

    LMI is designed for YOU to access YOUR machine away from home. Personally I wouldn’t use LMI for that, I would use MS RDP to access my own machine away from home.

    LMI does not use the same level of encryption as TV, so security over the Internet is not as good.

  6. O forgot to mention that TeamViewer supports Windows 7 and is compatable with more OS’s than LMI

    TeamViewer is only about 2.5MB and LMI is over 10MB

    • Thanks for the insight, Randy. I do agree that TeamViewer is more powerful than the free version of LogMeIn, and has some other benefits as well. It is what I tend to use (I have TV on one machine, and LogMeIn on the other, but TV is on my main machine). For the casual user, I think LogMeIn might be a bit more simple to use, however.

  7. I like Teamviewer.I haven’t had a chance to try out their linux client yet.

    I haven’t used VNC for a long time now because the image compression is horrible. I have since ported all my Linux and Unix environments over to NoMachine’s NX server. Free and excellent quality when I need to remote to any of my *.nix environment. Also works with Mac.

    I have used LogMeIn in the past and well, haven’t used it. But Teamviewer is coming along. I would say Go-To-Assist is also up there, but that is a paid product regardless. I use it for remote support to our off shore technical support sites when I have to troubleshoot their issues lol.

    • NX is awesomely fast! I just wish there were something similar for Windows (altho its architecture would have to be heavily modified, I’d think, to become capable of it).

      Yeah, VNC is slow. RDP isn’t available on home versions of Windows. VNC, RDP, and NX all require manual port forwarding to work, which TeamViewer gets around. Too bad TV isn’t much faster than VNC.

    • lol that’s reverse outsourcing

  8. The linux client works quite well on ubuntu, though it does not minimize as an icon to the panel and instead just stays as two windows taking up space…

  9. I’ve just removely repaired my dad’s overinfected computer using Teamviewer and use it on a daily basis to access my home laptop from work for files. A great piece of software.
    Now I hope the rest of the family doesn’t learn about it, or else I’ll be doing remote maintenance for everyone.

  10. Hello,

    I once tried teamviewer via my browser. I installed the program on the main machine, and i have accessed it through firefox. I think it is now allowed to do that.

    My friend always needs help with his pc and i would remotely access it anywhere I am through any browser that is available in any computer. (i could be wrong at some point here.

    anyways, i haven’t tried logmein since teamviewer is working just fine on my end. I probably try it the next time my friend needs help.

    And thank you for the review. appreciated it.

  11. Hi Evan,

    Thanks for your wonderfull review although this comes a little late ;)

    I wanted to point out the TeamViewer Web Connector, which allows to connect to remote desktops by just using your browser: http://login.teamviewer.com

    You just need to set up an account with TeamViewer and you can use the browser based version at no costs for non-commercial use.

    Just give it a try and let me know if everything works out or if you need additional information on it.

    Best,
    Constantin Falcoianu
    TeamViewer Germany

  12. I’ve been trialing both TV and LMI on my iPhone. One stumbling block I ran into with TV is with my laptop running a remote VPN client to corporate.

    Before the VPN connection to corporate is established, my laptop gets assigned a public IP address from my local ISP. When the VPN connection is established, I get a new public IP from corporate and Internet traffic is routed via a corporate proxy server. I normally initiate TV after establishing my VPN connection to corporate.

    However, once in awhile my VPN connection will drop and I need to re-initiate the VPN connection. TV has trouble working when the VPN connection drops and the IP address changes to the IP address assigned by my local ISP. I cannot re-establish the TV connection from my iPhone until I locally exit and close TV from my laptop and relaunch TV.

    LMI on the other hand, automatically detects the changes in the IP address. I will lose the current connection, but I can almost immediately log back in under the new IP address. Of course I will have to log into LMI again the 2nd time when I remotely launch my corporate VPN since the IP address will change again. However, I can do all this remotely under LMI, which I can’t do under TV.

  13. Hi Tae,

    Thanks for your detailed feedback. Can you send both TeamViewer logfiles with a little description to support[at]teamviewer[dot]com? This would help us tremendously to identify if there is a problem.

    Thanks in advance!

    Best,
    Constantin Falcoianu
    TeamViewer GmbH

  14. Hi I installed logmein Pro2 on a remote machine I have been controling from another location,-by simple web log in, for a month or so. Now I get a message that the trial period is over. How could i continue to control the remote machine? Do i need to install logmein free again on it? Do i first need to uninstall logmein pro2?
    Thanks for your help

  15. Alan…You get 14 free days of pro with lmi free… Which includes file transfer … Prolly what occurred

    • Hi Steven, maybe thats why, I’ll try it again after the two weeks, I thought perhaps drag and drop was bypassing the file transfer manager as I’m sure I read somewhere that there could be ways round the lack of file transfer in the free version. Have you tried to drag files between desktops ?

  16. If you need file transfer during the remote session you can use the FREE version of TeamViewer. This is no trial but the full version and you can use it absolutely free of charge for personal use.

    Best,
    Constantin Falcoianu
    TeamViewer GmbH

  17. TurboSupport is another remote desktop service. It costs 19.95 per month and each additional seat costs $9.95 per month. Just like Teamviewer, it supports screen sharing so that the supporter can share his/her screen to the remote user. Have a look at here http://www.turbosupport.com

  18. TeamViewer and LogMeIn are both great for remote access because these applications are free. I use it when I help my mom. In the office we use commercial remote access product Radmin and it also works great.

  19. Thanks for the other suggestions, Johny and Eric. It is always good to have options, and competition in the market can only help.

  20. LogMeIn doesn’t provide some of the options that Teamviewer provides, such as file transfer, or presentation of your local machine to the remote machine. It is a bit simplier
    simplier? FAIL

  21. Evan, thanks for writing a review on these products. I saw correspondence I had with a LogMeIn123 rep (J. Blake) in December 2007 and was shocked that it was *so* expensive back then ($200/month, if you bought a year in advance or $250 month-to-month). That was *way* too expensive for me to even bother with just to support my mom’s, girlfriend’s, etc. computers, so I didn’t bother.

    I found out about TeamViewer in 2009 and haven’t needed another product. I convinced every business I’ve worked for since to get the paid version and they all love it.

  22. Wow – lots of options out there! I admit I’m wary of all-in-one packages (ie: remote access + large file transfer). I’ve found they often don’t work as well as a specialized software or service – different OS on each computer might cause issues, for instance. I’d rather use different services like LogMeIn for remote access and Filesdirect (http://www.filesdirect.com) for managed file transfer…

  23. I hadn’t heard of Files Direct. That could be something to look at for someone who regularly transfers files, although the cost could be a drawback since there are some free options out there. Worth a look, though, so thanks for the mention.

    • There are a lot of free options, but I’ve found that the free services limit the size of files you can send, and lack the features of Filesdirect: encryption, a free dropbox so clients can send me files and TONS of storage. Well worth the price.

  24. RHUB (http://www.rhubcom.com) isn’t free, but it’s definitely not as expensive as Cisco’s Meeting Place. With a single payment, you own the appliance with no operational overhead.

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  26. One more con for logmein is that you have to either be at the PC you want to remotely support to install the software (you cannot deploy the software remotely which is a pain!

    I tried to help my mum over the air the other day and it proved to difficult – I had to either download the software and email it (really too big for that) or I had to give her access to me account and talk her through adding a new computer… Painful.

    In the end I just went to teamviewer – one click download, no install required – up and going in under a minute!

    LogMeIn is good for home computers but when you want to help someone outside your own 4 walls, it becomes cumbersome.

  27. I didn’t see any mention of the WOL feature that comes with logmein. That is a huge benefit IMO. This is the main reason I still have it installed. Power outage? Forgot to turn on my computer? No problem with waking up over the network with logmein. Too bad teamviewer is missing that feauture.

  28. A minor correction to this article is the fact that an user does not have to be present at both ends. For ex- I have a team viewer account and it allows you to remember hosts you have connected with. Initially, you have to be at that computer and allow incoming sessions at all times (founds in settings) and once you set it up, you can access the pc from the web interface, or the app itself on another machine (my android in this case). Great software, and given I have been given the opportunity to use it for free for home use, I would definitely buy this for future commercial use. Thanks TeamViewer!

  29. Screenconnect is a great remote support alternative to the business versions of Teamviewer or LogMeIn. It is a one-time fee which makes it affordable. It is also self-hosted option which as security.

  30. on my work PC:
    installing activeX plugins – banned
    running not listed programs (like exe files you have on your flashdrive) -banned
    flash – banned
    java – installed

    I’ve tried the java client of Ultravnc, but it was not working properly outside my home network
    Only LMI pro offers me a java client in the browser (TV has a flash one) Do I have other options

  31. Does TeamViewer free or the paid version allow you to print to the remotes printer?
    If I log in to a friends computer, then show him how to do something, then I can print it to his computer and to mine also?

    I know that LMI pro does allow this.

  32. Two more questions.

    With TV free version, can you hook up headphones and mics and speak while you are connected?

    Are you able to invite multiple friends in to chat like with skype and they can all see the computer same computer screen? For example if you are planning a party and want multiple persons to be able to participate in designing the program, etc? That would be a great thing to promote to brides to be so that remote mom and remote sister etc can be involved in the planning.

  33. I know that TeamViewer has been around since 2005. I understand that various software companies use them for supporting their software. The people that I have spoken to about them say that they are a legitimate company. How would you confirm that the security features work? Is there some sort of “Rating” agency or third party company that checks out these type of programs to make sure that they do not have security holes which could possibly allow hackers to get in via the software?

    Is there an industry standard by which programs and service providers are evaluated?

    • I don’t know of any rating companies that do that, Greg. I’ve been using it for many months now, and haven’t heard of any security issues, but I haven’t done exhaustive research to see if anyone has had problems.

      Regarding the question about using Teamviewer as a collaboration tool, the Teamviewer site says “Are your team members in many different locations? Need to present your desktop or collaborate on a document? In the TeamViewer partner list you can see who is available and connect with them in one mouse click.” I haven’t tried to collaborate, though, so can’t comment on how well it works.

      Regarding printing, here are some details on that:

      http://www.teamviewer.com/es/kb/77-How-does-i-remote-printing-i-work.aspx

  34. I have looked at both Teamviewer & Logmein.
    Another feature of Teamviewer is that you can access an unattended PC with Teamviewer, I don’t or I couldn’t do that with LOGMEIN. This is very helpful to me when I am at home and me Mother (90yrs old) calls me with a computer problem. All she has to do is turn her PC on and I can access and control it from my house. She no longer has to wait for me to come over to her house to solve her problem.

  35. Evan,Yes, you can access it, but you need to know the ID and password. You may know it since it is your computer and you have control over when it is turned off and off. With Teamviewer once installed and a computer is add to your “My Computers” group you can access it with out anyone doing anything at all. In my case, my Mom is 90 years old and when she has a problem, talking her things is very difficult. With Teamviewer, all she has to do is turn on her computer and sit back and wait for me to finish. She doesn’t have to enter an “ID” or a “Password” or anything. It makes it real easy for me, since I don’t have to talk her through anything over the phone.

    Thanks for your comment.

  36. Hi,
    Is Teamviewer a good choice for iPad? I cannot get LMI to work with my iPad.
    Thanks

    • Hi, I don’t know about using it with an IPAD, I don’t have an IPAD. I looked at Their site, it looks like they have a mobil version. Since it’s free maybe you should give it a try. Good Luck

    • I used it on my iPad, but long ago, if my memory serves correct. I believe it worked well, but you may just want to give it a try since it is free.

  37. Team Viewer on the iPad

    I have been using Team Viewer for a week now, both to control the four computers on my network and trouble shoot over the Internet for friends.  I have also used it to transfer files over the Internet.  There was a minor learning curve, however, the available manual is great.  I only comment on apps that impress me or to warn others on apps that are worthless.  I am very impressed with the ease and functionality of this App.  Five stars for being one of the best and another five stars for being FREE (non-commercial use).  Using the program on the iPad is a little more tedious because of the smaller screen, the keyboard and “mouse”.  This is not a fault of the application but rather the limitations of the iPad.

  38. Team Viewer on the iPad

    Team Viewer works fairly well on the iPad as noted in my previous post.  The LogMeIn “Ignition” costs $30.00 for the iPad version.  In view of the LMI cost, and functionality of TV on my iPad, I will stick with TV until LMI offers the ability to test drive their IPad version.  R U listening LMI. 

    • I ended up going with TeamViewer, too, although recently I’ve switched to Back to My Mac on my Macs, since it is free with the debut of iCloud. It works pretty seamless. We’ll probably write about it soon.

  39. I was introduced to Teamviewer by my colleague recently, I found it is very helpful for my work. I run linux
    applications on my desktop at work from my Win 7 at home. So far connection was good, I have no problems but I found that running
    applications remotely is excruciating slow,
    to a stop sometime. I am wondering if anybody know if there is other alternative for this.

  40. I’ve been using LogMe in for several years and I find it dead easy to work with.. Since I’m working for a big IT company with an allocated work machine I can easily remote control in to my home computer with the simplicity of a web browser. so thumbs up for LogMeIn.
    I’ve tried Teamviewer too but LogMeIn is so much easier to use and offers remore reboot as well :-)

  41. I work in IT and support hundreds of computers via Logmein. I push the client install via group policy, and can remotely control any PC in the company from my Android phone without the end user present.
    For systems outside my domain, I use join.me. This does require someone at the other end, but the screen sharing can go either way. Once connected with join.me, I can install the logmein client from the web, if neccessary.
    Once I’ve added a system to my list, logmein remembers all the login credentials for me, so it’s just a one-click connection.
    I will say file sharing would be nice, but it’s not worth paying for logmein Pro. Once I’m connected with logmein or join.me, I can browse to my dropbox account and transfer any file I need.

  42. I think TV’s free version trumps LMI free version.

    You basically get a version of LMI’s Ignition for free – for a better connection without using a browser.

    ALSO, you don’t need the client installed on the connecting machine for TV – you can use a browser just like LMI (contrary to what the article says).

  43. There is a free LMI installed on my host pc which is being used by another user. I want to try using TV for me to remote access the same PC. Is this going to be a problem (maybe port conflict?). If so, any recommended solution?

    • J. Og, I don’t think there will be a problem. I had LMI and TV both running on my computer and running, and was able to remote control it using TV.

      And twice, I used LMI to remotely connect to computers to download, install, and run TV instead.

  44. Delz,

    Thanks for your timely information. I was successful getting Team Viewer to run on the same PC that LogMeIn was/is running.

    If you have any insights about the two – LogMeIn and Team Viewer – being able to run concurrently on the same PC I would be very interested.

    In reply to a query to LogMeIn about running 2 free LogMeIn accounts on the same PC I got the following reply which I share:

    ================

    From: LogMeIn Support <support-replies@logmein.com

    Hello ,

    Yes two different users can access the free version of LogMeIn. You cannot however access the computer at the same time.

    Thank you for contacting LogMeIn.

  45. I use LogMeIn and TeamViewer. I prefer teamviewer.

  46. I don’t kow if anyone responded to you Evan about tour comment about not being able to get the VPN option to work. On the main window, you slect the VPN connection selection . Another window will come up with selections for setting up a VPN connection. Your/Host IP. the remote/client IP amd traffic.

    The VPN driver will need to be on not only your/host end but the remote client computer as well.

  47. This isn’t a very good comparison. Teamviewer does NOT require there to be a client installed on either PC. They have a web client. Goto teamviewer.com and click “Web login” at the top right.

    Just saying.

    • Sky: your comment is sort of correct. Teamviewer allows the host to install a full application (like LogMeIn) for future remote connections, or the host installs a tiny app that grants remote access for one session (like Join.Me). Either way, the host does have to install/run something.

      I prefer Teamviewer because it provides both those options. And it can run (for free) without a browser slowing it down.

  48. I tried LogMeIn in it’s early days, and I had possibly the worst experience with it. Everything worked snappy and fine, but after restarting my laptop, the graphics card in my Windows Vista installation had been completely killed, and I had to manually fix it. I can’t remember if it was a problem with LogMeIn or not, but seeing this review has restored my faith. Although, I possibly will never use it – I’ve been using TeamViewer for years, and it does everything I need it to.

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