Free remote access tools for Windows and Mac
By Keith Schultz | InfoWorld
Published: 15:58 GMT, 28 April 10
The best free tools combine firewall friendliness with easy remote access and an amazing array of handy features.
- DESKTRA Freedom Desktop 1.1 |
- Gbridge 2.0 |
- LogMeIn Free Edition |
- RealVNC |
- Remote Desktop Connection |
- TeamViewer |
- WinRemotePC Lite 2009
For anyone whose work follows them wherever they go (and whose doesn't?), a remote access solution is an easy sell. With a remote access tool, your office computer can be reached from home, your home computer can be reached from the office, and both can be reached from your hotel in Paris or New York or wherever you happen to be. Remote access means nothing ever gets left behind, except maybe your laptop.
Best of all, a good remote access tool doesn't have to cost you a dime. There are plenty of good free tools available, and some of them are downright excellent. In this review, I examine seven of the most popular free remote access tools available for Windows and, in four cases, Mac users. Many of the free tools listed here also have paid versions that offer additional features (such as support for remote printing) or licensing (extra host computers or clients). For some users, the paid version will be the only true option.