Do you need full access to a work computer when you’re away from
it–controlling it as if you were at its keyboard, printing to its
printer, transferring files to and from it, and so on? Then you’ll
want to try LogMeIn Pro2, an excellent way to remotely control your
PC. With it, you can take control any of your computers from any PC
or Mac over the Internet, using only a supported browser. You can
sit at any other Internet-connected computer, controlling your main
computer just as if you were sitting there.
Setup takes two parts, both easy: Create an account on the
LogMeIn.com Web site, then install the LogMeIn Pro2 software on the
computer you wish to control. Tell the software you want that PC to
be able to be controlled over the Internet. When you want to take
control of it, log into your LogMeIn.com account, and you’ll be
able to take control of the computer, using either a PC or a Mac.
The computer you want to control will have to left on, of course,
and running LogMeIn Pro2. For the best performance, it helps
install any software that it recommends on the machine on which
you’re using a browser, such as a Firefox plug-in or a special
piece of Mac software. But you don’t have to do that. It still
works, even without the special software–and since you don’t
always have the option to install software on somebody else’s
computer, that’s a relief.
Once LogMeIn Pro2 is set up, you can run the remote computer in
its own browser window. You may have to fiddle with resolution
settings on the machine from which you’re connecting when you’re
connected if the resolution on the machine you’re controlling and
the one doing the controlling don’t match.
LogMeIn Pro2 also offers very sophisticated reporting about your
control of the remote PC, including things such as what tasks were
scheduled to be performed on it, what processes were running on it,
CPU use, and so on.
There’s also a free version of LogMeIn, LogMeIn Free,
which lacks features such as remote printing, file-sharing and
reporting. If you want only simple remote access to a computer, you
can go with the free version. But if you want or need the paid
features, you’ll have to pay the annual fee.
Note: The price quoted here is for an annual subscription
to the software and service. This link takes you to the vendor’s
site, where you can download the latest version of the software and
sign up for the service.