LogMeIn is a smooth-running, professional-level remote access application for Windows and macOS PCs that also offers flexible file-sharing features, including a cloud-storage feature not available with similar services we’ve assessed. It’s an outstanding choice for anybody who needs access to a remote computer, whether it’s your personal desktop in the home when you’re on the road or that of a distant tech-challenged relative who needs tech support.
LogMeIn will come in three distinct flavors: an expert plan, that i tested, available for approximately two computers ($249.99 per year), scaling approximately five computers for $599.99 per year, and a variety of other plans topping out at 50 computers for $4,999.99 per year. Additionally, there are pricier Central versions of the software, with features like remote file searches, remote deletions, antivirus, also a Rescue version for support technicians and IT management, with options that include the ability to reboot a remote machine and automatically reconnect if it starts up again. Unlike TeamViewer and VNC Connect, Logmein Pro has no free version, but you can try out any LogMeIn plan free for 14 days.
To those new to the word, remote access software allows you to run a computer located throughout the room or across the country like you were sitting facing its keyboard and screen. You connect with the remote machine utilizing the remote access app, and then-up until you select the mouse away from remote access window-anything you type and each move you are making with all the mouse gets delivered to the remote machine. This provides you usage of your personal desktop at home or at your workplace while traveling with your laptop. You can also typically (however, not always) send an invitation to someone else that lets them access your machine.
The majority of these programs allow you to perform other tricks like copying files forward and backward in between the machine you’re really sitting facing (the “local” machine) and the remote one, or copying text or graphics to the clipboard on one machine and pasting it on the other. It is possible to generally also open a chat window so that you can speak with whoever is sitting while watching remote machine, which is handy if you’re utilizing the app for remote support. Some remote access software also enable you to make video recordings of the things happens on the remote screen, or utilize the remote screen like a whiteboard, drawing lines and arrows on the remote screen.
LogMeIn works similar to its close rival, GoToMyPC, and you also can’t fail by choosing either of those two. Both provide standard remote access features like chat, file-transfer, local printing of remote files, and invitations for starters-time desktop sharing. You are able to probably expect both of these apps to resemble each other increasingly more later on, because LogMeIn recently acquired GoToMyPC from the former owner, Citrix, along with its technology and interface design.
While similar in numerous respects, LogMeIn offers a slightly more complex interface than GoToMyPC and operates in slightly various ways. For instance, it provides one security feature that you simply won’t find elsewhere: It sends you an email if anyone attempts to sign in to a single or maybe your machines with the invalid password. Since I use long, complicated passwords, I recieve zbgyba messages each time I mistype my LogMeIn password, so they’re more annoying than helpful to me, personally, but they may be very valuable in corporate settings, if, as an example, you had a snoopy officemate.
You are able to sign in to remote machines from either the LogMeIn client app or by signing in the LogMeIn site inside your browser and clicking the name of your own remote machine. If you are using the browser and the client app isn’t already set up on your neighborhood machine, the browser downloads the client and uses it for connecting. When you close the link, the app provides you with the choice of keeping it on your machine or discarding it.
Your client app is actually a minimal-looking viewer using a packed options menu that’s available when you’re connected remotely. This menu lets you blank the remote screen to help keep prying eyes from seeing what you’re doing. In addition, it lets you contact anyone sitting at the remote machine by permitting you draw on the remote screen as though it were a whiteboard, or turn the mouse cursor in to a laser pointer. You can even sync the local and remote clipboards to help you copy text or graphics involving the two machines.
While you’re running your client app, you are able to drag and drop files both in directions involving the local and remote machine. Keep in mind, however, that the drag-to-desktop feature operates only on the Windows version in the client app, not the Mac version. Alternately, under both Windows- and Mac-equipped systems, it is possible to launch another File Manager window from your client app or LogMeIn’s webpage and transfer files forward and backward using a standard two-pane file-manager interface.