An easy way to remote into another PC

There are many, many options available today that allow you to remote into another person’s PC (or desktop) to provide troubleshooting support or to remote into your home PC from the office or from anywhere in the world. One of the easiest options that I have experienced, that is FREE for non-commercial users, is called TeamViewer.

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Many users are intimidated by remote access software and think it is beyond their level of comprehension.  With TeamViewer you can access a remote PC, across the internet, in no time…  The TeamViewer web site provides clear and concise instructions on how to establish a connection; however, to get you into that comfort zone, I have tried to outline how this works.

Basically (3)-three steps are required to make a connection with TeamViewer.

1 – If you are the person who is going to be providing the support, then you need to download, install and run the:

TeamViewer (full version) – [ GET IT HERE ]

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– To provide support to another person just tell him/her to download and run the “QuickSupport”  module; and, provide you with the “ID” number:

TeamViewer (QuickSupport Module) – [ GET IT HERE ]

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– You, as the support person, enter the “ID Number” into TeamViewer, select “Remote Support” and then click on “Connect to Partner”.  At this point the screen of the remote computer should be visible and ready for you to take control.


Features at a glance:

  • Portable USB Stick Version Available
  • Remote access to PCs and servers via Internet (even through firewalls)
  • Great for team collaboration, trainings and sales presentations.
  • File transfer, chat and more…
  • Security and Encryption:

All TeamViewer versions use full encryption. Encryption is based on 1024bit RSA private/public key exchange and 256 Bit AES session encoding. This implements the same security level as https/SSL and is considered completely safe by todays standards. The key exchange also guarantees that the data channel is completely encoded from client to client and that any routers or servers inbetween (including our routers) are definitely unable to read or analyze the data stream. Security and privacy have always been our major concern during development.

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19 Responses to An easy way to remote into another PC

  1. Bill Mullins says:

    Rick,

    What a great find!

    I’m into simple – can’t wait to try this out.

    Thanks for this,

    Bill

  2. whatsonmypc says:

    Bill,

    I have used this several times and has worked for me quite well… It is also easy the other person to run…

    As always, thank you for visiting…

    Rick

  3. Vikram says:

    I have a standalone version of teamviewer(no installation needed). contact me on my site if anyone needs

  4. whatsonmypc says:

    Vikram,

    Thanks for the offer… Readers, as mentioned in the article, TeamViewer is free for non-commercial use… Vikram’s site is “Snakebytez” located on the Launch Pad at the right side of the blog. I encourage you to visit his site.

    Rick

  5. techpaul says:

    Vikram,
    As Rick states in the article, TeamViewer, is available in a portable version.. which means “stand-alone” by definition.

  6. g says:

    i’ll have to try it. one of my coworkers at work seems to get viruses on a regular basis and i’ve found that most of the time, i can fix her computer remotely. i’ve been using crossloop. i’ve only used it a few times and so far have been happy. you might take it for a test run if you haven’t yet. i’m going to try your recommendation as well. i’m always game for a better mousetrap!!

  7. Jasmin says:

    Thanks for this post from the TeamViewer crew in Germany.
    We really appreciate it!

    If you are looking for fresh news about TeamViewer please subscribe to our feed:

    http://feeds.teamviewer.com/company/newsfeed.aspx.

    For any additional information on TeamViewer please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    Best,
    Jasmin
    TeamViewer

    • whatsonmypc says:

      Jasmin,

      Thank you for the feed… I will definitely be following it! TeamViewer is awesome remote access software. I hope that you continue to offer for non-commercial purposes.

      Thank you for visiting my blog…

      Rick

  8. Rick,

    I want to try TeamViewer. I’ve been using ShowMyPC for remote support. It is free and requires no registration nor installation.

    http://showmypc.com/index.html

  9. whatsonmypc says:

    Mike,

    Good to hear from a fellow blogger… I will definitely check out “ShowMyPC”. I had heard of it, but never gave it a whirl. TeamViewer has been a good fit for me and has worked quite well. I love remote access software. Currently use UltraVNC in my home to wirelessly remote into a netbook.

    Keep pluggin’ away at that blog… I am a frequent visitor.

    Rick

  10. Vikram says:

    the portable version
    just sent it to your friend and start sharing desktops. size: [803 KB]

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  12. Colin says:

    I have used Team Viewer for some time and it is probably the simplest tool to access another PC and troubleshoot problems – much easier than step by step via email!!

    I have had many readers download it so that I can take over their computer, and the one thing I do say to them is that the program is perfectly safe, fully encrypted and they can end a session at any time and all they have to do is watch and learn.

    Having tried other similar apps this is the one I prefer to use as most end users can run it with ease, simply install, send the details to the controller and that’s it – great program and great price – FREE :lol:

  13. TucsonMatt says:

    I run Linux as my primary operating system, but most of my clients run Windows. It’s nice to find a solution like TeamViewer that works on Linux as well as Windows! Thanks!

  14. poch says:

    Hey Rick,
    I’ll this for the file transfer feature. All the FTP
    apps I use are either too complex or don’t work on netbooks. I’ll check the chat app too. Thanks!

  15. kyshia says:

    i find this software (team viewer) to be so fantastic. have proposed the usage in most high schools to enable remote interaction between students as well as chatting and file transfer so as to have a feel of live experiences, but am still looking for more ideas that could be demonstrated to a crew on how ICT solutions can be used to improve the educational sector.

    • Ramblinrick says:

      Kyshia,

      Team Viewer is one of the best (FREE) remote options I have experienced; especially when assisting others from afar. Good luck with your endeavors!

      Rick

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