Remote access software allows you to access your primary desktop from anywhere. So rather than loading programs on multiple computers and then trying to manage various versions of documents stored at home, at the office, and/or on a thumb drive, you can actually go to your primary desktop.
There are a number of commercial software companies that provide this type of software for either a monthly subscription or a one-time fee. That said, there are a number of free open source software programs that provide equal or superior remote access. Two of the most popular remote access open source software programs are: UltraVNC and Tight VNC
UltraVNC allows you to use the internet or your network connection to control your primary desktop computer. In other words, you can work at a remote computer, as though you were sitting at your own desk at home or in the office. In addition to the basic software, UltrVNC offers some useful add-ons for customers who provide customer support to others. These add- ons include:
- Repeater which allows you to use program behind a NAT router.
- NAT-to-NAT is a connector which enhances your ability to connect to routers without further modification.
- Port Forwarding allows you configure a router to forward Ultra VNC ports.
TightVNC, like UltraVNC , is free open source software that allows users to access their desktop using internet and network connections. It is available for both Window and Unix systems and includes a Java client.
Remote access software is ideal for educators, technical support, and administrative workers. Individuals also use remote access software to help family members with their computer issues. So once your family technical support person goes off to college, they can still help you with your computer problems. It doesn’t get any easier than that. As always, it is best to take an hour or two to compare the features and ease of use before selecting your remote access software.