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TeamViewer

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TeamViewer is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to set and use a VPN connection; a Virtual Private Network that lets you take complete control of another PC from your own computer, whether they're separated by a soda can or a continent (and as long as both machines are running TeamViewer). It enables two-way connections in which users can flip control back and forth. TeamViewer also lets you hold virtual meetings with multiple participants (again, they all must have TeamViewer installed). With a name like TeamViewer, you'd expect it to be an enterprise-ready tool, and you'd be right: TeamViewer's robust simplicity is what happens when multiple users of vastly different skills need to use software. After a while, the bugs get squashed pretty firmly. But TeamViewer is free to non-commercial users. That means you can use it to access your work and home PCs remotely, of course. But you can also install it on your mom's PC (for example) and provide tech support from home.

We installed and opened TeamViewer on two Windows 7 PCs; one a 64-bit desktop, the other a 32-bit netbook. TeamViewer provides a user name and password for each machine. You simply need to enter each machine's numbers in the other to create a connection. The host PC's screen displays the remote PC's desktop in a window, and the host machine's mouse and keyboard control the remote PC's counterparts. We could open folders, files, and programs; run processes; and change settings: anything we could do with the remote machine's own controls, we could do from our main PC's controls, too, with TeamViewer. We tried the Meeting tool, too, but since we had TeamViewer installed on just two PCs, our pool of invitees was a bit small. TeamViewer offers some useful options; for instance, you can limit it to file transfers if you don't need total control.

TeamViewer is simply the easiest tool of its type we've used, and a far cry from the VPN apps of not so long ago. And it can cut down on the phone tag when friends and family need tech support!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "AMAZINGLY-Satisfying is the Juice."

    September 12, 2010  |   By rahul_does

    Version: TeamViewer 5.0.8703

    Pros

    Near-instant client that works even before the Windows logon screen comes up.
    Tasks're a breeze even at 128 kbps. File-Transfers take the cake! I got an abnormal 300 kbps while moving a Movie file from my home to a friend's place, 900 Kms away.

    Cons

    Switching between various modes is a pain! File Transfer, Desktop Control etc all are separate tasks requiring a log-off before switching Small annoyance, but present!

    Summary

    All travelers/multi-PC-users *MUST have* this one installed on their Home PC. Even if there is a Total-Computer-Illiterate person at home, you can still work on your home PC without removing the Windows Password. Just the power needs to be switched on. Either you carry all the Home content on to your Laptop and / External Hard Drive or use TV. I am totally satisfied with this one.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Completely amazing."

    September 6, 2010  |   By Undertkr

    Version: TeamViewer 5.0.8703

    Pros

    Works exactly as expected with no surprises or hick-ups. Free for private use (on the honor system). Options to run via thumb drive without install, U3 drive, or website based in addition to installed software makes it ultra accessible on the road.

    Cons

    I haven't found anything to dislike. It's perfectly executed.

    Summary

    This is PERFECT for the geek who wants access to his home system while on the go. You can run their software from a thumb drive or U3 drive, run it within your internet browser from their website, or run it from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. I am very savvy and use this to repair relatives computers when they goof it up. As long as they can get connected to the net, I can log-in to help fix it. Even people that don't live very far away, much more convenient to troubleshoot from my bedroom in my PJs then drive over and waste an afternoon in someone elses house.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "East and Effective"

    September 3, 2010  |   By danielnino

    Version: TeamViewer 5.0.8703

    Pros

    Unbelievably easy to set up for the PC Illiterate. Mom was able to just get my invite via email and install presto fasto.

    Cons

    Nothing at the moment.

    Summary

    I still cant believe it is free. I hope those who use it for business are "playing fair". You can easily remotely log in and access what you need to. An essential.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I bet it's most pop"

    September 1, 2010  |   By randystansberry9

    Version: TeamViewer 5.0.8703

    Pros

    I have been using it for 2 months, and it never fails me.

    Cons

    best wishes

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  • 4.0 stars

    "best one!!"

    August 29, 2010  |   By sandra_quilter

    Version: TeamViewer 5.0.8703

    Pros

    well done. efficient

    Cons

    keep on pls

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  • 4.0 stars

    "splendid app"

    August 25, 2010  |   By cole_licious

    Version: TeamViewer 5.0.8703

    Pros

    recommend to all

    Cons

    none till now

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great one!"

    August 24, 2010  |   By soaringphoenix69

    Version: TeamViewer 5.0.8703

    Pros

    yeah, it's ok

    Cons

    good work! hang on

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent, best free remote program"

    August 23, 2010  |   By RyanPN

    Version: TeamViewer 5.0.8703

    Pros

    Simple. Works well. Great features. Free. Secure and safe.

    Cons

    Although I could not get sound to transfer, I assume that may be due to driver issues since my microphone doesn't work either.

    Summary

    Does NOT remove your firewall like some other reviews seem to say(it uses outbound connections to avoid it, like FireFox/InternetExplorer/Chrome does.) Nor does it infect you with viruses. Best program out there for this that is free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great"

    August 23, 2010  |   By zinziber

    Version: TeamViewer 5.0.8703

    Pros

    Easy to use and works well with Windows 7, consistant and no crashes.

    Cons

    Slower than Log Me In.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It works with my Ubuntu + Windows setup!"

    August 20, 2010  |   By rdelfin

    Version: TeamViewer 5.0.8703

    Pros

    Works instantly;; free; cross-platform compatibility.

    Cons

    None really

    Summary

    Af first I thought that if my Windows machine had Remote Desktop active, that this would be enough to receive my request with team viewer on my client PC (Ubuntu Linux), and that was my wrong. This software needs to be installed on both ends (the client and the server; I know this sounds stupid, I just didn't think of it). Once you do that, it works beautifully.

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