Best Remote Desktop App?

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  1. legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

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    I'm looking for the best app for remoting in to my home and office computer using each other or from an iOS device. Thanks!
     
  2. firedept macrumors 603

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    Teamviewer. I use it all the time for work. I have it on my iPhone 6 & iMac at home and my PC at work. It is easy to use and is free.
     
  3. david91 macrumors regular

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    Teamviewer is the best remote desktop app of all time. at least till date . it is easy to download and use too.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Teamviewer is free, I use gotomypc for work but that's not free.
     
  5. AndyK macrumors 65816

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    I use Teamviewer a lot for various tasks, it's quick and also free. Works gear with iOS too which is a huge plus.
     
  6. dkl macrumors member

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    Teamviewer is free for personal use. But there's an irritating nag left on the host at the end of each session. I also use Splashtop - it has excellent video streaming performance. If you are remote controlling a Windows PC or virtual machine, use the built-in Remote Desktop. If you're not using video application, I find the performance of the built in Remote Desktop Connection best.

    I sometimes also VNC into my MacMini, but prefer the performance of Splashtop.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I also use TeamViewer
    Free, easy to use, and has always worked flawlessly for my needs on Mac, PC and iOS

    I've tried some of the others... Splashtop, Logmein, etc. and haven't found anything that comes close to my experience with TeamViewer. Yes, it does leave the "irritating nag" as mentioned above, but that is a small price to pay, and actually, in my opinion it is a good thing... it shows the computer was accessed instead of leaving no trace whatsoever. Now if someone is trying to access without being discovered, that could be an issue, but for me, I see it as a good thing.
     
  8. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I tried team viewer awhile ago and I was confused with setting it up. From what I remember, it wasn't like logmein where you just put in a username and password and choose the computer name you want to take over...
     
  9. AppleFan22 macrumors regular

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    I've always used Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app, free on both devices, but you need Chrome on your OS X device. Can also be used with Windows machines.
     
  10. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Can anyone help or point me to a place to help me with accessing a computer with Teamviewer and using wake-on-lan? When I'm away, my computer goes to sleep and when trying to access the sleeping computer, Teamviewer on my iPhone will show offline... I don't have a static IP. Thanks.
     
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    I don't think you can wake it via team viewer, I'd recommend that you change the sleep settings to prevent the computer from going into sleep mode.
     
  12. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I know logmein can, but I'm looking for a free alternative. Team viewer can too but I think you need a static ic and it's not seamless like logmein.

    Does anyone know a free app with this feature? Or, anyone know how to set up team viewer for this without a static ip? Thanks!
     
  13. Evren Carven macrumors regular

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    I am using Microsoft Remote Desktop to manage my PC under Mac. As far as now, I have not any problem with it. It is free on Mac App Store.
     
  14. dkl macrumors member

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    I'm using Splashtop. $1.99 a month if you don't have a static IP. works great for me. I can remotely wake my PC up from sleep using WOL too - after configuring ports 7 and 9 on my router. Splashtop works great streaming videos too.
     
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    Another vote for Teamviewer. Easy and good!
     
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  18. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Can anyone give me some advice on how to set up unattended access? Thank you.
     
  19. firedept macrumors 603

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    Unless you give them access to Teamviewer, there is no way they can access your computer or devices. They need the access codes for that and would require you to give them up. Teamviewer is completely safe as long as you are only allowing the access codes to be used by yourself.

    That scam in the article you linked has been around for a long time. As a matter of fact I have received that call at least 3 times to my home. Best way to deal with it is ask for their access codes or a number where you can call back. They hang up immediately. In the scam they ask for the access codes which people just willingly give them. That is what makes it work. Not Teamviewer being an unsafe app.
     
  20. AppleFan22 macrumors regular

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    Google's free Chrome Remote Desktop app comes as an add-on in the chrome store for Chrome Browser on PC/OS X, and as a free, separate app for iOS, and I think it comes on android too. Very easy to set up too!

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/...esktop/gbchcmhmhahfdphkhkmpfmihenigjmpp?hl=en

    EDIT to add: it can also wake up your computer! (Well, it can wake up my Mac anyways)
     
  21. dkl macrumors member

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    Also, wake-on-lan only works with a lan cable connection, and not wifi. Would you happen to have a wifi connection instead of cable?
     
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    I ofetn use Teamviewer, it's simple to use and it runs smooth
     
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    I absolutely love Screens. Never used Teamviewer.
     

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