Teamviewer Alternative?

honeycombz

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Does anyone recommend a Teamviewer alternative that is preferably free and if priced, doesn't cost $50/mo?
 

honeycombz

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I'm not paying $50/mo but they sent me some email about detecting I'm using Teamviewer for commercial purposes and wanting me to fill out some form and give my home address for verification purposes and I don't want to do that. Not filling out some disclosure form and providing them with my home address.
 

willmtaylor

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Oct 31, 2009
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The single-seat business license is $49/mo.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/buy-now/
I'm not paying $50/mo but they sent me some email about detecting I'm using Teamviewer for commercial purposes and wanting me to fill out some form and give my home address for verification purposes and I don't want to do that. Not filling out some disclosure form and providing them with my home address.
Ah. He hadn’t specified that it was for business purposes.

I’ve “only” used it for “personal” purposes and never paid a cent.
 

honeycombz

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Been using Google Remote Desktop since posting this. Works very well and a nice alternative or backup remote system in case Teamviewer has issues. Obviously has way less features but it is free and has been very reliable.
 

willmtaylor

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Been using Google Remote Desktop since posting this. Works very well and a nice alternative or backup remote system in case Teamviewer has issues. Obviously has way less features but it is free and has been very reliable.
Can’t say I’d feel comfortable using a free Remote Desktop application from the world’s largest information monetization agency—especially after it’s been caught with its hand in the cookie jar over and over again, but each to his own.
 

honeycombz

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Yea, I'm not entirely comfortable but also not comfortable with Teamviewer sending me notices telling me I'm breaching their licensing guidelines and asking me to send them my home address. It’s kind of an interim solution until I figure out something better.
 

danny_w

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I am using Splashtop Personal and it works OK most of the time but it is slow redrawing the screen and drops the connection sometimes. I have never used TeamViewer but was thinking about trying something different. Splashtop Personal is free, and they have business plans also.
 

TrulsZK

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May 1, 2018
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I use the built-in software Screen Sharing. The easiest way to connect is:
1. Open Messages
2. Click Details on the person you want to share screen with / request screen share
3. Click the Screen Sharing icon and if I want to Share my Screen or Request Screen Sharing
4. The person in the other end will get a push notification with the option to Accept or Decline the request

Screenshot 2019-06-09 at 10.27.53.png
 

EDF

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I'm not paying $50/mo but they sent me some email about detecting I'm using Teamviewer for commercial purposes and wanting me to fill out some form and give my home address for verification purposes and I don't want to do that. Not filling out some disclosure form and providing them with my home address.
All you have to do is say you aren't using it for business use and the pop ups will stop. It's not that serious. I mean they have your IP address. I'm sure they can get your home address from your email address and your name. It's not that serious.
 

adonis3k

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I got peed off with Teamviewer w4nkers as they kept saying I was using for commecial use or some crap every 5 mins when logging on. I was only moving files to my server (plex) and abit of server maintenance etc
Moved over to AnyDesk now which is free. Just trying to find an alternative to wake up the Windows machine from my Mac.
 

desertman

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Jul 14, 2008
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I think that Splashtop is not just OK but an excellent and reasonably priced alternative.

You need Splashtop Business on the controlling computer and Splashtop SOS (like Teamviewer Quicksupport) on the controlled computer. Works very well with Macs, Windows PCs, and iOS devices.

It costs $199 per year and allows multiple simultaneous connections (which I sometimes need when I work with people who have more than one computer). It costs $219 per year if you want to be able to connect to up to 10 unattended computers (= without the need for Splashtop SOS). That's what I have since several years, and I'm very satisfied with it. Whenever I needed their support they were very responsive.

Teamviewer's single user license ($588 per year) and their multi user license ($1188 per year) both allow only one connection at a time - in that regard Splashtop offers much more for just $199 per year.

Check here for Splashtop's pricing: https://www.splashtop.com/pricing.

I'm occasionally also using the free version of Teamviewer if someone has only Teamviewer Quicksupport installed. This works fine, too - if I do it truly only occasionally. However, if Teamviewer thinks that I am misusing their free service they block me temporarily. This happens sometimes even when I have not used Teamviewer for several months and then use it twice a day, or lose the connection twice and have to reconnect. I assume that I have "misused" it in the past too much for their taste, and therefore they are now - even years later - rather strict with me.

Splashtop used to be free (like Teamviewer) for private use, but I'm not sure whether that is still the case. They offer a trial, though.
 
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