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Technical question about TeamViewer remote access/remote office

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Alex Ethridge, Jun 1, 2010.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

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    I asked a question in another thread wanting to know if there were any good free alternatives to programs PCAnywhere or GoToMyPC. Boy did I ever get more than I expected in TeamViewer that EAFiedler suggested.

    Now I have a technical question about how TeamViewer works. It connects to remote systems across the internet not by an IP number that I enter but rather by an arbitrary nine-digit number assigned to the system when the program is set up. It connects so quickly that I know it cannot be scanning every IP address on the 'net looking for a TeamViewer connection at every one of them. So, I have deduced that there must be a server out there somewhere that stores TeamViewer information.

    Does anyone know enough about this to confirm this and/or explain it to me somewhat?

    Next question: What about security? Are there any security issues I should be concerned about, other than the obvious, of course?
     
  2. Bernardo

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    Hi Alex, I'm going to post to follow along. I've used TeamViewer and like it. I also use Logmein.com (free version) on most pcs I have on the network, and I do pay for one premium ($34.95, I think, per year) so that I can drag and drop files between the main computer and where ever else.

    Not trying to answer your question :)
     
  3. Alex Ethridge

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    Hmmm . . . Looked at LogMeIn. I don't like the fact they want to know how many computers I want to support/connect to and all that other personal information, like name of organization, first and last name, phone number, etc.
     
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    Teamviewer does indeed have a server that manages the connections. Once the connection is made, the actual conversation is peer-peer direct, it doesn't go through their servers. I'm not sure why you view this as a problem.

    Other options include UltraVNC or TightVNC.
     
  5. Alex Ethridge

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    Thanks for the additional options. I don't necessarily view their wanting additional information as a problem as much as I am suspicious of anyone who offers something for free. I am so suspicious of unfamiliar free software that I have managed to get through 15 years+ being infected with malicious software only once that I can remember. So, the more I know about what they are doing and how they do it, the better I feel when I go forward.

    I'm still wondering how these people are making their money if they are giving this stuff away.
     
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    Free for Non-commercial use!
     
  7. JohnWill

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    They're not giving it away! Look at the commercial pricing! :eek:
     
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    LogMeIn Free is free :)
     
  9. JohnWill

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    Teamviewer is also free for personal use, no different than LogMeIn.
     
  10. Alex Ethridge

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    I thought so well of the program, I thought I might make a donation via the purchase of the paid edition. Then I saw the price. It seems the price is geared more for those who rely on it heavily like maybe a tech support center.

    The only people I intend to help on-line with this program are my 92-year-old father-in-law, my son's and one friend. I might have gone for something around a hundred. The fact that it was free for personal use had me expecting something like maybe $150, more or less, so I was taken aback by their $750-and-up pricing.

    To be clear, I don't think their pricing is unfairly high; it just is too much for me as I don't do that kind of tech support in my business.
     
  11. lost cause

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    Just a note I use team viewer for almost everything. Its honestly a great piece of software. Alternatively I use tightvnc (tightvnc.com) which works great as well.
     
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    For those uses, Teamviewer is free, hard to quibble with that price.
     
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