Many different programs have been invented for remote control of the computer. Let’s talk about the best of them.
Remote control of a computer can come in handy in many situations. This includes helping a friend in installing and configuring a particularly tricky program, the need to get into a home media server, and the desire to work on a computer located in the office. In all these cases, you can not do without a program for remote access to a computer. And in today’s article, we will talk about the best of them.
This is perhaps the most famous of these programs. It supports many different platforms, ranging from desktop Windows, macOS, Linux to mobile Android and iOS. With all this, the program is designed for ordinary users and has an extremely simple interface.
To use TeamViewer, it is enough to generate an ID and password on the target computer and enter these data on the computer that will connect to you. Moreover, the whole process is accompanied by numerous tips, and for the full use of the program, you do not even need to install it. The latter, by the way, is very useful if you are waiting for a one-time “action” to help a friend. If we are talking about remote control of a media server or a working computer, then it is better to install this program in advance.
Another useful feature of TeamViewer is the ability to record a session. For example, another user can later independently learn all the intricacies of working with a problematic application. Believe me, it will make your life much easier.
This is a more professional solution, and its professionalism does not come at the expense of the convenience of working with it. The program is more sharpened for constant use. It supports the TLS 1.2 protocol and AES 256-bit encryption to protect against intruders.
In addition, like TeamViewer, it is a cross-platform solution that is compatible with Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, and even Raspberry Pi. There is also a session recording function, which is complemented by the possibility of voice communication and file transfer. To start working with the application, it is enough to enter a one-time code on the client device and confirm the connection on the server.
This is an extremely simple program with an ascetic interface, but a lot of useful features. With the help of Ammyy Admin, you can not only manage a remote computer but also transfer files, communicate with a user, reboot the system, log in and out of Windows, change users, etc.
The main advantage of the program is that once configured, it does not require any additional actions on the server-side. At the same time, the application itself is extremely lightweight and does not need to be installed, and if you do not need any additional settings, it will be ready to work immediately after downloading. Moreover, the application is transparent to all known firewalls. Access to computers behind NAT is carried out without port remapping and other tedious settings.
Ammyy Admin also has its drawback: the program is only compatible with computers running Windows. And this applies to both the client and the server. Which means it can’t work with Macs or smartphones.
This is another extremely convenient program for remote access to a computer via the Internet for everyday use. It does not require any installation or registration, does not require any preliminary configuration, and works great out of the box. True, only operating systems of the Windows family are supported.
To use the program, it is enough to download it to a remote and local computer, and then transfer the remote machine ID and access code to the client. Connection confirmation is not required, which means that AeroAdmin is quite suitable for remote administration of servers. The application weighs only about 2 MB. Well, in addition to the traditional remote control of the computer, there is the ability to share files and other content through the clipboard.
But the most interesting thing is that, for all its simplicity, AeroAdmin supports total AES + RSA encryption, allows you to bypass all existing NAT routers, and has the ability to connect to a direct IP address.
Another simple but functional program for remote access to a PC allows you to set an ID on a remote machine yourself, which can be extremely convenient for easier remembering. And the ID itself remains constant.
Actually, because of this feature, LiteManager is great for both home use and remote administration of a fleet of several dozen machines. Of the minuses of the program, one can only note the restriction on 30 cars in its free version and the lack of clients for smartphones.
This is almost a legend among IT professionals, which dates back to 2004. The main emphasis in the development of the program was on safety. It supports AES encryption, allows you to restrict remote access to individual users or groups of users, and supports the Kerberos protocol. There is also the possibility of filtering by IP address, which allows you to allow access only for certain hosts and subnets.
Unlike the programs we have already analyzed, RAdmin has a rather confusing and complex interface that not every user will understand. However, this is offset by high speed and support for Intel AMT technology with the ability to configure the BIOS of a remote computer. In other words, this application is more designed for system administrators, help desk, and other IT professionals. Simple users are better off looking for something simpler.
Chrome Remote Desktop
Chrome Remote Desktop stands a little apart from other programs for remote access to your computer. First of all, it works as a browser extension while offering ample opportunities to control a remote PC or share a screen for real-time collaboration.
It can be used to connect to any Windows, macOS, or Linux computer. Moreover, the possibility of remote control is available even from smartphones and tablets on Android and iOS, but, unfortunately, this does not work in the opposite direction – it will not work to control a smartphone from a computer.
There are no extra settings here. Just enter the computer name and PIN on the server and use the given PIN to access it remotely.
Microsoft Remote Assistance
But for remote access to a computer, users do not need to download any additional programs. All these features are already “hardwired” into the Windows operating system itself.
Although the Remote Assistance utility built into Windows does not allow you to share files, it does an excellent job of remotely controlling your computer. To run it on the server, just right-click on the start menu and run the “MsrA” command as an administrator.
In the window that opens, select “Invite someone you trust to help.” Click “Save invitation as file”, enter its name and specify the save path. After that, the utility will ask you to set an access password.
Now you just have to transfer the generated file and password to the client and confirm access when it connects.
From the client-side, it is enough to open the received file and enter the requested password. At this stage, you will be able to see the picture from the remote computer. Well, for remote control, you will need to request control and wait for the approval of the server.
Microsoft Remote Desktop
Microsoft Remote Desktop is even more flexible in terms of client choice. So, if in Microsoft Remote Assistance it can only be a device running Windows, then in the case of Microsoft Remote Desktop, the remote control is possible from a Mac computer or smartphone on Android and iOS. The downside of this way of working is that when you get remote access, the server screen is blocked.