When working with different computers, it’s hard to guarantee you have everything you need with you at all times. You could follow this guide on centralizing all of your documents so that you can access them remotely at any time. However, in many cases, you are still left stranded attempting to get a hold of files on your home computer. The benefits of reaching your computer when far away are numerous, therefore, it is important to setup that channel, even if you don’t see the need for that at this point in time – you’ll be thankful in the future.
Accessing your computer remotely is not as complicated as many would think. There are programs, both free and commercial, that could that for you, each with their pros and cons. LogMeIn is a little different. It’s a website that allows you to create a free account and add computer associated with your account. They could be running Windows, Mac or Linux, which makes it an ideal solution for those juggling OSs across different computers.
The process is straight forward: sign up for an account, add the computer you are using, download and install a plugin, and repeat the process with every computer that you will be adding to the list. On Mac, for example, the LogMeIn tool automatically runs on startup, meaning you only need to make sure that your Mac is turned on, so that it is reachable.
To access one of your computer, go to the website, login, and you will find a list of the computers associated with your account, with links to “remote control” those that are switched on. Clicking on that link opens a screen that streams the desktop you are controlling. The performance and accuracy will always depend on both, your current internet connection, and that of the computer you are controlling. Many ADSL subscribers will regret the low uploading capacity in their connections, but there’s always the option to reduce the number of colors transported, significantly enhancing performance.
The best part of it all is that it’s free. If you are to regularly rely on LogMeIn, you might find that the free version is a bit limiting, for that the makers offer you a wealth of options. The most common of which is LogMeIn Pro, that allows you stream music from the remote computer, drag and drop files between the two, and more. For now, the free version will do just fine.
Even if you don’t deem it necessary to make your computers reachable and connected at all times, you never know what’s coming. You might find yourself across the Atlantic craving for files on your home computer, in which case, all you need is LogMeIn, and of course, the beautiful internet.