Its been quite some time since i wrote an article for the ‘What have you learnt today?’ section or reviewed a software that i love using. A couple of days back, a friend of mine needed some help fixing his computer. The only problem lied in the fact that he was far away, infact 2 hours drive far. So my trusty Teamviewer came into handy here. I managed to fix the problems with his computer within an hour or so, from the comfort of my home. What exactly can Teamviewer do? Read on and be amazed…
It all started during the days of dial up internet connections, with the lousy speed and loud connection noises. I saw my brother use Net Meeting to share files with his friend, though rather slow compared to the current world, but nonetheless got the job done. This amazed me to the fact that normal telephone lines could transfer files between computers miles apart. After a few years i saw him use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to his office computer, and this really got my brain running as to what all i could achieve sitting in front of my computer. Right from my school days my friends would come to me asking about doubts and problems with their computers and i would troubleshoot them, just for the reason because i loved sharing knowledge. So Remote Desktop really lit a light upstairs and i started experimenting on it, because i was not that acquainted with the networking world. But when i came across Teamviewer, i felt like a first class Idiot(They are what you feel like banging onto the wall), for the sole reason that, this software made my work minimal when it came to connecting two computers remotely. Generally, one has to get the IP addresses of the computer that needs to be connected to, then make sure the firewall allows the remote connection. And of course make sure Windows allows sharing and Remote connections in the first place. All this meant a success ratio of 50 percent which was very bad. With Teamviewer it takes me one minute flat to download the software and have the computers connected with me looking at the other desktop, without any problems as such. The steps involved in having a remote connection using Teamviewer are very few such as:
1) Download Teamviewer from the Teamviewer website. Just click on the huge ‘Download now’ button below the scary girl staring at you with a box near her. Save the file to the desktop, or where ever you please.
2) Run the installer. Here you have two choices, you can either install Teamviewer on to your system or just run the software directly without installing it. Yeah! Handy aint it! I will choose to just run the software directly. Accept the License Agreement to start your experience.
3) After the software has started you will see a few options. The ‘Wait for Session’ option is used in case you are waiting for someone else to connect remotely to your system. I generally create the session since i’m the one fixing the problems. You have the option of using ‘Remote Support’ to have complete access to the remote system, ‘Presentation’ to just view the screen, and ‘File Transfer’ to just pass on a file without any remote connections to the desktop, and ‘VPN’ is used to create a ‘Virtual Private Network’ which is more useful for businesses to connect multiple users to a common network each located at different locations.
To go ahead with the connection, the person taking the initiative to connect needs to know the ID and Password of the other system, so put in the ID in the ‘Create Session’ ID field and also the password when requested. Do this, and the next screen you see would be the Remote Desktop. Isn’t this fun and easy!
Teamviewer is a free software for personal use, but its costs a few hundred Euros to use in a commercial or business environment. This might be the sole reason why Teamviewer boasts of 15,000,000 users as of date. Teamviewer is also multiplatform, with the ability to run on Windows and Mac OS X platforms, though i havent tried running it under Linux Wine(Tell me if someone did this successfully). It has a lot of features like ability to have remote access to computers and servers, with just the requirement of an internet connection. It also enables Training, Meetings and Team Collaboration with the added benefit of File Transfers, chat and much more. The most stunning feature though, has to be its security which is enabled by the Verisign code signing techonology and encryption which makes sure your transfers and connections are absolutely safe for any environment. So the next time you want to remotely connect to another computer, Teamviewer is at your service!