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Looking for Remote Access program for offsite development

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  • Looking for Remote Access program for offsite development

    I commission a custom inventory and sales management program running as Alpha Anywhere windows desktop application. My software developer is located in another state and I also access my program from different offsite locations. For the last several years we have been using GoToMyPc to remotely access and make changes in this application since it allowed unattended access, remote printing and file transfer. Recently GoToMyPC dramatically raised their rates from $120/year to $800/year for 2 PCs. I would like feedback as to what other developers use for remote unattended access, file transfer and remote printing. Almost all the low cost or free remote access programs with similar features to GoToMyPc e.g Teamviewer have too many restrictions, difficult to setup or are limited functionality. The most advertised commercial programs are often more expensive because of extra features I do not need - accessing/enabling large number of PCs or users. I found a couple of moderately priced programs e.g. RemotePC and Anydesk which look promising. I would appreciate what forum members use.

  • #2
    Re: Looking for Remote Access program for offsite development

    Hi Robert,
    I have been using ssh with RDC for a long time. I don't know about remote printing (I hardly ever print anything directly to paper), but
    the combination works quite well, and has the added benefit of not needing the user to be logged on to the PC.
    The cost is minimal, although you or someone will need to basic maintenance.
    Gregg is a great site to test and share sql code


    • #3
      Re: Looking for Remote Access program for offsite development

      I breifly looked up SSH for remote access. I think it requires port forwarding which I have not had success doing with my setup. The cable modem seem to cause problems with port forwarding. I tried NoMachine which requires knowing the IP address and some cases port forwarding. My cable modem seem to block the setup in port forwarding mode and I got a NT firewall timeout error.


      • #4
        Re: Looking for Remote Access program for offsite development

        These points are actually relatively simple to resolve.
        The port forwarding is typically done from the router/firewall.
        I don't know what settings you're using, but I'd certainly be willing to help.
        Gregg is a great site to test and share sql code


        • #5
          Re: Looking for Remote Access program for offsite development

          I use Team Viewer but only a couple times a year to support users. Needless to say, the folks there want to charge an annual fee so I looked for an alternative. Someone recommended Remote Assistant. It has the look & feel of TV but a BIG plus it is freeware. I have used it 1/2 dozen times for testing and it works as expected.


          • #6
            Re: Looking for Remote Access program for offsite development

            I use SimpleHelp. You buy it, you own it. For me, it's great as I access many offices every day. That said, It's not cheap when measured to RDP.

            If you have Win 10 Pro, you can use Remote Desktop Protocol, but I'd suggest strongly you create a VPN with a good router. Gregg's SSH tunnel is secure, too.

            As added security, change the listening port from 3389 to something off that scale, and set to lock the system login for 30 minutes after 3 bad logins. Also, use really good passwords, and NEVER create scanning accounts or test user accounts on that machine. There are bots that scan for RDP and try user names like SCAN and weak passwords.

            If you use multiple layers of protection, you can do this once for a nominal amount.


            • #7
              Re: Looking for Remote Access program for offsite development

              I use Splashtop. You can read a review from PC Mag

              Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


              • #8
                Re: Looking for Remote Access program for offsite development

                Try this , it have many cool features .

                To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow.

                - William Faulkner


                • #9
                  Re: Looking for Remote Access program for offsite development

                  we use anydesk it is good with all the features needed