Tue, 20 Dec 2011 TeamViewer 6 review
The remote access tool can control your computer over the net or via your iPad
- Manufacturer: TeamViewer
- Pros: Available on most popular devices; easier to access TeamViewer clients
- Cons: Lag and low quality screen resolution
- Price: Free (for personal use)
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New at version 6, remote access tool TeamViewer works on multiple platforms. Once you install TeamViewer on at least one of your machines and create an account you can remotely access and control the desktop of the TeamViewer-enabled machine using a device with the TeamViewer client installed (including an iPhone or iPad), or from the web. You can invite multiple clients to join the host – which makes it ideal for collaborative situations.
The list of supported devices includes iOS, Windows and Android, as well as any computer running OS X. The sessions are secured with 256-bit data encryption and a unique password that’s generated at the start of every session.
LogMeIn Pro (£42 per year) works in a similar way and LogMeIn Ignition (£10.49) lets you access your computer from an iOS device. TeamViewer is free for personal use, though, which makes it more attractive than this rival.
There are other iPad apps on the market that make TeamViewer’s browser-based screen access seem less impressive. For example, VNC tools like Splashtop and iTeleport can be used to connect your iPad to a Mac over a local network. Though TeamViewer 6 is faster than previous versions, it stills seem laggy and compressed in comparison.
Access a Mac or PC over the internet with TeamViewer