LogMeIn vs TeamViewer

LogMeIn and TeamViewer allow for remote desktop control of computers. Although both applications offer similar functions, choosing one over the other, for most part, is a matter of preference. I happen to like TeamViewer, but don’t have any qualms using LogMein. Both require signup on their website for easier control of remote computers. LogMeIn requires the desktop’s username and password for remote access, while TeamViewer doesn’t. It has it’s own temporary or permanent passwords for remote authentication. Both applications use strong encryption. LogMeIn uses 256 bit SSL encryption, while TeamViewer uses 1024-bit RSA and 256-bit AES sessions.

The big difference between the two approaches is how LogMeIn uses the browser for remote access, while TeamViewer uses it’s own application. LogMeIn tends to be a bit snappier based on my initial tests. TeamViewer automatically disables the remote desktop background to speed up remote access. TeamViewer also gives you the option to optimize your connection, choosing between quality and speed. Although, I prefer to use TeamViewer, I highly recommend that you test both applications. Give it a run. Eventually you will come to a conclusion. Choose one that suits your needs and preference.

Remmina Remote Desktop Client

Remmina is a free and open-source project released under  GNU GPL license. Remmina is a remote desktop client written in GTK+. It’s perfect for system administrators and travelers needing to work on remote computers. Remmina supports multiple network protocols like RDP, VNC, NX, XDMCP and SSH.

I currently use Remmina to view my Macbook Air remotely from my Linux desktop. It works great so far. I have it running for a better part of the day. It’s seem to be responsive. The remote mouse and keyboard works perfectly. The screen quality is not quite near as the Macbook Air display, but then again, it’s a remote desktop client.

Remmina is available to Ubuntu and Linux Mint users. You can install by typing on the Terminal:

sudo apt-get install remmina

The Remmina Remote Desktop Client icon is available under Menu > Internet.

Visit Remmina’s website.