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Connecting to a Remote Computer over the Internet
By James Wise
posted October 13, 2009
TECH TIPS – Do you ever need to connect to
a remote computer over the Internet? For example, maybe someone you
know needs your assistance. Perhaps there are also times when you would
like to give someone access to your computer. If you ever find yourself
in this situation, there are some great, free options that could help
Recently, a friend of mine from work mentioned TeamViewer. This program
is free for personal use. It seems very easy to use and offers a lot of
functionality (like file sharing) that some other free options don’t
include. Another thing I love about the program is that no installation
is necessary. It’s very easy to have someone run the program so that
you can connect. This is particularly helpful in case you are trying to
help someone with very limited computer knowledge.
1) To download TeamViewer, go to http://www.teamviewer.com/index.aspx
2) Click “download now”
3) Save this file somewhere
4) Run the TeamViewer_Setup.exe file after the download is complete
5) If prompted for run confirmation, click run
6) Select the “run” option from the menu (or you can install it if you
plan to use it a lot) and click next
7) Check the box to accept the license terms and click next
8) If a message from Windows Firewall appears, click Unblock (and press
continue if you see that)
*I hid the ID and password in
the screenshot above.
If you want to give someone access to your computer, just give them the
ID and password you see on the TeamViewer screen.
If you want to connect to a remote computer, ask the person at the PC
you want to connect to for the ID and password they see. Then to
connect to that computer, enter the ID they gave you in the ID box
under “create session”, choose “remote support”, and click “connect to
partner”. You will then be prompted for the password (which the remote
person should have provided when giving you the ID). After entering
this, you’ll see the remote computer and have control over it.
While controlling a remote PC, the monitor, keyboard, and mouse at the
PC continue to work. This means the remote user can see what you are
doing and even show you what they do. This is particularly helpful for
troubleshooting and training.
Here are a couple of additional options for this sort of thing:
is similar to TeamViewer. One interesting aspect of it is that you can
enlist the help of professionals to assist you. This involves paying
for their services but the cost is generally low and normally less than
actually taking your PC to someone.
offers free and paid versions where the remote user controls the PC
through a web browser screen. File transfer isn’t available in the free
I’ve only touched on these programs and what they have to offer. You
can read more about them from their websites. If you need further
assistance or have any questions, send me a mail (EdgefieldTechHelp@gmail.com)
and I’ll be happy to help!
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