A free screen sharing tool
TeamViewer is a simple tool that shares your desktop with another user, available for Windows. The service allows you to share your own desktop’s display or view another’s. Invited users can control the other desktop once allowed, giving them the power to assist users who are experiencing difficulties.
Simplistic screen sharing
TeamViewer is a great choice for anyone in need of a remote access desktop tool, as it’s great for simple and quick tasks such as IT help or hands-on training. Whether it’s used professionally or between friends and relatives, it is a powerful tool in anyone’s online toolbox.
The application spans across almost every mobile device and computer system, allowing these all to communicate with each other as you share files, chat, and watch or control each other’s computers. The desktop background displayed will always be blacked out for privacy reasons.
The developers of TeamViewer are constantly adding features and correcting bugs to offer the highest level of usage without making the system complex. You will need to create a TeamViewer account and go through a lengthy setup process before you can start.
Setup in your own time
Once you have the latest TeamViewer version ready to go, you’ll need to progress through a lengthy setup. This setup is required and cannot be skipped as you’ll create or sign in to an account during the process.
If you’re using the service on two of your own devices, you’ll need to repeat this setup, except you’ll use the account you created earlier. With this, you can see each device’s ID, be sure to take note of them in case you’ll need one later.
Connect to another computer
To connect to another computer you’ll need to know its TeamViewer ID. To do this, you’ll go under the allow Remote Control section and share the ID and temporary password to let another computer join your desktop, or to the Control Remote Computer if you want access to someone else’s computer.
The Control Remote Computer option has various TeamViewer modes available. You can, as the name suggests, take control of another’s desktop, transfer files between devices, or create a VPN between the two of you.
You can host a meeting or presentation similarly to how you’d hold a group Skype call. The conference call can be done via voice or video, and you can present drafts or files on your screen. There are a range of other benefits such as TeamViewer’s Remote Access and file-sharing options.
The connection mode titled File Transfer allows you to send files between the two devices that have been connected through TeamViewer. You can open this option from the Remote Control tab at the start of a connection or during a live session.
Once you open File Transfer, a window showing both your files and those of the person you’ve connected with will be on display. You can use keyboard shortcuts or the drag and drop tool when selecting files. All transactions get logged within a dialogue box, and file transfers can be stopped at the click of a button.
TeamViewer’s VPN mode allows two computers to connect as though they shared the same LAN network. This can be used by gamers in titles such as Minecraft to host their worlds. It can also allow you to print documents on any connected printer used by the other desktop.
Both devices will need to have had the TeamViewer installation process take place while the VPN option is enabled. If it is disabled on your computer during installation, you can simply enable it at a later stage when you need it. This will, however, require a few moments as the driver installs itself onto your desktop.
If TeamViewer isn’t your preferred choice for file sharing, remote access, or using during a meeting these are a few great alternatives that specialize in one individual area.
Parsec is designed with gamers in mind as a way for two individuals to play the same local multiplayer title even if they’re miles apart. It’s a well designed remote access that always prioritizes the host’s control. It will however not present the option to host while on a low-end system.
Share.it is a file-sharing an application that’s most popular on mobile devices and is usable on both mobile and desktop. It can transfer files at speeds higher than your internet’s download speed and can share any installed application as well.
LogMeIn Hamachi is a private VPN service that doesn’t require you to reconfigure your network. It’s faster to set up, but may require you to restart your computer before it works.
Skype is a great way to hold a meeting while online or miles apart from each other. You can start group calls with voice or video and send messages with any file format. The size limit for files is 300MB, but may take it’s time to upload before being sent.
A good IT tool
TeamViewer is a great tool for anyone looking to connect to another computer or device while nowhere near it. It takes a short while to set up but it is worth the time spent. Each device has its own ID and other users cannot connect to your devices without the temporary password displayed.
The service can also be used for meetings and presentations, allowing you to hold a conference call with anyone from anywhere. This makes the service a tool for individuals sharing their ideas or businesses holding presentations with colleagues that are not personally attending a meeting.