LogMeIn Remote Access

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Overview

Did you forget to run a report for your supervisor before you left work? Does your spouse need your help finding documents on your home computer, but you’re away on a business trip? Have you ever needed to run to the office to access your computer, but just can’t seem to get off the couch?

Problems like these are often very common in today’s world of technology-driven lifestyles. LogMeIn remote access can help resolve some of these everyday tech-related problems. When it comes to accessing and controlling your work or personal computers, LogMeIn Pro remote access gives you the ability to be in two places at once. LogMeIn’s remote access features give individuals, small businesses, and large corporations the ability to access a specific computer and network from a remote location or on-the-go.

Put simply, LogMeIn allows you to control a computer from a distant location.

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About LogMeIn

LogMeIn, Inc. provides remote access, file sharing, IT systems management, data storage, and business solutions for a variety of users.

LogMeIn was founded in 2003 as 3am Labs, Inc. by current CEO, Michael K. Simon and business partner, Marton Anka. The company later changed its name to LogMeIn, Inc. in 2006. Today, LogMeIn’s primary focus revolves around cloud computing and related technologies. From releasing free trials of their software in late 2004, to being downloaded on over 125 million devices today, LogMeIn is a leader in remote access technology.

Quick Facts

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World Headquarters: Boston Massachusetts

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Publicly traded as of 2009

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Company mission: “Maximize mobility, connectivity and business productivity.”

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Company vision: “Worldwide connectivity for mobile work and life styles.”


Using LogMeIn Pro

In order to use LogMeIn Pro (also referred to here as LogMeIn) to access another computer from a remote location, you’ll first need to set up your “host” computer and your “client” device(s). The “host” is the specific computer that you want to be able to control from a remote location. The “client” is the computer or device that you will use to access the host computer.

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Setting Up LogMeIn

1.) Create a LogMeIn Account at LogMeIn.com (See #Versions & Pricing)

2.) Install LogMeIn Pro onto your “host” computer. Host computers require Windows 2003 or newer, or Mac OS 10.6 or newer. Additionally, you must have internet access via Internet Explorer 7 or newer, Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari.

3.) Log in to your LogMeIn account from your host computer and add the host computer to your account.

  • Note: For business use, you may need to get permission from your network administrator before you are allowed to complete the LogMeIn setup and configuration procedures.

4.) Connect to your host computer using your client device. You can accomplish this by logging into your account at LogMeIn.com or by downloading the LogMeIn app from Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iOS: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac). Once you are logged in to your LogMeIn account click on the host computer to start a remote session.

5.) Once your host computer loads onto your client device you will need to enter the host computer’s username and password to view the full desktop. If you do not need to access the host computer’s desktop, you can still use the “File Manager” to move files from your host computer to either your client device or to the cloud. You can learn more about this in the #Tips and Features section.

  • Note: You will need to make sure that the host computer is powered on with access to the internet in order for the remote session to load without error. That said, it may be possible to power ON a computer that is OFF or asleep if your network allows this feature. To learn more about this click here to visit the LogMeIn Wake On LAN User Guide at LogMeIn.com

6.) You’re done! Control The Host Computer As Needed!

Video Tutorials

For more steps and information check out the videos below!

For Desktops

For iPhone


Tips and Features

File Manager

Using the “File Manager” can save you time and effort if you only need to access certain files on the host computer. This feature allows you to view and manage your files without accessing the actual visual desktop.

1.) Once you are logged in to your LogMeIn Account, click on the “File Manager” connected to the host computer you are trying to access.

2.) To transfer files from Windows PC to Windows PC, you can simply drag and drop files from the host to the client. For Mac to Mac, Windows PC to Mac, or Mac to Windows PC, you will need to use the options in the File Manager toolbar.

Remote Printing

You also have the option to remotely print documents and files located on the host computer to a printer that is connected to the client device:

1.) From the LogMeIn menu select options at the top of the screen. For mobile devices or tablets select the settings menu.

2.) Select “Connect Printer” to activate remote printing.

3.) Done! Your documents should print to your client device's printer.

  • Note: For business use, you may need to get permission from your network administrator before you are allowed to print from the host computer to a client device printer.

Built-In Security

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Security Feature: Blank the host computer’s monitor while a remote session is in progress:

1.) From the LogMeIn menu select options at the top of the screen. For mobile devices or tablets select the settings menu.

2.) Select “Blank Screen”

Note: You may be required to install a driver to support this feature. It should be noted that some computers and devices do not support this feature.

3.) Done! Anyone in range of the host computer’s monitor will not be able to view your movements or actions.

Security Feature: Lock the host computer’s mouse and keyboard while a remote session is in progress:

1.) From the LogMeIn menu select options at the top of the screen. For mobile devices or tablets select the settings menu.

2.) Select “Lock Keyboard”

3.) Done! The host’s keyboard and mouse are now deactivated.

Other Tips

Take some time to view the compatibility features in the LogMeIn options menu. Here you can choose to change your remote session’s display, resolution, sound settings, keyboard options, mouse pointers, and more.

Save your usernames and passwords for both your LogMeIn and host computer accounts, enabling you to login quickly.

Personal and Business Use

There are obvious ways LogMeIn can be used to benefit both individuals and business professionals. Having physical access to one’s personal or work computer is not always possible, nor is it practical. Individuals can use LogMeIn to help family and friends with computer problems, to access personal computers while on vacation or at events, and to work from home when needed.

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Today’s business professionals rely heavily on technological devices to support overall business operations, requiring these devices to be readily available. In highly mobile professions such as sales or consulting, having the ability to remotely access another computer on-the-go is extremely valuable. In industries that are responsible for the security of a large amount of private information, such as healthcare, LogMeIn can be used to securely access work files from a secondary location without removing these work files from the company’s secure network. LogMeIn remote access can also be used as a tool for person-to-person or business-to-business presentations, how-to-guides, and troubleshooting. For example, if a business is having issues with its accounting software, the software company could remotely logon to the business owner’s computer to help resolve the issues encountered. To add another example, if a medical biller is having trouble navigating an insurance verification website, a more experienced user could logon to the medical biller’s computer and walk him/her through the website. These scenarios that I have described could also be completed using LogMeIn Rescue, which focuses specifically on these types of applications.

Versions & Pricing

Prior to January 2014, LogMeIn Free was available at no cost. Today, all users are required to buy a subscription after a 14 day free trial period.

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Pro for Individuals

  • $99/year
  • Access up to 2 computers

Pro for Power Users

  • $249/year
  • Access up to 5 computers

Pro for Small Businesses

  • $499/year
  • Access up to 10 computers


Alternatives to LogMeIn

GoToMyPC

  • Pros:
    • Supports Kindle Fire in addition to Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux.
    • Features include remote print, file sharing, and copy and paste.
  • Cons:
    • Software can be difficult to set-up.
    • Requires a monthly subscription.

TeamViewer

  • Pros:
    • Free version for personal use.
    • Access multiple host computers at the same time.
    • Cut and Paste between computers.
    • Supports Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  • Cons:
    • Free version is not available for business use.
    • Price for business use starts at $749.
    • HD streaming is not available.

Windows Remote Desktop

  • Pros:
    • Free.
    • Easy to use.
  • Cons:
    • Screen sharing not available.
    • Limited features.
    • May require network modifications to set-up.

Other LogMeIn Products

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LogMeIn Central: web application focused on IT management

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LogMeIn Rescue: remote support for diagnosing and troubleshooting devices

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LogMeIn Backup: remote backup software

Conclusion

LogMeIn can be used not only as a means of convenience and security, but also as a business tool that helps improve efficiency and productivity. As our lives and jobs continue to become increasingly complex and interconnected, it is important to have a number of resources at hand when challenges arise. LogMeIn remote access is a resource that many could benefit from. I would encourage you to give it a try!


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