I'm switching from GoToMyPC.com to LogMeIn.com

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Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage GREC #208281

I've been using GoToMyPC.com for several years now.  It allows you to access your computer from any other computer that is connected to the Internet.  It has been a pretty good tool for me.  I like having all my email sorted and kept organized on one main computer.

A colleague in my office turned me on ot LogMeIn.com.  It's the same kind of service as GoToMyPC.com but I have found two things that will make me switch.

  • $69.95/year vs. $179.40/year
  • LogMeIn.com allows me to allow a guest to access my computer with me.

I'm always one to experiment and do comparisons so I set up my laptop with my Verizon broadband wireless card next to my office desk top computer and watched the two screens as I performed various tasks.  Both programs seemed to be equally as fast.  There was only a split second delay between my laptop and my desk top. 

Both programs allow you to transfer files from computer to computer. 

Both programs allow you to print from your computer that you are accessing to a printer you have at your remote location.

LogMeIn.com allows you  to the easily set up a guest to be able to access your computer with you.  I haven't tried it yet but my colleague used it with a client of his when they were having trouble navigating a website.  You send them an email with a link which then allows them to see or control your computer screen from where ever they happen to be. 

I am thinking of using it to look at homes together on the MLS with a client without them having to come to the office. I find that many people are impressed with all the tools that I have access to to search for information about houses.  How awesome would it be to take a second to send out an email to a caller and then do a dog and pony show on your computer while they watch their screen and listen to you on the telephone.

One thing that I finally figured out after all these years of use is that if you have different size monitors you need to use the "actual size" setting instead of the "fit to page" setting.  When you do this, the graphics are exactly what you would be seeing on your main computer.  I had always complained about how fuzzy things were when I used GoToMyPC.com because I had always used "fit to page" and it would reduce the page and make it difficult to read.  So play around with those setting.  You can get it to be crystal clear.

So with the extra "invite guest" feature and all other things pretty much equal, I don't see any reason to pay an extra $110/year by staying with GoToMyPC.com. 

 

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About the Author:  Tim Maitski has been a full time Realtor since 1999. He has sold several hundreds of homes in areas around metro Atlanta.  Tim started with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta and is now with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage.

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Five monthes ago I used GoToMyPC and then I switched to Logmein to save money. The free version of Logmein is likely to be adequate for many FTers who need to read a file on their home PCs. The $69.95 Logmein works well for users who also need to transfer files easily and print remotely. Then I tried another good remote access tool called PC File Transfer (http://www.pc-file-transfer.com/"). It costs just $29.95 and works perfectly for me.

July 14, 2009 02:52 AM
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You guys should definitely try MyGreenPC (http://www.mygreenpc.com), these days they are giving away Premium accounts for free. That's the best one, I've tried so far not to mention, totally free!

August 13, 2009 10:42 AM
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Eugene

You may also want to try free Ammyy Admin
http://www.ammyy.com

It doesn't require installation or specific config. It works behind gateways NAT without port mapping as well as within one LAN.

Good alternative though!

January 20, 2012 09:36 AM
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Try this Ammyy Admin www.ammyy.com
The software doesn't require installation and registration. You can connect to any PC which is behind NAT.

November 16, 2012 04:50 AM
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$69.95/year GoToMyPC is only for 2 participants, right? One host and one attendee. What if I want to join a meeting say with 10 participants? Cost will increase, correct? That’s the exact reason I prefer one time payment option such as RHUB or Bomgar remote support appliances. It gives you the power to host meetings with unlimited users. 

 

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