Remote access tools – there are quite a number of them: TeamViewer, LogMeIn, Bomgar, ScreenConnect… and the list goes on and on but which one do you use? I was researching remote access tools the other day as I needed a new solution to use for work. At work, we use LogMeIn. The problem? LogMeIn has a terrible display driver that actually locks my remote workstation! I might be able to use it for a few seconds – just enough time to login – and then, I see a balloon saying that my display driver crashed and shortly after, that’s it. LMI complains it can’t connect and my computer shows offline. I tried fixing the issue without any success so my option was to find another product to use. But what?
Today’s admin needs to be versatile, ready to to hit the road at a moments notice. Maybe the office down the road is having issues, or maybe the office across the country. The point is, you are an admin and your office needs to literally be anywhere. However, in my adventures in being an admin the worst thing is when you absolutely need internet on your laptop but the only internet available is on your phone. Not very useful if you need to VPN into work and get some information off the network. Or if you have to download software as a fix, good luck! Here’s a quick and easy way to get internet on your computer from your phone.
Warning! Mobile carriers hate this because they’re not sucking more money out of you, like data caps, to enable the hotspot feature on your phone. And, speaking of data caps, if you do have a data cap this will count against your cap. If you have a carrier with true unlimited or “unlimited” (lookin’ at you, T-Mobile), this is great emergency internet to download larger files such as an IOS image, drivers, or what have you. As of course, your mileage may vary. This is also for fairly technical people so if you’re not a techie, best to skip out. And, please, FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE FCC ABOUT DATA CAPS!