Remote Access Without Opening Ports

By | 2012/02/03

Q. How can I access my computer or family’s computer remotely without having to open up ports in the firewall?

A. Using a [free] third party app is the solution

Here are a few free* solutions to connect remotely and keep your home ip ‘stealth’. (*Free for non-commercial use.)

These work with Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux and likewise can remotely access any of those platforms. These work by having a ‘middle man’ central third-party server that the two clients talk to as an intermediary. No port forwarding is required from either connecting party.


TeamViewer

TeamViewer is more widely known as a technical support remote access app, though it can be used to access your own home or family’s PC as well. TeamViewer has great iOS and Android versions as well. I recommend TeamViewer for something easy to just install, run, and connect. You can create an account to easily manage multiple remote computers as well.

http://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/index.aspx

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Hamachi

Hamachi is a long time favorite in the Linux world, and in fact many interfaces have been written to take further advantage of Hamachi in Linux. Hamachi has an arm Linux version as well. If you are primarily a Linux user, or want something like ssh through a VPN, you should use Hamachi.

https://secure.logmein.com/products/hamachi/download.aspx

https://secure.logmein.com/labs/

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Here is Hamachi after a default install. You must first create your own mini-‘network’.


Remobo

Remobo is another easy to use remote access app, though the free version is more limited that other above choices. Remobo offers a ‘pro’ version with more features that a geek may need.

http://www.remobo.com/download

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Sweet!

3 thoughts on “Remote Access Without Opening Ports

  1. TK

    Nice, I had no idea about Hamachi. I’ve been wondering if something like this existed for Linux. It seems that they have a Mac client too, which makes my life a bit easier when I need to provide remote support for friends who are running OSX.

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  2. Greatful_READER

    TK

    Sure they have Hamachi also for linux. Have used it already years.
    I personally using Hamachi on linux and on Mac OS X, ant they both are NOT from LogMeIn.
    I prefer command line Hamachi than some another GUI tahat i have already many of them on my Mac 😉

    This is ofcourse just my opinion.

    Regards
    /H

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  3. Prasanta Shee

    Additionally, you can also use tools like on premise R-HUB remote support servers for remotely accessing computers from anywhere anytime. It is easy to use and works on all platforms viz Windows, MAC ,Android, iOS etc.

    Reply

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