The Ultimate Free Network Applications, Period

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hath80

It's a great way for the hardcore network enthusiast to manage multiple networked screens at once, and it comes with a bunch of system administrator network tools built into the application for easy access. burn mp4 to dvd dvd creator

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coyotetechy

Hey Everyone,

One thing I saw missing from this list is a great little piece of software called Qnext.  It is the swiss army knife of communication tools, using direct connections between computers encrypted with a 128-bit encrypted logon and 192-bit encrypted services using SSL.  The services include remote desktop through a web browser similar to any good VNC client, streaming music and videos, sharing photos, games, sending emails, 8-way audio conferencing and 4-way video conferencing to name a few.  There is also a universal instant messenger that currently supports MSN, AIM, Yahoo, Gtalk, Jabber, ICQ and iChat. It is also available for Windows, Mac and *nix systems and will soon be available on iPhones and Android.  Click here to find out more

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Rog 1976

Hey guys - can anyone speak to this? These links are for free software (who doesn't love that, right?) but what about in terms of enterprise level software? I know my company goes with Proxy Networks for their <a href="http://www.proxynetworks.com">remote access software</a> due to security concerns. Does anyone have any experience with this. I know I would be fired in a minute if I caused our system to get hacked into. 

Thoughts? Thanks. 

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Aengus

I have used free SKYPE for years now to send very large files back and forth between PC, Mac, etc. locally on a lan or to others outside a lan.  Love that you can chat voice, text, and send a large file/s all at the same time especially if you are trying to reach your child in another room and don't want to climb upstairs like someone posted. I think it should be listed in the top ten of FREE networking software.

Peace,

Aengus McCallen

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brostbeef

I've always enjoyed RealVNC.  I've found it lightweight and fast.

It's not all free, but it's still really good.

RealVNC Website

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dethdeks

One program that i never seen in the list that works wonders is Team viewer it works same way as all these and also supports file transfers and it is no hassle to run it you just install run then give/get the info you need and your done no port forwarding your router/firewall just for it to connect as long as you have a internet connection it works perfect

 

can be found at http://teamviewer.com

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allantang

The newest version has tons of Features!

Portable version, vpn, chat, video, voice.

It also has a web interface where you can login to your home pc from any web browser.

 

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overclock

A better way to synchronize your files across machines is Dropbox (getdropbox.com) Works with PC/Mac/Linux.

Their free account gives you 2gb. That should be plenty for those Word/Excel documents as well as your DRM free mp3s =).

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Queenof1

I'm mostly interested in something like "net send" that is compatible with Mac. Many times I do not feel like yelling upstairs to my daughter on her Mac so I would like to use some sort of internal messaging system.

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TheMurph

http://www.pidgin.im/

...but only if you convince her to add you as a friend!  ; )

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Shalbatana

 Now just a stupid clarification here, but I'm pretty sure "HAMACHI" isn't free when you account for the subscription fee. What IS free is the "LogMeIn Free" program, which I do not believe caries the "Hamachi" name. Or is there something I'm not seeing. If there is a free "Hamachi", what's the difference between it and the logmein free?

 It also will not let you xfer files, which is where VNC comes in.

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TheMurph

I'm seeing LogMeIn Hamachi and LogMeIn Free as two different programs?  The former definitely doesn't have any kind of fee associated with using it if you're using it for non-commercial use:

"If you are using Hamachi for your own, non-commercial use, it's 100% free."

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vintagegold

There's a web based service called LogMeIn Free that you can install and use by starting here:  www.logmein.com

 Like most other VNC style programs, you install the software on the machine you want to control, then access it via the web by going to www.logmein.com.  Pretty cool and easy to set up, I use it all the time.

 LogMeIn Hamachi is also free, you just have to tell it to run as the free version when you're installing.  By default, the installer has the corporate trial radio button selected.  Just watch as you install and select the free option instead.  I've run it for 2+ years and never had to pay a dime.  I actually started using it from a suggestion in a MaxPC article to let me share my iTunes library from my home computer to my work computer.  Works like a charm!

 

They say the best things in life are free, but are all free thing the best?

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Shalbatana

OKAY, so they both have (or are) free versions. But I can't seem to distinguish why they would have a logmein free version if Hamachi has a "run as free" option. At that point, the former can't transfer files, and the latter can, but you need to tell it you're not a business?!!! Well, sign me up for the latter and delete the first one off the site

There's got to be some  other reason why both free versions exist, especially since the "selling point" of logmein free is "if you buy the full version you get file transfer capability".

Their website has no info on this.

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Shalbatana

 Buried in the FAQ is the difference. Free allows for "remote control", whereas Hamachi does not, it just connects the two computers together.

 

https://secure.logmein.com/products/hamachi/supportkb.asp

 

It all makes sense now. 

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YoshiHNS

I do remember using LogMeIn Free for transferring some video I shot. Was about a year ago. Worked fine for transferring the file (almost 1gig). People logged into the group I created, started the transfer, and let it run for a day or whatever.

 Looked up on their website and they do have it marked for no file sharing or transfers, so I'm not sure anymore. Maybe the current version doesn't allow xfers anymore. Guess i'll have to see if I can still xfer between my laptop and desktop.

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Sovereign

If you're having problems with games, check out http://forums.hamachi.cc; chances are someone else is trying to play the game you are and you can find a solution.

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lunchbox73

Hamachi + UltraVNC is the greatest combination ever. How else can you surf porn at work without running into those pesky content filters?

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vistageek

I have had a lot of trouble getting hamachi to work with LAN games. Any suggestions?

 By the way, great artical. I use all of these programs.

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