Remote Possibilities

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Since its DOS days, Traveling Software's LapLink for Windows 95 has long been the favorite among laptop users looking for a quick and easy way to synchronize files between two machines. With this version of LapLink, Traveling Software had improved on its file synchronization capabilities by adding Xchange Agent for scheduling automatic file transfers and improving file transfer speeds. LapLink's SpeedSync feature also helps speed up the file transfer process by comparing files on your two machines and transferring only the changes that have been made since the last connection. If the connection between your computers fails while performing a file transfer, LapLink will send only the missing portion of the file upon re-connect.

There are numerous ways users can achieve a connection between two computers. In addition to basic parallel port and direct dial-up connections, users can also perform remote control and file transfer functions via the Internet (both machines must be logged on) or by dialing into a company's local area network (LAN). LapLink incorporates data encryption for safe and secure remote sessions. Once connected to another PC--either via modem, direct cable access or a network connection--users can access its contents and peripherals as if they were sitting in front of it. Additionally, because LapLink is very laptop-oriented, users can easily set it up to support a wireless connection using infrared ports.

To get users through these processes, LapLink includes a Quick Step dialog box. This help program walks you through the steps of making a connection and performing a file transfer. The LapLink interface isn't exactly intuitive--menu icons are unmarked and their functions are not very obvious--so Quick Steps are a must.

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This article was originally published in the November 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Remote Possibilities.

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