Remote Possibilities

Any time, Anywhere

Symantec sent me an early release of PCANYWHERE32 8.0, a 32-bit version of the company's extremely popular remote control program, for review. The program comes with support for all major operating systems, including Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 3.1 and DOS. It installed quickly and easily on my Windows 95 system.

This program's extremely advanced functions are hidden under a simple-to-operate interface. Where LapLink lacks intuitiveness, PCANYWHERE has plenty. Its icons are clearly marked (for example, "Be a Host PC," "Remote Control," "File Transfer" and so on), and once you click on the icon, each process is easy to follow. For first-time users, there's an icon marked "Quick Start" for setting up a variety of connections. Once the connections are created, icons reside within PCANYWHERE for one-click connections--whether you're accessing the remote computer via parallel port, modem, Internet connection or LAN.

If your office uses a Windows NT server, PCANYWHERE, with its enhanced Windows NT integration, may be the right choice for your organization. For example, this program integrates with Windows NT to monitor remote control access. The program also lets users perform multiple remote sessions from a single PC using various devices, such as a modem, a LAN connection or a parallel port.

Symantec's PCANYWHERE comes with plenty of bells and whistles, including a video-chat function that lets users videoconference from within the program. This technology allows up to 256 users to view a presentation or demo. There are also four levels of encryption security built into the program so users need not worry about sending sensitive data across phone lines.

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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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