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Remote Possibilities

Not in your office? Remote control software makes it simple to access your computer.

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This story appears in the November 1997 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It's the day before a big presentation, and you'd planned to sit at your office computer all day to get everything ready. But, as Murphy's Law would have it, you're stuck at home because your child has the flu. Or you're on the road, and you desperately need a file from your home computer. In the past, these situations might have seemed unmanageable. Today, with the help of remote control software, you can be virtually anywhere and have access to your home or office PC. Of course, you'll have to be prepared by pre-installing remote control software on each of the machines you're using. In this column, we take a look at three top remote control programs: Symantec's PCANYWHERE32, Traveling Software's LapLink and Microcom's Carbon Copy 32. All are 32-bit programs that work under Windows 95 or Windows NT.

These programs share the same basic functionality. Their main prupose is to give users an easy way to access a remote computer and use it as if you were actually sitting in front of it. After dialing into the computer via modem (these programs also let you connect to computers via the Internet), you can open programs and files, make changes to them, save them, move them and more. If an employee is sitting at the computer you're accessing, you can chat with him or her in real time.

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