LogMeIn Pro is an online remote access and control solution that enables you to easily access your home or office computer from any Internet-connected computer anywhere in the world. Unlike some remote-access solutions, such as VPN products, LogMeIn does not require that an application be installed on the computer for it to be remotely accessed (the “client"); instead, a small application is installed on the computer to be accessed (the “host"). To access the host, you simply enter the credentials that you created during the installation into the LogMeIn website, and presto--you’ll be able to access and control your home or office computer. This means that you can use LogMeIn Pro from any Internet-connected computer, even public-access computers on which software installations may be blocked.
LogMeIn also provides another major advantage over traditional VPN solutions: it works through most firewalls. If you’re attempting to remotely access your computer from a hotel with a VPN product, you might well find that the local firewall will block the protocols that the client-side application needs. Not so with LogMeIn. LogMeIn will work through the majority of firewalls without the need to create or amend rules. But note that if you have a personal firewall, such as ZoneAlarm, installed on the host, you’ll need to configure it on order for LogMeIn to work. Helpfully, LogMeIn provide tips for configuring your firewall on its website.
LogMeIn can be installed on any Internet-connected computer that runs Windows 98, ME, 2000, or XP; or Windows Server 2003. The host can be accessed from any computer running Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, NT, XP, or Vista; Pocket PC 2000/2002; Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2003; Linux; or Mac OS X. Note that in testing, LogMeIn did not function correctly when a Mac client was used. The developers know about this problem and state that it shall be fixed “very soon."