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Neal Weinberg
Contributing writer, Foundry

LapLink Everywhere

Jan 16, 20032 mins
Network SecurityRemote AccessVPN

* The LapLink Everywhere service hopes to answer the call for remote access

Having users get their e-mail while on the road is a big challenge for small and midsize companies that don’t have a remote access system such as dial-up modems or hardware/software VPN over the Internet in place. The LapLink Everywhere service hopes to answer the call for remote access in a simple, secure and inexpensive fashion. The basic subscription service lets you access up to three separate computers remotely. The company also sells a corporate version for larger companies.

LapLink Everywhere takes an approach slightly different than other service-based offerings. The agent reads the Outlook files to provide access to e-mail, contacts, calendar, notes and tasks, and then communicates with a server (the Web site) over a secure link. It also provides access to local files and remote database applications. To connect to a remote computer (say you want to connect remotely to your home computer), the computer must have an “always on” connection such as DSL or cable modem. In contrast, GoToMyPC implements a remote control program that lets you remotely access your machine just as if you were sitting in front of it.

The LapLink Web interface is very clean with a list of functions on the left side and a large working area displaying the current application (tasks, calendar, e-mail) in the main part of the screen.

Migrating through multiple firewalls is no problem for LapLink Everywhere. We installed the product on a desktop behind a NetGear router that implements both network address translation and a firewall. Installing the software and connecting to the LapLink server took less than 5 minutes. We were able to access the machine from a variety of outside locations, including several behind a very strong firewall. Every location we tested from worked without a problem.

LapLink Everywhere also comes with basic monitoring tools that show connection requests, active connections, e-mail and e-fax activities, file transfers, processed forms and database requests. All this information is maintained on the local computer and is available through the client interface.

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