LapLink Everywhere lets you access e-mail and files from up to three PCs via any browser-enabled device, be it Mac or PC, PDA or smart phone. The software itself is free, but the service isn’t — there’s a monthly fee of $US9.95, or slightly less if you pay annually up front.
LLE is also available in the $US130 (download) LapLink Everywhere Deluxe suite, which includes 12 months of LapLink Everywhere service, LapLink Gold and the new Remote Network Accelerator.
The download from MyLapLink.com is a mere 6MB and installs on the host PC, which must have a broadband Internet connection and be running Outlook or Outlook Express. LLE is loaded at bootup and runs in the background (see here for a screenshot).
To connect to your host PC, you simply visit www.mylaplink.com and log in. You can then choose which of the three PCs to connect to. It doesn’t actually open applications on the remote PC, but opens the data file and renders it in HTML, formatted for the client device in use. LapLink’s SpeedSync allows you to perform fast file transfers to and from the host PC. You can also send ‘e-faxes’ (another subscription service) and access SQL databases, but that’s as far as the remote control goes.
LLE provides good security by encrypting and routing the data traffic through 128-bit SSL servers. However, you do have to leave the remote PC on constantly, which could be risky. It’s easy to use, though: accessing my Outlook Express inbox from a smart phone went smoothly. n
In brief: LapLink Everywhere
LapLink Everywhere is easy to use and offers secure remote access to e-mail, contacts, calendar and files, cleverly using standard Web protocols.
Price: $US9.95 per month