Friday, August 24, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Webex/Livemeeting alternative Join.Me

I have always used screen sharing software like MS Office Communicator, MS Livemeeting or Webex in the places that I have worked so far. Screen sharing helps peer programming with remotely located colleagues, or mostly helps in getting a PC problem fixed with the support technician. I was wondering how nice would it would be to have something similar for free for home use. It would come in handy to help, say may parents, troubleshoot a problem they are facing with the PC. Until now I did not have a clue when I happened to see a tweet from my friend Saurabh listing 101 most useful websites, where I found Join.Me. Its very tiny, takes only seconds to download and install, and works amazingly well on slower internet connection also.

Create a WifiHotSpot in Windows

Virtual Router: I found this neat little software on codeplex for PCs running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. With it you can share any network connection (be it over USB, LAN, Mobile Broadband etc) over wifi, and  it converts your PC into a WifiHotSpot. In their own words,

Virtual Router is a free, open source software based router for PCs running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Using Virtual Router, users can wirelessly share any internet connection (Wifi, LAN, Cable Modem, Dial-up, Cellular, etc.) with any Wifi device (Laptop, Smart Phone, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android Phone, Zune, Netbook, wireless printer, etc.) These devices connect to Virtual Router just like any other access point, and the connection is completely secured using WPA2 (the most secure wireless encryption.)

And it has a very tiny memory footprint as well, and only 1 screen to make the required configuration, a damn easy user interface. I surf internet over my Reliance Mobile Broadband and/or Android Cell phone's 3G network over a USB connection. And I can neatly extend this to my wife's laptop using Wifi.