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mikefxu

join:2004-10-05
Titusville, FL

LogMeIn: Limited to 10 Free computers (Alternatives?)

LogMeIn is going to limit users to 10 free computer accounts. Their product works great for us due to the following: sometimes supporting those behind a NAT, needing access without user intervention and instructing user remotely (they see my control, not lock out like RDP). I knew that the free ride was eventually going to end and want to know if there are other offerings out there. We don't need the Pro account or Central, but would consider Central if no better options are available. I think it would be better if they included additional Free computer accounts with Pro computer account purchase, maybe 1 Pro equals 10 additional Free computer accounts.

»b.logme.in/2013/03/04/important-···in-free/



PToN
Premium
join:2001-10-04
Houston, TX

We used webex for $300 a month back in 2007. We couldnt simply just connect, we had to tell the user to go to the webex page and enter the session number.

You could also use VNC+VPN to reach your client PCs.



SoJo
I'll Sleep when I am Dead
Premium
join:2002-05-07
Gilroy, CA
reply to mikefxu

Check out Google Chrome Remote Desktop.

»chrome.google.com/webstore/detai···enigjmpp

I haven't used it yet, but it might be worth a look.
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Cheese
Premium
join:2003-10-26
Naples, FL
kudos:1
reply to mikefxu

The free version has always been limited to 10 machines...



Camelot One
Premium,MVM
join:2001-11-21
Greenwood, IN
kudos:2
reply to mikefxu

said by LogMeIn Forum Moderator at »community.logmein.com/t5/Free/Ch···-p/92567 :

If you currently have subscriptions of LogMeIn Pro within your account, at this time you will have the ability to have more than 10 free computers within your account.
Sincerely,
The LogMeIn Team

That is from the third post in their thread on this subject, located here: »community.logmein.com/t5/Free/Ch···-p/92567
But they haven't posted details about how many more, what the ratio is, or how long that will remain the case.

I spent some time last year looking for other options. There are several out there, but overall, I found nothing that could compete with LogMeIn for convenience, features, and price. I run the "Free" version on each computer, with global subscriptions to Ignition and Central. Even with those costs factored in, LMI was the best bet for me.

mikefxu

join:2004-10-05
Titusville, FL

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reply to Cheese

said by Cheese:

The free version has always been limited to 10 machines...

I have not experienced that limitation.
said by Camelot One:

said by LogMeIn Forum Moderator at »community.logmein.com/t5/Free/Ch···-p/92567 :

If you currently have subscriptions of LogMeIn Pro within your account, at this time you will have the ability to have more than 10 free computers within your account.
Sincerely,
The LogMeIn Team

That is from the third post in their thread on this subject, located here: »community.logmein.com/t5/Free/Ch···-p/92567
But they haven't posted details about how many more, what the ratio is, or how long that will remain the case.

I spent some time last year looking for other options. There are several out there, but overall, I found nothing that could compete with LogMeIn for convenience, features, and price. I run the "Free" version on each computer, with global subscriptions to Ignition and Central. Even with those costs factored in, LMI was the best bet for me.

I will pay for 1 Pro if I can have unlimited Free.


Camelot One
Premium,MVM
join:2001-11-21
Greenwood, IN
kudos:2

said by mikefxu:

I have not experienced that limitation.

The limitation will go into effect sometime after March 12th 2013. This is a new change. Your first 10 "Free" computers, in alphabetical order, will continue to be available. The 11th on will be greyed out, and only accessible if you upgrade them to Pro, or subscribe to Central.


Cheese
Premium
join:2003-10-26
Naples, FL
kudos:1
reply to mikefxu

Don't know what to tell you, it's been that way for a few years for me.


mikefxu

join:2004-10-05
Titusville, FL
reply to Camelot One

said by Camelot One:

said by mikefxu:

I have not experienced that limitation.

The limitation will go into effect sometime after March 12th 2013. This is a new change. Your first 10 "Free" computers, in alphabetical order, will continue to be available. The 11th on will be greyed out, and only accessible if you upgrade them to Pro, or subscribe to Central.

I understood that I was just showing that this wasn't always the fact......
said by Cheese:

Don't know what to tell you, it's been that way for a few years for me.

....for me.

H_T_R_N
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join:2011-12-06
Valencia, PA
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Reviews:
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reply to Cheese

said by Cheese:

The free version has always been limited to 10 machines...

I have well over 100 free connections. I have been using for some time now. Never had a limit.


ekiM
Oh Well

join:2001-01-06
/usr/home
reply to mikefxu

I found this product and have used it a bit.
It's actually a VPN solution with remote access.

Their Feature Matrix has the details.
- It may or may not fit your support model.
They have a free version and 2 paid modes/products

»www.neorouter.com
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Veloslave
Geek For God
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Martinez, CA
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reply to mikefxu

Just counted em up... 80 systems... haven't heard or seen anything yet... sure am dreading it if I do. Been using the free since 2007-8 sometime... sure hate to see it stop. Guess I will shop around if it comes down to it. In the back of my mind I have been thinking it was coming... was hoping they would add some advertising or sumpthin...
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H_T_R_N
Premium
join:2011-12-06
Valencia, PA
kudos:1

If you purchase Central you can have as many free connections you want. Its only 300 a year.


tomdlgns
Premium
join:2003-03-21
Chicago, IL
kudos:1
reply to mikefxu

i have over 60 PCs in my logmein account.

i really hope i am grandfathered into their plan. normally they apply these policies to new users/accounts.


tomdlgns
Premium
join:2003-03-21
Chicago, IL
kudos:1
reply to H_T_R_N

said by H_T_R_N:

If you purchase Central you can have as many free connections you want. Its only 300 a year.

must have a promotion going (i didn't buy it, just clicked to see details)

LogMeIn Central yearly
USD $ 199.00 USD $ 199.00
Sales Tax (IL) : USD $ 6.22
TOTAL: USD $ 205.22


Camelot One
Premium,MVM
join:2001-11-21
Greenwood, IN
kudos:2
reply to tomdlgns

said by tomdlgns:

i have over 60 PCs in my logmein account.

i really hope i am grandfathered into their plan. normally they apply these policies to new users/accounts.

they are applying the new limits to all existing users.
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tomdlgns
Premium
join:2003-03-21
Chicago, IL
kudos:1

said by Camelot One:

said by tomdlgns:

i have over 60 PCs in my logmein account.

i really hope i am grandfathered into their plan. normally they apply these policies to new users/accounts.

they are applying the new limits to all existing users.

that is just horrible. i knew free wouldnt last forever, but i don't agree with that (not that they care about my opinion).

openDNS was unlimited, i had 7 networks in my account before they knocked it down to 1 free network per user/account.

dyndns is no longer free, but i had 5 networks with them (free) before they put a limit on it. i think they went to 5 free, then 1 free, no 0 free. but i have heard that you can sign up for 1 account, cancel before the trial expires, and you get to keep your account? (not sure, just what i heard)

i am still grandfathered into openDNS and dyndns.

alot of the PCs in my account are for family/friends. i will have to get them to create their own account, but it wont be as easy for me to connect. i was using ignition and could get to their computer within a few seconds from the ignition app.

too bad for us, i guess.

H_T_R_N
Premium
join:2011-12-06
Valencia, PA
kudos:1
Reviews:
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reply to tomdlgns

said by tomdlgns:

said by H_T_R_N:

If you purchase Central you can have as many free connections you want. Its only 300 a year.

must have a promotion going (i didn't buy it, just clicked to see details)

LogMeIn Central yearly
USD $ 199.00 USD $ 199.00
Sales Tax (IL) : USD $ 6.22
TOTAL: USD $ 205.22

Even better. That's less than $0.29 per PC per month!


Camelot One
Premium,MVM
join:2001-11-21
Greenwood, IN
kudos:2

Yes, due to this change, they are letting anyone who didn't previously have Central get it for $199.00 for the first year. It goes up to $299 per year after that, and it seems they are excluding existing Central users from getting the discount for this year.
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rugby
I think I know it all.
VIP
join:2000-09-26
Plainfield, IN
reply to mikefxu

We've used Central for a year now and it's been well worth the $300.



Camelot One
Premium,MVM
join:2001-11-21
Greenwood, IN
kudos:2

said by rugby:

We've used Central for a year now and it's been well worth the $300.

I still have mixed feelings about it. Comparing Central to non-Central today, yes it is worth $300. But they didn't actually add anything new when they released Central, they just moved things you used to be able to do without it to a paid subscription option. (grouping computers for example)

Much like they aren't adding any new features to the free client, they are just going to start limiting how many you can have. I can't object to a company wanting to make money, but it does feel like they are turning their backs on existing customers. A pay-per-block-of-10-free-accounts option would have been nice, for those existing customers who don't need Central or the features of Pro.

Or you know, maybe more than a one week notice of such a major change to a service that has been around for years.

H_T_R_N
Premium
join:2011-12-06
Valencia, PA
kudos:1
Reviews:
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reply to Camelot One

said by Camelot One:

Yes, due to this change, they are letting anyone who didn't previously have Central get it for $199.00 for the first year. It goes up to $299 per year after that, and it seems they are excluding existing Central users from getting the discount for this year.

Even at $300 it would be less than $0.42 per PC per month. Not all that expensive for what you get. I don't understand the complaints. There is a service that performs so well that you have a connection to over 60 PC at your fingertips at any point of the day from any Internet connected device, saving you from even getting dressed to perform diagnostics or maintenance on a PC thousands of miles away and being asked to pay $.042 per month for that is enough to cause one to look elsewhere? (No I didn't take a breath or even pause) Perhaps it is not the great service you think it is. I guess I just don't see the issue.

tomdlgns
Premium
join:2003-03-21
Chicago, IL
kudos:1
reply to Camelot One

said by Camelot One:

said by rugby:

We've used Central for a year now and it's been well worth the $300.

I still have mixed feelings about it. Comparing Central to non-Central today, yes it is worth $300. But they didn't actually add anything new when they released Central, they just moved things you used to be able to do without it to a paid subscription option. (grouping computers for example)

Much like they aren't adding any new features to the free client, they are just going to start limiting how many you can have. I can't object to a company wanting to make money, but it does feel like they are turning their backs on existing customers. A pay-per-block-of-10-free-accounts option would have been nice, for those existing customers who don't need Central or the features of Pro.

Or you know, maybe more than a one week notice of such a major change to a service that has been around for years.

as soon as i started using the free version of log me in and saw that i could group computers, i knew it was too good to be true. that was about 2-3 years ago. since they cut the group option from the free accounts, half of my computers are grouped and the other half arent.

i am surprised they didnt let you grandfather your account. yeah, they want to make money, but pissing people off isnt a good way of doing that.

at some point i would have to add another computer, make me pay for it/upgrade at that point, it is bound to happen.

doesnt matter, they made up their mind.

realize

join:2013-03-06
Johnson City, TN
reply to mikefxu

I got this notification as well. Been kind of scrambling to figure out whether to stick wtih Central or go to something else. So far I've found people recommend ScreenConnect or TeamViewer. I used TeamViewer free before and have never tried ScreenConnect but plan to do the trial. Now having to go through the trials then manager approval-- not how I wanted to start off the year.


H_T_R_N
Premium
join:2011-12-06
Valencia, PA
kudos:1

I have no problem with the logmein fees but I must say I'm liking the ScreenConnect! Thanks!


mikefxu

join:2004-10-05
Titusville, FL
reply to mikefxu

Thanks for all the suggestions. Most likely will pay for Central until there is a better alternative. I knew the free train wouldn't last forever but figured there were others in my predicament.



damn
Premium
join:2002-10-23
nyc
reply to realize

said by realize:

I got this notification as well. Been kind of scrambling to figure out whether to stick wtih Central or go to something else. So far I've found people recommend ScreenConnect or TeamViewer. I used TeamViewer free before and have never tried ScreenConnect but plan to do the trial. Now having to go through the trials then manager approval-- not how I wanted to start off the year.

Teamviewer sucks with the licensing. If you, say, buy version 9 you're stuck with it. My old job is still at version 6 and they can't connect if users upgrade their server versions. You have to pay to upgrade to new versions.
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angussf
Premium
join:2002-01-11
Tucson, AZ
kudos:4
reply to mikefxu

Here's a free alternative offered by Intel:

MeshCentral
»meshcentral.com/
Also, FWIW, Central adds some features back to LogMeIn Free that have been removed over the years, like Remote Deployment and the ability to invite other users. The latter used to be part of LMI Free but is no longer available. The ability to group computers is also very useful.


Camelot One
Premium,MVM
join:2001-11-21
Greenwood, IN
kudos:2

It is still possible to do a silent remote deploy LMI Free, but it takes some effort to setup the file.


truthseekers

join:2013-03-12
reply to mikefxu

I had 40 machines on mine and got the message must pay now. So I will dump Logmein if that's the case and i've emailed them to complain. They couldn't even write back to me with a sale enquiry regarding moving up to pro, so they dont seem that with it.