Re: Off Topic - repetitive TeamViewer Screw-ups

Joe Zeglinski

Hi Barry,
    The 82-year old senior living in a condo residence, whom I personally help with PC’s, also got cut off again, shortly after getting reconnected for the second time. We are in the middle of the third go-round with them – but hopefully only for the short term as I look for a reasonable, but free, replacement. I suspect the TeamViewer Spy program has gone rogue, and is making arbitrary decisions. Or, the corporation is just culling the list of “free-users”, who unnecessarily tie up their servers in Germany. One might think they would be smart enough to simply offer  a 30 day  TRIAL of their software, instead of antagonizing people all over the entire planet. Bad Business !!!! 
     However, Barry, when you were cut off, were you just checking your remote observatory from your SBH company office?
If so, the TV spy program could easily have found the business address and assumed a “Suite number”, was a business location. We are not even allowed to login to home, from a commercial site, or an internet cafe, maybe not even while waiting at an airport with WiFi, since TeamViewer has no way of distinguishing that kind of  session from a true Customer Support business. Makes sense, since they need to protect their UNREASONABLY expensive software. I wonder what business would ever pay $500 per seat,  for that gold plated over-priced program. It just isn’t worth one tenth their price. It must be some kind of other TeamViewer business scam going on behind that facade.
    Thanks for the lead to ANYDESK. I looked at it initially, but there must have been some restrictions, or it wasn’t free. Will revisit it again, though, since I need something like TV for the backyard observatory link, and to help senior friends who struggle with technology.

From: Barry Megdal
Sent: Monday, December 23, 2019 3:37 PM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Off Topic - repetitive TeamViewer Screw-ups

I got accused of commercial use once, but even after sending TeamViewer my signed document stating only personal use, I got cut off last week only a month later.


I need access to an observatory that is far away, not just in my yard.  Looking at online reviews, I saw that AnyDesk was written by some  of the same people as TeamViewer, and was optimized for speed, clarity, etc.


It is free to use, but about $100 a year if you want to use some of its nice features (like the address book).


I wanted to try it, but TeamViewer only gave me 20 second sessions before it disconnected me, so I had to practice installing AnyDesk on my home PC in small steps (with TeamViewer’s enforced re-login delay in between), in order to finally get it installed on the observatory PC.


Bottom line is that AnyDesk seems to work very nicely (at least as well as TeamViewer), and the price is either free or much more reasonable that TeamViewer’s $500/year.  I won’t be going back.


-        Barry


Dr. Barry Megdal



Shb Instruments, Inc.

19215 Parthenia St.  Suite A

Northridge, CA 91324

(818) 773-2000  (818)773-2005 fax



Faculty (retired)

Dept. of Electrical Engineering



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