Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Screen sharing with Mikogo

I came across Mikogo in this blog post a few days ago. Here's a review which explains a little more on what it does (actually, there is a Linux version now which I've used).
Essentially it does what TeamViewer does but with the advantage that it only needs to be downloaded (but not really installed -- just extracted) on the Presenter machine.
On the Viewer computers that just wish to join the sessions started by the Presenter, just open a browser, navigate to (or and enter the Session ID for the new session as indicated on the Presenter.
I've used Ubuntu, Windows XP and OS X as Presenter and used machines running Ubuntu, Windows 7, OS X and Haiku as Viewers.
I only tried it out on our own LAN but it will obviously work over the Internet, too.
For screensharing and whiteboarding I found it slow so complicated presentations may be troublesome. Not sure what can be done about this but I'll look into it and post if I'm able to find a solution.
Possibly the biggest problem I had was that File Transfer just wouldn't work for me irrespective of what OS I used on the Presenter or what OS I had in the Viewer.
I posted to the Mikogo forum on these problems but have yet to get a solution. Nevertheless, more details are provided in my posts.

1 comment:

  1. You may also want to try free Ammyy Admin

    It doesn't require installation or specific config. It works behind gateways NAT without port mapping as well as within one LAN.

    Good alternative though!