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Author Topic: LogMeIn Hamachi²  (Read 5934 times)

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LogMeIn Hamachi²
« on: October 15, 2010, 09:20:45 PM »
Basic Info

App NameLogMeIn Hamachi²
App URLhttps://secure.logmein.com/
App Version Reviewed2.0.2.85
Test System Specs2GB RAM, 1.5TB HDD, 3.2DC Processor
Supported OSesWindows XP, Vista, 7 & All Server Editions (Linux Beta has been Launched)
Support MethodsKnowledge Base, FAQ, Phone and Ticket Support, Documentation, Forum
Upgrade PolicyAutomatic and Manual Updates within the software
Trial Version Available?Trial Version Available, limited to a mesh network configuration, and you will miss out on web-based centralized management - Not for Commercial Use
Pricing Scheme$199.00 / year for the managed Version - Unmanaged version is Free (Limited)
Author Donation LinkDonate to apankrat, the Software Author
Reviewer Donation LinkDonate to Stephen66515, the Review Author
Screencast Video URLhttps://secure.logme...achiTour/client.aspx
Relationship btwn. Reviewer and Product REVIEWER: There is no Relationship between the Reviewer and The Software Developer(s)


Intro:

LogMeIn Hamachi² is a great little software utility that allows users from accross the globe to join a "LAN".  This has multiple uses, such as file sharing, Gaming (One of its most used applications), Networking, Chatting (Instead of conventional IM Software), and also business based functions.

Using this software, makes life a little simpler when rolling out private alpha tests on things such as game servers, as you do not have to worry about handing out secrets keys, or passwords, as a user would have to join your network (which you can password protect, and is joinable from Network Name and/or IP {IP Is unique, and not your LAN/WAN IP})

For the same reasons, it also makes commercial use, rather simple and very secure.  You also have the option to "Evict" a user from your network, so if you have a member of staff, who has thier home computer connected to the network, and they no longer require access for any reason (Lost Job, Moved to new project), they can easily have thier access revoked.


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Who is this app designed for:

  • Gamers
  • Developers
  • Network Admins
  • Groups of Friends
  • File Sharing Groups


The Good


  • Very Fast
  • Very Secure
  • No Bugs (That I have found)
  • Only allows access to public files, if a user has allowed them to be shared.



The needs improvement section


No bugs to report, no crashes and no actual bad points.  In my total, honest opinion, other than a few missing features I have requested for my own reasons, nothing could really use improvement.


Why I think you should use this product


If you require access to LAN capabilities, while out at work, or at home, then this is the software for you.  Very simple to use, Great UI, no unrequired buttons or features, large "Power Off" button (Shuts down all your virtual networks), creates a static IP for your LAN.

The security is rather good, with the ability to password protect your networks, and evict any users you no longer want on it, you feel in full control of everything.

How does it compare to similar apps

Smaller Application than most, no annoying nag screens on the free version, and no limitations that a normal user would notice or care about.  The free version has limitations, but less than most apps in the same catagory.


Conclusions

My conclusion is, that if you require LAN capabilities, without wanting to pay high prices, then this is the software for you.  With a UI that even someone with very little technical knowledge could work around, yet with the power of a great application, it is a must for any Developer, or Network Admin who wants total, and simple access to files on other computers, with no hassle.

Games Developers would find this application very usefull as it allows them to test out LAN gaming, without the need for all the testers to be in the same building. (Also great for private network gaming, or International LAN parties)
« Last Edit: October 15, 2010, 09:25:21 PM by Stephen66515 »

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Re: LogMeIn Hamachi²
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2010, 04:29:14 AM »
Games Developers would find this application very usefull as it allows them to test out LAN gaming, without the need for all the testers to be in the same building.
Not very useful to test LAN gaming, really - since the programming model for LAN and WAN is pretty much the same, if you want LAN to be handled differently from WAN it would be to take advantage of the lower latency or the higher bandwidth... you don't get that when emulating a LAN over WAN :)
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Re: LogMeIn Hamachi²
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2010, 05:15:38 AM »
One thing to note is that it is impossible to turn off auto start in hamachi2. This is the sole reason I am using the latest version of the first iteration of hamachi when I need it.
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Re: LogMeIn Hamachi²
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2010, 06:15:20 AM »
<tinfoil hat>
Does the complete lack of needing to do any port forwarding configuration mean that all traffic between the user networks uses hamachi servers as intermediate party? If so, wouldn't that put them in a perfect position to mitm snoop your traffic? :S
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Re: LogMeIn Hamachi²
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2010, 06:26:29 AM »
Gothic: iirc, hamachi uses STUN to punch UDP NAT holes - so, their server is necessary while establishing a connection, but not afterwards.
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Re: LogMeIn Hamachi²
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2010, 06:42:48 PM »
Since this is working at the level of a VPN connection, I assume that it's usable to establish a Remote Desktop connection to the machine at the other end?

How does it affect TCP/IP routing? Specifically, I'm wondering what happens if I try to use this to connect from work to home. If I have a connection open to my home computer, will my network stack still know that work-internal traffic should not travel through the Hamachi VPN, but stay within work?



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Re: LogMeIn Hamachi²
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2010, 06:52:40 PM »
Since this is working at the level of a VPN connection, I assume that it's usable to establish a Remote Desktop connection to the machine at the other end?

How does it affect TCP/IP routing? Specifically, I'm wondering what happens if I try to use this to connect from work to home. If I have a connection open to my home computer, will my network stack still know that work-internal traffic should not travel through the Hamachi VPN, but stay within work?

No RDC options in the version I reviewed, but you _can_ connect to public shared folders on the target machine.  That is the only real connection you have to the other machines, if the setting on said machine(s) is enabled.

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Re: LogMeIn Hamachi²
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2010, 07:55:43 PM »
Hamachi does not come with RDP built-in, however it works fine using the MS Client from any XP/Vista/7/Server machine. I am able to rdp into all of the machines in my hamachi network.

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Re: LogMeIn Hamachi²
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2010, 01:19:18 PM »
How does it affect TCP/IP routing? Specifically, I'm wondering what happens if I try to use this to connect from work to home. If I have a connection open to my home computer, will my network stack still know that work-internal traffic should not travel through the Hamachi VPN, but stay within work?
Haven't tested this, but computers participating in a hamachi VLAN get a separate IP (using a virtual network adapter? can't remember!) in a relatively crazy range - like 5.122.21.181 (random IP from google images result) - so normal traffic should be routed normally, and only VLAN related traffic should go through the hamachi tunnel.

The real interesting question would be how it cooperates with other VPN solutions - you're probably SOL if you use Cisco :)
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Re: LogMeIn Hamachi²
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2010, 02:30:07 PM »
Does anyone know if there are plans an android version of hamachi?

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Re: LogMeIn Hamachi²
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2010, 11:28:09 AM »
Does anyone know if there are plans an android version of hamachi?

Perhaps sending them an e-mail might get you a faster responce lol