I like software that is simple, effiicient, well engineered, and useful (without trying to do too much). Hamachi is that kind of software.
Hamachi is the name for a small piece of Virtual Private Networking (VPN) software. It allows you to share computer resources (files, computers, printers) across networks securely. It maintains a very small footprint on your computer, is ultra-simple to use, and very easy to implement. For a small business Hamachi is an extremely cheap way to fill some basic technology needs.
A small business would use Hamachi to set up a private network for employees of the company. These networks are totally private and encrypted so that nobody can see what’s going on in a private Hamachi network. Consider some uses of Hamachi:
File Sharing – Using Hamachi users could share files amongst each other’s machines across the internet securely. Even on a local network setting up file sharing amongst computers is more easily done with Hamachi than through Windows itself. Emplyees in different geographic locations could share files and folders effortlessly with Hamachi.
Printer sharing – Some small and home businesses may not have a network capable printer. While a printer can be shared, configuring this in Windows can be a pain (I tried on my home network and never got it to work!) With Hamachi sharing a non-networked (local) printer is a breeze. If the high-quality color printer is located in the main office, remote users could still print to that printer easily across the internet.
Remote Desktop – Supporting employee machines across the internet can be done in several ways but Hamachi allows you to do that as well. A support person could easily remote to another Windows XP Professional machine across the internet and tinker with a problem on that user’s machine.
Web Proxying – Using Hamachi a user could send their internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel from their remote machine to another Hamachi enable machine at their home office. This way they won’t risk internet traffic being sniffed at an insecure location (like a free public wireless hotspot). This might also come in handy if you’re blogging from China too.
Anyway, I’ll work up a video tutorial and post it soon.