Wayk Now – A Free Instant Remote Support Tool for Windows and Mac

Wayk Now, currently still in public beta, is a new remote support tool from Devolutions, a company behind my favorite Remote Desktop Manager. It works on multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It’s portable and free forever for personal use as well.

How it works

It works much like TeamViewer if you ever used it before, only Wayk Now seems only available in a local LAN environment.

Download the executable from Wayk Now download page and run it on a computer you want to remote control. The Wayk Now window pops up. Take note of the Souce ID and Password shown on the Allow Remote Control section, as you will need these codes to remote in.

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Now, run the same executable on your main computer, type the Source ID you gathered in the Target ID and click Connect. Then type the password in the Wayk Now Security box that pops up, and click Login to get in.

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By default, the tool generates the password every time you open it. However, you can change it to a static password so you can remote in with the same password, which is very convenient to remote control a server. Just go to Options and change the password type to Custom in Security tab.

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Why Wayk Now then?

There are quite a few reasons why it’s compelling to use Wayk Now. For one, it’s free, portable, lightweight, and cross-platform support for Windows, Mac, and Linux. On top of that, it also has nice features like clipboard sharing and file transfer with unlimited file size. But what really stands out is the security feature that they implemented in this product. It uses strong TLS 1.2 encryption with certificate validation used to secure all communications.

Overall, Wayk Now¬†does the remote control job pretty well. If you are looking for a remote control tool for your internal LAN network, give it a try. You may be surprised by how easy and secure it is. It’s still in public beta stage, so share the ideas or bugs that need to be fixed in the Wayk Now Forum.

My only wishlist, at least for now, is that it would be great if it supports remote control over the Internet so I can support my users remotely from home without signing in VPN first.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 11/14/2016

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