So what exactly can you do with the free version besides remotely view a computer?
I use UltraVNC and it offers the same features as LogMeIn Pro (which you have to pay for). I can transfer files back and forth, remote print, and access files on the other comps in my home network... All for free.
Depending how ambitious you are, you could set up a server using something like Microsoft's Small Business Server. Of course, we're comparing apples to oranges for offerings, but Small Business Server features Remote Web Workplace, a handy tool to log in to your office desktop from a remote location. And yes, it does provide a quick checkbox before logging in to connect your local disk drives allowing seamless file transfers between office and remote PC / laptops.
One of the other variables you would need to consider would be IP address. Most basic 'net service from ISPs don't provide a static IP address. While you can overcome this with DynDNS, it's much simpler to have a static IP.
Ok, so I admit this would be an extreme scenario for someone like a single op. But, for a multi-system company, this is a real working scenario as small business server also provides an Exchange server which would work well for employees checking their work email from home, etc.
I currently have 3 systems with 3 laptops. I have a personal/host laptop in my office. I always have my 3 dj laptops in the office in the cases on the shelf. However, if i need to add some music to the laptops, i have setup a wireless network within my home.
I have a Linksys router and i have setup an ecryption key. (so nobody can access my wireless network with out a key)
I am able to rip my songs on to my host laptop and simply drag and drop the song files on the folder sharing icons on my desktop that are related to each dj laptop. Of course, the dj laptops have to be turned on, but this can all be done through Windows XP. Instead of ripping all 3 cds for each laptop individually per laptop, i am able to rip one cd once and drag and drop the songs. I then put the 3 cds in a fire safe box, just in case.
I keep all of my music on the dj laptops in a sharing folder. I can access the folder through my wireless network. I have had this setup for about 3 years without any problems.
I can also setup remote desktop through Windows XP. Therefore, if i turn on all 3 laptops, i can access each laptop remotely from my host computer. All of this is free and included with Windows. You would only have to purchase a wireless router.