Remote Access Management Software - Review

Remote Access Management Software for Support: Review

Regular email or call based support mechanism doesn’t work very well for IT related issues. Troubleshooting and identifying a problem may be complicated and customers are generally not equipped with the know-how. Remote access management software exists to resolve such issues. With remote access management software, your agents can easily take control of the customer’s device for troubleshooting and maintenance operations.

Typically, a remote support software involves

  • Installing a software at both the customer’s system and at the agent’s system.
  • Some form of authorization between the agent and customer for security to establish a session.
  • Screen-sharing.
  • The agent taking control of the customer’s keyboard and mouse.
  • Text/voice mode of communication while troubleshooting.

These tools may also support the following features to varying degree

  • A shared clipboard that allows an agent to copy-paste text content from his system to the customer’s system.
  • Cross-platform support (connect between Windows, Mac & Linux).
  • Connecting from and to mobile devices.
  • Simplified file-sharing mechanism between the two systems.
  • Whiteboards i.e., drawing lines and shapes on the customer’s screen to highlight something
  • Support for printing remote files from customer’s system on a local printer
  • Ability to record the session.

In this comparison, we will be looking at some of the best and most popular remote access management software available.

1. LogMeIn Rescue

Note: LogMeIn has other products like Pro & Central with stripped down feature set.

LogMeIn Rescue

Standout Features

  • LogMeIn Rescue is available for both mobile devices and desktops – PCs, Macs, iOS devices and Android devices. Cross-platform connection possible.
  • Supports file-transfers, live-chat and screen-sharing between the agent and customer. Drag & Drop between agent and customer systems is possible.
  • Allows customers to connect quickly using a 6 digit code.
  • Whiteboard functionality.
  • Rescue Lens: Remote video streaming that allows agents to guide customers to resolve the problem themselves.
  • Integrates with other tools like Salesforce, HappyFox etc.
  • Admins can monitor and record sessions with support for real-time reporting. Permissions can be granted to agent groups.
  • Ability to configure unattended access.
  • An agent can have a maximum of 10 active sessions.
  • Sessions can be transferred between agents.
  • Supports scripting: Agents can easily run predefined scripts on the customer’s machine for diagnostics remotely.
  • Remote reboot and reconnect is supported.

Cons

  • Cannot connect to Linux machines.
  • No support for UHD (4K) resolution (while connecting to customer devices).
  • Expensive.
  • Outdated agent console UI.

Trial

  • No free version, but a 14-day trial is available.

Pricing

  • Basic Plan: $1299/year/seat
  • Basic + Mobile support: $1799/year/seat
  • More licenses needed for additional seats.

Verdict

Ultimately, if the price is not a concern and if you are looking for a remote access management software that has an advanced feature-set and also supports customizations and branding, Rescue by LogMeIn will definitely satisfy your requirements.

2. TeamViewer

TeamViewer

Standout Features

  • TeamViewer allows agents to control both desktops (Windows PCs, Mac, and Linux) and mobile devices (running Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile). Supports cross-platform connection.
  • UI is more modern when compared to the other remote access management software.
  • Supports remote file-sharing between customer and agent.
  • Remote unattended access is possible with the option to remotely wake-up devices in sleep mode.
  • TeamViewer agent console has quick and useful shortcuts that can be launched with the click of a button.
  • Online meeting/video streaming supported with support for a whiteboard. Can also be used for online meetings.
  • Flexible pricing plan based on your requirements.
  • Collaboration supported through whiteboard app.
  • Can connect to customer systems with UHD displays.
  • Integrates with CRM like Salesforce with support for API as well.

Cons

  • Drag & Drop of files is not supported.
  • No support for scripting, unlike LogMeIn.
  • Difficult to manage multiple sessions for the same agent.
  • Linux support is via WINE, so it may have some issues.

Trial

  • Unlike most other tools, a free non-commercial license is available.

Pricing

  • Business, Premium, Corporate and Enterprise plans are available.
  • Corporate Plan costs about $2,839 for 3 seats.

Verdict

TeamViewer is an easy-to-use and feature-rich remote access management software. With a flexible pricing plan and an intuitive UI, it is a strong contender in this category.

3. GoToAssist

GoToAssist

Standout Features

  • GoToAssist supports cross-platform connections between desktops and mobile devices. Desktop – Macs and Windows PCs. Mobiles – iOS and Android devices.
  • Chat collaboration between agent and customer is supported (including voice).
  • Support for file-transfer between agent and customer systems, even in unattended sessions. Files can also be dragged & dropped.
  • Sessions can be transferred between agents.
  • Annotate the customer’s screen using the whiteboard feature.
  • Option for quick-diagnostics from agent interface.
  • Multiple team members(agents) can be invited to join a session.
  • Session recording and reporting on sessions can be done.
  • Named licenses or concurrent(shared) licenses can be purchased. Concurrent licenses can be shared between unique agents. An agent can have 8 concurrent sessions.
  • Conditional customer routing is possible.
  • Reporting module is comprehensive.

Cons

  • No support for Linux.
  • UI is slick but a little clumsy.
  • Ideal for SMBs. May not be suitable for large enterprises.
  • No support for advanced features such as remote reboot, connecting to systems in safe mode etc.

Trial

  • Free 7 day trial.

Pricing

  • $1188/year/seat for the Concurrent plan.
  • Additional licenses can be purchased if needed.

Verdict

GoToAssist is an ideal choice for a remote support software if advanced system-level debugging is not a requirement. If you have a lot of agents who are only occasionally active, the concurrent license plan can help cut costs significantly.

4. Bomgar

Bomgar

Standout Features

  • Bomgar supports Windows, Mac, Linux and also mobile operating systems such as Android and iOS. Support for cross-platform remote access.
  • Optional HTML5 based agent console available with most of the features intact. Agents can securely connect to devices using the service instead of downloading an app.
  • Provision to opt for a cloud version or purchase a hardware variant running the service for self-hosting.
  • Silent monitoring of agents, ability to group agents and restrict/grant access.
  • Supports unattended access of customer systems.
  • Provides whiteboard to annotate on the customer’s screen during a remote sharing session.
  • Zero footprint sessions allow client software to be completely removed after a remote support session.
  • Supports live-chat translation during a session.
  • Perform quick diagnostics/patching on customer’s systems using custom scripts.
  • Supports customer routing and queueing.
  • For identity management, it offers LDAP, Kerberos, and SAML.
  • One of the few products in this domain to offer application sharing – when agents share their screen, they can restrict what is visible to the customer.
  • Provides a lot of in-built integrations with CRM and identity management solutions.
  • Supports concurrent licenses.

Cons

  • Session inactivity warning can be distracting to agents.
  • Wake on LAN functionality is not available (for sleeping devices).
  • Lacks voice-chat during remote sessions.
  • Expensive.

Trial

  • Free trial for 7 days

Pricing

  • Cloud version – $1995/agent/seat (concurrent license)
  • Owned Appliance – One-time purchase (not specified)

Verdict

If you want a remote support solution with multiple deployment options, ability to use a web console for initiating secure sessions on the go without compromising on features, Bomgar is a good choice. However, it is also one of the most expensive tools in this segment.

5. VNC Connect

VNC Connect

Standout Features

  • VNC Connect supports multiple platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Cross-platform connection possible.
  • Supports up to 10 concurrent sessions for an agent.
  • Whiteboard feature is available.
  • Support for file transfers.
  • Provision to have a self-hosted or cloud version depending on requirement.
  • Supports unattended access.
  • Allows for zero-footprint remote sessions
  • Provides legacy platform support as well.
  • Very cost-effective when compared to others in this segment.

Cons

  • Firewall setup can complicate initial configuration.
  • No central UI to manage file transfers.
  • Does not support desktop link/icon to quick-connect to customer systems.
  • Reporting is barebones.
  • Lacks many advanced features that other products provide.
  • SDK only recently launched. Limited integrations when compared to others.

Trial

  • Non-Commercial free license for upto 5 users available.
  • 30 day trial for Enterprise version.

Pricing

  • Self-hosted Enterprise version: $55/year/agent
  • Cloud Enterprise version: $400/year/agent (named license)

Verdict

If you are on the lookout for a remote access management software to help people with some technical knowledge, VNC Connect is a good choice. However, it does not offer a lot of advanced features that some other competitors provide. It provides a clean interface and no-frills remote support.

Remote Access Management Software – Quick Comparison

Remote Access Management Software Comparison Chart
Remote Access Management Software Comparison

 

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Manoj Kumar Subramaniyan

Developer turned Business Analyst. Graduated with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering but believes he found his true calling in Product Management. At his leisure time, he is either following up about some tech/gaming related developments or is trying to read a novel. Big fan of Tolkien and The Legend of Zelda video game series!