We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Ease of use was the number-one thing. It's an industry leader for ease of use, specifically on the client-side, which is the absolutely critical thing. If I want to connect to somebody, how easily can I — without seeing their computer — walk them through the steps to install it to a point where I can key in the code and help them resolve their situation?... TeamViewer is just a dead-solid, easy answer."
"It's pretty easy to use. Just key in an ID and password and connect. For meetings, just enter the meeting ID and connect."
"The best feature is the remote access and being able to control another person's computer when you're showing them something, or teaching them how to do something during training, or fixing a problem they're having."
"The TeamViewer system has some built-in security. The TeamViewer client connects to the TeamViewer host securely. Only a certain number of authorized users on our side have access to the system. Even within that, an individual endpoint can be assigned to a group, where not everybody has access but, rather, just one or two people who are part of a support team might have access to that particular device. So TeamViewer has given us tools to be able to segregate who has access to different things."
"We also use it a lot for remote site assistance. We've set up our internal authentication for unattended access to our remote sites. That makes it very easy and convenient to remotely connect with our users and our client machines whenever we need to. It's set as a direct, secure connection. As long as the station has internet access, we can see it and it makes remote support very simple."
"With an image, you can see immediately what's going on. You can run some tests. Without the solution, you need to do everything by telephone. It's not even thinkable."
"TeamViewer has been one of the easiest, right off the bat products, that we have employed at the college. We have had no issues. It's been one of the easiest solutions to pick up."
"It's very beneficial and time effective on how we are able to provide quick support. We've quadrupled our effectiveness as an IT support because we have cut down all that unnecessary travel time, even between floors."
"The most valuable features are that it is consistently low profile and consistently works without hiccups or headaches."
"Every now and then you'll get a silent crash and you relaunch the application. But it happens no more than with anything else in the Windows environment."
"If were to I put myself in the seat of a small business owner, I would prefer TeamViewer to be more of a pay-once-and-own-it solution, rather than paying via a subscription model (although I am using the free version). Only annual subscriptions are available. It makes paying for it the first time seem a little daunting."
"Sometimes we'll have a device in the field, and I'll click on remote control and it says "Can't authenticate." I'll double click in a different part of the TeamViewer interface and it'll say "Can't authenticate." Then I'll do it a third time and it connects. It's possible that it's just bad luck. It's also very possible that it's some bug within TeamViewer..."
"It's not the program itself that's an issue, but there is a need for some better documentation on how to use the web portal Management Console. That seems to be a bit lacking in directions, if you aren't paying attention and you don't know what to do. Better documentation would make it a little bit easier to set things up in different groups and share groups between people."
"A feature that they could add is chat with sound to talk."
"Sometimes, the app can be a little cumbersome when accessing certain aspects of the program."
"Some of the additional features, like the meeting stuff, is making it too cluttered."
"They should release features such as Augmented Reality into both plain and standard versions of TeamViewer."
"We occasionally have issues with the graphic software of the interface."
"...it will cost you $1,500 to $1,600 a year, but when I think of how much work I do through TeamViewer..."
"It does what I need it to do but I think it's expensive. It wasn't easy for me to get approval from the company to get it... It's costing us about $700 a year, per license."
"TeamViewer is $600 or $700 per port per year..."
"The cost is in the thousands of dollars per year."
"We have a corporate license. The maximum amount number of users changes based on the amount you pay. E.g., with our license, there is a maximum amount of users who can use the solution at the same time (10 users)."
"TeamViewer was willing to give us a one-year package. Whereas, a lot of the other companies that we explored were paid by the month or quarter. It's just easier for our finance people at the college if we can make a one-time yearly payment."
"TeamViewer has multiple licensing options."
"The price was cheaper than what we were previously paying. At the time that we went with TeamViewer, we were using ShareConnect. The TeamViewer package was about half the cost and able to have a bigger number of users."
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TeamViewer lets you connect to any PC or server around the world within a few seconds. Remote control a partners PC as if you were sitting in front of it. Available in over 30 languages, TeamViewer is one of the world's most popular providers of remote control and online meeting software. airbackup, a powerful cloud-based backup solution, and ITbrain, a valuable remote monitoring and IT asset tracking solution, complement TeamViewer's product portfolio.
Intuitive remote control
Use the mouse and keyboard (or touchscreen) in front of you as though they belong to the remote computer.
Send special keys and combinations such as Ctrl-Alt-Del, and copy and paste text in either direction. Type in confidence that characters will be interpreted correctly, whatever your platform, keyboard or input language.
Tried and tested performance
As the original inventors of VNC® technology, we know how to create a responsive screen sharing experience that's as good as being there.
Our patent-protected technology automatically optimizes to the speed of your network, and is especially effective in low-bandwidth and high-latency environments.
PC to PC and mobile to PC across Windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi, iOS and Android.
With an Enterprise subscription, you also get a key to install our VNC® 5.x software on a wide range of older and UNIX operating systems too, so your legacy hardware remains accessible.
Attended and unattended access
Connect whether remote computer owners are present or not.
Remotely access your own computers, monitor or patch equipment in the field, support customers or colleagues, and much more. Learn about the many ways our customers use VNC® Connect.
Direct and cloud connectivity
Our cloud service automatically brokers cloud connections between devices wherever they are.
So you don’t need to rely on a VPN, or conduct complex and insecure port-forwarding and firewall configuration.
With an Enterprise subscription, you can establish direct connections as well (or instead), perfect for locked down or offline network environments. For more information, start with our document cloud versus direct.
Pre-install or connect on demand
Add device access to your subscription, install VNC® Connect on every device you own or manage, and enable access by anyone at any time.
Alternatively, add instant support to your subscription and connect in seconds on demand, leaving no footprint. Or add both capabilities, and cover every remote access use case.
File transfer, printing and chat
During a session, you're not restricted to just interacting with the remote screen.
You can transfer files in either direction, print files directly to a printer where you are (rather than to a printer attached to the remote computer), and securely chat with other users connected at the same time as you.
Secure by design
VNC® Connect is built from the ground up with security in mind, to balance the control you need with the privacy that compliance requires.
Sessions are encrypted end-to-end using up to 256-bit AES encryption. Authentication is mandatory at the point of connection and never delegated to the cloud. Protect your computers with multi-factor authentication, single-sign on (SSO), granular access control and rich session permissions.
VNC® Connect is available in French, German, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese as well as English, with more translations on the way.
Online team management
Manage remote computers, the people you invite into your team to share remote access with, and their roles and permissions from one central location.
With an Enterprise subscription, you can deploy VNC® Connect in bulk, offline or remotely using your standard enterprise tooling.
In addition, you can configure VNC® Connect remotely using policy, and lock it down to prevent change.
Virtual desktops under Linux
With an Enterprise subscription, you can create virtual desktops on Linux computers.
This might be useful to enable visual remote access to headless Linux systems, or provide separate workspaces for simultaneous users of a shared resource.
TeamViewer is ranked 1st in Remote Access with 12 reviews while VNC Connect is ranked 12th in Remote Access with 1 review. TeamViewer is rated 9.4, while VNC Connect is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of TeamViewer writes "Allows us to access our devices on somebody else's network under their supervision, allaying security concerns". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VNC Connect writes "Reliable and trustworthy remote access software, with responsive technical support ". TeamViewer is most compared with TeamViewer Tensor, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, Zoom and GoToMyPC, whereas VNC Connect is most compared with OpenText Exceed TurboX (ETX), Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, Parallels Access, Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager and Check Point Remote Access VPN.
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