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The best remote access software

We round up the top remote access software for mobile workers, including those with collaboration, screen-sharing and support tools

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With remote work expanding during the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for software packages that let workers do their jobs at home expanded drastically. As we emerge from the worst of it, businesses are likely to continue seeking systems like these as they adapt to hybrid working models, with this demand estimated to grow even more into the future.

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In fact, analysts project the market will increase in size by 15.7% in the next four years, equating to a value of $3.83 billion (£2.76 billion). The rising prospect of security threats, as well as the expansion of technologies and the rise of EdTech are also contributing to the rising demand for remote access software.  

Despite confusion emanating from the government during the pandemic, some form of remote working is here to stay, and organisations of all sizes are examining how best to configure spaces for the future of hybrid work. LinkedIn research also shows that the flexibility that remote working has introduced is considered a benefit in job applications, making companies that promote this trend more appealing. In many cases, for an entire cohort of the workforce, this flexibility isn’t just a benefit, but a requirement.

We’ve rounded up the most popular providers of remote access software to help you pick the best option that might suit your business. 

LogMeIn Pro

LogMeIn Pro, also known as Pro by LogMeIn, was the firm’s primary remote access system before it acquired the GoTo suite of business apps developed by Citrix. Although a host of other tools and services has been added to LogMeIn’s portfolio, LogMeIn Pro is still its most effective and simplest tool for small businesses.

Tier

Number of computers that can be accessed

Price per month

Pro for Individuals

2

£25

Pro for Power Users

5

£59

Pro for small businesses

10

£109

Pro 25 for small businesses

25

£242

Pro 50 for small businesses

50

£492

The solution offers numerous ways to access your computer remotely. Official apps are available to download for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, Android (via Google Play or Amazon) and Windows, or if for whatever reason that doesn't suit you can use a compatible browser.

There are other features included across all tiers of LogMeIn Pro, such as remote printing, 1TB of cloud-based file storage and unlimited users.

ConnectWise Control

Formerly known as ScreenConnect, ConnectWise Control is focused on providing remote IT support, rather than users accessing their own computers remotely from another device.

ConnectWise Control is subdivided into two options: Support and Access. Support is the more comprehensive of the two, providing remote meetings, file transfer, remote support, remote printing, unattended access, VoIP, chat, reporting dashboard remote diagnostics and more, depending on which tier you're signed up to.

As the name would suggest, Access focuses on unattended access, with security and device management at its heart.

Control Support pricing starts from $19 per month ex VAT for the lowest tier, One, rising to $35 per month ex VAT for the next tier up, Standard, and $45 per month ex VAT for the top tier, Premium.

Control Access is priced per number of 'unattended access agents', which is to say ConnectWise client software installed on the computer to be remotely accessed. The lowest tier is $30 per month ex VAT for 25 unattended access agents, going up to $1,250 per month ex VAT for 2,500 agents.

Splashtop

Splashtop offers a wide variety of remote access products for almost every conceivable use case.

First, there are classic tools for IT teams and MSPs supporting both internal users and external customers: Remote Support, which gives both attended and unattended access to servers and computers, and SOS On-Demand Support, which is a simpler feature for providing remote break/fix assistance to individuals using Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices.

Name

Price per month

Conditions

Personal

Free

One user, non-commercial use.

Business Access Solo

$5

Individual users only. Access up to two computers.

Business Access Pro

$8.25/user

Intended for four or more users. Volume licensing agreements available for teams of 10 or more

Remote Support Plus

From $25

25 computers per year.

Remote Support Premium

From $40

25 computers per year.

SOS

$17

Attended devices only, but an unlimited number

SOS+10

$19

Up to 10 unattended devices, unlimited attended devices

SOS Unlimited

$34

No

Enterprise Remote Support and Access

Enquire directly

N/A

Ruggest & IoT Remote Access and Support

Enquire directly

Free trial for up to 100 devices. A trial is available for over 100 devices by arrangement with Splashtop

Next, there's the somewhat more comprehensive Enterprise Remote Support and Access, which is a self-hosted, on-premise product for larger organisations to – as the name would suggest – provide remote access and support. IT administrators can access any managed computer remotely, including virtual machines.

At the other end of the scale, there's Business Access, which allows individuals or teams to access laptops and desktops running Windows or Mac remotely from their smartphone, tablet or another computer. 

For those organisations managing a lot of remote devices that typically operate unattended at most times, such as kiosks, IoT devices, point of sale (POS), or digital signs, there's Rugged & IoT Remote Access and Support. 

There's also a free Personal tier, which is for non-commercial use and as such doesn't include many of the bells and whistles of the others.

TeamViewer

One of the best-known names in remote access, TeamViewer offers fully cloud-based products for a wide range of scenarios.

NamePrice per monthConditions
Single User - Business License£32.90One user can operate one session
Multi User - Premium License£61.90Includes 15 licensed users, allowing one user to operate one session
For Teams - Corporate License£124.90Includes 30 licensed users, allowing three users to operate one session
TeamViewer TensorFrom $28Approach TeamViewer for more details
TeamViewer IoTFree freeVariable pricing per endpoint  available through TeamViewer website 
TeamViewer PilotFree trial availableApproach TeamViewer for more details
TeamViewer Remote ManagementFree trial availableApproach TeamViewer for more details
Teamviewer ServicecampFree trial availableApproach TeamViewer for more details

For individuals, there's the eponymous TeamViewer remote support software. It's for private, non-commercial use only, although in addition to accessing your own computer remotely you may, for example, help out a friend or relative remotely – handy if you're in a government-mandated lockdown, for example.

There are also three TeamViewer business options, Single User, Multi-User and For Teams. All of the tiers offer attended and unattended access, file sharing, remote printing, and device management, and device management ranging from up to 200 to up to 500 depending on the tier.

In addition to the above, there are five options for businesses to choose from Tensor, IoT, Pilot, Remote Management and Servicecamp.

TeamViewer Tensor provides remote support, remote access, and remote device control. It also supports single sign-on (SSO), is device agnostic, has the ability to audit every connection made to and from a PC to the Tensor platform, and has Internet of Things (IoT) support.

For more specialised IoT support, there's TeamViewer IoT. It's already in use in settings such as manufacturing, logistics and transport, utilities, and building and infrastructure. It can be used to monitor and, where possible, fix devices remotely, and also allows admins to set up data and rules-based security monitoring, alerting them if any devices or sensors start behaving unusually.

TeamViewer Pilot offers the ability to provide remote support via augmented reality (AR). This allows someone on the ground who needs to fix an endpoint quickly but lacks the expertise to connect with a specialist who can guide them through the process via their smartphone.

TeamViewer Remote Management is a rather more standard product than Pilot. It offers centralised monitoring and management for devices and the corporate network, as well as patch management, asset management, endpoint protection, and backup.

Similarly simple is Servicecamp, a service desk option that can be added onto other business-level TeamViewer subscriptions.

TeamViewer's pricing is highly configurable, so we recommend you visit the company's website for more details.

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