Comparison of professional remote desktop software

Business > Enterprises > Remote desktop
2015-07-30 08:55:00

Remote desktop software are dedicated software or builtin OS features, which allows to run graphical applications remotely. It is useful to access your PC at work from your Smartphone, tablet or home computer. It can also be used to do remote administration. Some software also allow to broadcast a screen to several client computers to make remote formation or web conferencing easier.

Remote desktop is usually split in two parts:

  • one side to share the screen: the server
  • the side which receive the screen and can optionnaly control it: the client

The server could be your computer at work, and the client might be your smartphone, your tablet or your home computer. If you want to control your computer from a tablet or smartphone, you need to check if the software you are looking for support checking the "Client platforms" section.

AetherPalBomgarCendio ThinLincEricom BlazeEricom PowerTerm WebConnectGoToMyPCHOB HOBLink JWTISL LightJoin.meLogMeInMikogoRealVNCScreenconnectSplashtop RemoteTeamViewerWebEx
Pricing $75From $9.95 per monthFrom $100Free, 15$/user/mo (+audio)
  • Free
  • From $12.20/month
From $13 / month
  • Free (Windows XP, 2000, Linux)
  • Personal edition
  • Enterprise edition
From $300
  • Free (Windows application non commercial use)
  • Mobile app from $0.99
  • Pro subscriptions
€499 - €1890 Lifetime LicenseFrom $19 / month
Server platforms
Mac OSYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes- Enterprise onlyYesYesYes
LinuxNoYesYesNoNoNoYesNoYes- Enterprise onlyYesNoYes
Client platforms
Windows as clientYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes via browserYesYesYesYesYes
Mac OS as clientYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes via browser- Enterprise onlyYesYesYesYes
Linux as clientNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes via browserYesYesNoYesYes
iOS clientYesYesYes HTML5YesYesYesYesYesYes via browserYesYesYesYesYes
Android clientYesYesYes HTML5YesYesYesYesYesYes via browserYesYesYesYesYes
File transferYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Audio supportNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYesYesYes
Text chatYes
Voice Chat / VoIP
Multiple sessionsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Seamless windowYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesNoYesYesYesNo
Remote AssistanceYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Access Permission RequestYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Built-in EncryptionYes SSL, TLSYes SSL, AES-256Yes SSH, TLS (AES-256) for HTML5YesYesYesYes SSL, TLSYes SSL, AES-256Yes SSLYes AES-256Yes AES-256Yes AES-256Yes SSL, TLSYes AES-256Yes
Client/server/listeningClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient OnlyClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & Server
NAT PassthroughYesNoYesYesYesYes using Listening modeYesYesYes client, server
IPv6 supportNoYesYes
Maximum simultaneous connectionsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited25025UnlimitedUnlimited2


  • Ammyy Admin is definitely on of the best.
    Posted 2014-10-30 23:05:47 by Mik MBD
  • You can also try free remote desktop software AeroAdmin No monthly fees, free for commercial use. It might be a good alternative though!
    Posted 2013-12-04 10:15:32 by Lena Madlena
  • You should add NoMachine ( to your list. Wikipedia is out-of-date if you are using that as the basis of your comparison. NoMachine ticks all those boxes, except for the Android/iOS client which is coming in December 2013.
    Posted 2013-11-25 11:55:09 by Bob Brown
  • Any plans to add NetSupport Manager to the list?
    Posted 2013-11-11 07:50:17 by jch02140
  • When I was investigating remote access and support options, I made a similar (but much less impressive) chart like yours... And I found that RHUB's appliance was what I had been looking for... It's got everything I need in one device, and it's only a one-time cost.
    Posted 2013-11-01 14:45:41 by Aliasgar Babat
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Posted 2013-10-22 10:48:25 by Dickoz
  • Very useful comparison! Some or may be Bomgar only, require additional hardware on the server side. May I suggest to include a row like implementation: software, hardware? And chance to include TightVNC?
    Posted 2013-10-22 10:44:58 by Dickoz
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    near complete, nice
    Posted 2013-03-05 08:39:23 by Pascal Kotté
  • AetherPal was deleted by me. Could someone restore the same, My bad.
    Posted 2012-10-15 12:21:52 by arebellion
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Posted 2012-03-15 23:22:32 by A l'anis

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