Remote Control Tools Alternatives
AeroAdmin is probably the easiest program to use for free remote access. There are hardly any settings, and everything is quick and to the point, which is perfect for spontaneous support.
AeroAdmin looks a lot like the TeamViewer program that tops this list. Just open the portable program and share the ID with someone else. The ID is how the client computer will know how to connect to the host.
It’s great that AeroAdmin is absolutely free for both personal and commercial use, but it’s too bad there isn’t a chat option included.
Another remote access program is UltraVNC. UltraVNC works a bit like Remote Utilities, where a server andviewer is installed on two PCs, and the viewer is used to control the server.
When you install UltraVNC, you’re asked if you wish to install the Server, Viewer, or both. Install the Server on the PC you wish to connect to.
You can install the UltraVNC Server as a system service so it’s always running. This is the ideal option so you can always make a connection to it with the client software.
To make a connection with the UltraVNC Server, you must install the Viewer portion during setup.
After configuring port forwarding in your router, you’ll be able to access the UltraVNC server from anywhere with an Internet connection – either via a mobile device that supports VNC connections, a PC with the Viewer installed, or an Internet browser. All you need is the Server’s IP address to make the connection.
UltraVNC supports file transfers, text chat, clipboard sharing, and can even boot and connect to the server in Safe Mode.
Ammyy Admin is a completely portable remote access program that’s extremely simple to setup. It works by connecting one computer to another via an ID supplied by the program.
Run the Ammyy Admin software on the computer that you’ll be accessing. There isn’t any installation, so you can get started pretty quickly. The file is only 750 KB in size, so it also downloads fast.
To connect to the Ammyy Admin host computer, just launch the portable program and enter the ID of the other computer. The ID is shown on the host computer’s Ammyy Admin program.
Now you can do things like use the host PCs clipboard, voice chat, and transfer files to and from the computers.
Remote Utilities is a free remote access program with some really great features. It works by pairing two remote computers together with what they call an “Internet ID.” You can control a total of 10 PCs with Remote Utilities.
Install a portion of Remote Utilities calledHost on a Windows PC to have permanent access to it. You also have the option to just run Agent, which provides spontaneous support without installing anything – it can even be launched from a flash drive. The host computer is given an Internet ID that they must share so a client can make a connection.
The Viewer program is used to connect to the host or agent software.
The Viewer can be downloaded on its own or in the Viewer + Host combo file. You can also download a portable version of the Viewer if you’d rather not install anything.
Connecting the Viewer to the Host or Agent is done without any router changes like port forwarding, making setup very easy. The client just needs to enter the Internet ID number and password.
There are also client applications that can be downloaded for free for iOS and Android users.
Different modules can be used from the viewer so you can actually access a computer remotely without even viewing the screen, though screen-viewing is definitely Remote Utilities’ main feature.
Here are some of the modules Remote Utilities allows: A remote task manager, file transfer, power control for remote rebooting or WOL, remote terminal (access toCommand Prompt), remote file launcher, system information manager, text chat, remoteregistry access, and remote webcam viewing.
In addition to these features, Remote Utilities also supports remote printing and viewing multiple monitors.