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I'm looking for a software to have remote control over about 8-10 PCs. It's for my business and I prefer (of course) freeware.

I've seen Remote Utilities and it allows a control of up to 10 PCs even for commercial purposes. Can you recommend this software?

I also know Team Viewer and with about 25$/month it's also ok but "all" I need is WoL and control over the client desktop.

OS is Windows 10 Professional.

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Depending on what sort of remote control you want, I've used the following:

  1. Windows RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) - you log in to the remote workstation, the user sees the lock screen. This isn't really intended for remote assistance. Included with Windows.

  2. VNC - There are several implementations of this, ostensibly interoperable, but I've never actually had 'mismatched' implementations at opposite ends of a connection. This is suitable for remote assistance; you connect to the remote computer and the screen is mirrored, so that you see what the remote user sees.

  3. Dameware Mini Remote Control - much like VNC, functionality is extended. Does not need pre-installation; can remote-install itself. Commercial only.

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  • While Dameware and RDP are both Windows only, I believe VNC is available for Linux and MacOS, and thus there is the possibility of using it cross-platform. – Jeff Zeitlin Apr 23 '18 at 12:04
  • Thank you, will have a look at it! Obviously I missed another important aspect: The user at the client PC must not see such a lock screen relatively something more "user friendly" would be better. – Ben Apr 23 '18 at 13:21
  • Then RDP isn't going to be your answer. Dameware does allow you to lock out the user's keyboard and mouse if needed; I don't know if VNC has that facility. – Jeff Zeitlin Apr 23 '18 at 13:30
  • VNC is even a bit more expensive than TeamViewer. Dameware is not quite clear, there is the price of 1 technician which is 215 $. Is it per year or once? – Ben Apr 23 '18 at 14:04
  • There are free VNCs out there; I just don't remember the specific implementation names. As I recall, Dameware is a purchase-once, not a SAAS or annual license. – Jeff Zeitlin Apr 23 '18 at 14:21

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