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RemotePC Now Has a Free Plan

By - Source: Pro Softnet Corporation | B 19 comments

The popular software solution for remotely accessing computers now has a free plan, allowing for a single remote connection to a PC or Mac.

Likely feeling the heat from other software solutions that provide remote access to PCs for free, Pro Softnet Corporation has now added a "free" plan to its popular RemotePC offering. The updated software also provides improved real-world performance, and more hosts for the same price. The only feature RemotePC still lacks is a Android client for accessing PCs and Macs from an Android tablet or smartphone.

The free version of RemotePC seemingly offers everything the Basic Plan ($4.95) and Plus Plan ($9.95) provide, but only for one computer -- Basic allows up to three computers and Plus up to ten. Users can access a PC or Mac from another device and listen to audio files, edit documents, move files back and forth, print files to the attached remote printer, and more. Users can also access and view their desktop using an iOS app for the iPhone and iPad tablet.

"For IT professionals, RemotePC is a cost-effective way to remotely manage rack-mounted servers or any other machine that needs to be accessed," the company said on Monday. "Easily reboot computers without losing the remote connection, work behind firewalls without an elaborate setup and transfer files without any size or type limitations. Communication between computers is protected with an SSL connection."

Pro Softnet claims that the software will work behind most firewall/proxy servers, and that every connection is secured using 128-bit SSL. Users subscribed to multi-PC/Mac accounts can even collaborate with others using RemotePC's built-in chat client and easy file transfer.

The new Free Plan is free for life, meaning there's no trial leading into a paid subscription (although we can't guarantee there are no nag screens -- we haven't tried it out yet). The Basic Plan, which allows for up to 3 computers, is $4.95 per month or $49.50 per year. The other "consumer" Plus Plan allows for up to 10 computers and costs $9.95 per month or $99.50 per year.

On the business side, RemotePC's Small Business Plan 1 serves up 50 computers and costs $49.95 per month or $499.50 per year. Small Business Plan 2 doubles the amount of computer connections while charging $99.95 per month or $999.50 per year. Customers of all plans can add host computer(s) to their plan for just $3 per month extra.

To get started with RemotePC, head here.

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    JasonAkkerman , March 13, 2012 3:47 AM
    Hmm... Remote Desktop comes free with almost every version of Windows. SplashTop is a one time payment of $5 and works with both Mac and PC, and you can play video games remotely.

    Granted both require a bit of network knowledge to get it working behind NAT or a firewall.

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    spectrewind , March 13, 2012 5:09 AM
    JasonAkkermanHmm... Remote Desktop comes free with almost every version of Windows. SplashTop is a one time payment of $5 and works with both Mac and PC, and you can play video games remotely.Granted both require a bit of network knowledge to get it working behind NAT or a firewall.

    Well spoken. Although you would be surprised how many "IT folks" in the corporate world seem unable to grasp the concepts of how a network functions. It's all outsourced to someone else who is not kept in the loop on the company's needs.
    And when they need an RDP solution, that ignorance becomes sustained income for companies like this.
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    JOSHSKORN , March 13, 2012 8:06 AM
    I use to pay for GoToMyPC until I learned that I can do it for free with Windows. Oops!
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    delazaren , March 13, 2012 9:15 AM
    realvnc and teamviewer are very good too.

    I have found that Windows' built in remote desktop feature sometimes doesn't work as expected as it really initiates a new login session rather than providing a copy of the remote PC's desktop. It also locks the screen of the remote PC. Also, in some cases it doesn't allow you to run some types of programs. None of these problems are exhibited with other remote desktop programs. It has its benefits and I use it quite frequently but I tend to use the other two more often, especially when I want the user of the remote PC to see what I'm doing.
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    __-_-_-__ , March 13, 2012 9:53 AM
    this is fuc****** expensive. there's loads of RAT's around for less then 50$!!!
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    WR2 , March 13, 2012 11:38 AM
    Would not have considered doing a trial run of the Basic version.
    I think I can be tempted to test it out now.
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    Lord Captivus , March 13, 2012 12:19 PM
    Im not a IT guy, in my life i use TeamViewer...does that count?
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    sewalk , March 13, 2012 3:13 PM
    It never ceases to amaze me how many different vendors are out there preying on the ignorance most users have about RDP and RFB.

    As for data centers, why shell out hundreds of dollars per month when you can use a IP-based KVM and have complete OS independence?
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    michaelahess , March 13, 2012 3:20 PM
    Logmein is the way to go for individual pc's. Anyone with a rack of servers has much better free methods of doing this, or they enjoy wasting money with citrix or gotomypc, etc.
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    freggo , March 13, 2012 3:23 PM
    What am I missing here ?
    Can this service do something that the Remote Access built into Windows can not do ?

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    sephirothmk , March 13, 2012 3:55 PM
    Logmein and Teamviewer are free and offer much more than this. WTF?
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    michaelahess , March 13, 2012 6:10 PM
    Freggo, no firewall configuration is required as it is for RDP methods. The services keep a link to the companies servers and when you initiate a request to connect, the active remote to server link picks it up and lets you in. With RDP, VNC, etc based methods, you initiate the connection inbound to the firewall, hence configuration is needed.
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    zak_mckraken , March 13, 2012 6:23 PM
    @michaelahess : Your explanation confuses me. First you say no configuration is needed for RDP, then later you say configuration is needed for RDP.

    Also, can anyone recommend a good RDC for Android? All I wanna do is stream and/or copy videos/movies from home on my phone, and maybe remotely start some torrents (legal files, of course. *cough*). I read that Teamviewer might be good for remote tasks, but can it stream content? I also read about SplashTop, but I'm not sure if I can copy files on the phone or only stream them. I would try it to figure out for myself, but $4.99, while a bargain, is a bit high if it doesn't do what I want.
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    igimax , March 13, 2012 6:31 PM
    Hi all
    Guys!? Did you ever hear or use free RC call Teamviewer!!? It's Completely free and I use it for 2 years now! and fix too many PC's of my families or friends from all over the world! Its so fast and stable. It can work on any type of internet connections (even its so good at Dial-up!!!) and too many other new features!
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    michaelahess , March 13, 2012 8:21 PM
    No firewall configuration is required, as it is for RDP methods. Pretty evident I'm comparing logmein vs RDP. Sorry I missed the comma.

    Content streaming should never be done over this kind of utility. Use Orb, PlayOn, that sort of thing. Also remote control from a cell phone sucks, very unusable except in a pinch, unless you like 800x600 or lower res ;) 
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    minooch , March 13, 2012 11:33 PM
    Seriously? For corporate environments a RD Gateway is MUCH Better!
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    STravis , March 14, 2012 12:16 AM
    SSH with RDP - done and done. No muss no fuss and no foreign software sitting on your computer.
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    minooch , March 14, 2012 12:24 AM
    True that!
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    zak_mckraken , March 14, 2012 1:05 PM
    @michaelahess : Thanks for the tip! PlayOn seems like a nice app. I'll give it a try tonight. I installed Teamviewer last night. It works well enough on my Galaxy Nexus with a 1280x720 resolution, but it's not that practical indeed.