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.