NTRconnect Pro review

£58
Price when reviewed

NTRconnect is the third web-hosted service on test and, as with LogMeIn and GoToMyPC, the service’s homepage acts as a management interface for administering multiple users and PCs. Security features include IP filtering, access scheduling and temporary authorisation. For added peace of mind, passwords can be supplemented by a randomly generated code card.

NTRconnect Pro review

As with GoToMyPC, NTRconnect’s remote-access functions are limited to straightforward remote control, with file transfer offered via an in-session split-pane interface. A toolbar along the top of the session window offers only a few useful functions. Other options, such as default screen resolution, must be set from the main interface before connecting; the minimum resolution offered is 800 x 600 and there’s no way to isolate a particular window, so beyond a certain point the only way to reduce bandwidth is by reducing colour depth.

Still, NTRconnect makes fairly efficient use of your connection: in our tests, its results were better than average. Text operations were fast and, although windows didn’t move when we dragged their title bars, they leapt to their new location when we released the mouse button.

In all, NTRconnect is a capable, usable service. It works with Vista UAC; it can access Mac OS X machines as well as Windows desktops, which few packages can claim; and it can even send Wake-on-LAN packets if your network and systems support them. Next to the cheaper LogMeIn system, however, NTRconnect looks slightly lacking in everyday features, with remote printing a conspicuous absentee.

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