Radmin Remote Control 3.01 review

£49
Price when reviewed

Radmin isn’t based on VNC, but it uses a similar client-server architecture and it, too, lacks remote sound and printing. Its interface is, however, more elegant than VNC’s: it starts up with a graphical “phonebook” of computers, rather than a bare request for an IP address, and you can scan for additional servers on your local network without having to know their details.

Radmin Remote Control 3.01 review

Radmin also lets you connect to a PC in a variety of modes. Beside remote control and file transfer, there’s an interesting Telnet mode, a niche feature that could be handy for remote housekeeping tasks. You can also chat by text or voice with a user at the remote machine, or annoy them by restarting or shutting down their computer. Permissions to access these various functions can be granted on a per-user basis in a fully granular way, using either Radmin’s own userlist or Windows authentication.

In our speed tests, Radmin achieved speedy redraw rates similar to Windows Remote Desktop Connection. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to time its performance in our Word and text-operation tests, as in both tests it consistently failed to fully refresh the screen – an annoyance you’ll occasionally experience.

Overall, though, Radmin is responsive, usable and certified Vista-compatible (although Aero is switched off while you’re connected). It can’t beat UltraVNC on price – even though there’s no yearly charge – and the need to use a Windows-only viewer application is restrictive. Nevertheless, it’s still a slick solution for those who don’t want to be tied to a web-based service.

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