Remote Utilities

Remote Utilities is a remote desktop software that allows a user to remotely control another computer through a proprietary protocol and see the remote computer's desktop, operate its keyboard and mouse.[2][3]

Remote Utilities
Developer(s)Remote Utilities LLC (formerly Usoris Systems)
Stable release
6.10.10.0 [1] / July 2, 2019 (2019-07-02)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, iOS, Android
TypeRemote desktop software
LicenseFreeware and Shareware
Websitewww.remoteutilities.com

The program utilizes the client-server model and consists of two primary components: the Host that is installed on the remote computer and the viewer that is installed on the local PC. Other modules include Agent, Remote Utilities Server (RU Server) and portable Viewer.[4]

Feature and architecture

Remote Utilities provides full control over the remote system and allows to view the remote computer without disrupting its user. The connection is established via an IP address or the Internet ID and it has an IP filtering system allowing to restrict access to only certain IP addresses.[5][6]

It has the following connection modes:[7][8][9]

  • Full control
  • View only
  • File transfer
  • Task manager
  • Terminal
  • Inventory manager
  • RDP Integration
  • Text chat
  • Remote registry
  • Screen recorder
  • Execute
  • Power control
  • Send message
  • Voice and Video chat
  • Remote settings

The Internet-ID

The Internet-ID technology became available in Remote Utilities starting with version 5.0. It allows the user to bypass software and hardware firewalls and NAT devices when setting up a remote connection over the Internet. [10]

Remote Utilities Agent

Remote Utilities Agent was introduced with the release of version 5.1 which works as a program module for spontaneous support that runs without installation and administrative privileges.

Remote Utilities Server

Remote Utilities Server (RU Server) is a program module which serves as a self-hosted replacement for Remote Utilities hosted relay servers. RU Server has been made available with Remote Utilities version 5.1 release. The most recent version of RU Server as of August 1, 2019 is version 2.7.9.0.

History

The developer company Remote Utilities, formerly known as Usoris Systems was founded in 2009.[11] The predecessor project, Remote Office Manager was started in 2004 and were available for free download and use from 2004 until early 2010.[12] The current name, Remote Utilities, was given to version 4.3 in mid-2010 as part of a rebranding effort.

After version 4.3, Remote Utilities released version 5.0 in 2011 with a major update. On 27 April 2012 there was a minor update for version 5.2 which included new features, a free license, and an updated licensing model.[13]

Operating system support

Remote Utilities was initially developed for Microsoft Windows. It currently supports Windows, iOS (viewer only), Android (viewer only) and Linux through Wine.[12][14]

Remote Utilities has also developed applications for iOS and Android devices allowing users to control computers remotely with their phone.[15]

Reception

Following Remote Utilities's launch, the software received consecutive positive reviews in PC World by editors in 2011[2] and 2012.[12] It was featured in TechRadar's best free remote desktop software in 2019.[16]

References

  1. "Remote Utilities 6.10.10.0". Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  2. Mathews, Lee (June 9, 2011). "Remote Access Is Affordable, Full-Featured--and Complex--With Remote Utilities". PCWorld. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  3. Fisher, Tim (July 3, 2019). "The Verdict on 'Remote Utilities' (Remote Access Client)". Retrieved September 8, 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. Fisher, Jon (4 November 2013). "Remote Utilities - The Best Remote Support Software Available Today". TechNorms. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  5. Pfaab, Simon (21 April 2019). "Remote Utilities - PC World". PC-WELT (in German). Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  6. Mills, Ashton. "Remote Desktop Software: Review". CSO Online. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  7. "Remote Utilities with AD integration for WAN/LAN environments". June 27, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  8. Jenic, Ivan (December 28, 2016). "The 7 best programs for controlling Windows 10 from another computer". Windows Report. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  9. "The 5 Best Remote Desktop Software in 2019". 1 July 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  10. Verry, Tim (February 13, 2014). "Remote Utilities Is a Free Alternative To LogMeIn For Personal and Business Use". PC Perspective. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  11. Preimesberger, Chris (May 21, 2019). "Top Remote Access Software Vendors". eWEEK. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  12. Norris, Jim (August 8, 2012). "Remote Utilities Free Edition Lets You Control Your Home PC From Anywhere". PCWorld. Retrieved September 8, 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. "Release Notes | Remote Utilities". Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  14. "RemoteUtilities Review 2019 | Remote PC Access Software Reviews". business.com. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  15. Wang, Alexa. "Best free remote desktop tool to use in 2019". Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  16. Hanson, Matt; Turner, Brian (June 27, 2019). "Best remote desktop software of 2019: Free, paid and for business". TechRadar. Retrieved August 22, 2019.


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