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Likelihood to Recommend

Apple Remote Desktop

For a small deployment of macOS, I can see where Apple Remote Desktop could suffice. I can see where a company that is strapped for cash could benefit from a knowledgeable employee using it to automate some tasks. I am not comfortable giving an estimate number-wise.For a large deployment of macOS or iOS, this would be a very inappropriate tool. There are far too many obstacles for an app like Apple Remote Desktop to successfully manage a large fleet of macOS computers or really any number of iOS devices. You simply need an MDM solution in this day and age. This will become increasingly necessary, even in small numbers, but MDM providers have started to provide solutions for customers in these situations.
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TeamViewer

Teamviewer is best suited for any team who can afford their commercial licensing costs and have a good enough bandwidth to support its connection for a seamless work experience. It could be a bit pocket heavy for small team sizes where budget is stringent and if budget is a problem, then one should look at other cheaper options
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Feature Rating Comparison

Remote Administration

Apple Remote Desktop
8.0
TeamViewer
8.4
Screen sharing
Apple Remote Desktop
9.5
TeamViewer
9.2
File transfer
Apple Remote Desktop
9.4
TeamViewer
8.7
Instant message
Apple Remote Desktop
9.2
TeamViewer
8.3
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
Apple Remote Desktop
8.0
TeamViewer
8.4
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
Apple Remote Desktop
6.2
TeamViewer
7.7
Over-the-Internet remote session
Apple Remote Desktop
9.4
TeamViewer
9.1
Initiate remote control from mobile
Apple Remote Desktop
2.6
TeamViewer
8.5
Remote management of servers & workstations
Apple Remote Desktop
8.5
TeamViewer
8.9
Remote Active Directory® management
Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
TeamViewer
8.6
Centralized management dashboard
Apple Remote Desktop
8.9
TeamViewer
7.9
Session record
Apple Remote Desktop
6.3
TeamViewer
8.4
Annotations
Apple Remote Desktop
6.1
TeamViewer
8.1
Monitoring and Alerts
Apple Remote Desktop
8.5
TeamViewer
7.9
Multi-platform remote control
Apple Remote Desktop
9.5
TeamViewer
8.8

Pros

Apple Remote Desktop

  • Automator Actions: This is a very cool feature and cost saving as it reduces human effort by automating the workflow of tasks.
  • Curtain Mode: This lets you block your local user's view of the desktop while performing administrative tasks.
  • Spotlight Search: It can perform lightning fast searches on machines using the spotlight search feature of OS X and thus saves a lot of time.
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TeamViewer

  • Sharing a screen via TeamViewer is generally very responsive, even if the internet connection (on either the client or host side) isn't great. TeamViewer seems to use an adaptive compression algorithm, that will sacrifice some screen clarity for a more responsive and pleasurable experience.
  • TeamViewer includes a built-in file sharing mechanism that allows for the easy and secure transfer of files from host to client (or vice versa).
  • During the initial install of TeamViewer, you can set it up to "run-only." As in, it will not actually install itself on the computer but will allow for a one-time use remote session. This is ideal for a quick tech support session where the client doesn't want to, or can't, fully install TeamViewer.
  • TeamViewer is a very secure platform, providing multiple layers of security. First, the only way to connect to a client is by knowing the client's machine id - a 9 or 10 digit randomly generated number created on install. In addition, for one-time connection, a randomly generated pin is created on each use. This pin can be set as a simple 4 digit pin, up to a 10 digit strong password including uppercase, lowercase, number and non-alphanumeric characters. In addition, TeamViewer is initially set NOT to open upon login - meaning the computer is not accessible until TeamViewer is manually opened on the client computer.
  • TeamViewer can be used as both an on-demand screen sharing platform - wherein a client only opens TeamViewer when someone needs to get on remotely, and promptly closes it afterward - as well as an always-on screen sharing system. TeamViewer can be set to open automatically at login, and run in the background. A "personal password" can then be created for unattended access - this password can be as strong or as weak as you choose. One the password is set, you can connect to your computer remotely via TeamViewer at any time by knowing the machine ID and the personal password.
  • Initial setup of TeamViewer is a fairly simple procedure, especially useful when talking a client on how to install it over the phone.
  • While screen sharing is TeamViewer's bread and butter, it also includes a plethora of other features including file sharing as well as both video and audio sharing (great for remote tech support).
  • With a TeamViewer account, multiple computers can be logged in via the account and easily accessible within an instance of TeamViewer.
  • TeamViewer is truly cross-platform, with version for Mac, Windows and Linux, as well as for mobile OSs such as iOS and Android.
  • A personal license is free.
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Cons

Apple Remote Desktop

  • I would like to see more included Unix scrips that can be pushed to clients.
  • Inclusion of a way to remote control or screen share with Windows machines would be useful, as I manage a handful of Windows machines. While this would be possible using VNC on the Windows machines, including the ability to connect using Windows terminal connections would be awesome, for me.
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TeamViewer

  • - A difficulty that we have experienced in the company and that has been detected with each stumble that has been had, is the fact that the different versions are not compatible with each other, so if some user accidentally updates his version (very normal fact ), compatibility problems are generated that have caused our support department to have to communicate with each user who is under that condition to ask him to delete the new version, and then reinstall the correct version.
  • Although it really does not have to be a limitation, the software does not have the functionality to work through proxy servers, which could become a limiting factor of some relevance for those who want to take care of "their presence" when working in an open network.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop 10.0
Based on 2 answers
We use it on a daily basis and works well in our environment and could see how other Apple owned organizations would benefit.
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TeamViewer

TeamViewer 9.1
Based on 40 answers
As long as I continue to provide remote support for my clients, it's a no brainier. For what I pay out, I probably make it back tenfold in the ability to provide remote support from wherever and whenever. Not to mention the saved gas money for a fix that only takes 5 minutes but it takes you 20 minutes to get there. As my business continues to grow, and I support more and more clients, my need for TeamViewer will only grow.
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Usability

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop 9.5
Based on 3 answers
The user interface is amazing. You don't have to dig in to look for options. It's not overwhelming and yet a powerful utility.
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TeamViewer

TeamViewer 9.4
Based on 17 answers
TeamViewer is a system that is very easy to understand and grasp the concept of which is a very nice thing because users that don't have much technology and computer background can use the system easily. While being easy to understand for the average user, it doesn't lose the functionality and features that IT people love to see with software that makes it easier for us to do our jobs.
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Reliability and Availability

Apple Remote Desktop

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TeamViewer

TeamViewer 8.0
Based on 2 answers
It's usually without problem, but we have had connectivity issues on occasion.
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Performance

Apple Remote Desktop

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TeamViewer

TeamViewer 9.0
Based on 2 answers
The application is built on VNC which is a very stable technology.
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Support

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Very easy to use not very buggy
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TeamViewer

TeamViewer 8.9
Based on 20 answers
As I said earlier, TeamViewer is safe, has a lightweight, beautiful, and easy-to-use graphical user interface for all our employees. Remote access is easy to do and always solves any open problem in so-called technicians. A grade of 10 is for all of that. It is a tool that we recommend for anyone who wants to use something reliable and functional.
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In-Person Training

Apple Remote Desktop

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TeamViewer

TeamViewer 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I gave this a 5 rating as I'm thinking that is as close to neutral as I can get. I have never used the in-person training but to complete this review I need to answer this question. As I already answered I learned the software on my own without the help of any resources at TeamViewer.
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Online Training

Apple Remote Desktop

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TeamViewer

TeamViewer 8.9
Based on 2 answers
I have never used the online training either. I have watched a few informational videos that were helpful when learning how to do a specific procedure within TeamViewer and get the most out of the software by utilizing one of the many features that are available with the software. Again, 5 if for neutral.
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Implementation

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop 10.0
Based on 2 answers
None, very easy to setup and install.
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TeamViewer

TeamViewer 9.6
Based on 6 answers
Well I don't have any key insights regarding implementation of TeamViewer.
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Alternatives Considered

Apple Remote Desktop

I use TeamViewer with users who are having trouble connecting to the VPN. I think TeamViewer is a good alternative when ARD isn't working. However supporting the number of users we support, TeamViewer can come with a pretty hefty price tag.
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TeamViewer

TeamViewer was the best option for remote control and with the ability for participants to point on the screen during presentations. It was the fastest/smoothest experience for remote control, and allowed logging into the computer before logging in after a reboot. It was also the only one with a concurrent user licensing model, which was a huge selling point.
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Scalability

Apple Remote Desktop

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TeamViewer

TeamViewer 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I've rarely had problems with the product.
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Return on Investment

Apple Remote Desktop

  • Apple Remote Desktop has a positive return on investment because for the expense to the school, the value it brings to teachers is important. The return on improved student performance is very difficult to measure financially, but there is a definite return.
  • The overall objective of education is to increase student learning, ARD does that phenomenally. Parents see the tool used and are impressed at what the capabilities of the tool can do and how it impacts how active their students are as well as how well they can learn.
  • One negative impact is that teachers rely too much on this tool rather than on actually teaching sometimes.
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TeamViewer

  • TeamViewer has saved my company a great deal of time, my team members and I are able to deploy our solutions to our overseas customers without having to travel there.
  • TeamViewer has also saved my company good amount of finances, other PC sharing software are mostly premium and require payment to take advantage of all the features, TeamViewer is free yet has excellent service delivery.
  • TeamViewer has generally improved our organization's relationship with our clients.
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Pricing Details

Apple Remote Desktop

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

TeamViewer

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apple Remote Desktop
8.9
TeamViewer
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
TeamViewer
9.1

Usability

Apple Remote Desktop
9.5
TeamViewer
9.4

Reliability and Availability

Apple Remote Desktop
TeamViewer
8.0

Performance

Apple Remote Desktop
TeamViewer
9.0

Support

Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
TeamViewer
8.9

In-Person Training

Apple Remote Desktop
TeamViewer
5.0

Online Training

Apple Remote Desktop
TeamViewer
8.9

Implementation

Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
TeamViewer
9.6

Scalability

Apple Remote Desktop
TeamViewer
10.0

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