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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Control

We often need to create an ad-hoc session with a device that is not under our management. We find ourselves doing this more than ever in the COVID world. Many people are working from home on personal machines with their employer, our client's permission and we are facilitating more support for these personal machines. Connectwise Control [(formerly ScreenConnect)] gives us a robust resource to control the device, navigate anywhere we need, execute various commands, and engage in an on-screen chat with the client. The session is very simple to create and very user-friendly to initiate. We do not recommend it for Android, Apple, or Chromebook applications. There is little to no support for these platforms.
Eric Milles | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

One key item to consider is the user base. Are they typically all on the network where you can access them directly or is the majority of the workforce you are supporting with the tool remote? If they are always remote, I would probably seek another solution. There are solutions that have the client check in component allowing you to connect as needed without the user having to use a provided link. This may be for support or for updates, etc., that the admin needs to do.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Remote Administration

ConnectWise Control
8.7
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.1
Screen sharing
ConnectWise Control
9.6
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
10.0
File transfer
ConnectWise Control
8.6
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
10.0
Instant message
ConnectWise Control
8.6
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
8.8
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
ConnectWise Control
9.4
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.0
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
ConnectWise Control
7.1
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.1
Over-the-Internet remote session
ConnectWise Control
9.5
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.1
Initiate remote control from mobile
ConnectWise Control
7.3
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.0
Remote management of servers & workstations
ConnectWise Control
9.6
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
10.0
Remote Active Directory® management
ConnectWise Control
9.6
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.4
Centralized management dashboard
ConnectWise Control
9.1
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
8.4
Session record
ConnectWise Control
8.4
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
8.5
Annotations
ConnectWise Control
8.3
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
7.7
Monitoring and Alerts
ConnectWise Control
8.2
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
8.7
Multi-platform remote control
ConnectWise Control
8.9
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.6

Pros

ConnectWise Control

  • The interface is easy to use and makes sense. It's easy to understand how to organize a large number of machines involving multiple clients. But, it's also applicable for smaller set of machines too.
  • The connection speed is very quick. I've used solutions in the past that take a variable amount of time to connect, or they just take a long time every time. Control is quick every time. It doesn't get in the way of being able to support the machines on the other end.
  • The connections are reliable. I haven't experienced random disconnects throughout hundreds of instances. It was a breath of fresh air coming from the previous solution we used. I consider Control a gold standard for what a great remote connection solution can be.
Adam Friedli | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

  • DameWare has been a very reliable solution for remote support for out team.
  • With multiple authentication options, we are able to connect to computers that have been dropped from the domain.
  • The secure file transfer in DameWare provides and quick and easy way to pass files to/from employee computers saving us time during support.
Michael Chambers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ConnectWise Control

  • I'd like to see the ability to selectively log off the remote machine via a button on the toolbar. Currently it's a setting to always lock on disconnect, or never lock on disconnect, requiring the tech to manually lock the machine if called for at the end of a session. Its a small time save that would add up!
  • The chat feature could be expanded to be a lot more useful. Allowing clients to start conversations, and have conversations ping an email address if no one is monitoring the dashboard would be extremely valuable.
  • Some clarity on licensing when providing host-passes to guest technicians would be a boon, especially for one-off support sessions with vendors.
Andrew Haskell | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

  • Perhaps popup messages that guide a user to where they need to go when sharing a session with another remote user to allow them full access as well.
  • When the toolbar gets minimized it can be difficult to get it restored.
Brett Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 8.8
Based on 38 answers
I would recommend this product for both internal remote control of end user workstations and remote access to other clients over the internet. It provides a secure and feature rich product that allows me to complete any necessary tasks without ever leaving the office. I will continue to renew as I'm eager to see what they do next. I would however wish the cloud service had a better API to work in conjunction with team collaboration or chat services to make it easier to connect with end users who use multiple workstations. (Slack or Stride provide this functionality)
Craig Lockley | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) 9.5
Based on 11 answers
This application is one of my most used tools when it comes to supporting end users and the network as well. I don't have to run all over the place to get things done when I can access multiple computers on the network at the same time to accomplish multiple tasks in a minimal amount of time.
Brett Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 9.5
Based on 41 answers
On the whole SC is a very powerful tool that is a vital part of the IT service arsenal. On-site visits are an "emergency" only type of scenario. Just "showing your face" is not winning any browny points for me. If my client sees my face, it's usually just to upgrade hardware or to deal other aspects of business. SC provides me and my client the bulk of the info I need to get projects done.
Sam Segura | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) 9.9
Based on 9 answers
Because it has enhanced my ability to trouble shoot more issues during the day. Instead of having to go to each machine and spend time at the machine, I can remote in from my desktop and assist the person 90 per cent of the time. I also use it from home to remote in which saves me the time from having to return back to the workplace.
Jeanne Moffat | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 9.0
Based on 4 answers
The past 45 days, only had one outage that lasted about 15 minutes. NOT TOO SHABBY! There have been some unexpected reboots and moves but not a show stopper in any way.
Sam Segura | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Yes, always available.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 7.7
Based on 8 answers
It performs well. It also has full control over windows security and does not get hung up like GoToMeeting when trying to install remote software at the prompt to install as admin / override. I have used TeamViewer, WebEx, LogMeIn and GoToMeeting. This is by far the best at spontaneous, remote control. It is also very easy to get a novice user connected to the session.
Tresha Ivey | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) 8.5
Based on 4 answers
The application always seems responsive to me
John Knierim | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 8.0
Based on 66 answers
There have been two times when something has went wrong and I needed immediate assistance in order to be able to use Screenconnect to be able to help clients and response has not been immediate. The response time has been within 24 hours. Both times if there had been easier to navigate self help I would have been able to help myself. With better self help and a speedier response it would definitely be a 10 as they always respond and help. Just a little more difficult or slow than it should be at times
Bradley Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) 8.9
Based on 16 answers
I use a Samsung mobile device; DameWare Mobile was working and then after an Android update it started crashing. I reported the issue to DameWare and worked with the technicians and developers to gather data for them to correct the issue. They quickly published a beta release for me to test (which corrected the crashes) and then published an update to the Google Play Store.
Michael Chambers | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

ConnectWise Control

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It was excellent
John Knierim | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 7.5
Based on 24 answers
I find ScreenConnect to be very simple and effective overall, with the main problem being that a number of my clients can't download the app due to existing firewalls and so on. Otherwise it does its job well, and I'm happy with it.
Michael Dodd | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The videos were more than sufficient to learn the product
John Knierim | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 8.0
Based on 21 answers
ConnectWise has done everything they could to help us in any situation. Great support team and their new updates are always providing features that we need. Its a simple solution that works the way we need it to. Their legacy pricing model is still much better than their subscription based model however it is still fair pricing
Craig Lockley | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) 9.0
Based on 21 answers
It helps greatly if you know someone already using DameWare Remote Support. I was fortunate as my tech support guys were using it at their hospital and assisted me through the purchase, download and implementation of remote support. As well as, knowing how many licenses to purchase at the time. You have to make sure that anyone assisting in IT can have access to the program with their own license.
Jeanne Moffat | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ConnectWise Control

I have worked with Citrix, AnyDesk, LogMeIn, VNC Connect, and many others.I ultimately installed ConnectWise as a self-hosted solution, based on the incredible list of features and capabilities, and the pricing at the time. I continue to use the product as it is still one of the best solutions out there and is certainly capable of growing and expanding to meet the needs of my business.
Jonathan Hanson | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

We previously utilized LogMeIn. They increased the pricing of their solution which made us reconsider it. I inherited LogMeIn. I am not a big fan of hosted solutions for some vital IT processes. There was convenience in LogMeIn, but there were also risks about the solution that I was never completely comfortable with. I had utilized DameWare at a previous company, so I knew what I was getting with it. It was an easy decision for me to make. DameWare is an exceptional product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 7.0
Based on 16 answers
This is a great product and works whether you have 5 devices or you have 1000 devices. I love the extra features like being able to restart and get back on the remote computer. It also very easy to use and is very secure. I would recommend this to anyone doing remote support.
Riccardo Francese | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
You get an 8 because of the constant initial freeze on most connections. Takes a reconnect to have it work.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ConnectWise Control

  • Instead of waiting 30+ seconds to initiate sessions, they initiate and display a desktop in two or three seconds. The amount of frustration this avoids is immeasurable.
  • Once installed it doesn't need more handholding, i.e., having the remote enter a username/password. It is always just there.
Mike Vaughan | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

  • DameWare has allowed us to maintain our non-traditional approach to IT support. It allows our administrators to work from anywhere and has extended their reach to clients domestic and abroad.
  • Return on investment was realized as soon as we purchased the licenses. We don't have to maintain a large office space or overhead costs due to the flexibility it allows our administrators.
  • First call resolution has increased drastically since implementing DameWare company-wide. The user no longer has to wait to reproduce an error. We can screen share and view it as it happens and mitigate the issues.
Marc Cummings | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

ConnectWise Control

General

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

ConnectWise Control Editions & Modules

Edition
One$241
Standard$421
Premium$541
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)

General

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

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) Editions & Modules

Edition
Dameware Remote Support$3881
Dameware Mini Remote Control$2762
  1. per technician, unlimited end-users
  2. per technician, unlimited end users
Additional Pricing Details
DameWare Remote Support and Mini Remote Control are licensed based on the number of technician users that use the software for remote administration. There are no limits or restrictions for the number of end-users supported or the number of remote endpoints/computers supported. As you buy higher counts of licenses, the per-seat pricing goes down giving you a reduced total price.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Control
9.5
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.7

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Control
8.8
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.5

Usability

ConnectWise Control
9.5
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.9

Reliability and Availability

ConnectWise Control
9.0
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.0

Performance

ConnectWise Control
7.7
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
8.5

Support Rating

ConnectWise Control
8.0
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
8.9

In-Person Training

ConnectWise Control
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.0

Online Training

ConnectWise Control
7.5
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.0

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Control
8.0
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
9.0

Scalability

ConnectWise Control
7.0
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
8.0

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