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Score 8.2 out of 100
41 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control is very well suited to IT teams managing overall infrastructure, both internal and MSP's. It shines as a dependable tool that just plain works. I have already highly recommended it to peers in the industry. It is not suited for providing individual users access to their own machines. Its geared as a tool for IT and less so a tool for end users.
Andrew Haskell | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

N-Central would be most appropriate in a situation where an experienced admin would like a product that is as customizable as possible. The products allows for a lot of customization, but would be less appropriate in a situation where a less experienced admin is looking for a product that requires less set up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Remote Administration

ConnectWise Control
8.5
SolarWinds N-central
8.0
Screen sharing
ConnectWise Control
9.3
SolarWinds N-central
8.4
File transfer
ConnectWise Control
8.6
SolarWinds N-central
8.7
Instant message
ConnectWise Control
8.5
SolarWinds N-central
7.9
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
ConnectWise Control
8.0
SolarWinds N-central
6.5
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
ConnectWise Control
7.9
SolarWinds N-central
5.8
Over-the-Internet remote session
ConnectWise Control
9.0
SolarWinds N-central
8.8
Initiate remote control from mobile
ConnectWise Control
8.0
SolarWinds N-central
8.5
Remote management of servers & workstations
ConnectWise Control
8.7
SolarWinds N-central
9.2
Remote Active Directory® management
ConnectWise Control
8.8
SolarWinds N-central
7.5
Centralized management dashboard
ConnectWise Control
8.4
SolarWinds N-central
8.0
Session record
ConnectWise Control
8.6
SolarWinds N-central
8.0
Annotations
ConnectWise Control
9.1
SolarWinds N-central
7.8
Monitoring and Alerts
ConnectWise Control
8.0
SolarWinds N-central
8.1
Multi-platform remote control
ConnectWise Control
8.7
SolarWinds N-central
8.1

Pros

ConnectWise Control

  • Self-hosted - this is great for me and makes it easy to control my data, which is important for my clients.
  • Mobile Access - being able to quickly diagnose and resolve an issue while on the road is great.
  • Persistent - "always on" connections with screen capture.
  • Great User Interface and chat works exceptionally well.
Jonathan Hanson | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

  • Remote tasks - entry-level techs can run basic tasks without physically touching a piece of equipment.
  • Remote support - remote controlling user devices is easy and saves a lot of time with having to initiate a remote session.
  • Management of devices, particularly patch management and anti-virus management - you can automatically approve and deploy patches and schedule automatic AV scans.
Nicolas Poague | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ConnectWise Control

  • If CWC integrated with more RMM software other than LabTech it would be great as LabTech is way too expensive and convoluted at this point so we discontinued using it in favor of a simpler and much less expensive option.
  • Though it does support multiple monitors well, it would be nice to have the ability to have it automatically pop each remote monitor out to the local monitors if so desired.
  • Right now it uses email for multifactor authentication, I would rather it use an electronic key that can be stored on cell phone or user desktop.
  • The ability for it to automatically login to a Windows desktop would be a big help as well. It will store a username and password but you must manually send a control-alt-delete and then click a button to have it fill. Tying to something like Lastpass along with an autologin feature would be great.
Mike Vaughan | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

  • It is a large piece of software and does take some time to get set-up and configured.
  • Limitations with some basic monitoring like site down/internet down and server state make it difficult to have accurate monitoring information.
  • Reports and reporting are minimal, not very customizable and not pretty.
Robert Guy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 8.7
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 N-central

SolarWinds N-central 8.6
Based on 2 answers
Overall we have liked our solar winds experience, however, as our company has grown to support larger enterprises, this product does not have the functionality that our teams need in order to fully support them. The lack of granularity with backups and lack of ability to support nutanix environments is slowly drawing us into the use of other tools.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 8.5
Based on 28 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 N-central

SolarWinds N-central 8.4
Based on 3 answers
The user interface is fairly straight forward, with logic groupings for objects. I did not deploy this software, but am one of the daily administrators. Once you get the correct agent package (Which can be a challenge) the integration into AD is not bad. The UI could be more customized, but that may have been a design choice.
Anonymous | 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 N-central

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Performance

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 7.8
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 N-central

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Support Rating

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 6.0
Based on 50 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 N-central

SolarWinds N-central 8.3
Based on 8 answers
Every time we have reached out to SolarWinds they are quick to respond, even offering support chat 24/7. Their support team is great and works with you to find solutions to issues. They have taken items we had issues with before and used those to create updates so that the issue is handled better in the future.
chris maddox | 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 N-central

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No answers yet
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Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 8.0
Based on 20 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 N-central

SolarWinds N-central 8.1
Based on 2 answers
Make sure if you your using a vm you follow the instructions for provisioning to the letter or it will be starting from square one
Howard Magnes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ConnectWise Control

We selected ConnectWise based on the recommendations of a key contractor and used it in comparison with several other interfaces. It seemed to be the simplest and most effective solution for the problems we were seeing with remote access. We don't have dedicated support personnel or even an IT department, so it helps to keep things simple.
Brad Orfall | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

SolarWinds N-central is on the more unique side of tools because it can do so many things, and do most of them quite well. For patching, it is much easier to use than SCCM. In terms of monitoring, it is not great out of the box and requires tweaking to take full advantage. Since it is agent-based, any time an agent fails to check in, it means that that device is effectively no longer being managed. It can take a great deal of effort to maintain and remediate agent issues.
It is a great tool to manage small to medium-sized environments, but would struggle to cover all the angles required in a larger enterprise setting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 7.0
Based on 16 answers
As far as I can see there are no real barriers to scaling up - as and when we need more subscriptions, we can add them in with no negative impact to the existing way that we're using the tool
Michael Dodd | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

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No answers yet
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Return on Investment

ConnectWise Control

  • We have been able to increase our response times and support more clients resulting in 35% increase in support revenue
  • The Triggers has allowed us to build a monitoring service that we offer to our clients as a service with recurring fee.
  • It has definitely strengthened existing customer loyalty and has bought us new clients.
David Lloyd | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

  • Allows the service desk to quickly connect to computers and troubleshoot issues in less time
  • Minimizes user downtime by allowing installs to run in the background
  • Allows for management of updates and the ability to let the user postpone the update if needed
Ashley Babiarz | 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

SolarWinds N-central

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Control
8.9
SolarWinds N-central
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Control
8.7
SolarWinds N-central
8.6

Usability

ConnectWise Control
8.5
SolarWinds N-central
8.4

Reliability and Availability

ConnectWise Control
9.0
SolarWinds N-central

Performance

ConnectWise Control
7.8
SolarWinds N-central

Support Rating

ConnectWise Control
6.0
SolarWinds N-central
8.3

Online Training

ConnectWise Control
7.5
SolarWinds N-central

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Control
8.0
SolarWinds N-central
8.1

Scalability

ConnectWise Control
7.0
SolarWinds N-central

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