SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) vs. NetSupport Manager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
DameWare Remote Support from Austin IT company SolarWinds is remote administration software for the remote control of desktops, laptops, and servers behind or outside the firewall, allowing registry editing, restart services, logging activity, account and password management, and more. The mobile app also provides access from a phone or tablet. DameWare Remote Support licensing is per technician, the number of end-user remote machines is irrelevant; one technician may receive a license for…
$276
per technician, unlimited end users
NetSupport Manager
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
NetSupport Manager is the flagship remote administration software from Netsupport, a global education technology company headquartered in the UK, which allows IT professional to provide remote assistance.N/A
Pricing
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)NetSupport Manager
Editions & Modules
Dameware Mini Remote Control
$276
per technician, unlimited end users
Dameware Remote Support
$388
per technician, unlimited end-users
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)NetSupport Manager
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsDameWare 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.
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Community Pulse
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)NetSupport Manager
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)NetSupport Manager
Remote Administration
Comparison of Remote Administration features of Product A and Product B
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
8.5
65 Ratings
3% above category average
NetSupport Manager
10.0
1 Ratings
19% above category average
Screen sharing10.053 Ratings10.01 Ratings
File transfer10.050 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Instant message7.947 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication8.616 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers9.035 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Over-the-Internet remote session8.348 Ratings00 Ratings
Initiate remote control from mobile9.025 Ratings00 Ratings
Remote management of servers & workstations9.158 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Remote Active Directory® management7.239 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Centralized management dashboard8.238 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Session record8.55 Ratings00 Ratings
Annotations7.94 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Monitoring and Alerts8.75 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Multi-platform remote control7.231 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)NetSupport Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(66 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(13 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
5.0
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
5.0
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)NetSupport Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
SolarWinds
I feel like this is a very robust solution that I would recommend to anyone who relies heavily on remote support. Most of the colleagues I work with already use SolarWinds products to one extent or the other. I feel the price for the solution is very fair and a good value for the product.
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NetSupport
It's handy for smaller to larger units, where time management is most important. But it will not suitable for those who have partial units across the country.
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Pros
SolarWinds
  • Troubleshooting computers remotely without the need for the user to even be around.
  • Install software that needs to be installed manually without having to travel.
  • Viewing what the user is doing specifically that triggers the issue, making replicating issues way simpler.
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NetSupport
  • It's a robust corporate remote support tool for admin.
  • Admin can deploy an installation in the background without knowing a client.
  • For those who frequently forget their password, you can access it in glimpse & take total control of it.
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Cons
SolarWinds
  • It would be nice if the installed agent would be able to check in with the server so that I can connect to laptops, etc that have the agent pre-installed for when they are off network.
  • DameWare could do better with the mobile app. I cannot connect in from the outside with the mobile app to provide quick support if needed. This kind of defeats the purpose of a mobile app. If I am on the network, I probably have access to my workstation.
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NetSupport
  • The only cons are that it's hard to access other networks besides the internal one of the organization like how TeamViewer works.
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Likelihood to Renew
SolarWinds
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.
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NetSupport
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Usability
SolarWinds
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.
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NetSupport
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
SolarWinds
Yes, always available.
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NetSupport
No answers on this topic
Performance
SolarWinds
The application always seems responsive to me
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NetSupport
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
SolarWinds
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.
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NetSupport
No answers on this topic
In-Person Training
SolarWinds
It was excellent
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NetSupport
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Online Training
SolarWinds
The videos were more than sufficient to learn the product
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NetSupport
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Implementation Rating
SolarWinds
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.
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NetSupport
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
SolarWinds
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.
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NetSupport
I think if you are using it after its tutorial then you may not need any other apps to control the operation. Its file transfer, voice & text sharing features are truly working. A complete system of inventory where you can set smart alerts. Capable to connect multiple users at once.
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Scalability
SolarWinds
You get an 8 because of the constant initial freeze on most connections. Takes a reconnect to have it work.
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NetSupport
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
SolarWinds
  • 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.
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NetSupport
  • It allow's us to update apps instantly
  • It gives user quick response to overcome headache issues
  • It's saves crucial time from both ends
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ScreenShots

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) Screenshots

Screenshot of DameWare Remote Support Management ConsoleScreenshot of Remotely Connect to Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X ComputersScreenshot of Over-the-Internet Remote Session via Secure Proxy ServerScreenshot of Connect to Remote Computers from iOS and Android Mobile Devices