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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Lansweeper

Lansweeper I believe is well suited for any environment - its low cost and small footprint make it an easy addition to any organization, big or small, that is looking for an asset inventory solution that can either replace or supplement existing asset management systems. It may not be well suited for situations where a lot of customization is necessary, such as pulling in custom fields or details from equipment that don't reside in a registry.
Brandon Patton | 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

IT Asset Management

Lansweeper
9.3
SolarWinds N-central
Software and hardware inventory tracking
Lansweeper
9.5
SolarWinds N-central
License management
Lansweeper
9.1
SolarWinds N-central
Asset relationship management
Lansweeper
9.5
SolarWinds N-central

Remote Administration

Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
8.0
Screen sharing
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
8.4
File transfer
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
8.7
Instant message
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
7.9
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
6.8
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
5.9
Over-the-Internet remote session
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
8.8
Initiate remote control from mobile
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
8.4
Remote management of servers & workstations
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
9.2
Remote Active Directory® management
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
7.5
Centralized management dashboard
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
8.0
Session record
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
8.0
Annotations
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
7.8
Monitoring and Alerts
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
8.1
Multi-platform remote control
Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
8.1

Pros

Lansweeper

  • Inventory - LANSweeper scans the network for devices - anything with an SNMP trap or using AD or local credentials. We can get an in-depth look at devices.
  • Reporting - LANSweeper can generate just about any report you can imagine. We can check RAM in groups and determine where upgrades are needed. We can find local printers (which aren't allowed on our network) and address that issue with the user. We can check CPU type to help determine end of life without our network.
  • Printers - It's nice to have a quick look at printer statuses. Toner levels, out of paper, and service errors are all reported via LANSweeper.
Michael Metalios | 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

Lansweeper

  • Can only scan what it sees. Doesn't show every item on the machine. Patches are also absent.
  • Software Recognition is OK with Microsoft. It is dire within our network of multiple products. Recognition is at about 35% with constant manual work needed to baseline for each manufacturer in each network
  • Datacenter compliance is a manual project. We used Excel extensively.
  • License optimization is limited to installations v surplus licenses. We need to know who's using what and how.
Anonymous | 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

Lansweeper

Lansweeper 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The price to function scale is so far towards function it would be stupid to get rid of it
Mike Hempel | 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

Lansweeper

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds N-central

SolarWinds N-central 8.3
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

Support Rating

Lansweeper

Lansweeper 9.8
Based on 5 answers
Lots of info online there are tons of SQL Reports you can copy from the web as Lansweeper and users post many of them. They also send out alerts that pop up on Lansweeper, letting you know of an update that you need for certain software and provide an SQL report so you can scan your system to see what PCs need this update.
Mike Bursack | 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

Implementation Rating

Lansweeper

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Lansweeper

Though Lansweeper isn't designed as a live network management tool, it's intended as a static Networked Asset Inventory Manager. It does share many functions with other applications, and the reporting tool in Lansweeper is much easier to use and to customize (create your own SQL queries to extract information) as well.
Anonymous | 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

Return on Investment

Lansweeper

  • We actually saved a decent amount of money by switching to Lansweeper.
  • The way we have Lansweeper currently setup is on a local machine but if that machine goes offline, we have no access to it. Easy to remedy but just something to note.
Matthew James | 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

Pricing Details

Lansweeper

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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

Lansweeper
9.1
SolarWinds N-central
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Lansweeper
10.0
SolarWinds N-central
8.6

Usability

Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
8.3

Support Rating

Lansweeper
9.8
SolarWinds N-central
8.3

Implementation Rating

Lansweeper
SolarWinds N-central
8.1

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