ConnectWise Control

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ConnectWise Control (formerly ScreenConnect)

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The best remote control solution out there

9
We use Connectwise Control as a remote support tool for our team. It is used primarily by our IT support group by everyone in the company …
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A Great Solution for MSPs

10
As a managed IT services provider, we use ConnectWise Control for our remote access needs and to remotely support our clients. Primarily …

ConnectWise Application Review

9
ConnectWise Control was implemented and use by our customer service dept. as a major tool for our technician working to support our …

Easy to use and reliable

9
IT Support love Connectwise Control as it provides fast remote support options for technicians and allows for various common tools, …

Affordable remote control software!

9
Since the pandemic hit, ConnectWise Control (formerly ScreenConnect) is used to remote control other employees' computers for …
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ConnectWise Control - is it wise to use?

5
We use ConnectWise Control as part of the ConnectWise, an MSP, across the whole organization. Primarily, it was used in the managed …
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Screen sharing (585)

9.5
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Over-the-Internet remote session (591)

9.4
94%

Remote management of servers & workstations (507)

9.3
93%

File transfer (558)

8.4
84%

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What is ConnectWise Control?

ConnectWise Control is a remote support, access, and meeting solution. With ConnectWise Control, users can utilize remote support and access to repair computers, provide updates, and manage machines. Users can also conduct online seminars and presentations using remote meetings.

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What is ConnectWise Automate?

ConnectWise Automate, formerly LabTech, is a remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform. It provides powerful automation to discover and manage devices, monitor for problems, and scripts repetitive action.

What is TeamViewer?

TeamViewer provides software for both remote management and online collaborations. With TeamViewer, users have access to fully integrated online conference solutions for audio and video communication, including interactive screen sharing and remote access features.

Features Scorecard

Remote Administration

8.4
84%

Product Details

What is ConnectWise Control?

ConnectWise Control, formerly ScreenConnect, is a remote support, access and meeting solution. With this solution, you can use remote support and access to repair computers, provide updates, and manage machines. Users can also conduct online seminars and presentations using remote meetings. The vendor’s value proposition is that their solution is fast, reliable and includes the same features as competing remote control solutions.

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Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use Connectwise Control as a remote support tool for our team. It is used primarily by our IT support group by everyone in the company who has had it used on their machine at some point in time so they also know what it is. It allows our team to quickly and efficiently provide support to other teams members no matter where they are located remotely.
  • Remote support.
  • Unattended maintenance.
  • Can provide solid overview of all devices.
  • Can be lag time.
  • Apple Connections can be fidgety.
  • Computer can fall asleep and lose the connection.
Connectwise Control allows for more efficient control of your IT support group. It allows even a 5-minute walk to someone's desk (5-minute walk back) to be avoided and can do it quicker remotely now. It also works great for someone needing to be on their machine at work and they are now at home for the day, allowing them to connect quickly. The only real case of being less appropriate is when a machine locks up or reboots and doesn't power back up, it may have trouble re-connecting you.
Score 10 out of 10
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We often need to create an ad-hoc session with a device that is not under our management. 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.
  • The ability to execute commands from the Control console is very effective.
  • Sessions have settings to reduce the resolution for times when bandwidth is at a premium. You can manually reduce the data for the session this way.
  • A URL and a 5 digit access code are all that are need to initiate a session for an end user. It is very user-friendly.
  • When initiating a session, an end user needs approve the download of the agent, approve User Account Control access, and to click to open the client. A streamlined process would be preferred.
  • The technician must click a box at the top of the interface to chat with end-user. This would be better as a constant sidecar to the interface screen.
  • The tools for the session are all at the top of the interface. It would be better if they were at the bottom like a taskbar.
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.
Support is available and good but is slow at times. Our only disappointment with the product is that support can sometimes take a day or two to get back to you. That speed does not scale for fast paces MSPs that are a 24x7 operation. Support is not frequently needed but is a frustration when it is.
  • no training
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Adam Friedli | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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At the time in my previous job, [ConnectWise Control (formerly ScreenConnect)] was used across the entire organization. It was used along with Automate to remote into machines. I have also used it heavily to support people outside of work. It is very versatile and has extremely quick and reliable connections. Fast connections that don't drop are very important when supporting people, and Control doesn't disappoint.
  • 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.
  • I recall the integration with Automate was pretty good. However, I ran into some issues trying to fix a connection issue back to the Control environment. I felt the interface for working with they integration connection could be easier to work with.
  • There should other recovery options if the multi-factor method is lost or breaks. As long as you have multiple admin accounts, this shouldn't be an issue. And I believe support can help with recovery as well. I just know most services let you use a recovery phone or email to get around that. Maybe this has been changed or I missed something as well.
I feel [ConnectWise Control (formerly ScreenConnect)] works on all sizes of implementations. I've used it with about 1000 endpoints and I've even used it for managing a couple family machines to make remote support easier. It works super well and does exactly what you want it to. It has not disappointed me at all and I'd recommend it to any employers I work for as well.
Every time we contacted support, the experience was great and they were very helpful. Sometimes, the wait times were longer. This was unfortunate, but submitting tickets always worked for things that weren't as immediate. We just queued in chat support and worked on other items while we waited. The quality of support was never an issue though.
Score 8 out of 10
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We use ConnectWise to remote control other employees computer for troubleshooting purposes.
  • lag free remote control of users computers
  • communicating with users during remote control session
  • file transfers during remote sessions
  • the remote control task bar bugs out more than it should
  • when doing a remote session from the support tab, only some times it prompts for adminstrator access when this access is needed. most of the time it just just black screen when UAC input is required.
  • it does not scale well when more than 2 monitors are involved in a remote session
All around good tool for remote control sessions in support scenarios
Never had to use support one single time. Can not give a rating, but that in and of itself speaks volumes. A product that doesn't need support is a product I support.
Score 10 out of 10
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Our IT Department uses ConnectWise Control to view our employee's computers across our entire organization. "In the world of Covid...", many of our employees still work from home, and having an easy way for them to connect into a support session is paramount. Our previous remote support solutions were a lot more clunky and took a larger footprint, and that makes a big difference with an abundance of legacy (ahem, OLD) PC we have out there.
  • Small download and CPU/Memory footprint makes ConnectWise Control stand out.
  • You do NOT need to use the rest of the ConnectWise suite of products to use ConnectWise Control
  • There are a lot of very smart options that make the program easy to use for IT, support professionals.
  • Honestly, there's not much criticism I can throw at ConnectWise Control.
  • They update their client a lot, so seeing that your client is out of date often can be off-putting... but a super minor issue because they're ACTUALLY updating things!
The obvious use for ConnectWise Control is to provide a reliable remote control session to user's PCs. We also use it as a remote desktop to access our servers. Each remote desktop you have access to a shared toolbox of common programs which is very helpful. You can see more than one screen at a time, which sounds like a dumb feature however there are a lot of programs where you can only view one screen or only one screen at a time.
I haven't had to call into their support yet, so I'm looking at that as a positive thing. Their documentation is great and they actually update their software. If you're looking for something that will take care of itself, you can hook yourself into the cloud instance of ConnectWise Control which auto-maintains itself.
Sam Livermore, MCP, iTIL | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use ConnectWise Control as our remote solution for external and internal employees. The ability to maintain security, provide UAC credentials and provide a great user experience is what makes this product such a great tool. The configuration was easy, and once setup, you don't have to touch it at all. User administration is easy, and provides different levels of access.
  • Easy to use for end users
  • Flexibility of connection type: CODE, Email, etc.
  • Stable application, no issues after 6 years
  • UI is a little outdated
  • Provide automatic connection without user intervention
  • Better branding options
We have been using ConnectWise support for quite a while, and the ability to provide administrator credentials solved a security risk we had with remote users being local administrators of their computer. This feature allowed us to lock down the computer, close the security hole and increase our security posture of the company in relation to remote workforce.
I have only needed to contact their support a few times, and every time they were knowledgeable, friendly and quick to offer a solution. The response was quick and we were always able to get the issue resolved. For having this app for so long, and only needing to call them a few times, tells a lot on how stable the application really is.
Ian Hansen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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As a managed IT services provider, we use ConnectWise Control for our remote access needs and to remotely support our clients. Primarily it's used by our service team and its features and functionality have greatly assisted us to accelerate the support of our clients. It's been a very good investment for the company.
  • Image Quality
  • Multiscreen Functionality
  • Security/2-Factor Authentication
  • Groups and Filtering
  • File Transfer
  • The logic needed for the filters is a bit confusing. Extra use documentation would be nice.
  • The security settings under account creation is a little old and counterintuitive.
  • Support documentation seems like it could use more depth.
ConnectWise Control is good for IT support organizations that want to quickly and securely provide remote access ability to workstations. For remote access into a work PC, its doesn't have good passthrough printer support as much as programs like GoToMyPC, Splashtop or LogMeIn. Overall for an MSP it's a good solution.
ConnectWise support has done well in providing us the support we need to maintain and update our ScreenConnect server. They have remoted in when needed and made sure we had what we needed.
Score 9 out of 10
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ConnectWise Control was implemented and use by our customer service dept. as a major tool for our technician working to support our customer. However, since the pandemic, we re-implement the software to also support our engineers working from home and connect to their equipment.
  • Share screen, files, chats between users
  • Easy and automatics agent deployment
  • Reconnection if the session reboot
  • Assigned station to specific user
  • Allow access to PC console session
  • Secure access with 2 factors authentication
  • Single pane of glass for administrative
  • Agent backward version is not support
  • Did not have single sign on to assign desktop
  • User profile and Active Directory GPO imbedded would be nice
As a share screen software, ConnectWise is well suited for using in customer support and helpdesk area. It is also useful when access to administrative console session. With agent pre-installation, it provide a way for user to remote access their PC and equipment. Specially very helpful to engineer when working remotely and need reboot their remote PC or devices.
We [rarely] call the technical support but their response is reasonable. Usually, we have the response back within hour. The technician seem know their base. If issue can not be solved quickly, ticket will be escalate to different support level. Patches and security update also notify regularly. We usually don't run all the update if that does not cover for any security issue or bug that need to fix.
Evan Kent | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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It is a very robust piece of software that allows remote connection for support. It does not require a lot of network speed for a decent connection which is nice. It also appears to work well on Mac's and PC's. The ease of connection also makes supporting non technical users easier
  • Connects easily
  • Low Internet speeds on both sides still allow great connection
  • Secure Connection when working
  • Multiple OS supported
  • It doesn't appear to work with Chrome OS
  • No iOS support
  • No Android Support
It is best suited for assisting remote users whose computer are not able to access in person. Due to it requiring a low bandwidth connection and still working well and securely it helps in these situations. It also can be setup for remote connections with out having to have a user present allowing you to work on issues on servers or when the client is not available to connect you.
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Score 9 out of 10
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IT Support love Connectwise Control as it provides fast remote support options for technicians and allows for various common tools, granular permissions, and quality control.
  • Remote support
  • Speed of access
  • Quality remote session
  • UI
  • Legacy contract support
MSP's looking for a robust solution.
Seem to be able to resolve any issues that occur.
Cameron Rainey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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ConnectWise Control is what we use to remote into our entire client bases PCs. Its used by the entire organization and is the primary tool we use to help troubleshoot our customers issues.
  • Quick remote connections
  • High uptime when connected to clients
  • File movement from our machines to theirs
  • Update the UI for an easier experience
  • Give access to background command prompt once logged into the PC
  • Easier monitor navigation
Perfect for when you have it installed and need to remote into a PC and troubleshoot an issue. It hasn't worked quite as well when its not already installed and people have to try and install it from our website. That has caused a lot of issues for us, but we eventually get it working.
Anytime we have opened a ticket we have always gotten quick help.
Score 8 out of 10
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ConnectWise Control is used as a secondary remote control product in addition to our main RMM tool in our company. The product is used across our entire company. The product allows us to quickly and easily remote control client devices very reliably. The product simply works with little hassle. In addition to providing remote control capabilities, the remote command line tools allow us to troubleshoot the installation of our primary RMM tool without interrupting users, when needed. The "support" option also allows us to quickly and easily start remote control sessions to systems that don't already have the agent software installed.
  • Remote Control sessions start quickly.
  • Agent installations are lightweight and quick to complete.
  • On premise server updates are very quick to complete, typically in less than 10 minutes.
  • Ad hoc support sessions are intuitive and easy to start.
  • With all ConnectWise products, support is lacking.
  • File transfers cannot be completed without starting a remote control session.
  • On-premise server updates must be completed very frequently.
ConnectWise Control is most appropriate for skilled IT departments that do not require much support from the software vendor. The product is very helpful in supplementing a primary RMM tool that is used to managed client devices. The on-premise installation is helpful for those who like more control over their systems.
Unfortunately, support is the one area where ConnectWise Control is severely lacking. Since the ConnectWise company was sold a few years ago and staffing has been reduced, there is a noticeable decline in the quality of support we receive for the product. The folks that answer questions seem to simply search the product documentation and provide answers we have already tried. In almost every case, we end up figuring how to fix the product ourselves.
Score 9 out of 10
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Since the pandemic hit, ConnectWise Control (formerly ScreenConnect) is used to remote control other employees' computers for troubleshooting purposes. It helps in controlling remote systems fast and easily.
  • Quick and robust connections
  • Sharing of mic and camera with remote user
  • Secure enough
  • Updating the software isn't always smooth
  • Hosted version--no recording option available
ConnectWise Control (formerly ScreenConnect) works very well for having unattended access to systems. It would be nice to have more users though, but the price is a huge factor, as it can turn out to be expensive.
Never had to deal with the support.
Score 5 out of 10
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We use ConnectWise Control as part of the ConnectWise, an MSP, across the whole organization. Primarily, it was used in the managed service department and IT for asset management, automation and remote desktop assistance e.g. patch assistance and monitoring. It was useful to have a complete packaged system without the need to work with lots of different software to reach our goals.
  • Faster than competition
  • Remote control app was ahead of competition
  • Ability to connect to unattended computers
  • Ability to have more than 1 support user log into a computer at one time
  • Training was difficult
  • Software crashes
  • Support take too long
ConnectWise Control was a love and hate relationship. It's the giant in MSP software so you must consider it if you are a fairly sizeable company with over a few thousand seats. I would not recommend it for a small business as it will be too much.

ConnectWise packages, individually, rarely are not the best in that sector but it's just the fact that everything is in one place.
If there was an issue, it would take a long time before it was resolved. Even big issues that would affect a lot of their customers e.g. chrome issues. I feel like this is the same across all ConnectWise products however and something you get used to.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use ConnectWise Control (formerly ScreenConnect) to manage remote and control our unattended systems so that we can perform maintenance, support, and even installation. Once connected, we have access to the entire system, but since it does not need any special port forwarding, firewall settings, or other complicated configurations to make it work, we find it a nice solution.
  • Connects to remote unattended computers
  • Allows sound and microphone to be mapped to the technician's computer
  • Scales the screen well
  • A little bit of a bandwidth hog
  • More granularity in permissions for different users
  • Some problems connecting if the network was down when computer restarts
It is a great solution for accessing unattended computers that need remote support and maintenance. It allows us to run scripts on groups of computers and also supports control-alt-delete when needed. The software is especially useful when supporting Linux and Windows (probably Macs also) because it works equally as well for both platforms. In situations where you aren't supporting remote computers, it may make sense to use a different solution that has a few more features (like AD integration).
The software does exactly what we need it to do. I haven't used any other product that is as easy to install and can support remote unattended computers. It allows us to transfer files, run scripts, and make sure these computers are patched.
Score 9 out of 10
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We used it to remotely assist and troubleshoot user issues. It allowed us to shorten the response time to the issue.
  • The Remote Terminal feature was amazing, it gave us the ability to remotely run scripts and find info we needed without interrupting the user.
  • The responsiveness of the remote console is quick and helps in troubleshooting.
  • Deployment on Mac and Linux works, but it is not as fluid and easily done as Windows.
Whenever you need remote access to users' computers for troubleshooting / help desk support, ConnectWise Control is a great contender.
Their support team has always been very responsive and easy to work with.
Sudhashen Naicker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Three years into my startup business and using Screenconnect. Though my RMM tool has another way of connecting it is not as robust as Screenconnect. If all else fails, I use Screenconnect to provide remote support. It is also useful for new and prospective clients who have not been added to my RMM platform. Screenconnect is significantly better than the competition, however their support leaves a lot to be desired.
  • No fuss - just works
  • Easy access
  • East setup of sessions
  • Security
  • I always seem to have an issue with upgrading - its not smooth. Eventually resolves itself
  • Chrome client was reported in January. Only fixed in May - about 3,5 months! Really Connectwise?
[It's well suited for a] one-man operation where you need a tool that just works. I can't think of less appropriate [scenario] for a remote support tool. I have a remote support tool on my RMM which can be a bit finicky at times. ConnectWise Control just works - even on iffy bandwidth.
Shocking response to ChromeOS app stopped working after January 2020 update. Case logged and followed up exhaustively - ignored, false promises to contact back and general disinterest. Only resolved in May 2020 - this speaks for itself.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use ConnectWise Control to provide remote IT support to our clients. With our regular clients, we have it set up so their computers are always connected and always accessible for remote support. For other clients, we use the function that allows them to temporarily connect their computers for the duration of a service call. Using ConnectWise Control makes it easy for us to provide service to our clients without having to make a trip to their site. We can do things off-hours, when clients are not using their computers, thus limiting disruption to their workday. We can also help clients promptly, rather than having them wait until someone can make a visit to their offices. It also saves us a lot of time and expense by reducing the need to travel to clients' sites.
  • Provides reliable, secure connection to control remote computers.
  • Allows for both "permanent" connections for regular clients, as well as short-term, on-demand connections for one-off clients.
  • It's a very affordable solution for a small IT support business like mine.
  • While ConnectWise Control has an app to allow me to use it from my Android phone, the app is somewhat difficult to use. Part of the problem is just that it's not easy to control a desktop computer from a small phone screen. There is certainly room for improvement here.
ConnectWise Control is well suited for any IT support company that needs to remotely control computers. It is an excellent tool for this purpose. It could potentially be used by a person who needs to remotely control a computer, but it's probably not so well suited for something like that.
Daren Anderson, MSIS | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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ScreenConnect is being used across our whole organization. It works great for those out of the area customers as well as others that can be helped without an onsite visit.
  • Very easy to use compared to other packages
  • Can be used on a variety of platforms
  • Setup is very easy
  • Just keep the costs down for users
I think it is well suited for just about any organization that wants access to other systems.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use ConnectWise Control to support users on and off the company network, at trade events and at home for troubleshooting issues, for general set up, and for adding software and devices to machines. We use it for any other action that requires us to interact with a user account and not RDP in over them, such as setting up drives and changing printer settings.
  • Access is through a small app that can be pre-installed on company machines, so the user does not need to interact at all other than to request support in the first place. The ability to connect without requiring user input is huge.
  • Connecting to a machine for the first time when you do not have access installed is a simple process and the easiest one I've found so far for users to do.
  • I can see UAC prompts.
  • Organizing connected machines is very easy.
  • Removing decommissioned machines could be more intuitive.
  • Settings per organizational unit would be good too. If they are there I still need to find them.
  • The ability to choose different color schemes.
It's the easiest support option I've ever found for users to deal with. The messaging is great and it's low-resource.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use ConnectWise Control across the whole organization to support external clients.
  • Remote Control
  • File Transfer
  • Running remote commands
  • n/a
ConnectWise Control (ScreenConnect) is the best remote software on the market. We use it to resolve customer issues daily. This software prevents the need to send a tech on-site as it allows for so many different functions. Do not waste your money on another remote control software. From remote commands, file transfer etc, screen connect is by far the best.
Marc Bressman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 1 out of 10
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We currently use ConnectWise Control / ScreenConnect to provide remote support to our local and global clients.
  • Multiple uses (support, meetings, remote access)
  • Support from developers has become very problematic and poor since they were acquired by ConnectWise.
  • Numerous issues with more recent versions of products (and updating to more recent versions) - ever since the ConnectWise acquisition (with not many useful features in more recent versions).
Frankly I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone any longer. It was a great product years ago when it was owned and supported by ScreenConnect, but since it has been acquired by ConnectWise everything has gone downhill. Their support is not great, the product has a lot of flaws and half of them don't get addressed even after reporting them, they are continually changing for things (mostly change for change's sake and probably to justify continuing to sell the product at a much higher cost without offering anything additionally useful), they have a real problem with timely communication that can cause a lot of issues, and in general there are just better solutions out there at a fraction of the cost.
Score 10 out of 10
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I operate a Managed Services Provider that focuses on serving small businesses. I've used several remote control / screen sharing solutions in the past, but out of all of them, above and beyond I would continue to recommend ConnectWise Control. We signed on when starting our company after trialing a couple different vendor's solutions. With remote control software, there is one thing above all else that it should accomplish: quickly connecting you to the desired workstation, without any worry of technical delays or difficulty. For this we've found Control works flawlessly. When our clients call with an issue, they don't have to sit around or worry about downloading another tool to install. We simply search their computer in the dashboard, and connect without problems, every single time. The peripheral features are extremely helpful as well. The integrated chat is very important for working with users who can't take a call, but are needing assistance. The bi-directional clipboard and file sharing is near seamless. And the dashboard provides plenty of information without having to dive into our RMM.
  • The remote session is often very low latency, and there have never been noticeable issues in the connection quality for our staff.
  • Installation is a breeze for remote clients. And for those that need a little help, being able to convert on-demand sessions into permanent ones is a major plus
  • The file sharing just plain works. I've used several competitors that haven't quite lived up to this so having a seamless solution is quite nice
  • Multi-monitor support is perfect!
  • 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.
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.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Screen Connect to remotely access every computer across all our business entities and customer networks. It allows us to easily remotely troubleshoot and resolve issues on pretty much every end-user device anywhere in the world.
  • The connections are reliable and smooth.
  • Transferring and receiving files from remote computers is straightforward and typically works perfectly.
  • Running commands from the dashboard without needing to connect to an end-user machine means we can easily run one-off commands without impacting workflows!
  • The access side of Screen Connect doesn't organize computers very well, you can give them essentially a tag or create groups based on SQL-like expressions, but it's a bit awkward, I'm not sure what the best way to improve that would be. Perhaps adding another tab that automatically sorts them by domain or IP range?
  • The remote computer HAS to have a monitor attached or the connection will display a black screen, generally, this isn't an issue but it means that you cannot remotely administer headless servers very well.
  • By default when you connect to a remote machine it throws all of your printers on that machine, some programs (particularly older ones) don't like that. If we could choose just one printer to send to (or none) when we want (like a button in the toolbar to send printers) that would solve that issue. Currently, the only way to fix this is to disable sending printers entirely
  • The licenses are locked using some form of a per-machine link, so if you have one license as we do and accidentally leave a connection on when you head out of the office you can not use Connectwise until you manage to close that connection. I've limited connections to two hours to automatically end them but this is still a real problem. There should be some way to end a connection from the dashboard to free up licenses.
  • The toolbox is a bit awkward and doesn't seem to work well, but that might be me not doing something right
Screen connect is a very good tool for remote support and works extremely well most of the time. I use it for consistent access to in-house and client computers and as immediate support for call-ins that we don't necessarily have set up with 24/7 connections. It lacks in a few quality of life areas such as the connection groupings and is missing a few key elements that would help with specific scenarios, such as being able to end active connections from the dashboard or being able to remotely control headless machines.
Score 10 out of 10
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I am very happy with the ConnectWise Control product and have used it for many years. I operate a local computer service company, and ConnectWise Control provides me the ability to be there without actually being there. I have a self-hosted installation and love it! I currently have a multitude of sites that are always on and give me a persistent connection. This is great for the headless servers or the digital signage installations It allows me to quickly capture a screenshot of what is actually going on without taking over control. I also like that I can access my sites from my mobile device or my tablet quickly and easily. I do not encounter much lag at all. I like how quickly I can create a support session as well! Very happy all the way around and will continue using for years to come!
  • 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.
  • Would like the ability to 'take control' in a mode that is transparent to the end user or to the audience - for example, when working on digital signage systems, it would be great to access and update without affecting the program that is playing on the main screen.
  • More CMD based functionality, or perhaps a dedicated remote CMD terminal functionality that would let me fully access the system and execute programs without being truncated to 5000 characters.
  • The mobile app on iPhone crashes once in a while, but on iPad, it works fine - perhaps it is the age of the phone, but it is hard to tell.
I have managed and administered ConnectWise for my business, and have also had the opportunity to use ConnectWise under an Enterprise level setup for a major Fortune 100. In both instances, it performed quite well and is fast and robust. From an admininistrative side to the user side, it just works and is very easy to use.