I’m back with another sponsored review, this time of iRemotePC – Remote Support Service.
iRemotePC is a web based remote assistance product for IT technicians and especially useful for product/software vendors to remotely support their clients and customers. The service allows them to remotely control clients PCs with ease and fully encrypted security without pre-installing any software on the remote side.
As usual, I signed up for the service and gave it a test drive.
Signing up is quick and I received the welcome email immediately. They don’t have any email verification process during the signup process and your account is immediately activated.
On signing in for the first time, you are presented a survey which you can choose to fill or skip for later.
You are given five support tickets to use when you signup. Additional tickets can be purchased at $5/ticket or you can also opt for monthly or yearly subscriptions for unlimited tickets (useful if you have more than 10 tickets a month)
Before you begin, I suggest you read the walkthrough that explains how the entire system works.
I decided to test the service myself and being equipped with a laptop ensured that I could play the role of both the technician and the client. An additional test is that the laptop runs Windows Vista and is also connected to the internet via a proxy server.
I decided to play the technician on the laptop and the client on my PC.
Step 1 – Create a Support Ticket
I logged in as a technician and created a support ticket which I sent to my alternate email.
Once you create the ticket you will be given the option of launching a session. You can also do this later. An email is also sent to both you and the client with the link the client needs to use to launch a session.
Step 2 – Client Responds
The client clicks the link in the email and starts the process of launching the iRemotePC Support session.
This involves him entering a chat room which the technician has access to as well as launching the temporary client application.
When the client chooses to start the session, he will be prompted to download a 444KB file that will then download and run the main client. This client application is another 2.8MB, so if you are on a slower connection, be prepared to wait a while. However, you can use the same application again in the future by simply entering a new ticket ID.
Step 3 – The Technician Controls
The technician can then launch his own session and he can connect to the client’s PC.
I ran through all the tabs. The Diagnostics tab allows you to view the disk space, processes, time and registry among other functions.
The Remote Monitor tab is redundant when you also have access using the Remote Control which is the most powerful feature of this application. I was able to control my PC from my laptop completely. It was as if I was sitting in front of my PC. Additionally, the actions were immediate as iRemotePC links your two PCs directly and not via the iRemotePC server (though if this fails then the iRemotePC server comes into the picture).
I also tried the File Transfer tab to transfer the above screenshot to the PC from where I am blogging.
I ended the session on both systems and deleted the ticket… I now have four tickets with me.
iRemotePC – Remote Support does what it promises and does it well. The application is quick to use and easy to understand from both technician and client point of view which makes it a major plus point.
The pricing is something that a technician or the Support Company will have to evaluate for themselves.
If you are getting occasional tickets, i.e. less than 10 per month then you can buy tickets adhoc at $5/mo. However, if you are getting more than 10 per month, you can go in for a monthly subscription. Buying a yearly subscription saves you around USD100.
Additionally, you will also have to make sure you’re charging your clients more than that!
One point that I am critical about is the Ticket Validity Period which can be a max of 24 hours. From my understanding beyond 24 hours you will need to create a new ticket. It would be better if the technician decides how long to keep the tickets valid, or the sessions can be launched until the ticket is closed.
iRemotePC also has a referral program that allows you to earn $50 per referral.
So, if you do plan on using this service, do signup using my referal id.