|Developer(s)||Usoris Systems LLC|
|Stable release||5.6 / 14 January 2014|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows iOS Android and Linux|
|Type||Remote desktop software|
|License||Freeware and Shareware|
Remote Utilities is remote desktop software for Microsoft Windows that provides remote access from one PC to another PC over a LAN or via the Internet. The program utilizes the Client-server model and consists of two components: the Host that is installed on the remote PC and the Viewer that is installed on the local PC. To access the remote PC, the user needs to know the IP address or the Internet ID of the remote PC, as well as the access password.
Remote Utilities 5.6 has 16 connection modes:
- Full control
- View only
- File transfer
- Task manager
- Remote camera
- Inventory manager
- Text chat
- Remote registry
- Screen recorder
- Power control
- Send message
- Voice and Video chat
- Remote Settings
The Internet ID
The Internet ID refers to the following:
- The technology that allows the user to bypass software and hardware firewalls when establishing a remote connection over the Internet to a remote PC located behind a NAT device or a router.
- An alphanumeric key that is entered into the connection properties in the Viewer.
This Internet ID technology support has been available in Remote Utilities, starting with version 5.0.
The Agent module
The Agent (formerly "Quick Connect") is a stand-alone program executable that runs without installation and administrative privileges. This module has been available in Remote Utilities, starting with version 5.1.
Gateway Mediation Server
The Gateway Mediation Server (GMS) is a separate program made available with the release of Remote Utilities 5.1. The GMS replicates the functionality of the global Internet ID server and allows firewalls and NAT services to be bypassed when establishing a remote connection. The program runs as a service, the Administrator's console is used to connect to the service for administration and maintenance.
The most recent version of the GMS as of October 31, 2012 is version 1.3.
Remote Utilities was previously known as Remote Office Manager and was available for download and use from 2004 until early 2010. The current name, Remote Utilities, was given to version 4.3 in mid-2010 as part of a rebranding effort. After version 4.3, there was version 5.0, a major update and version 5.0.1, a minor update. On 27 April 2012 there was a minor update 5.2 which included many new features, a free edition, and an updated licensing model.
The most current version, as of January 14, 2014, is Remote Utilities 5.6.
Starting from version 5.2 Remote Utilities is available at no cost for personal use. The Free edition is feature-limited and is for personal use only. The commercial edition has all the features available in the product and can be used for business purposes.
Other operating systems support
As of January 14, 2014 Remote Utilities supports Windows, iOS (Viewer only), Android (Viewer only) and Linux through Wine.
Remote installation and deployment
The Host is remotely installed using the built-in MSI configuration utility. The utility is launched from the Viewer and different parameters can be set for a generated MSI installer file. The file is then distributed to a Microsoft Windows network using Active Directory policies.
Remote Utilities offers three licenses: Free, Enterprise and Helpdesk.
- "Usoris Corporation Announces the Release of Version 5.0 of Remote Utilities, Their Remote PC Access Software" (Press release). PRWeb.com. 2011-04-13.
- "Usoris Systems Announces the Release of Version 5.1 of Remote Utilities, their Remote Desktop Software" (Press release). PRWeb.com. 2011-12-13.
- "Usoris Systems Releases Remote Utilities Version 5.2 in Two License Formats, with a Home Personal Use License Available for Free" (Press release). PRWeb.com. 2012-05-03.