Atelier Web Remote Commander – Remote Access Software
I am far from having seen it all, but nothing really surprises me that much lately. However, while talking about remote access software with a friend, he mentioned the Atelier Web Remote Commander. This software allows connecting to a remote machine without the need to install any software on it.
At first, I thought that it was not possible, but after considering a bit I started imagining ways of doing that, just all of them were pretty inconclusive. Well, I had seen and used the PsExec utility from Microsoft, it allows remote access without previous installs, but it is not exactly a piece of remote access software.
No, I really decided it would be better to have a look. I downloaded and installed the trial version, which allows full testing of the capabilities, and launched it.
A bit skeptic, I entered the name of my son’s computer in the Remote Host box as well as his Windows account name and password and pushed the Enter key. After a few seconds I saw my son’s computer desktop. Amazing, I should say, but now I had to face my son’s reaction, so I went to his room ready for his anger. You know what? He had not noticed my connection.
A bit impressed, I decided to test drive the Atelier Web Remote Commander, let me call it AWRC for simplicity. By the way, along the course, I needed some clarifications and contacted the developers which answered promptly.
AWRC is not a hacker tool, you can only access remote computers for which you have Administrator login credentials. If you are an Administrator on that computer you are assumed to be allowed to connect anytime. Well, that is not always the case! I asked the developers if there is any facility to alert remote users of an incoming connection, even if coming from an Administrator. They answered that the facility exists but is opt-in, although the fore coming release will make an icon always appear in the notification area during a connection (at least on the regular release). But they said they have also a special release, which is only supplied on demand, were a request for authorization is always enforced.
Besides remote desktop functionality, AWRC also provides remote audit administrative functions and system information for the remote machine, including hardware information, running processes, services, physical memory and more. Meanwhile, AWRC even can scan connections and Listening Ports, TCP statistics, UDP statistics, ICMP statistics, Routing Table, DNS Servers, Persistent Routes, IP Statistics/Settings, Installed Protocols/Protocol Details, Addressing Information Table, Net to Media Table, Interface Statistics/Settings on the remote desktop terminal. Really much more than most users will ever need!
It also allows clipboard transfers and file system handling including transfers between computers. You can connect to all Windows based machines, from NT all the way to Windows 7 (no support for Windows 98, if you still care). It passes across firewalls because uses Microsoft Networks for connections, not any specific port that has to be configured in the firewall. Moreover, you can also run it in full screen mode as if the remote desktop was your own desktop.
The performance of AWRC as far as screen updating is concerned is similar to VNC across the internet and a bit faster within local area networks. The screen quality is very good, almost perfect when you select 16-bit or higher resolutions however an increase in resolution decreases the screen refresh rate.
A lot more could be said about AWRC but better you check it out by yourself. I believe this software can be very useful for system administrators or helpdesk personnel. It can useful as well in other instances outside the workplace environment. Have a look!
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