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Teamviewer Alternative: Ultraviewer

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Ahhzz, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Ahhzz

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    Came across this earlier today, getting a quote together for a client. Anyone had a chance to try it out?
    According to their site,
    "UltraViewer is completely free

    - Currently UltraViewer is completely free, whether you are a business or personal, you can use it without worrying about paying any fee".


    The company has been around about two years, and software appears to perform most of the same functions. I found a few postings about false positives resolved by Mcafee and Avira, and some evaluations of systems after it was installed with clean results. Think I'll give it a try this weekend, see how it works out....
     
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    Sorry but I have not tested this yet but I'm going too now thanks to you :)

    EDIT: looked at the website and there are no controllers available for Android so this is only for PC to PC not mobile phone to PC and that is a killer for me.:cry:
     
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    VNCviewer/VNCserver are hands down the best IMO. Control from/to ALL devices and its easy, and free. Plus minimal lag on controls
     
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    Admittedly, I haven't tried in a couple of years, but VNC always seemed to have a lower quality connection, especially when connecting to a computer running games, or other harder-usage processes. Also, I know Teamviewer is an encrypted connection, and last I checked, VNC wasn't. I'll have to check....
     
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    Why would I care about an unknown program when TeamViewer does it all and perfectly well?
     
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    Then why respond to the thread at all if you don't care?

    Also it may sound silly but what if you used Google chrome remote as a remote desktop application?
     
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    teamviewers main appeal is no need for port forwards, upnp or similar - it 'just works'


    Ultraviewers website has broken english and offers designed to make money like this gem

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    and this totally genuine review, and not a bad google translate from a white guy who works in tech support but cant speak english:
    [​IMG]

    I'd stay away
     
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    Because I have an opinion and this is a forum.

    Also I have no idea what Chrome remote is and how is it relevant to anything.
     
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    it is free also for business instead teamviewer aint
     
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    Free for businesses. Our company purchased a TV license a few years ago, but the newer versions are not backward compatible "servers", so we have to find a way to get new clients our custom install file before they have problems. Or find a different solution.


    He's welcome to post input, that's what I asked for... of course, it wasn't really any "input", but more of a troll comment. Still, I wasn't specific in my original post to request "productive" input, so that's on me.


    Looks questionable, but several people have run scanners on the systems and found nothing untoward.... I'll stick it on a box this weekend with Shark, and see what kind of traffic it's throwing :)
    The broken English doesn't surprise me, as they're a Vietnamese company :)
     
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    Will try it out sometime:)

    When doing remote support to new client is is easier to explain to a granny to download teamviewer (45mins later) that getting them to setup a vnc server

    If you use the free version Teamviewer too much then you get put into the bracket of "Commercial Use Suspected" then can only log into a pc for 5mins then get kicked out and have to wait a few minutes to reconnect and repeat
    So would need then to pay their $420 Licence
     
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    The discussion wasn't about personal vs business use. It was simply about an "alternative", which makes little sense put this way.

    Ah, ok. Having an opinion different than yours is trolling now. Good to know.
     
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    +1 for VNC. Cloud based so I can connect to my crunchers from anywhere.
     
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    I've never used Ultraviewer, and have been dissuaded from using it by the same stuff pointed out above. There are options depending on how you use such remote access software though.

    At work we migrated away from TeamViewer and went with ConnectWise (formerly ScreenConnect), but its a payed license service. Though our primary connectivity is through LogMeIn, which is bulky but has a lot of useful extras that we utilize in the IT field, and it uses AES256 encryption.

    For free stuff, depending on the needs I'll still use TeamViewer Free (mostly family and friends) or RDP over OVPN for my labs and LANs. I control the level of encryption of the tunnel and short of creating an RDGatweay server have it locked down pretty nicely.

    +1 for VNC as well though as a free option! RealVNC does use encryption, but you only get AES128 if you're not an enterprise customer.


    Well the use of such software is generally personal or business. It should then logically and clearly expand into that as a variable of the topic because this can have an effect on what is being used where and how. That's my take on it. As an alternative the software in the OP could be potentially very dangerous for personal and business users alike. I'd be going with something else if TV isn't doing the trick.

    Not that TeamViewer isn't already good remote software, their licensing fees, and yearly version upgrades to stay relevant are a pain in the arse and it gets expensive. And if your system gets tagged as potentially using the free version for business use, you either gotta do some shady stuff to remove the flag from your PC (registry hacks, MAC address spoofing, etc.) or you got to pay to have connections longer than 5 minutes. At that point, you either need to have a very good connection and be fast at what you do or find another solution.



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    Not sure if anyone is familiar with this one but at work we use Solarwinds Dameware for a LOT of the work we do. For external support we utilize TeamViewer. I believe we share 3 licenses that can be active at a single time. For personal use i also use Teamviewer as well since its very very convenient.

    As to the software suggested i rather test it in a Sandbox Environment before i even think of installing on a PC.
     
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    We only use VNC for internal use.
     
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    Teamviewer is an excellent piece of software, we just found their continual upgrade plans to be cost-prohibitive. It would be different if they allowed forward compatibility like some of the earliest versions, but they lock that out to "encourage" updating.
    I hadn't looked at Dameware.... That might actually be reasonable.... I'll hit up my solarwinds contact next week :)
     
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    I started off with TeamViewer to remote manage my crunching farm, but a few years ago I got the dreaded "Commercial use suspected" and switched all my Windows PCs to Google Remote Desktop, while I still have TeamViewer installed on my few Linux machines. My dad uses NeoRouter and Windows Remote Desktop for his computers.
     
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