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TeamViewer alternatives, but free and without limits
Anydesk: unattended, no known limits - no cap on computers and no time limit per session, no address book but can use favorites as alternative Only the system’s discovery is not there, but I’m using Favorites as a workaround Well, from 2023 it started forbidding free access
Distant Desktop: perfectly simple. 100% free forever, has unattended access, no address book; client visible on startup so I disabled auto-startup
TeamViewer: unattended with address book, but a lot of limits in free version
Parsec: via web (chrome only); amazing latency; part of Unity now and that’s the biggest problem; awkward interface as it targets gaming; buggy
Ignore: http://litemanager.com/, free up to 30 computers, has windows IP server
Ignore: https://remotely.one/, one man dev, via web
Ignore: https://desktopable.com/, only 5 computers
Anydesk: use no more
It appears that Anydesk is not as “unlimited” as I and many others thought. They have started to disconnect connections and I believe they will go down the same path as TeamViewer. It’s time for me to look for an alternative. Here is a official statement on their fair-use policy that they have posted it on a Reddit post at: Official Statement: Professional Use Monitoring : AnyDesk
I recently came across RustDesk, a cutting-edge tool that made its debut in 2022. It is completely open-source, making it both reliable and user-friendly. The fact that it is available on scoop is particularly important to me.
RustDesk allows for unattended access, allowing remote access to the desired computer at any time. Although it may not be obvious, it is sufficient to install RustDesk as a service with privileges.
Very noticeable warning, located in the lower left corner: “Due to UAC, RustDesk may not function properly as the remote side in some cases. To avoid UAC, please click the button below to install RustDesk to the system.” should be initiated. Additionally, a password can be set. All other settings can be accessed by clicking the three dots next to the user ID.
Setup your Server
If you are interested in hosting a RustDesk server, this Linux script techahold/rustdeskinstall might be helpful. And if you prefer to set it up on a Windows Server, here is a guide: Setting up self hosted RustDesk server on Windows that might be useful.
DWService is an excellent remote access solution that offers many valuable features. It is completely free to use and open-source, forever, and can be accessed via web browser. It offers unattended access and an address book, which makes it easy to manage and connect to multiple computers. The service is very reliable, and has all the functionality that one would need.
One thing that I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t have a proper client, you have to access it through a browser, which sounds great - but in reality it never is.