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NoMachine Review

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Skye Schooley
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business.com writer
| Updated
Mar 04, 2019
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NoMachine is remote PC access software with high performance and security. Whether you are looking for a personal solution or a program to support an entire business, this versatile software performs well for any type of user. There are many connection options with NoMachine, including a cloud server, a terminal server and a virtualization server.

NoMachine

NoMachine

The Best Remote PC Access Software of 2019

The Verdict

While NoMachine specializes in remote Linux connections, it's a versatile option for any platform. It has numerous sharing tools and compatibility features for you to use during any remote session.

View all our recommendations for remote PC access software on our best picks page.

To begin using NoMachine via your desktop, you need to download the software onto the computer you want to access remotely. Once the program is installed, you have the option to connect by searching for an IP address; however, this isn't always required, since the program automatically displays PCs on the same network that have NoMachine running on them. Once you've established a secure connection, you can perform remote access tasks.

NoMachine Pricing and Software Plans

The pricing for a NoMachine subscription depends on several factors, but it's primarily based on the number of cores. The annual fee is paid upfront and includes software maintenance and technical assistance for a year. Here are some specifics about the pricing and features for plans available with NoMachine: 

  • Windows and Mac plans: There are six different Windows and Mac plans, which range from one to 10 subscriptions with one to 16 cores. The cost ranges from $5.45 to $22,494.50. The plans include an AVC pack subscription, cloud server subscriptions and enterprise desktop subscriptions.

  • Linux plan: The device type with the most robust options is Linux. There are 17 different plans available that range from one to 10 subscriptions with four unlimited virtual desktops and one to 16 cores. As with the Windows and Mac plans, the cost ranges from $5.45 to $22,494.50. The plans include an AVC pack subscription, cloud server subscriptions, enterprise desktop subscriptions, enterprise terminal subscriptions, small business server subscriptions, terminal server node subscriptions, terminal server subscriptions and workstation subscriptions.

  • Raspberry Pi plan: There are four different Raspberry Pi plans that range from one to 10 subscriptions, costing $5.45 to $394.50. The plans include an AVC pack subscription and multiple enterprise desktop subscription options.

The plans available with NoMachine are extremely specific and vast. You will need to know the devices you are going to connect before purchasing a plan. Although we did not find any available free trials, NoMachine does offer a free plan that you can try to get a feel for the product before you purchase it.

Features

NoMachine offers several different services and features for remote PC access.

  • Installation: Depending on the plan you purchase, you can access your remote session via the installed program or a cloud-based platform.

  • Cross-platform access: The software connection you have access to depends on which plan you purchase. NoMachine is compatible across all devices, including Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile devices. It specializes in Linux.

  • Integration: NoMachine easily integrates with a variety of platforms across North America, Europe and Oceania. These include partners like Babylon Cloud, Cadence, Leostream and ThinLinx.

  • Security: The program uses 128-bit encryption, inactivity timeout, keyboard locking and screen blanking. You also can use the security tab to customize the level of security for your session. For instance, you can adjust it so that the screen locks when users connect or require them to ask permission before making a remote desktop connection.

  • File transfer: This remote desktop software has minimal to no lag time when transferring files. Whether you transfer files using the manager or drag-and-drop documents, the program quickly transfers information.

  • Session recording: Session recording is available for multiple plans but is not accessible via web sessions. This can even include video recording of sessions for future reference.

  • Remote printing: You can print from your remote computer to your local printer, or vice versa.

  • Monitor control: You can share remote access between unlimited users, controlling whether their access is interactive or view-only.

  • Communication features: This software offers features like a whiteboard, chat tool and VoIP. However, some of these features are not available in web sessions.

  • Scalability: NoMachine requires an annual subscription, but you have the option to scale your plan as your company grows.

  • Customer service and resources: You can access user forums and tutorials to learn how to use specific features. You can also search documents, articles, FAQs, trouble reports, feature requests and software updates for anything you need help with. If the website does not have what you are looking for, you can contact the technical support team by phone and email.

Pros and Cons of NoMachine

Pros

One of the biggest benefits of NoMachine is that it has more software plans than most of its competitors. It might take a little more research beforehand on what specific platform you will need, but then you can find a plan that is specialized to your needs. This creates convenient usability down the road, since you will have a plan that fits your exact needs. It also helps with troubleshooting, as you can find technical support for your specific plan.

Although this software is compatible across all devices, it specializes in Linux. With more than 15 different Linux plans, you are sure to find the proper compatibility for your Linux device. NoMachine started out as Linux-based software, so the company has a lot of experience and know-how when it comes to working with and troubleshooting Linux devices.

Another great feature is the available access to Raspberry Pi. Not many competitors address the Raspberry Pi platform, and the fact that NoMachine does attests to its great international aspect. The software can integrate with technology from North America, Europe and Oceania. Its customer service is available in multiple countries as well.  

Cons

It can also be a drawback that NoMachine's software plans are so specific and advanced. It will require more research on your end to identify what exact computer platforms you will be operating on and what type of connection you would like for each device. The technical specificity and advances of this software can make it difficult to initially implement.

Another downside is the limited features available on the web versions. For example, session recording and some chat features may be limited. There is also limited access for mobile devices, and the initial connection can be tricky. When accessing your PC from a tablet, you must first install an app onto your device. Both the PC and tablet must be on the same network so you can find the IP address to connect.

We did not find grouping tools available for NoMachine. Grouping tools allow you to group certain devices together for quicker access and implementation. They are especially useful for IT technicians. Without grouping tools, IT work can be a bit more laborious.

Ease of Use

The process to implement NoMachine varies based on the software plan you choose. You have the primary options to access a connection via a cloud-based browser or a terminal server. Once you have downloaded and installed the program onto your devices, you can remotely access a device by searching for the IP address, or NoMachine can identify any devices on the server that have the software installed.

NoMachine offers the most specific connection plans of the software we reviewed, which can make choosing one difficult. You'll need to know very specific details about the connection you will need before purchasing. Unlike other platforms, there is no blanket software plan to fit all devices and connections. However, we found that users find the NoMachine software relatively easy to use after installation.

There are many online resources to help you set up or use the software. These include tutorials, forums, articles, FAQs and software updates. If these resources do not answer all of your questions, you can contact the technical support team by phone or email.

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NoMachine

NoMachine

The Best Remote PC Access Software of 2019

The Verdict

While NoMachine specializes in remote Linux connections, it's a versatile option for any platform. It has numerous sharing tools and compatibility features for you to use during any remote session.

Skye Schooley
Skye Schooley
Skye Schooley is an Arizona native, based in New York City. After receiving a business communication degree from Arizona State University, she spent nearly three years living in four states and backpacking through 16 countries. During her travels, Skye began her blog, which you can find at www.skyeschooley.com. She finally settled down in the northeast, writing for Business.com and Business News Daily. She primarily contributes articles about business technology and the workplace, and reviews remote PC access software and collection agencies.