AeroAdmin is a portable and completely free remote access program for Windows. Unlike many other free remote desktop tools, there is no cost for commercial use as well as personal use.
While AeroAdmin doesn't have chat capabilities, its small in size and can be started up in less than a minute, which is perfect for a remote desktop program.
Continue reading for a list of pros and cons, a quick look at how AeroAdmin works, and what we think of the program.
This review is of the free version of AeroAdmin 4.9, which was released August 29, 2022. Please let us know if there’s a newer version we need to review.
More About AeroAdmin
- AeroAdmin can be used with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows XP
- Windows Server 2016, 2012, 2008, and 2003 are also supported operating systems
- Can be launched from a flash drive or other USB device
- You can run it for personal use or in a commercial setting for free
- No router changes are required
- The free license limits connection time, meaning that you can only use the program for a certain number of hours every month. You can see the current time limit here
AeroAdmin Pros & Cons
Though some popular features aren't included, AeroAdmin has its benefits:
- 100% free for personal use and commercial use
- Perfect for spontaneous support
- Remote logoff/reboot (in both normal mode and Safe Mode)
- Supports sending custom keyboard shortcuts
- Connections are secured with AES and RSA encryption
- Automatically adjusts for best speed and quality
- Can be configured for unattended access
- Supports clipboard syncing
- Can be installed as a Windows service
- Fully portable so no install is necessary
- No chat options
- Remote printing isn't supported
- The free license limits connection time
- No file transfer ability
How AeroAdmin Works
The AeroAdmin program is completely portable, which means there are no installs to be made and you can keep it on a portable drive.
AeroAdmin shows an ID number every time it’s opened. This number is what needs to be shared for someone else to connect to the computer. This number is static, meaning it doesn’t change over time. You can also use your IP address instead of the ID.
The client computer needs to enter the hosts ID to make a connection. When the client tries to make a connection for the first time, the host needs to enable access rights, such as screen viewing, keyboard and mouse control, and clipboard syncing. The host can give or revoke any of these rights.
At this point, the host can save the access rights options so if the same client tries to connect, no prompts will be shown and no settings need to be accepted to establish the connection. This is how unattended access is to be set up.
Before the host connects to the client, there are two connection options you can use: Remote control and View only.
Thoughts on AeroAdmin
We appreciate just how easy AeroAdmin is to use. Basically no options are required to start a remote session. You just need to launch the program and enter a host's ID number to connect to their computer.
What we don't like is how there's an option for a file transfer wizard but it doesn't work in the free version. So, if you select it, you'll be asked to upgrade.
While you can't chat during a remote desktop session, it's still perfect for times when you need to connect to a remote PC as soon as possible for a full on remote control session. The program file is just a few megabytes, so both the client and host user can get it downloaded and launched in no time.
We don't like that you can't switch between view only and full control mode during a remote session, but it's really not that big of an issue because you can just disconnect and choose the other connection type, which only takes a minute.