HTML5 Remote Access Checklist

DAN SHAPPIR on July 29, 2014 | 2124

It appears that almost every company involved in VDI and Terminal Services is coming out with an HTML5 remote access client. In reality, this is not the case. There are, in fact, only a few HTML5 remote access clients that are actually available for use at this time. The rest are just betas or tech previews, or even just videos showing a proof of concept or a mock-up. Either way, a release date for an actual product is usually unavailable. As a result, we generally encounter little or no competition for Ericom AccessNow.

Still, prospective customers often do ask us how Ericom AccessNow compares with other HTML5 remote access products (existing or vaporware.), For this reason we have created a checklist that can be used for comparison and evaluation. Given the rapidly growing interest in this type of offering, I have decided to publish this checklist here. I’ve pre-filled the AccessNow column, and have set aside an additional empty column for whichever product you choose to evaluate:

  Ericom AccessNow Alternative Product
Generally available Version 2.1  
Supported host types
VDI ?  
Terminal Services ?  
Remote PC ?  
Supported client platforms
Windows ?  
Mac ?  
Linux ?  
Chromebook ?  
iPad ?  
iPhone ?  
Android tablets ?  
Android phones ?  
BB Playbook ?  
Supported browsers
Chrome ?  
Firefox ?  
Safari ?  
Opera ?  
IE10 ?  
IE9 ?  
IE6 – IE8 requires Google Chrome Frame  
Supported connection brokers
Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop ? (BETA),  
VMware View ?  
Quest (DELL), vWorkspace ?  
Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect ?  
Standalone (no broker), ?  
Publish desktops ?  
Publish apps ?  
Audio ?  
Audio recording ?  
Print to local ?  
File transfer ?  
SSL VPN / Proxy tunneling ?  
Clipboard redirection ?  
URL redirection ?  
Pass credentials (SSO), ?  
Pass app parameters ?  
Embed in frame ?  
Play video ?  
Smooth scroll ?  
Fast response ?  
Variable image quality ?  
Multiple locales ?  
Chinese/Japanese/Korean support ?  
RDP hotkeys ?  
Chromebook special keys ?  

I hope you find this checklist useful. Please let me know if you think I’ve left anything out.

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Dan Shappir

Dan Shappir is responsible for all aspects of product design, software development and maintenance of the Ericom's product lines. | Ericom Software

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