RDP & VPN vs Splashtop Connector Comparison

Agentless access to machines without VPN via the Splashtop app

Splashtop Connector offers better security, functionality, and ease of use

Installing the Splashtop Connector on a single machine within a closed network enables it to act as a bridge, or jump point, making all other computers and servers on the network accessible via RDP from within the Splashtop app.

When you need agentless access to machines, Splashtop Connector is the superior choice when compared to VPN and RDP. With Splashtop Connector, IT admins can remotely support computers on internal networks that may not have internet access or not allow 3rd party apps to be installed for remote access, and enable users to securely work remotely.

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Splashtop Connector vs RDP and VPN

Features Splashtop Connector RDP + VPN

Connect to internal computers Use Connector as bridge
Simple to deploy
Need VPN + RDP client
Complicated to deploy
Access permissions Easy to manage through web portal Complicated to manage both VPN and RDP
Connection log All connections logged No
Session recording Yes No
Multiple monitor support Yes Yes
High performance Yes, use Splashtop’s high performance server farm to relay connections Depends on the network between endpoints via VPN
Scheduled access / Remote lab usage Yes No
Security Highly secure, Connector has only outbound network with simple 443 port Not secure, inbound traffic to internal network
Cloud service Yes Depends on VPN setting
On-Prem service Yes Depends on VPN setting
Simple to use Yes, simple and intuitive to use Need to educate users on configuring and using RDP client
Simplicity of deployment Just install the Connector and make some simple configuration Complicated on setting up VPN, or RDS Gateway
Scalability Deploy multiple Connectors to scale Complicated, need to configure VPN and RDP
File transfer Yes Yes
Remote print Yes Yes (in-session, to network printers)
Client platform support Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Web Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
RDS Yes, RDS, Connection broker, other load balancers, like F5. Yes
(VNC and Shell)
Connection pool Yes (both RDS and RDP) Only available with RDS

See our Splashtop vs RDP & VPN comparison
And check out our Splashtop Connector vs BeyondTrust Jumpoint comparison

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