LogMeIn alternative 2017 – LogMeIn raises prices again

Why RemoteToPC is the right LogMeIn alternative for 2017 & 2018

Many people in the IT community have been waiting for this. Some didn’t believe they would do it again, yet they did. LogMeIn raised prices again in January of 2017 on LogMeIn Central and Logmein Pro subscriptions. This makes RemoteToPC an even more attractive LogMeIn alternative in 2017, as our prices are considerably less than those for LogMeIn Central, or LogMeIn Pro. 

An example of LogMeIn pricing increases using a 100 computer plan:LogMeIn cost 2017

For example: LMI Central 100 computer Basic was $699, now it’s $899 Plus was $1499, now it’s $1999. Premier was $2999, and now its $3499

We thought LogMeIn pricing was too high back in 2015-16. This new level in 2017 is may help drive up their stock value for their shareholders, and help pay off their $1.8B acquisition of GoToMyPC from Citrix, but it seems clear that small computer consulting companies, and MSPs are taking the hit for all that. With their purchase of GoToMyPC, they will be grossing over $1B per year, making them the 800 pound gorilla in the room compared to all of the other remote access solutions out there.

RemoteToPC vs LogMeIn from a price standpoint is a hands down win for RemoteToPC. RemoteToPC pricing for the 100 computer plan  is currently $299. While we don’t offer every feature that LMI does, as of this publication we do provide:   

Unattended Remote Desktop Access , Computer Health Monitoring , a Private Command Center , File Transfer Capability , Multi-Monitor Capable , Multiple Simultaneous Sessions ,  Critical System Alerts . Deployment Links you can Email , Multi-System Deployment Capability , Computer Grouping & Search , Remote Reboot , Safe-mode Reboot , a System Heartbeat Monitor , a Local Desktop Application , and User Management (Enterprise only)

remote desktop access  RemoteToPC pricing is extremely competitive even when compared to the LogMeIn Central Basic plan, however some of the RemoteToPC features are only found in the even more expensive LogMeIn central Plus and Premier plan. For example the ability to copy files is only available starting in their Plus plan, and Monitoring and Alerts are a feature found in their Premier plan.  People who have a LogMeIn Pro subscription for small numbers of computers will find the pricing of our smallest plan at $99 will cover them for up to 10 remote systems for a year. 

While LogMeIn stock is near an all-time high, it is unclear where they intend that these increases in price will stop. The addition of the GoToMyPC remote access customer base is sure to keep the annual gross earnings over 1 billion, and they may have factored in the loss of some LMI customers, who move on to LogMeIn alternatives due to this increase. LogMeIn pricingThey could potentially show a huge gain for shareholders this year even with the loss of 20-25% of their LMI business. While it might not make much sense from the standpoint of keeping their remote access customer base happy, it makes sense that their shareholders would be extremely happy in that situation.

From their annual revenue growth in profits since they started raising prices back in January of 2014, raising the LogMeIn price has been nothing but rewarding to them. As long as they are continually rewarded for it, it is likely that they will continue to do so. It seems however that at some point they will reach the tipping point where those who buy a LogMeIn Pro, or LogMeIn Central subscription will simply say “no more”.  Many have already done so, and we expect more to do so as time goes on. RemoteToPC plans on being here to provide a more affordable alternative with an ever increasing feature set. 

 

LogMeIn Feature & Pricing Comparison

FeatureBasicPlusPremierRemoteToPC
Remote Accessxxxx
User Managementxxxx
Computer Grouping
xxxx
Deployment
xxxx
Computer Search
xxxx
Online/Offline Status
xxxx
Reporting
xxxFuture
256-bit SSL Encryption
xxxx
Desktop Application
xxxx
Mobile Application
xxxx
Network Configuration Management
xxx
Mass Delete
New
New
New
Future
Custom Fields
New
New
New
Multi-Monitor Support
xxxx
Ad Hoc Support
xxxFuture
File Transfer
xxx
Background Access
xx
HD Remote Access
xx
Remote Print
xxFuture
Remote Sound
xx
Host Preference Packages
xx
One2Many (Automated Task Management)
x
Alerts and Monitoring
xx
Anti-virus Management
x
Windows Updates
xFuture
Ticketing Integration
x
Computer Inventory
x
Advanced Reports and Analysis
x
Self-Healing Alerts
x
Mobile Access to Alerts
New
x
Premium Customer Support
New
x
Remote Reboot
xxx
Safe Mode Reboot
xxx
WakeUp OnLan
xFuture
Per 10 Computers
$99.00
Per 20 Computers
$179.00
Per 25 Computers
$599.00
$1,299.00
$1,599.00
Per 100 Computers
$899.00
$1,999.00
$3,499.00
$299.00
Per 250 Computers
$1,299.00
$3,999.00
$7,499.00
$549.00
Per 500 Computers
$1,999.00
$5,999.00
$11,999.00
$899.00
Per 1000 Computers
$3,399.00
$9,999.00
$17,999.00
$1,699.00
LogMeIn & RemoteToPC prices as of 1/15/17

LogMeIn Central Alternative

LogMeIn Central Alternative | LogMeIn Vs RemoteToPC

Is RemoteToPC a good LogMeIn Central alternative ?

All over the internet, you can see articles for a LogMeIn Central alternative, and their suggestions are always the same old products like Teamviewer, Bomgar, ScreenConnect, Splashtop, etc…If an IT person is just looking for a remote connection client with competitive pricing, then those are valid alternatives, and some may claim that they are better than logmein, but none of them are a true LogMeIn Central alternative.  Here’s why: LogMeIn AlternativeBecause LogMeIn has three different tiers of service with varying levels of features: LogMeIn Central Basic, Plus and Premier. The Basic plan only offers a more basic set of features with an online Command Center. You have to select the Plus version (for more money) if you want the ability to copy files between PCs, and finally if you want any kind of Alerts and Monitoring, you must purchase Central Premier (for a lot more money!)

As IT people ourselves, and some of the feedback we have had from customers, the ability to copy a file from one computer to another is often a critical need. For LogMeIn, they make twice the money for this feature. When the first implemented their new pricing, it was file copying, and multi-monitor access that they used to force users up to their Plus plan. This was apparently too much for too many Basic plan customers, and they soon offered the multi-monitor feature back in their Basic plan, while leaving the ability to remotely copy a file in their Plus plan. LogMeIn’s Premier plan has robust monitoring and alerts for proactive monitoring of computer systems, but at more than 4 times the cost of their basic plan.

At the time this is being written, LogMein Central Pricing for 100 computers is: $699 a year for Basic, $1499 a year for Plus, and $2999 a year for Premier.

We built RemoteToPC as a low cost alternative to products like Log Me In Central, but have deliberately modeled our pricing to beat out their lowest price, while also offering key features they feature in their higher level plans. RemoteToPC has a Command Center and Remote Desktop Access similar to LogMeIn Basic, File Copy similar to LogMeIn Plus, and we even offer basic Alerts and Monitoring similar to LogMeIn Premier.  All currently at $299 a year for a 100 system plan.

All of our Enterprise level plans include these features that LogMeIn Central plans do: Remote Access, User Management, Computer Grouping, Deployment, Computer Search, Online/Offline Status, 256-Bit SSL Encryption, Multi-Monitor Support, File Transfer, Alerts and Monitoring, Mobile Access to Alerts, Local Client Application, Remote Reboot, Safe-mode Reboot, and Premium Customer Support.

For the features we offer, we don’t think anyone can touch our pricing. We think that RemoteToPC is a new kind of product. One that merges the core features of advanced RMM tools with a basic remote access client, and sells it at a very low cost.  We don’t think the cost of IT tools should be punitive. We know what IT people want, and need, because RemoteToPC is built by IT people for IT people!

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LogMeIn Price Flack, and TeamViewer Hacked, are they worth the cost?

Teamviewer price

I have seen two articles about some of our larger competitors in the past week. One about TeamViewer and one about LogMeIn. The first was an article about how users were upset with LogMeIn continually raising prices. I have seen articles and users continually upset about that since they first started charging for LogMeIn back in January of 2014. In fact I was one of the users that was upset about the lack of a good and affordable alternative to LogMeIn back then, and that was one of the catalysts that drove the creation of RemoteToPC.

This latest article that I read, it was not so much about how LogMeIn had continually raised prices, but how users were surprised by the charging of their credit cards without warning.  When they first started raising prices, they often offered users a discount on the new pricing, but now it seems that they just charge them the new higher price with no warning at all. One user complained that because he was using it for 700 devices, his pricing went from $299 per year to $14,999 per year. That drove him away from LogMeIn to TeamViewer.  His price with RemoteToPC would be $1999 per year, and he could add up to 1000 computers at that price level.

For all of the disgruntled LogMeIn users, it’s not as if TeamViewer users are happy. Teamviewer pricing is based on a large upfront cost that many might feel was a bad investment because according to articles and lot’s of blog chatter, TeamVeiwer was recently hacked. Because of this allegedly massive TeamViewer hack, many companies that had been using TeamViewer are scrambling to find another more secure product. I was contacted by one IT company in Spain that was looking to leave TeamViewer for that very reason, and articles are all over the internet, and sites like Reddit. Others have also commented on the fact that TeamViewer has a nasty habit of unexpectedly requiring mandatory upgrades of customers who have already bought the product, raising the question how much does Teamviewer really cost them over time? Teamviewer should allow users to turn off automated updates of installed client host software, but I would suspect that this regular windfall of new cash for upgrades is built into thier pricing model. 

Ultimately, I really don’t consider TeamViewer an apples to apples comparison to what we offer with RemoteToPC, because TeamViewer does not offer any sort of system monitoring or alerts the way we do. I would categorise TeamViewer as more of a generic remote access application. Although we have some customers that use RemoteToPC to just access their work PCs from home, RemoteToPC was designed specifically for IT people, and so that’s why every install also includes system health monitoring. We could have designed a more generic product, but as our tag line says, RemoteToPC is designed by IT people for IT people. So what that means is that from our perspective any new RemoteToPC features will always have the IT person in mind.