Connecting using Agent

Overview

For spontaneous remote support, you can use Agent instead of Host. Unlike Host, Agent doesn't require installation and administrative privileges to run. However, Agent does require someone sitting at the remote PC, so it is suitable for attended support only.

The Agent window can be customized with your logo and welcome text. For more information, see the Agent customization tutorial.

Before you start

  • Install the Viewer on the admin PC from which you will be connecting to the remote PC.
  • Make sure that no Host is running on the remote PC. On the same PC you can run either Host or Agent, but not both.
  • Have the remote user download and run the Agent on the remote PC.

Configuring Agent

No special Agent configuration is needed. Have the remote user run it and tell you the Internet-ID and access password shown in the Agent window:

Agent window with ID and password shown

Make sure that the "Ready for connection" message is displayed at the bottom of the Agent window.

Configuring Viewer

  1. On your admin PC start the Viewer app and click Add connection: Add connection button in the Viewer
  2. Enter a descriptive name and the Internet-ID displayed on the Agent window. Click OK: Adding new remote connection
  3. Enter the Agent password at the password prompt and click OK: Entering the Host access password
  4. The remote session will start in the selected connection mode. In this example it’s the Full Control mode: Full control mode window
  5. The connection will be saved to your address book automatically: Saving a connection to the address book

Tip

If you have difficulty making the Internet-ID connection work, please check this troubleshooting guide.

Remember

  • In order to terminate the session at any moment, the remote user simply needs to close the Agent window.
  • The remote user doesn't have to re-download the Agent each time they need remote support. They can keep the Agent file on their computer and run it when necessary. In this case, the ID and password won't change since the last session. This will enable the technician to quickly start a remote session without asking users their ID and password.