SecureCRT is a common choice for SSH Client for MS Windows. I want to buy SecureCRT but its too expensive. Way too expensive. Or is it just me ?
One copy of SecureCRT is USD$99 and that gets you one year of updates. You can upgrade to 3 years of updates for an extra USD$40. Now that is a lot money for an SSH terminal client and I cannot perceive the value. For example, I am readily able to purchase applications of this class ((mostly that run on MAC)) for about USD$25 but for a hundred bucks, it is not good value for money.
The good things about SecureCRT are :
- console support for serial devices
- scriptable login procedure that is simple enough to work for network geeks
- it really works. Simple, fast and doesn’t crash.
- comfortable – this is the client that I have used for a number of years when using Windows so I know how it works
Things that I really hate about SecureCRT:
- they continue to INSIST on using *NIX conventions for Cut and Paste. Ctrl+INS and Ctrl+Shift+V are THE WORST POSSIBLE key combinations. Why not Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V ? What about a global option to change the cut / paste keystrike
- The global and session options are stupidly laid out and almost unusable.
Lets face it, this product has not changed significantly in five years, surely it can’t own them any money ?
Putty and Putty Connection Manager
Many people use Putty, which is good but …. clunky. Putty can be improved by using Putty Connection Managemer from http://puttycm.free.fr/ which provides a useful graphical interface for the basic putty. Its a good product, but requires some Microsoft toxic software (NET 2.0) which tends to bloat Windows installs and requires administrator access to install and because it needs to load the Net2.0 library it is quite slow to start and run. In all other respects, it is brilliant.
TeraTerm is an Open Source project (Sourceforge and is a venerable product. It works well enough but I have never been comfortable with it.
MRemote and VisionAPP Remote Desktop 2008 (VRD2008)
I found Mremote a while ago, which is more than just a skin for Putty, but also included RDP, ICA and Citrix skins. However, that developer has stopped open source and passed to a commercial application.
Visionapp Remote Desktop 2008 costs USD$89 for a single user license and will incorporate the mRemote features in Jan 2009. Since it will combine ” connection protocols such as ICA, VNC, SSH, Telnet, HTTP, HTTPS” its a much more useful tool.
And makes my point about SecureCRT not being good value.
Have i missed any ? If you know of other SSH / Telnet clients for Windows, please let me know. I am looking for something reasonably cheap, that does what networking people need (not what sysadmins might use).