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A Free Alternative to SecureCRT: mRemote Terminal Emulator

Since I spend a good portion of my work time working on a terminal emulator in Windows, I’ve come to appreciate the features that SecureCRT provides.  The biggest feature that I enjoy is tabbed connections.  Much like modern web browsers, SecureCRT give you the option of opening multiple terminal connections within the same window via the use of tabs.  While SecureCRT is a great program, it does require a license, which currently runs about $100.  I had searched for Window-based terminal emulators with tabbing capabilities awhile ago, but did not find anything that compared to SecureCRT – until now.

mRemote is a Windows-based application that allows you to use the very popular terminal emulator PuTTY in a tabbed environment.  Unlike SecureCRT, this application is free.

mRemote Quick Reference

mRemote Quick Reference

See my review in the following videos:

mRemote Terminal Emulator - Part 1

mRemote Terminal Emulator - Part 1

mRemote Terminal Emulator - Part 2

mRemote Terminal Emulator - Part 2

mRemote Terminal Emulator - Part 3

mRemote Terminal Emulator - Part 3

The Quick and Dirty

mRemote is an open source, terminal emulator that runs on Windows (XP and Vista). It runs on top of Putty and provides a tabbed terminal emulation experience…for free. While SecureCRT provides the same experience(and is a better option in my opinion), it costs about $100 for a license while mRemote is free. Did I mention that it’s free?

mRemote is an excellent application with a couple of flaws: it is no longer being developed and may not work with Windows 7. These limitations may make it radioactive for some Network Engineers, but the program is stable and has a few nice extra features that definitely warrant it a test drive.




mRemote download


Cisco’s TechWise TV

I’m in the process of gathering together a list of free resources related to networking.  I’ll publish them in the blog as I add them to the list, and eventually I’ll post the entire list on the Packet Lab main site.

The first of these resources is Cisco’s TechWise TV.  TechWise TV is a Cisco produced web show featuring Robb Boyd and Jimmy Ray Purser.  TechWise TV focuses on specific technology solutions (Cisco and non-Cisco) that benefit customers of all sizes and industries.  Each episode runs about 60 minutes.  The episodes are actually hosted live.  If you get on the TechWise TV mailing list you will get invites to future shows.  Obviously the benefit of the live shows is the ability to participate in the Question and Answer session.  Otherwise, the archived shows are a great way to go.

TechWise TV

You will need to register with Cisco in order to view the episodes.  If you already have a CCO account, then you should be good to go using that account.  Otherwise, you need to create a new CCO account.  I know that this is a pain, but if you don’t have a CCO account already, you really should get one anyways so that you can access the restricted areas(like IOS images) of Cisco’s website.

After logging in you will probably want to make sure your system has the required software needed to run the videos.  This meant installing Real Player (yuck) for me.  If you’re rocking a Mac or Ubuntu, then there are versions of Real Player for those platforms [here’s a tutorial on how to install Real Player on Ubuntu 9.10]

Now that you’re set up, you can dip into the episodes.  Currently there are about 55 episodes.  If you’re interested in Cisco Certification you should check out Episode 49 “Insider’s Guide to Cisco Career Certifications“.  This episode was shot at Cisco Live 2009 and touches on the various Cisco certifications.  The last chapter of the show is entitled “Gaining Hands-On Experience” and Jimmy Ray Purser pimps out Dynamips.

Insider's Guide to Cisco Career Certifications

Gaining Hands-On Experience

There are a ton of topics covered in the TechWise TV episodes so you should be able to something that interests you.

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