The Bottom Line
- Allows scanning across a wired/wireless network
- Easy to install and set up
- Only works with Windows
- Allows a single scanner to be shared across a network
- Cost varies per number of users
- Tested with Windows Vista (and older versions of Windows to 98)
Guide Review - Remote Scan Software
Remote Scan offered a way to solve this problem. The company said its software would allow any computer on the network to share the single scanner. On the company's Web site, they even offer the chance to use their office scanner remotely, as a test.
Or was it a gimmick? I got an evaluation copy and gave it a try. The software was quick and easy to install; I simply downloaded a single executable file from the company's site and ran it to start the installation. There are two parts; one goes on the "server" computer (for me, the computer that's physically attached to my printer/scanner, a Canon MP530 that's not network ready), the other piece of software goes on the computers that will access the scanner remotely. All that software was installed surprisingly easily and without having to understand a lot of technical language.
All well and good, but could I connect without a lot of troubleshooting? You bet. I inserted a picture from the scanner remotely, using Microsoft Word. The scan happened quickly and flawlessly.
Purchasing the product is where it becomes clear that it's a solution more for businesses than casual home users. A single license costs $290, with discounts as more users are added (expect to pay more if you want the yearly upgrades and phone support).