Gogrok


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.8
out of 6 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.1.5
File Size:
7.82MB
Date Added:
October 06, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
12,072
Downloads Last Week:
3
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Skype 3.0 or Windows Live Messenger 8.1

Editors' review

Gogrok is a companion to Skype that gives Skype users remote-access capabilities. More than a typical plug-in but not able to stand on its own, the Skype-Gogrok combo makes for a good voice- and remote-access tech-support duo that's not quite dynamic.

Gogrok interface is reminiscent of Skype's, but requires its own login. It features a connection status indicator, docking buttons, Skype contacts importing--which is fast but must be done at every login--and three headshots indicating your status and the status of contacts you're connected to. Double-click on a contact to initiate the connection, and Gogrok will activate voice calling with Skype. Remote program control begins once you select which of your active programs, or your entire PC, should be guest-controlled.

The familiar interface doesn't help the program run smoothly. The program is highly dependent on the system resources of the computers involved. Throw in varying Internet connection speeds and stability becomes a major problem. Mouse movements were usually more responsive than keyboard inputs, and read-only access runs smoother than edit-level permissions. Labels at the top of the remote screen make program status accessible. Skype itself handles any file transfers. Also, Gogrok has two help resources, a standard user-initiated query and a feature that's activated in a child window by relevant keyboard and mouse commands.

Since so much of Gogrok's performance depends on user-end variables--memory, processor, Internet connection--we can't yet fully endorse this product for successful home-user remote access. But it's definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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  • 5 stars

    "An easy to use collaboration tool"

    September 20, 2008   |   By bm4acd

    Version: Gogrok 1.6.6.3

    Pros

    easy to install and use
    intuitive user interface
    can achieve what 'grok' need
    free! free! free!

    Cons

    it will be better to have annotation function

    Summary

    this tool provide us an innovative way to collaborate with remote colleagues and friends on computer and internet. worth to try!

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  • 4 stars

    "An awesome tool for collaboration"

    September 18, 2008   |   By angelntini

    Version: Gogrok 1.6.6.3

    Pros

    1) very reliable.
    2) very easy to use
    3) free

    Cons

    1) Skype or Windows Live is a must in order to function. I prefer to be standalone.
    2) unfortunately it supports maximum 3 people

    Summary

    Generally i liked this software because as i said its very reliable (no break ups or something else) and very easy to use. But there are also two drawbacks: first you must use it via skype or windows live messenger (if someone of the collaborators doesnt have one of them installed, he must install them too) and second and more important, it supports maximum 3 people. But as we all know, we often collaborate with 5-6 people, so its not 100% recommended by me.

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  • 5 stars

    "Gogrok definitely is a remote tool that worth to try."

    May 22, 2008   |   By LaurenJC

    Version: Gogrok 1

    Pros

    To me, free use software with no charge is one of the best reasons to choose Gogrok over other remote access tools. Especially when you see the gas price is going up again and even the same hamburger you always order are costing you one more quarter; you'll know what I mean. Free doesn't always equal to crap, at least Gogrok is not! I tried online tutoring high school math and it ran smoothly.

    Cons

    Did I mention I once gogroking with my ex to book a hotel room at work but got caught up by my boss? That's another story anyway???.well, if you want me to share a con about Gogrok, that's a one??..

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  • 5 stars

    "I'm using Gogrok to collaborate with my coworkers and it performs well to me."

    May 21, 2008   |   By usatechlover

    Version: Gogrok 1

    Pros

    I think it's a handy little tool for people who don't know much about computer. The UI design is pretty straight forward and user friendly. I'm using cable internet so the connection status is quite acceptable. I believe it's going to be a great tool for people like me who have to work at home, business sales, companies which have offshore sites, and online education programs, etc.

    Cons

    One thing that I hope Gogrok to keep improving is that it only runs with Skype so far. Some of my colleagues are not Skype users and this would drive them away.

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  • 5 stars

    "A slightly different perspective on performance"

    March 06, 2008   |   By nvblue

    Version: Gogrok 1

    Pros

    As a user of Gogrok, I think CNet Editor and Seth gave a good overview of Gogrok first public beta release. But I will like to give Gogrok potential users a slightly different perspective on the performance:

    1) Base on my experience, the most contributing factor to Gogrok performance is the network connection speed. Other factors count too, refer to the minimum system requirements as indicated on the Gogrok website.

    2) In seth's review, I notice Seth was having a slow (relay) connection when he used Gogrok, as indicated by the orange connection icon. Note the connection icon exhibits 2 colors: green indicates direct (P2P) connection, and orange means relay, when the connection needs to be diverted to a 3rd party server before it reaches the other user. Gogrok performs really well when users achieve P2P connection, but when relay connection is used, the performance tends to degrade and largely depend on location and connection speed between the user and the Gogrok relay server.

    3) Gogrok will attempt to establish P2P connection whenever possible, but stringent corporate firewalls and NAT servers may prevent this. This is one area Gogrok should improve in order to achieve better performance for most users. More relay servers that cover strategic locations for users in different regions having relay connection is important too.

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  • 5 stars

    "A great free collaboration tool"

    March 03, 2008   |   By bm4acd

    Version: Gogrok 1

    Pros

    I don't have to cowork with my colleagues or friends remote from me face to face. It can save me many traffic time.

    I can also use this tool to teach my kids to do their homework when I am on a business trip. The UI is quite intuitive. I think my kids will know how to use gogrok.

    Great and helpful tool. Just like its name "grok".

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