When comparing PuTTY vs FireCMD, the Slant community recommends PuTTY for most people. In the question“What are the best terminal emulators for Windows?” PuTTY is ranked 9th while FireCMD is ranked 22nd.
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Pro De facto standard client for SSH, Telnet and Rlogin
PuTTY is one of the oldest and most popular clients. It has earned the trust of a great number of users over a long period by being reliable, offering useful features and helpful support. It got into the 15 Essential Open Source Tools for Windows Admins list by InfoWorld.
Pro Can be used on any Windows computer, even without admin rights
Pro Source code available
Full source available. Compile and modify it yourself.
Pro Lightweight and portable
Doesn't require much resources (memory and hard-disk). Can even be run on a system by just downloading without install.
Pro Sophisticated auto-completion
FireCMD supports command auto-completion. Once you start typing a command, you can press the
tab key to auto-complete it.
Pro Recursive and persistent aliases
FireCMD allows users to create up to 500 aliases.
Pro HTML and CSS support makes for greater usability
HTML is a very flexible and user-friendly language for writing web pages, while CSS allows for the content of a HTML document to be separated from the style and layout of that document.
Pro A free trial is available
A free trial of FireCMD is available for users to try out.
Con Can not save passwords
Anyway, you can use "PuTTYgen" to generate a key pair, then use "Pageant" to do a password-less SSH remote login.
Con Lacks features
It is JUST an SSH client. There are many other options with built in X-servers, Multitabbing, etc.
Con Ugly design, too simple
Looks very dated. Does the basic functions very well, but not much more.
Con No global settings
If you want to change a setting for all your connections, you'd have to do it individually.
Con Organizing sessions
Does not have features for organizing session connections (like folders). If you have 5-10 connections that's fine. But if there are 30-50 connections - that becomes a nightmare.
Con Only one session
Cannot open a second session in the same window.
Con Tedious logging/tracing
Its tedious to set up logging and tracing (e.g. for serial connections).
Con No login scripting
Con Not free
Although there's a free trial available, FireCDM is not free and costs $29.