Hexnode MDM review

MDM software that can be run on-premises or hosted in the cloud

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TechRadar Verdict

Hexnode is a flexible MDM solution that supports both major mobile operating systems. With the option of hosting on your server or relying on a cloud instance, Hexnode provides a wide selection of tools to manage software, patching, security, and more. If you want to go beyond MDM, UEM packages are also available for desktops and other endpoints.


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    Can be expanded to a full UEM

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    One of the more affordable MDM solutions on the market


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    UEM packages offer some features that MDM subscribers can't access

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As companies aim to exert more control over the hardware that connects to their networks, users must make certain sacrifices in terms of their privacy, autonomy, and intentions. Despite the increased use of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies due to limited IT budgets, employees may be subject to strict guidelines regarding their device usage while at work. 

Additionally, the organization's own devices are subject to scrutiny.

Mobile Device Management (MDM) software allows for easy control over various devices. It is installed on individual devices and managed from a central server, which can be cloud-based. This umbrella term includes several linked technologies that simplify device security, location tracking, and updates. Hexnode is a popular MDM product used by well-known companies worldwide. 

In this review, we will explore the benefits of this mobile device and application management solution.


Parental supervision is even included with Hexnode's MDM software (Image credit: Hexnode)


Hexnode MDM offers a wide range of features to help you manage various usage concerns. With this powerful tool, you can easily manage devices, applications, security, content, expenses, BYOD, and kiosks. You can enroll and configure wireless devices, blacklist or whitelist websites for mobile browsers, and establish separate work profiles for BYOD. Additionally, you can securely provision Windows hybrids and tablets and track devices with ease. 

The possibilities are endless with Hexnode MDM, making it an invaluable tool for businesses of all sizes.


Comprehensive security options protect corporate devices and the data they contain (Image credit: Hexnode)

To ensure the utmost security, Hexnode offers a range of options, including strict password rules, system and application-level encryption, web filtering, and data loss prevention (DLP) strategies. These measures include limiting data transfer through USB, Bluetooth, and wireless tethering and directing data through corporate VPNs. Additionally, work profiles can be containerized and copy-paste disabled.

In the event of device theft, the Hexnode software includes theft prevention, location technologies, and the ability to remotely and selectively wipe corporate data. Dynamic grouping allows for efficient implementation of policies, settings, app updates, and other MDM staples, with the added convenience of remotely installing apps on supported mobiles.

Furthermore, it offers the option to configure kiosk mode for devices, which limits access to just one or two apps. For user support, it also provides remote control software.


Hexnode also offers integrations for many popular software and device platforms (Image credit: Hexnode)

Beyond MDM, Hexnode also offers three Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) packages with advanced features for managing non-mobile hardware. This also stretches to integrations with crucial business and productivity suites such as Google Workspace, Active Directory, Office 365, Zendesk, etc.

Installation and setup

Hexnode offers a comprehensive mobile device management (MDM) solution that can be implemented on-premises or on the cloud, depending on your organization's specific requirements. With Hexnode's MDM server, users can easily manage and secure their data and hardware on their premises, ensuring it remains protected from unauthorized third-party access.

The cloud-based MDM solution may be the more appropriate option for organizations with limited IT support. This solution allows users to access Hexnode's MDM features over the internet without worrying about managing server issues.

One of the key advantages of using Hexnode's MDM solution is the ease of enrolling individual devices. Thanks to the zero-touch enrollment feature supported by Apple DEP, Android Enterprise ZTE, Samsung Knox, and even custom Android ROMs preconfigured with Hexnode, device enrollment is now hassle-free. This feature can help alleviate the stress associated with device enrollment for the end user, making it a seamless and straightforward experience.

Overall, Hexnode's MDM solution provides a simple and efficient way to manage and secure your mobile devices. Whether you opt for the on-premises or cloud-based solution, you can rest assured that your data and hardware will be protected from unauthorized access and that device enrollment will be a breeze.


Hexnode can be used to manage Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, tvOS and even Fire OS devices (Image credit: Hexnode)


Hexnode offers broad compatibility with mobile devices. Android phones, tablets, and iPhones can be used with Hexnode's MDM, along with Windows 10 laptops, tablets, and hybrids. As such, most (if not all) mobiles and portables in your organization can be managed using Hexnode.  

Beyond MDM and into Hexnode's UEM offerings (see below), macOS laptops and desktops are compatible, as well as tvOS and Fire OS media streaming systems. 

There is also support for rugged devices, IoT hardware, and digital signage software.


Hexnode's Pay as you Grow pricing gives you business flexibility as you add employees and new devices (Image credit: Hexnode)

Plans and pricing

Hexnode provides flexible pay-as-you-grow licensing and pricing options, allowing you to add additional features and devices as needed.

The Express option, available for $1.08 per device per month, offers basic MDM and kiosk functionality. For more advanced features, the Pro option is available for just $1.80 per device per month, providing complete kiosk functionality and advanced MDM. This option includes DEP, ZTE, Knox enrollment, VPN, blacklist, whitelist, and many more features.

For further functionality, the Enterprise option is available for $2.70 per device per month and moves Hexnode towards UEM. This option includes features such as macOS, tvOS, Windows support, and Office 365-based enrollment. The Ultimate package for $3.60 per device per month includes app management for desktop operating systems, iOS home screen layout control, and pre-approved registration.

Lastly, the Ultra option is available for $5.40 per device per month, which includes all the features of the other packages, focusing on security and desktop system management. Each package also includes a provision for one or more technician licenses.

Hexnode offers a 30-day free trial for all packages, so you can fully evaluate the solution before committing to a package.

Final verdict

If you are looking for a mobile device management solution for your organization, you might want to consider Hexnode. Unlike other big-name competitors offering hardware and software packages, Hexnode specializes solely in mobile device management software. 

To use Hexnode, you will require a functioning network and server, although cloud hosting is also available for your convenience. Hexnode offers several MDM and UEM packages, each requiring a license per device. If you want to manage iPhones and Androids used by your colleagues, Hexnode's MDM option is efficient and cost-effective. However, if you need more comprehensive device management that includes desktops, IoT devices, rugged devices, media streamers, and other endpoints, it is recommended that you explore Hexnode's UEM packages. 

With Hexnode's mobile device management solution, you can have complete control over the devices used in your organization, ensuring that all of your colleagues are working with secure and updated devices.

Christian Cawley

Christian Cawley is the editor responsible for Linux, Security, Programming, and DIY content at MakeUseOf.com, where he also regularly contribute articles and video reviews. With over 10 years' experience writing in the consumer electronics, IT and entertainment media, Christian has been fortunate to work with some of the best websites and print publications in these fields.

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