I was introduced to Splashtop remote desktop for the iPad a few weeks ago and I think it is wonderful. The application for the iPad is around £5.00 but worth every penny, and the computer and mac apps are free. It is very easy to set up on both the iPad and on the computer.
With this application I can control my computer with my iPad, not only across my home network but using my email account I can access my computer anywhere I have wifi access. This means I can use any and all of the programs on my computer, where ever I am and I do not need to install Word, Access or Powerpoint applications on my iPad, I can just remote into my pc and read or display the presentations which I need to show. Using this method also helps get round the lack of flash support on the iPad, anything which requires flash, runs on the pc and can be watched on the iPad. The same goes for all films files, dvd’s and even blu-rays, if I had a blu-ray dvd drive in my computer.
Combining this with Dropbox, I can add files to the iPad anywhere without the need to connect to the computer or use itunes. This aplication is not just limited to the iPad, it works on the iPhone and Android phones to. In fact the Android app is currently free, to download it and give it a try use the following link, getjar.com/splashtop.
Having spent some time playing around with Splashtop remote desktop for the iPad, I decided to try out the remote access for pc to pc. Also really easy to use and with internet discovery using a Google account you can access your home pc from work or you iPad where you have a wifi connection. This connection does require the Streamer (from the sending pc) and the Remote desktop applications to be installed. You can download both the Remote desktop for pc of mac and the streamer from www.splashtop.com.
Using these applications I can also switch on my webcams and check out what’s going on at home while I’m not, including keeping half an eye on our new puppy. I also use it to turn my pc off, when I am snug and warm and do not want to move. Very lazy I know, but technology is there to serve.
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