Best Remote Desktop App

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  1. speedlever

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    Yes but... Splashtop won't survive a reboot. If you're looking to do any remote maintenance that requires a reboot and then a log-in, ST is not the choice.
     
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    You way wish to check out Pocketcloud. It works over wifi and 3g. Free version only allows one connection.
     
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    If by RDP you meant Remote Desktop Client then Splashtop is not it: it is not in anyway a remote desktop client. It uses its own remote server app, not RDP. It does not run as a service under Windows so is not available after a reboot.

    Moreover while Splashtop is great for multimedia it is far from great for actually working remotely. The zoom and "mouse" controls of, say, iTap RDP, are far better. iTap will bring sound remotely but it's not for multimedia.

    I use several remote control and remote access apps:
    Windows:
    iTap RDP
    Splashtop Remote
    ZumoCast (remote file access)


    Mac:
    PocketCloud
    Splashtop Remote
    ZumoCast



    With the above I can do just about anything remotely, via Wifi or 3G (though have to do port forwarding for a few of the apps--trivial for me I do that stuff all the time).



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  4. Mountainbikermark

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    Is Team Viewer considered RDP? It is a windows service that starts automatically on a reboot afaik.
    My Splashtop is an app but I have it set to start on reboot


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  5. Tinman

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    TeamViewer is not RDP either. It uses a form of VNC. RDP is a service provided under pro or higher versions of Windows by default (but home versions can be hacked to enable it too). RDP does not need or use third-party server software. So anything that requires the installation of software on the PC to be controlled is most likely not using RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol).

    I have Splashtop setup to start on startup but it doesn't actually start till logged in. Ergo if I rebooted the PC and only used Splashtop I could not get back in. But I also use iTap RDP on my iPad/iPhone so can login and get the machine fully booted so that Splashtop loads. I suppose if you had a Windows PC that required no password and booted right to the desktop Splashtop would work right after a reboot. But I never have Windows setup to boot right to the desktop with no password.

    One other point: When using either Splashtop or most VNC solutions on a Windows/Mac, if the monitor is on and awake anyone at that PC can see what you are doing. RDP does not behave this way--the remote screen does not show (unless you are specifically using Remote Assistance, which is designed for dual view). Teamview offers the ability to blank the host screen. This might not be an issue but the idea of someone can be watching kinda creeps me out.




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  6. NYHorsewoman

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    Michael, can you provide more info on Pocketcloud.
     
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    Thanks Michael. That helps a lot . I used to have my computer set up to skip the log in but I have more than 1 user now. I guess I could set it to open to owner still and switch users after a boot up when I'm actually at it but I doubt I'll ever try
    Yes ,I have freaked my kids out with Team Viewer :D

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    I find Splashtop Remote the best. Very easy to set up and use. Also the experimental feature that lets you connect using other networks has been flawless so far. I live in Canada and have connected to my laptop from Seattle..lol.
     
  9. Beryl

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    LogMeIn?

    I have LogMeIn Ignition but use Splashtop more often. LogMeIn does survive reboots as I've used it to reboot remotely many times. Is it RDP?
     
  10. Tinman

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    No it is not RDP. Logmein installs its own proprietary server component which on Windows is registered as a service. This means it is loaded when the machine starts up, and before you have logged in, assuming you need to login. Splashtop, OTOH, does not load as a service: it does not start till the user actually logs into Windows.

    So if you are using windows and have both Splashtop and LMI you should be able to get the machine going with LMI and then let Splashtop load so you can then come back in that way if you wanted to.



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