Best Remote Desktop Software

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by MikeM87, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. MikeM87 macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    Looking to control my MAC from work using my iPad just wondering what the best software is for this. Mainly just going to be moving files maybe downloading some files so just general control nothing heavy :)

    Thanks.
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  2. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    Most people seem to like LogMeIn Ignition, but I am using Splashtop ($3.99) and it works great...
     
  3. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    Of all the apps LogMeIn and Splashtop seem to be the most popular. I believe you also have to install the corresponding software on the Mac but that is available for free, at least for Splashtop. There is also a free version of the Splashtop app on the App store if you want to try it out. I have Splashtop which is supposed to work remotely although I haven't be able to get it to work except on my local home network. I'm probably not doing something right though.
     
  4. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    You may have to enable the port on your router...you can find the port number in the "Network" tab in Splashtop desktop server app...
     
  5. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    Not wanting to hijack this thread but I will give that a go. Thanks.
     
  6. Mazda 3s macrumors 6502

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    I use SplashTop. It doesn't currently support Lion, but an update is supposed to be coming tomorrow to solve that problem.
     
  7. Cooolpenner macrumors regular

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    I'm using splashtop too. Works fine with windows 7.
     
  8. RossMc macrumors 65816

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    Agreed, Splashtop is awesome compared to LogMeIn I think when I was trying out LogMeIn the refresh rate was terrible but using Splashtop I didn't have any of those problems plus it is cheaper than LogMeIn.
     
  9. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    This is good info....thanks..:)
     
  10. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    Indeed...a LOT cheaper...
     
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  12. Tim9724 macrumors member

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    I found an app called "jump desktop" but it's a pricy $20
     
  13. erawsd macrumors 6502

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    LogMeIn is the greatest ripoff story in the history of the app store.

    - Its full of half assed features, bugs, and glitches -- especially for mac users. For a $30 app its absolutely unacceptable.

    - Speaking of the price, that just buys you a 30 day trial, you have to pay $70 a year to keep using the few decent features it has. Of course, that isn't mentioned anywhere on their app page and you $30 is non-refundable.

    Definitely get Splashtop, you pay ten times less, its MUCH faster, and it supports remote sound projection.
     
  14. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    I was quite pleasantly surprised with the "remote sound projection" feature in Splashtop. There is even an option to mute the host computer when you route the audio to the iPad...it is truly remarkable that Splashtop can offer all of this for just $3.99...Splashtop and GoodReader are two of the best Bang-For-The-Buck apps in all of the App Store...Must-Have's IMO...
     
  15. mac&cheesey macrumors 6502

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    I have been using iTeleport consistently for some time now and have had no issues. However, after seeing so much praise here for Splashtop I will have to give it a try.

    If you are looking for another option though, give iTeleport a look.

    m&c
     
  16. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    I own a ton and keep going back to pocket cloud and now more and more desktop connect
     
  17. MikeM87 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys.

    Think i'm going to try giving splashtop a try see how it works :) am sure this thread will be very helpful to others as well.
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  18. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I use iteleport for the iphone and now use it for the iPad as well. Good VNC app.
     
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  20. TebWeb macrumors newbie

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    I started with Desktop Connect, then tried Splashtop when it came out. Splashtop I haven't used in awhile, as I've had trouble getting it to wake up my iMac, where Desktop Connect has no problems. Desktop has been updating their app a lot lately, and currently, it's been working very well, and I've become use to how to use it. An advantage to Desktop is that it uses standard VNC & RDP , so no client software is needed on your desktop machine, other than activating RDP on Windows, or Screen Sharing on Mac.
     
  21. Calvinator666 macrumors member

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    Currently using Splashtop as well, and it is the perfect remote desktop app for me. I was looking through a while bunch of apps, and Splashtop seems to be getting a lot of rave reviews, besides the fact that the price is also irresistible.

    I use it for replying emails when I am too lazy to get into my office, which is also our study room. The best feature about the Splashtop is that the audio syncs perfectly with whatever video content I am watching on the iPad. Never failed even once where there are any lags or audio being out of sync with the video.

    However, the only issue I have would be that when I switch to Splashtop on the iPad, the size of the browsers on my iMac will be displaced and I have to re-adjust them when I log out of Splashtop.

    All in all, this is a highly recommended app.
     
  22. calvy macrumors 65816

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    The reason I like logmein is that I don't have to screw with configuring any firewalls or routers the computers I want to control are behind. I also don't have to remember their IP adress or configure a dynamic dns.

    I've never tried splashtop but it's the same as any other vnc client I'm sure in that it does require you remember ip addresses and configure firewalls.
     
  23. erawsd macrumors 6502

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    Nah, it couldn't be easier to set up. It automatically picks up any local PC's running the desktop software, and it remembers them for future reference. For outside discovery you can use "internet discovery" using gmail.
     
  24. momsieh macrumors newbie

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    jump desktp

    I need to use some app that require flash and found out my Ipad can't. So i tried Alwaysonpc and because I am in NZ it is useless as it is much too slow! I am now looking at buying Jumpdesktop instead...Would appreciate some feedback on this please.
     
  25. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

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    i use iteleport for work and screens for home. both are very good.
     

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