VNC software for wifi-only access?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by CoffeeMonkey, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. CoffeeMonkey macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for a VNC program to control a MacMini through my iPad. I only need to use it over WiFi, so something like iTeleport is overkill.

    Does anyone have a favorite?
     
  2. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a

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    Screens is my favourite, though Mocha VNC Lite is a cheaper alternative that also works well.
     
  3. Lagranger macrumors member

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    My current favorite VNC client is Remoter. It has a lot of features and is inexpensive. It uses an interesting mouse/pointer control -- a 'virtual onscreen trackpad' which some folks really like (and others don't)
     
  4. 1pad macrumors newbie

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    Splashport works well for me from my iPad2 to my Coreduo mac mini.

    It's about $2, needs no account, just install the appropriate software on your mini (works for wintel too).

    Before I bought this I installed, but didn't try, Teamviewer. I decided to try that today, but deleted it before even actually testing, as I don't want yet another "account" created. It's no doubt very good, but for my (& perhaps your) needs Splashtop works really well, even video looks ok.

    HTH
     
  5. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a

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    You shouldn't need to install any software, just switch on screen sharing and remote login in your system preferences.
     
  6. 1pad macrumors newbie

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    Presumably that option works ok with "Screens"? It appears that Splashtop does need its own server installed, & in fact probably uses extensions to VNC, or is completely proprietary, as it transfers audio as well, even keeping in sync with the video:) Additionally, it auto adjust the mac's screen resolution, & restores it on exit.

    I see Screens is rather dearer than Splashtop, so if it appears on sale sometime, I'll try it out. Splashtop also works fine on the rare occasions I need to connect to Windows, & for the price seems good value.

    Interestingly, using Splashtop has been the first time I've thought a bluetooth keyboard could be handy on an iPad, as the on-screen keyboard "pushes up" the target screen so half of it is blocked when entering characters. However, even just having a BT keyboard connected gives the facility of a single line of useful keypresses available to touch at the very bottom of the screen, which isn't intrusive.

    As there are so many vnc clients available, I suppose ultimately, it depends what features the OP is looking for .........
     

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