programs for remote administration have always been popular. After all, it is very convenient – to see what is on the computer, while in another place. Remotely familiar can help solve some technical problems, check out what the child when he is alone at home, to see how the load in your torrent client or a large video encoding.
Since a home local networks, along with computers and laptops, smart phones and tablets have appeared, it became apparent that the latter is incredibly easy to use for remote management. If the data rate is high enough, then why not play the game that is installed on the computer, lying on the couch with a tablet? Or, say, watching a movie? In addition, today’s mobile devices can perfectly cope with the usual tasks that are assigned to the program for remote access.
In Google Play can be found more than a dozen applications, through which the organization can remotely control computers that are based on Windows, Mac and Linux. Among them are the development of well-known producers of software for administration, and programs designed specifically for mobile devices. Free solutions of them not so much. In this review, we tested four applications with which you can work remotely on a computer with the Android-smartphone or tablet.
? # Microsoft Remote Desktop
- Developer – Microsoft Corporation
- Size – 4.4 MB
- Price – Free
Branded utility from Microsoft to remotely control your computer with Android was released recently – at the end of October. With the application, you can control a computer that runs on Windows 7 or Windows 8. Since we are dealing with a “native” resolution of the developer desktop operating system, it is no client installation is required.
But in order to be able to connect to, you still need to make some changes to the system settings: go to «Control Panel» in the section “System” and select the “Remote Settings”. After that you need to allow remote connections to the computer (by the way, if the built-in firewall is disabled, Windows does not enable remote access will allow, so that the start will start the appropriate service).
to authenticate Android-application Microsoft Remote Desktop uses the system user name and password. If you are going to go under the administrator’s login, no further action on the computer is unnecessary. To allow access to other users, you need to press the “Select Users” and add them to the Remote Desktop Users. Also worth bearing in mind that if a login password is not in use, be sure to add it in the “User Accounts” as a remote connection without a password will not work. ( Note that a remote connection using Microsoft Remote Desktop is only possible to a computer that supports Remote Desktop Protocol – RDP. List of systems that are friends with this protocol is available here. – Approx. Ed . )
After completing this simple setting, you can download Microsoft Remote Desktop app from Google Play and add a new connection.
Its settings include the IP-address of the computer on the local network, or its name. Also, if you prefer, you can specify a username and password (for security reasons you can not specify them at once, and enter just before connecting).
If the connection is successful, the local work with your computer will be locked and it will come out the login window. If you log in locally, the remote connection is disconnected. Thus, when remote connection may be visible only on the desktop screen of the mobile device.
After connecting the remote desktop is displayed on the screen of the device. At the top of the screen there are two controls: a button to display the virtual keyboard for Android and navigate the screen.
If you want to use keys that are not available on Android-keyboard on the touch panel with the name of the connection can cause additional settings panel. Since it is the transition to the virtual keyboard with the keys F1-F12, Esc, Home, Tab, End, Win, Ins, Enter, and others – the standard for conventional desktop manipulator. If you are remotely connected to a device with a Windows 8 virtual pressing Win key allows you to switch between the desktop and the start screen.
The panel advanced settings can also disable multi-touch gestures and go to the navigation mode using a conventional cursor.
To end the remote connection by double-touch the “Back” button on Android-device.
? # «Teamviewer – Remote Access»
- Developer – Teamviewer
- Size – 11 MB
- price – free for non-commercial use
With free status (for non-commercial use) and the ease of Teamviewer has for a long time remains one of the most popular solutions for remote administration. With the advent of mobile devices and applications have been created to control computers with Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
to control a computer from a mobile device, you will need to install a client application for PC and Android. TeamViewer can be connected to computers with Windows, Mac and Linux.
If a computer is not planned to be connected to other devices, it’s best to use TeamViewer QuickSupport. This module requires no installation and admin rights. After its launch in a unique computer identifier (9 digits), and the four-digit password. Password, if necessary, you can update.
Once the module is running, you can open a mobile app. Teamviewer mobile can be operated in two modes: remote control and file transfer. In this and in the other case, the screen of a smartphone or tablet will need to enter the ID and password to connect to the computer.
If requested by a remote connection after a successful connection on the device screen desktop computer. On the computer screen it will also be visible, but the resolution will be changed according to the settings screen of the mobile device.
To ensure easy operation with a remote desktop TeamViewer creators have developed a system of controls. Tips on using your fingers to navigate shown before connecting, they can also be displayed at any time during the remote session. So, using your fingers to perform scrolling, clicks to simulate the left and right mouse buttons to move the cursor, and individual objects.
TeamViewer control panel is placed at the bottom of the screen. With it you can quickly end a session, send the remote computer to reboot or block it. In addition, at the time of the terminal session, you can prevent local work with your computer. If displaying the remote desktop there are problems, you can try to lower the resolution, the quality of the data, as well as hide the display wallpaper in the settings of mobile client. These parameters can be selected for a specific connection, and globally.
control panel also allows you to quickly display the virtual keyboard. In addition to Android-Keyboard can also work with additional keys: include Ctrl, Alt, Shift, use the keys F1-F12 and others.
in file transfer mode you can see the remote computer’s file system and copy files from PC to mobile and vice versa.
Mobile Client TeamViewer stores identifiers of computers to which you are connecting to, but if the remote PC much easier for management to use the section “Computers and contacts.” To do this you need to create an account Teamviewer (you can do it as a mobile device and a computer.) Further, it is possible to create groups and add identifiers (and, if you wish – and passwords) of computers to which you want to connect.2
Splashtop Remote Desktop
- Developer – Splashtop
- Size – 18 MB
- Price – free (feature enhancements – $ 1.99 per month)
Splashtop Remote – another free app with which with Android-powered devices you can control a computer with Windows, Mac and Linux. This uses slightly different model of distribution, rather than in Teamviewer. For non-commercial use program is free, but to trigger some additional features offered to buy the expansion. Among paid options to access a remote computer over the Internet (free of charge can only be controlled by the local network) and the means to easily create annotations on the screen. Also, the free version has a limit on the number of computers to which you can connect – to five.
To use the application requires an account Splashtop. You can create it as a mobile application and a client Splashtop Streamer for the desktop. To implement the connection, you guessed it, you need to enter on both devices to your account. After that, the mobile client finds computers available for the connection, and you can open a remote control session.
In the setting of a mobile client can even turn automatic connection on startup. In this case, the list of available computers will not be displayed and the application connects to the device for which the session is a remote connection that was last run.
By default, no additional passwords, you need not, but if you are concerned about the problem of unauthorized access to the settings of the desktop client can enable the password prompt for the current account Windows. In addition, it is proposed to use a security code, that is, quite simply, the password that will be required to enter each time to connect.
some security settings that are available in other solutions in mobile applications, Splashtop is proposed to set up a desktop client. For example, you can disable the display of the desktop to display the local computer during a session of remote communication. You can also block the use of the keyboard and mouse, to initiate exit from your account at the end of telework.
One of the features of Splashtop – transfer to the mobile HD-video with sound. This allows you, for example, watch a movie on the tablet that runs on the computer, or remotely play a computer game. At the request of the user during the session Splashtop Remote connection can transmit sound only to the mobile device (locally, he will not hear), transmit sound (can be heard locally), or broadcast it here and there.
When you dial up the screen resolution on your computer is not changed, and – unless otherwise specified in the configuration of the client – you can continue to work on the local PC. To manage the desktop PC with Android includes a number of gestures (for beginners are offered tips on their use), and touch panel.
Cursor parameters can be controlled by changing the sensitivity and speed of movement. On your mobile device, you can view your desktop in full resolution or scale it to fit the small screen.
PocketCloud Remote RDP / VNC
- Developer – Wyse Technology Inc.
- Size – 11 MB
- Price – free (with some limitations)
Another free solution, with which you can remotely access your desktop computer – it PocketCloud. However, for users of Linux, it will not work – desktop version only supports computers with Mac or Windows. The mobile client is free to use only one computer. To remove this restriction, as well as to get some extra features you need to buy PocketCloud Remote Desktop Pro.
One of the strengths of the application – the ability to choose the connection type. The default is the easiest way that does not require the user to any technical knowledge – through the Google App Engine. In this case, you must enter data in your Google account in the client program to the desktop and in mobile applications. Then the computer will appear in the list of devices available on the mobile screen – and you can start a connection to it.
For advanced users PocketCloud offers two options remote connection – using a protocol RDP, which is used in Windows, as well as a popular system VNC. In this and in the other case it will be necessary to introduce IP-address of the computer you want to connect.
After connecting to the mobile device near the cursor, a special navigation element – the wheel with different functions. They are easy to use, if you want to perform a right-click to select specific area of ??the screen, scroll to perform or display the virtual keyboard.
In the setting of a mobile client has a number of options to improve the transmission quality of the image. For example, you can turn off menu animations, themes, wallpaper, high quality fonts.
? # Conclusion
Almost all application developers to remotely control the computer for free submit their programs for non-commercial use. And you have to admit that for ordinary tasks of the proposed functions is sufficient. Each of the applications with something attractive: to work with the Microsoft Remote Desktop does not need to install additional software on your computer, Splashtop Remote allows transmission of sound on a mobile device, PocketCloud is interesting because it offers multiple connectivity options. Finally, Teamviewer looks more attractive just because it has a separate mode for file transfers, can work in a local network or through the Internet, well, does not impose a limit on the number of computers to which you can connect.