Top iPad app of the day: LogMeIn Ignition on iPad 2 (on video)

Top iPad app of the day: LogMeIn Ignition on iPad 2 (on video)

Summary: The iPad is a great tablet that is highly mobile and fun to use, but for those times when only a "real" computer will do, the LogMeIn Ignition app steps in to take control.

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The iPad is a great tablet that is highly mobile and fun to use, but for those times when only a "real" computer will do, the LogMeIn Ignition app steps in to take control. This remote control app makes it a breeze to control any remote Windows PC or Mac as if you were sitting right in front of it. The LogMeIn interface is so tightly integrated with the iPad that it in effect turns any Windows PC or Mac into a fully touch-enabled system.

The latest version of LogMeIn adds the ability to move files between the iPad and any remote computer. This augments the remote control function to turn the iPad into a device that can be used to troubleshoot any computer, anywhere in the world. This app runs fluidly on the iPad and supports the full repertoire of the device's touch interface. This is demonstrated in the video, with the iPad 2 used to control first a Windows system followed by a Mac.

LogMeIn Ignition is not cheap at $29.99, but it is a full-featured remote control app that has real potential for business users. There are alternative solutions for the iPad for remote control functions, but LogMeIn is the best I have tried.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, iPad, Laptops, Mobility

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  • iTeleport is also very good.. but kinda expensive..

    the easiest setup for 3G remote access i've seen.. basically just log into google... done!

    has all every kind of special keys and commands found on PC or Mac.. but what i like the most is that all the basic functions are possible with gestures..

    pinch to zoom
    two finger tap.. for rt-click
    tap + 2nd tap and drag... to drag and drop
    3 finger lt/rt-swipe... to app switch
    3 finger up swipe.. for full screen and down to exit full screen
    3 finger tap to fit to screen, 3 finger tap again to go back to previous zoom level
    doctorSpoc
    • Thanks for this info, doctorSpoc

      @doctorSpoc

      There are only two application features that I found missing after a quick look on iTeleport's web site. One is the ability to wake a remote computer from "sleep mode". And the other is audio streaming from the remote computer to the iOS device.

      Splashtop Remote provides both these capabilities.

      However, the ability to easily access your remote computer using 3G cellular networks is a big plus.
      kenosha77a
      • not sure about the PC, but wake for network access on Mac

        @kenosha7777 is setting on the mac itself... i can get iTeleport to wake a Mac over WiFi but not over 3G for some reason..

        but yeah, not audio streaming.. that would be nice to have..
        doctorSpoc
    • RE: Top iPad app of the day: LogMeIn Ignition on iPad 2 (on video)

      @doctorSpoc

      Sounds great, "just log into google..." and Google acts as a keylogger for everything you do. No thanks.
      jorjitop
      • your transactions are encrypted from Google's prying eyes via SSH..

        @jorjitop ..over 3G there are 3 levels of encryption..
        doctorSpoc
      • RE: Top iPad app of the day: LogMeIn Ignition on iPad 2 (on video)

        @doctorSpoc, below<br><br>A keylogger would get the information before it is encrypted for transmission. Google would not miss a trick like this.<br><br>Google is very good at security. We have seen with Gmail and Chrome that they make sure that nobody else can spy on their users. But, all Google apps and services are designed to spy on users. That is their raison d'etre. Google makes its money through targetted advertising. Their spyware helps their targetting.
        jorjitop
  • I think I am convinced

    Good review James. I've been looking for a good rdp app since I got my iPad 2. This looks like the one to get.
    bradisaac@...
  • RE: Top iPad app of the day: LogMeIn Ignition on iPad 2 (on video)

    Nice report on LogMein, James. I was curious about this app .. thanks for the video.

    BTW, does this app provide audio streaming from the remote computer to the iOS device? I couldn't tell from their website or from your video.
    kenosha77a
    • RE: Top iPad app of the day: LogMeIn Ignition on iPad 2 (on video)

      @kenosha7777
      Yes (and no) - for the free download for your pc it does not do audio; however, for the pay version it does, only $70. year which is cheaper than gotomypc, at $10. month
      jasonjeske
  • Using LogMeIn

    Many thanks for the video on the use of LogMeIn. I also like know:

    1. How to install LogMeIn?
    2. How to link my iPad to my PCs
    3. You said it can connect to any computer any where. How does it do it without using the internet?
    Many thanks.
    Regards,
    Ken
    laukk79
  • Don't be misled

    The very first app i bought for my Samsung Note was a RDP client. In my case it was Jump Desktop. It was excellent, almost the same full features of the PC version. I used it to connect to my PCs and servers all the time. However if you think that it is now the same as having s real PiC, don't be fooled. Working on a touch device is still about 1/20 to 1/50 as slow as a real keyboard.
    kingkong88@...
  • Remote support

    Admittedly, I have used LogMeIn Ignition — full disclosure and it works well. Also, I've used regular LogMeIn, and I guess I outgrew it. Now I have gone with RHUB remote support servers for remote access / support. Plus, RHUB is only a one-time cost.
    brendonfox