Use iOS or Android for controlling PCs using Splashtop Remote

Use iOS or Android for controlling PCs using Splashtop Remote

Summary: Splashtop Remote is an iPad and Android app that allows the user to remotely control a Windows PC with a smartphone or tablet. The app is cheaper than other apps that provide this function.

SHARE:

I have been following Splashtop for years and see they are branching out in a new area with Splashtop Remote. Splashtop makes the boot environment that lets laptops start up a quick version of Linux to avoid having to boot into a full Windows session. Splashtop Remote is an iOS and Android app that allows the user to remotely control a Windows PC with a smartphone or tablet.

Remote control is nothing new, apps like LogMeIn Ignition have been available for phones and tablets for a while. LogMeIn is expensive at $29.99, which is what sets Splashtop Remote apart from the crowd. The app is only $1.99 for the iPhone or iPod Touch and $4.99 for the iPad and Android version.

Topics: Android, Hardware, iPad, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

16 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • RE: Use iOS or Android for controlling PCs using Splashtop Remote

    I didn't know about this product and after testing it, it's quite cool but how it differentiates from TeamViewer?
    raphaeltb@...
  • Looks like you need to port forward

    If you are outside a network using NAT you need to port forward, as far as I can tell. If that's the case you may as well just use a generic RDP client.
    Michael Kelly
    • RE: Use iOS or Android for controlling PCs using Splashtop Remote

      @Michael Kelly
      No need to port forward, the software creates the routes needed.
      daikon
  • TeamViewer works great...

    TeamViewer works great and is free... I can control my computers just fine.
    doh123
  • RDP

    I already invested in Mochasoft's RDP Client app. They are a MS Gold Partner and it works pretty good. They have a free client and the $5.99 Pro version. It works well.
    pizzaman7
  • RE: Use iOS or Android for controlling PCs using Splashtop Remote

    I don't understand how you can access it when not on your network if you are behind a firewall, so this does not work for me.
    cmwade1977
  • RE: Use iOS or Android for controlling PCs using Splashtop Remote

    How is this different than VNC? I use AndroidVNC to access my desktop. Free.
    WindowWasher
    • RE: Use iOS or Android for controlling PCs using Splashtop Remote

      @WindowWasher
      My thoughts exactly; it is what I use as well. There's a number of good, free RDP and VNC client apps out there; I don't see the point in buying one.

      Now if someone would come out with an NX (No Machine) client for Android, that's a remote desktop app I'd actually pay for.
      NetAdmin1178
      • RE: Use iOS or Android for controlling PCs using Splashtop Remote

        @NetAdmin1178 Second that, AndroidVNC is free and lets you remote to any platform with VNC support (which is just about all of them these days). This "article" reeks of an advertisement and should be labelled as such.
        blakjak.au
  • RE: Use iOS or Android for controlling PCs using Splashtop Remote

    How come this isn't labeled an advertisement? How about a comparison of the different programs that do the same thing? Too much work?
    levinson
  • RE: Use iOS or Android for controlling PCs using Splashtop Remote

    +1 Levinson - there's plenty of free (better?) alternatives; I use Wyse Pocket Cloud for Android, which connects to Windows' built in RDP and has excellent performance and ease of use. And an even better price tag: free and unrestricted / non ad supported. :))
    Psdie
  • RE: Use iOS or Android for controlling PCs using Splashtop Remote

    jumpdesktop works great on the IPhone. It is amazingly easy to setup.
    lockerbie
  • RE: Use iOS or Android for controlling PCs using Splashtop Remote

    Does this work as good as Logmein? I really enjoy the easiness of setup with it. The performance is not always great but it is ok for iPhone use, and the GUI is very intuitive. Ignition is a great peace of software.
    Thorz
  • Is it better than Logmein Ignition?

    Does this work as well as Logmein? I really enjoy the easiness of setup with it. The performance is not always great but it is ok for iPhone use, and the GUI is very intuitive. Ignition is a great peace of software.
    Thorz
  • Is it better than Ignition?

    Does this work as well as Logmein? I really enjoy the easiness of setup with it. The performance is not always great but it is ok for iPhone use, and the GUI is very intuitive. Ignition is a great peace of software.
    Thorz
  • SplashTop remote also streams audio signals

    I'm not sure about the other programs mentioned but Splashtop Remote is able to stream the audio signal from a networked desktop PC app in addition to the visual image.

    In effect, this program allows a full Flash web browser experience on any iOS mobile device .. Among other things.

    This app also allows having a full Windows 7 tablet experience on an iPad or a Galaxy Tab. (A few minutes "enjoying" this experience will convince any unbiased person for the necessity of having a tablet optimized OS on a tablet rather than an OS designed for desktop computers. This opinion applies to OSX, Linux or any MS Windows OS version.)

    I've throughly enjoyed using this app in conjunction with my home computer network. The illusion of my iPad transformed into a virtual core i7 based computer has been uncanny at times.
    kenosha77a