Posted by: Dave Bateman
One of the things that I often use my iPad for is to remote into my PC. I do this quite often and not just when I am traveling. Some would say I am lazy since I won’t get up and walk into the other room. I call it being efficient. Currently, my favorite app for remote access is Slpashtop. It is fast and clean. It will even send video and audio to the iPad and does quite a nice job. I am not really looking to change, but my curiosity got the better of me when I found a VNC server that would allow you to remote in from any HTML5 browser, no plug-in needed.
The program is called ThinVNC and it is made by a company called Cybele Software. The first thing I thought was that it should work from the iPad since it does HTML5. I headed right over and downloaded the trial software and had it running in a matter of minutes. So did it work with the iPad? YES! Well, kind of. At first I couldn’t get it to connect, but then I realized I needed to use HTTPS. Once I did that it popped up and asked me for my user name and password. Once I logged in, my desktop appeared on my iPad, but that was about as good as it got. Don’t get me wrong, it worked and I could navigate around, but the performance was horrible. Maybe it’s just that the iPad isn’t up to the task. The product looks pretty cool, and I only tried it on the iPad so I am not about to make any judgements on the quality of the product itself. But, as a remote solution from an iPad, it just didn’t cut it for me. I guess I will be sticking with Splashtop.