purcelljf wrote:These are combo desktop/android applications I recommend:
For remote potato you would install "Remote Media Center" from the Google Market, and I find the V-player the best video player for streaming, although it does cost $5 after a trial period.
For remotes, I've tried Imperio which supports wake on LAN. On paper if set correctly you can access your machine remotely from you android.
The customer support guys are based in London, but the seem eager to help you get things going. Unfortunately, I could not make it work. If you want to try it and control your computer even see your desktop from your Galaxy, get it from the Samsung apps for zilch.
The desktop client requires a license, you have to sign up to get it and then download.
Their site mentions a price of $17 for Imperio but when I signed up I got a ! year license without paying a cent. But again, I could not make it work, there was a irreconcilable port issue. If your bold ,enough to try it (I say intermediate computer skill required) check the requirements, Home editions of Win are not supported.
Then, I tried Vectir. It connects to your computer through WIFI, BT or IR. Unlike Imperio, It doesn't support Wake on LAN, so remote start-up is not possible. During the trial period I could control and see my desktop on my android screen with their "Desktop Profile".
On their "system profile" it turns the screen in to a track pad, with Left, scroll, right click buttons. This profile Also has Volume control and an enter button. But more useful (to me at least) is the folder button. You click it and it give you a list of all available drives, allowing you to take the path to any file in your computer.
The downside of Vectir's System profile is the lagging track pad. Sliding you index finger across your android at a moderate speed, you will see the cursor skip spaces between a quarter to half inch on your monitor.
In the Desktop profile, when moving around the desktop has a learning curve. Your desktop screen wont fit in your android screen neither you'll want it to, everything will be too small to see. The problem is that when reach the top, bottom, or sides of the desktop. Instead of locking in place and prevent you from pulling the desktop any further, you will see a black void around the desktop, continue sliding your finger and you could lose the desktop from sight.
The ability to control you computer and see your computer remotely is awesome, but the lag degraded the quality of the experience.
I also tried DesktopRemote, the free version give turns your android in to a respectable Track pad/handheld keyboard. Only connects through WIFI, But is not as laggy as Vectir. The paid version, adds the ability to see your desktop and other crap, but I have no experience with it so I can't attest to it's quality.
All 3 had been removed from my computer. I've settle with RemoteDroid. The server client is Java based and needs no installation. You just run it and it works. RemoteDroid doesn't have desktop view, but that is a paid feature in the other 3 remotes so I don't care. RemoteDroid is the winner in my book, because it supports Mac & Win. To me it's the least laggy and easiest to use.
That's all I got on remotes. That remotepotato seems like something I would try.
Sorry for the wall of text.
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