The PhoneMyPC App is great. When I find an app, I first check the ratings. If it's under 4 stars, I don't even bother. Then I check to see if it's updated to Android 2.0. Finally I check to see if its free. This app passed 2 of the 3 for my criteria however it's not free. Sometimes we all have to pay to get a good app, it keeps the developers interested and acknowledges their hard work.
PhoneMyPC is the best in its class. It controls your PC from your Droid, it's simple to setup and it works. Finally an app where I actually like the "pinch to zoom" feature. If you want a simple remote controller, I'm sure you can find one of those for free in the Market, although I believe this app can even do that.
Last edited by dr.droid; 11-15-2009 at 06:04 PM.
Well if you don't need the graphics -- a simple ssh connection should give you the ability to do everything you want to do (kill apps - run apps) and such -- just without the fancy GUI -- and its fast!!!
Connect bot is really good for a ssh client.
Im using AndFTP for my sftp client
Cygwin on my Windows Boxes (ssh server)
Ubuntu on my other Linux Boxes (ssh server)
DDWRT on my home router (with appropriate ports set up to port forward to appropriate computer -- need to forward as many ports as you have computers running sshd)
NoIP - for name resolution
That last two are requirements even if you want to do RDP. And Im not certain if RDP is end-to-end encrypted. This may be important depending on your situation. I'm not sure if the capability to tunnel VNC over SSH is possible as it is with basic computer networking. I have no idea about tunneling RDP over SSH or even if this is necessary or if this actually requires the device to be rooted. Perhaps someone could clarify some of these questions.
i use the remote rdp app from toremote as well as phonemypc. they both come in handy and have their uses.
remote rdp does exactly what it says and is a great tool for connecting to machines using the rdp protocol. doesn't require a local client installed on the machine you're connecting to. haven't had any problems with it.
phonemypc is also good. requires a local client be installed on the machine. works fine while i'm connected to the machine, however i regularly get an error message after closing the app. some warning about process activity and saying the app will close. doesn't seem to impact functionality though and fires right up next time it's opened. a few gripes: doesn't install as a service, means you need to have an active session on the computer you're trying to connect to. to use it with multiple machines you need to use the same user name/pwd in the application client on all the computers where it's installed. nothing major but worth mentioning. this app will be awesome as they continue to improve it.
like i said, they both have their uses and it's nice to have two different options for connecting to machines remotely. i'd recommend either depending on your needs.
I use the $15 application from the market: Remote Desktop Client v1.4.0 Application for Android | Communication
Although it may seem pricey its absolutely amazing for RDP sessions. Sometimes I will be away from my desk in the warehouse and can just remote into my computer and do some work as well as can be done on a 3.7" screen, but it works well. I even got my boss to pay for it on his Android phone since it works THAT well.
@BeefyBeefo (cute name),
GoToMyPC is not yet supported on Android; neither is LogMeIn. However, you will find that PhoneMyPC is very similar; it is also a hosted service so you do not have to mess with network settings or port forwarding. However, PhoneMyPC allows you to go that extra mile to improve performance, if you want (something the others do not support).
@BzB: nice (and accurate) comparison. I'd just like to clarify one thing: PhoneMyPC requires that you use the same PhoneMyPC credentials on all PC's; this is so your phone can find them on our servers. This has nothing to do with your Windows credentials, however. And, about the bugs: we're fixing 'em and adding features as fast as we can. Remote-Login (via Windows Service) is coded and functional and is being integrated and tested now. "Coming soon to a Droid near you!"
Makers of PhoneMyPC
Are there any apps that actually use VNC?
I've got VNC servers on several of my machines. I have no interest in adding another remote server app, particularly since they probably won't work on my machines anyway. Very few of my machines have Windows on them -- VNC has the virtue of being cross platform.
I appreciate the input. Based on what he told me, his company is likely going to chose GoToMyPC as their remote desktop "software". If that's the case, I don't think he could use anything else to access their network. If/When I am finally due for an upgrade, I will use a software just as you have to access my computers.