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Kirby Yarbrough

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Need recommendation for VNC for Windows XP and iPad
« on: February 22, 2011, 05:47:29 pm »

I'm looking for a stable, reasonably priced VNC server (to run on an XP Home SP3 laptop) and viewer (to run on an iPad).  What are you using that you recommend?
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Re: Need recommendation for VNC for Windows XP and iPad
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2011, 08:06:29 pm »

Kirby,

I have an iPad and use it to control my 01V96 through a Dell laptop running Studio Manager.  The VNC viewer I use for the iPad is iTap RDP.  It seems to be very stable and pretty easy to set up.  It allows two finger zooming to get to the small buttons and does take some getting use to how it works.

iTap RDP for the iPad was about $13 to buy.

I didn't have to get VNC for the laptop unless it was included with XP.
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Re: Need recommendation for VNC for Windows XP and iPad
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2011, 09:59:41 pm »

I'm looking for a stable, reasonably priced VNC server (to run on an XP Home SP3 laptop) and viewer (to run on an iPad).  What are you using that you recommend?

I use iRemote. I think it was free, it works fine and was easy to set up.

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Re: Need recommendation for VNC for Windows XP and iPad
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2011, 11:09:17 am »

tightVNC is one of the better VNC implementations.  Remote Desktop included with Windows is an even better option than VNC.  VNC's major allure is that it's cross platform.  Check the rating on remote desktop apps in the iTunes store or do a quick google search.  There are no end to roundups of app categories and that would definitely be one of them.
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Re: Need recommendation for VNC for Windows XP and iPad
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2011, 12:09:04 pm »

I'm using UltraVNC on my laptops.
On the iPad I own VNC Viewer, iTap VNC, and Remoter. They all work.
The one I use is Remoter. Fastest logon, very responsive, good control set, holds the connection when backgrounded.
It's also the cheapest of the three, at $1 instead of $10 or $11.

@Don, RDP and VNC are different things.
@George, with RDP, don't you lose local control of the computer?
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Re: Need recommendation for VNC for Windows XP and iPad
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2011, 12:08:09 pm »

@George, with RDP, don't you lose local control of the computer?

Yes you do, so yes, "better option" would depend on the application.  In terms of graphical performance RDP seems to handle updates and redraws over low speed connections better than VNC.  I'm not 100% sure, but I thought rdp shuttles the Windows drawing commands rather than the actual pixel changes so the data requirements are lower and the results are cleaner rather than being compressed graphics sets.  I use tightVNC to ship a 1920x1080 display across the network and the resolution is the majority of my performance issues with VNC.
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Re: Need recommendation for VNC for Windows XP and iPad
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2011, 12:59:48 pm »

I use tightVNC to ship a 1920x1080 display across the network and the resolution is the majority of my performance issues with VNC.
What color depth do you use? Kicking it back to 8 bit helps a lot.
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