Jan 4 2011
Thin Client computing has really come on a long way over the past few years, allowing you to remotely control your home or Work PC on a web connected device brings obvious benefits. You can access your files, favourites and emails on your normal PC as if you were their without having to carry the files with you…it becomes impossible to forget anything because you always have access.
There’s now a remote control solution for the iPhone called PocketCloud from Wyse Technology and the basic version is free of charge and will meet the needs of most users.
To use PocketCloud you will need to install a software client on your PC or Mac ( Download from here) & have a Google login account. You will also need to set a local password for security reasons.
To install PocketCloud on your iPod search for PocketCloud in the App Store. The first time you run the iPod App you will need to enter your Google Account information so that it can find your home or work computer on the net. I should mention that for PocketCloud to work properly you will need your PC to be turned on and the PcoketCloud client running.
After you have entered your Google account information you will be able to select your PC from a menu.
You will then be asked to enter the local password that you set and the software will connect to your Home or Work PC, and after a few seconds your desktop will appear, the image below shows my PC desktop as seen on my iPhone. The default view image is Zoomed out so that you can see the whole desktop, but you can pinch and scroll to zoom in and move around the screen.
To move and click the mouse you simple tap the iPhone’s screen and text entry is performed using a virtual on screen keyboard, the following screen shot shows an Word Processor document viewed and edited on my iPhone.
Whilst this method of remote control is never going to completely match the experience of sitting in front of your computer, PocketCloud works very well, and provides a realistic method of accessing and working on your PC whilst on the Move either over Wifi or 3G networks.