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I use RDP from work, and it gets the job done for simple stuff. However, it's not designed for anything intensive and thus slows down quite a bit. I was wondering if there are any solutions for being able to essentially remotely control my desktop computer from something like my Macbook Air (I'd like to avoid having to install Windows on it, but I can) with minimal lag. Just smoothly enough that I could maybe play a game of Civ 5 or watch a movie without transferring while relaxing on my couch or bed.

I've looked into Splashtop. It seems pretty straightfoward with solid reviews, but I wanted to see if the hive mind has any recommendations for a better solution, or even a free yet good solution (the client for Mac is $6.99).

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: Solution:
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Originally Posted by EfemaN View Post

Tried RealVNC. It's pretty smooth all around, but it's still not built to stream and kind of media.

Splashtop, on the other hand, is fantastic. I caved and dropped the $6.99 for the Mac app and it couldn't be much better. In essentially one click it modifies the display to fit the client, re-routes all audio to the client and mutes the host... and media and gaming comes through at 30fps! Latency is a small fraction of a second (I believe it's something like 30ms for input and <200ms for streaming), and everything is sync'd so I can watch an "HD" video file and not notice any lag.

I don't know what they're doing, but it's awesome.

Edited by EfemaN - 7/31/12 at 7:19pm
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You're going to need a pretty fast internet connection if you want to do this over different netowrks. I've always enjoyed RDP over alternatives such as UltraVNC/Teamviewer.

SplashTop seems to be only viable alternative, I haven't personally tried it though. RDP has worked fine for me in local networks.
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i use teamviewer on my pc's and phone
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You may also wish to look into LogMeIn. Once you get the settings adjusted it is plenty fast for what you are looking at doing.
    
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Thanks for the input guys.

Any input on VNC? I've never used it, but my super at work says it's pretty quick over local.
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You're going to need a pretty fast internet connection if you want to do this over different netowrks. I've always enjoyed RDP over alternatives such as UltraVNC/Teamviewer.

SplashTop seems to be only viable alternative, I haven't personally tried it though. RDP has worked fine for me in local networks.

Like I said, I'm only wanting to do this over a local network. RDP isn't really designed for what I'm looking for; I've attempted to use it, but it hasn't worked well beyond just basic control.
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i use teamviewer on my pc's and phone

Teamviewer has too much overhead, it won't fit the bill.
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You may also wish to look into LogMeIn. Once you get the settings adjusted it is plenty fast for what you are looking at doing.

There's a thought. What kind of settings are we talking about? I wouldn't mind trying them out again.
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Things like video resolution, color depth, etc...etc. You'll see what I mean if you try it.
    
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Originally Posted by Elloquin View Post

Things like video resolution, color depth, etc...etc. You'll see what I mean if you try it.

I tried out LogMeIn today. It's a bummer that the only way to do control from a Mac is through the web interface, way too slow even with colors set to "fast". I'll try the desktop app on the W7 laptop sometime and see how that goes.
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Tried RealVNC. It's pretty smooth all around, but it's still not built to stream and kind of media.

Splashtop, on the other hand, is fantastic. I caved and dropped the $6.99 for the Mac app and it couldn't be much better. In essentially one click it modifies the display to fit the client, re-routes all audio to the client and mutes the host... and media and gaming comes through at 30fps! Latency is a small fraction of a second (I believe it's something like 30ms for input and <200ms for streaming), and everything is sync'd so I can watch an "HD" video file and not notice any lag.

I don't know what they're doing, but it's awesome.
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I'm using splashtop to play xcom on my wife's ipad. The Xbox controller works great with that game. Works so seamlessly that its as if it was running natively on the ipad.
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