Your Apple iPad brings with it the ability to access remote computers via VNC or other remote protocols. Equipped with client software, you can use your iPad to control your computers at work and at home. This is important because you can operate all your desktop applications from wherever you are as long as you have a Wi-Fi or 3G connection to the Internet. To help you get started with remote access, you will read here about 8 iPad apps for connecting to your office computer.
iTeleport supports local and remote connectivity to Windows and Macintosh computers from the convenience of your iPad. Available from the Apple iTunes App Store for $19.99, iTeleport is one of the leading VNC solutions for use on the iPad. By using this software, you can access your favorite Adobe Flash applications, PowerPoint presentations, and a host of other applications you use on your computer at the office: all things you could never do without iTeleport.
is an iPad app that allows you to control any configured Mac or Windows computer from your iPad. Although it lacks some of the automated configuration options found in iTeleport, this iPad app is a potent contender in the iPad remote access market. For $29.99, you can download the LogMeIn Ignition app from the iTunes App Store, allowing you to use any computer configured with a free LogMeIn Web based sharing account. Now you can work with all your CRM and other business apps from your iPad.
iSSH is a tunneled VNC client that can emulate Telnet, SSH, VT100, VNC, and other terminals for screen sharing on your Apple iPad. You can connect to several screens at once, choose from different fonts, use pinch-zooming, generate RSA and DSA keys all from your iPad’s screen. Additionally, a transparent onscreen keyboard makes the application easy to use even when you are without your external keyboard. This app costs $9.99 and is available for purchase from the iTunes App Store.
This application is another mobile remote desktop that accesses machines running a VNC server or Mac OS X screen sharing or remote control. Boasting impressive compression algorithms and advanced Mac OS X authentication protocols, iTap makes use of gestures and an on-screen keyboard to give you impressive usability while accessing your office computer. iTap costs $11.99.
This free VNC app has a few extra keys like the <ctrl><alt><del> key for use while accessing Windows hosts and right mouse button and hover support to make it a little better than a basic VNC client. In fact its small footprint brings with it remarkable functionality. If you like the “Lite” version, you may be interested in upgrading to the premium version that comes with additional features.
StreamToMe lets you stream media files to your iPad from your Windows or Macintosh computer. Connect your output to a TV and you will have a complete entertainment center solution. The app costs $2.99 from the App Store and requires an Intel Mac or a Windows PC running the free ServeToMe companion app on the desktop.
Citrix Receiver for iPad comes from the recognized leader of terminal service technology to allow connections to host machines that run Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop. This app supports video out so you can have public presentations if you have a monitor or projector in the vicinity. Complete RSA token sync means that this app offers a secure connection that will make this iPad app the preferred choice for Citrix shops. This is a free download from the iTunes App Store.
ActyMac DutyWatch Remote is a great way to access multiple networked computers that run the DutyWatch application. Although not a traditional remote access application, ActyMac DutyWatch Remote monitors one or many employee computers. This is a free download that lets you keep track of all your employees’ escapades while using workplace computers. Use your iPad to view their screens and to view their activity history so you can find out who’s goofing off and who is actually doing their job.
These 8 apps for connecting to your office computer give you a glimpse at the ways you can expand the capabilities of your iPad through simple software programs. Try them all so you can find the app that is most useful to you.