Best Paid Remote Desktop streamer?

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  1. Chocolina
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    Anyone know of one as good as or better than Splashtop, or near it in terms of function and speed thats a paid/professional app.

    My biggest problem with Splashtop is that its free for home, but not free outside the home. I wouldn't mind paying more, but I hate the monthly payment of $9, especially when I think there are months I won't use it, and I wouldn't even get $9 worth out of it for the entire year, much less a month.
     
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    If you can host a RDP session then whatever you can get to speak to that. Not all versions of windows (if you can join a domain then you can host RDP) have this though.

    Personally I like teamviewer though I have not put the android version through its paces so much compared to the IOS stuff (which did great for normal people use), that said the differences did not seem to be much of anything really. It is free for personal use as well. I did not test it on a truly slow connection and surprisingly 3g is OK around here so who knows what goes there.

    RDP is great, teamviewer works and works well, for my home use I tend to split between regular VNC (I am still a bit paranoid about piping RDP over normal internet without a VPN despite really not having to be) and SSH (most of what I would need works here) so you might also consider one of the realvnc programs.
     
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    Well I'm only ever at work or at home, so all I ever have is Wifi so I stopped paying for a plan. Its just a personal-use thing really to do small tasks while I'm away. I'll give Teamviewer another try. I didn't like it when I tried it years ago, but I was also using far-inferior devices by today's standards at the time.

    For the past year I've preferred Splashtop local because when I've tested it, its always had far-less latency and color issues i experienced with the other free apps.
     
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    Are any of these streamer apps actually good enough to stream video at a reasonable rate (say 15fps or more)? Do they provide buffering options? And do whey automatically adjust quality for slow/poor connections?
     
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    As this is for your personal use, you don't have to worry about "free for home usage", that simply means you need a license to use it in a commercial/business setting.
    TeamViewer is free, and it's ridiculously fast compared to other alternatives, so that's a good starting point. It's a lot faster than VNC and I'm pretty sure it's faster than RDP too.
    Even locally, TeamViewer is the fastest for me. The only thing I've found that's faster than TeamViewer is NX Server (preferably the most recent iteration, neatx) but that's Linux (and perhaps Mac) only. The only reason it's so fast is because UNIX(-like) systems have an underlying system that makes this sort of thing easy to accomplish, the desktop environment already supports broadcasting the desktop over the network, and all NX Server does is compress that data and tunnel it through SSH. As the NX Server is notified of changes instead of having to poll for them that means a lot less needs to be done on the server side and so it can send those changes to the client much faster.

    I don't think you'd get very good results streaming fullscreen video but in a small window might work okay. No buffering since they are designed for remote control and if the video lags behind what's happening on screen then it doesn't really do a whole lot of good for that. They will adjust for slow connections (with varying success depending on what you're using) but they are not optimized for giving you the best speed possible (though TeamViewer has an option for that) so if you want that then it's best to manually turn down the quality or use the aforementioned setting in TeamViewer.
    If you want to stream video there are far better ways. Video files are compressed far better than what remote desktop software can do, H264 encoding is rather heavy and so doing it in realtime for HD content isn't a great idea and that's why such software uses far lighter compression. Not to mention it will needlessly drain computer resources and lower the video quality, when all you need to do is set up a file server (HTTP, FTP; Windows file sharing/Samba/CIFS, anything will work) and stream the files from that using a media player.
     
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    I'm not talking about streaming files. I'm talking about streaming what is being displayed on a desktop computer (which may at any given point be a video stream from a website or whatever).
     
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    Mouse and keyboard latency is more important than video streaming. Even locally, I don't know of any remote desktop apps for my phone that can comfortably stream video+audio feeds. If you want to watch video on your phone, you should just stream it locally or have it on your phone.

    However streaming game audio+video is worth looking into, kind of like a makeshift onlive.
     
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    Video streaming is probably better served with a VPN and possibly something in the Tversity/Plex world (though android media players have no small network capability). If you planned on using it to dodge having to use the exceptionally nerfed versions of something like netflix then in normal computers RDP would have done it and some of the better android RDP clients might do it, not sure about over the internet on your average consumer upload though.
     
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    You are talking about streaming video, which is specifically stored in files... I don't get it.
    Videos and other content are completely different beasts because videos have a lot of movement. You could stream the desktop at a reasonable FPS but moving images are harder, which includes any video, game, flash animation...
     
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    Video is specifically stored in files? Tell that to YouTube, iPlayer, SkyGo or any of the other thousand streaming services out there...

    I'm talking about streaming a desktop. However if a video is playing on that desktop then I want to be able to see the video that is playing.
     
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    Splashtop is good. Additionally, you may also try R-HUB remote support servers app for all your remote access needs.
     
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    You realize this thread is 2.5 years old... Right?
     
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    I suppose there's no harm in suggesting a new application when it comes out (even if it's your own)
    she didnt even post a link to the thing, so... if you call it spam, that's a really light form
     
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    Kainy is really good at streaming video (AND audio). It is well worth 5 dollars whether you use it to remote game with or not.
     
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    Although the user seems pretty spammy