VNC Viewer for iPhone : Screens, RealVNC, TeamViewer etc
VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing, which is a graphical desktop sharing system that uses the RFB protocol to remotely control another computer. It transmits the keyboard and mouse events from one computer to another, relaying the graphical screen updates back to and fro, over a network.
A VNC system consists of a client, a server, and a communication protocol.
So coming to iPhone, there are many VNC apps, all varying in price, features and approach. Screens is an VNC viewer for iPhone which offers a secure connection through SSH tunnelling, and provides a setup-free option, in case you don’t want to mess around with your router. The app cost is just $20.
It’s an universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
You can just interact with your remote desktop like it’s part of your iPhone.
Securely connect to remote desktops or PCs or laptops through an SSH tunnel.
Compatible with Mac OS X, Linux, Windows (most VNC servers)
iTeleport is one another VNC viewer for iPhone that costs a bit more at $25. It’ll appeal more to power users, because of some extra features. For eg. you get VGA out, support for huge displays, VPN-based encryption, and ready-to-go keyboard shortcuts.
RealVNC is a widely adopted VNC viewer which is priced little less at $10.
The current version is 1.4.1. It requires iOS 3.1 or later. You can run applications, change settings, and access data exactly as you would be permitted to do were you sitting in front of it, and using the keyboard and mouse.
TeamViewer which relies on the VNC protocol, uses the central servers to keep track of which computers/devices are connected. It’s absolutely and completely free. It can keep track of multiple “partners” through a single login/password. “TeamViewer” app allows fast switching between multiple monitors on computers running “Host” app. But some drawbacks like, sometimes not connecting on first try and non-intuitive interface on mobile app when using smaller screen make this VNC viewer a non-primary target.
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