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Connecting to my desktop

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Asterdroid, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. Asterdroid

    Asterdroid Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    So here's a question for you guys. I'm new to android and I'm looking for an app or combination of apps that will allow me to do a few things on my home PC.

    I'd like to be able to do the following from anywhere, not just my home network:

    -Access my desktop via remote desktop
    -View (and possibly edit) documents/pdfs on my PC
    -Stream music from my PC

    I've been doing some research and it seems there are a few options for what I'm trying to accomplish, so I'm hoping you folks can point me in the right direction.


  2. Squiggy

    Squiggy Android Enthusiast

    Mar 2, 2010
    Web Developer
    San Diego, CA
    I've read more positive reviews for phonemypc than any other app that does what you want.
  3. Asterdroid

    Asterdroid Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    That's seems to be what I'm finding as I delve into appbrain. Thanks for the info.
  4. UT_Longhorn

    UT_Longhorn Member

    Apr 8, 2010
    Dropbox will do 1 and 2 - free for the first 2GB. Haven't tried it yet (still waiting for my Incredible to show up) but supposedly sync files on your phone and PC as they change.
  5. shrink57

    shrink57 Android Expert

    Dec 19, 2009
    South Florida
    Definitely PhoneMyPC. Easy to set up, versatile, and a snap to use. Amazing pinch/zoom puts the icing on the cake.
  6. cdk118

    cdk118 Newbie

    May 4, 2010
    Yeah phonemypc seems to be best one. I've tried remote RDP and Android VNC. RDP would never connect for me. Android VNC worked but wasnt too fast. Phonemypc runs pretty smooth and is fast. Touch commands a lil buggy but not bad.
  7. brykins

    brykins Android Enthusiast

    Nov 17, 2009
    Peterborough, UK
    DropBox DOESN'T sync files. Files that are in your dropbox sync between PC's and Macs but phone only gives you access to these files. When you "open" a file it downloads to your SD card. If you make changes then they are not sync'd with the desktop.

    Not sure about streaming, but I use the following combo's, mainly cos they fit with the way the rest of the family's laptops need to access stuff:

    TightVNC server running on the desktop. Then with androidVNC I can access the PC and use it as if I were in front of it. Poorly (no phone is good for VNC really) but at least I can do it. More to the point, I use VNC to be able to view my kids laptops to spot-check what they are doing. With this set-up I can VNC into the desktop and from that open another VNC into one of the laptops.

    Cerberus FTP server running on the desktop and AndFTP on the handset allows me access to all the files on all the shared drives on the network from anywhere I have an internet connection. Basically does the same as DropBox but no limit on the total file size.

    For both of these I use dynadns.org to convert my dynamic DNS to a fixed address.

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