Splashtop “experimental update” allows connection via internet

Main - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereAs frequent readers are aware, we here at NBT have had a love affair with the app Splashtop Desktop, by Splashtop. Splashtop allows us to connect our Android and iOS devices to our computers and remotely control them over our home wi-fi networks. But this love affair ended whenever we walked out of range from the home wi-fi network as Splashtop had no way of connecting to our computer over an external (3G, non-local wifi) connection. Other clients can do it, but they do not have the same quality or user experience that Splashtop has. But with an experimental update (ie beta) from Splashtop, supposedly you can connect from an outside network (as long as you have a gmail account).

I downloaded the latest versions of all the software and followed the instructions exactly. I am able to see my laptop through the 3G connection (as you can see above), but once I try to establish a connection the app crashes. Not exactly great, but it is to be expected from a beta. I have tried a few restarts of everything, but still to no avail – the app crashes when I try to connect to my laptop. If you feel up to it yourself, you should pop on over and follow the instructions at Splashtop. Hopefully you have more luck!

Note from Andreas: Thanks to Stuart who told me about this I was able to set it up on my iPad/PC as well and it works wonderfully for me. With 3G the picture is sometimes a bit low quality (due to the connection limitations) and there’s a bit more lag (understandably) but it still blows the other options for external connection (e.g TeamViewer) out of the water.

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Stuart Cope

Stuart Cope is a former contributing editor at Nothing But Tablets, which was merged into Pocketables in 2012.

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