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Remote Desktop Turns Your Tablet into Your PC

20 Tips and Tricks for Android "Froyo" Tablets
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We’ve all been sprawled on the couch watching TV when you realize you need to do something on your computer but…well you’re too lazy to get up. If that’s the case, then you’re going to love RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). RDP is a networking protocol that allows a computer to be accessed and controlled through the Internet or local area network, basically allowing you to run desktop applications directly from your Android tablet, and the Android Marketplace has more than a few RDP applications to choose from.

Wyse PocketCloud and Remote RDP Lite are the two most popular free RDP solutions. Each has its own advantages, for example, PocketCloud is extremely simple and quick to setup; all you need is your computer’s IP address, username, and password, and PocketCloud takes care of the rest, though it is a little limiting in terms of features and only allows one saved connection at a time for the free version. Remote RDP lets you save as many connections as you like, and offers much more useful resolution settings, very useful when using a large tablet screen; however, you’ll find that the free version does have several features disabled. Still, both offer very capable RDP solutions.

Before allowing RDP connections, some operating systems do need to have remote connections enabled in the system settings. Also, when connecting from the Internet (in other words not through your home network), you will have to configure your router to forward the proper port to the computer you want to connect to, often port 3389 or 3390.

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    quantumrand , February 23, 2011 5:42 AM
    Hey Tom's, Do you have any plans on implementing a Captcha for comments or something? Things are getting bad when the first 5 comments are all spam (all in a 24 hour period).
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2011 5:06 PM
    If you are using T-Mobile, you can go with a SIM card for $0.10/min for talk and purchase a day's worth of data whenever you are away from WiFi for $1.49. I find this approach very inexpensive for my needs. I think ATT has something similar.
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    quantumrand , February 24, 2011 11:48 PM
    JoeinMDIf you are using T-Mobile, you can go with a SIM card for $0.10/min for talk and purchase a day's worth of data whenever you are away from WiFi for $1.49. I find this approach very inexpensive for my needs. I think ATT has something similar.


    That's a good money saving tip. Are the rates available on T-Mobile's website, or do you have to call up or talk to them in person for it?
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    lungjian , February 25, 2011 1:17 PM
    While turning off unused radios (3/4G, GPS, WiFi), every toggle app that I've tried has caused problems with the actual thing they're supposed to control - toggle the radios on and off. With several of those apps, removing them actually killed the ability to turn on those same radios! Luckily, I'm able to re-flash my ROM so I was able to recover in every case, but some people and some phones/tablets won't be so lucky.
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    dconnors , February 28, 2011 6:04 PM
    quantumrandHey Tom's, Do you have any plans on implementing a Captcha for comments or something? Things are getting bad when the first 5 comments are all spam (all in a 24 hour period).


    Spam comments are indeed problematic, and we are working on it.
    -Devin
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    Anonymous , July 19, 2012 4:22 AM
    I use Printershare from Market/Googleplay (and no, this is not spam, that app really works on my Transformer Pad). To print from Gmail, start Printershare, select Gmail, then print. It's that easy. I tried Google Cloud and found, for starters, that it supported only a limited number of printers.

    I am running Printershare Premium, the paid version, so am not sure if there what the limitations are between that and the paid version.

    We need to print on wifi printers directly from Android. Printershare is a stopgap measure until that's possible. My Transformer Pad has replaced my laptop because it does so much more so much faster than the Windows 7 beastie I had, but there are gaps with printing being one of the biggest. Something else that would be nice: stores which rent equipment; for instance, I need a CD burner for just a couple of days to hook up to my TPad, so it seems like a waste to buy one. In short, tablets might just change the way we do computing in the next 24 months as much as the first laptops did in the late 1980's.
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    vijayyande , January 28, 2014 4:19 AM
    Android direct USB printing using OTG cable is available through a small library.see link http://myhowtohelp.blogspot.in/2014/01/library-to-print-from-android-device-usb.html
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