This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to control your computer using just your iPad and a clever app called Splashtop Remote Touchpad for iPad. You need to have a WiFi connection, and the computer you want to control needs to be connected to the same WiFi network as the Apple device.
Open the App Store on your iPad and seach for Splashtop Remote Touchpad. Once you have found the app, download it to your Home Screen.
Open the Splashtop app using the icon on the home screen. The first time you open the app you will be asked if you want to provide anonymous usage statistics. The choice is yours, and you will not be asked again. The next screen gives you some advice about using the app, including the need to download the desktop version of the app on your computer.
Visit www.splashtop.com and download the correct version of the desktop app for your computer. There is a version for PC and for MAC.
Click on the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install it on your computer.
Launch Splashtop Remote on your PC or MAC and follow the instructions to set it up.
Once the initial setup is complete you will have the option to turn it on, configure security settings, as well as change general settings and network options.
Minimise the Remote Streamer on your computer (a message will tell you that it is still running in the background). You can see the quicklauch icon in the Taskbar. Go back to your iPad and tap the refresh button. The app will scan for available computers on your network with the software installed and list them on screen. Touch the name of the computer you want to connect to. During setup you will have created a password. Enter this when prompted to by the app.
Your iPhone or iPod screen will now look like a laptop touchpad, with two buttons below it. Move your finger over the touchpad and watch as your mouse pointer on your computer moves.
The icon at the top left of the touchpad screen allows you to change to the keyboard function for entering text and using the page up/page down keys, etc. Tap the icon again to switch back to the touchpad.
The Cog icon opens the settings for the touchpad, allowing you to change sensitivity and speed settings, as well as removing the bottom buttons if you don’t need them. This will greatly improve your interaction speed with your linked desktop making standard tasks — such as checking email — much more fluid.
This remote solution is great if you have a HTPC and want to be able to control it from the comfort of the armchair or sofa. You can use this app to control every part of your computer, although it takes a little bit of getting used to, you can also access previously unavailable website and web tools.
Originally posted 2012-11-21 00:00:08.