I’m glad to say that I’ve finally got my hands on Samsung i8910 HD (aka Omnia HD), thanks to my friend Uros. This great device will be with me over the next couple of days, so I’ll use this opportunity to write a tutorial about remote desktop connection on Symbian OS, as opposed to one of my previous tutorials about setting up RDP on Windows Mobile 6.5.
I will describe how to set up an amazing app from Telexy - SymRDP (remote desktop protocol), the only s60 application that allows you to control your PC from your touch screen Symbian device. You actually see your computer screen on your phone. This application is extremely useful and very easy to use. However, many users have problems connecting, so I’ve decided to write and record very detailed tutorials.
Here’s the official picture ((c) Telexy.com)
So, lets begin. Before you launch the application, you need to allow remote connections on your PC. Right click on the Computer icon, and select ‘Properties’. Now select “Advanced system settings”.
Then, go to “Remote” tab, and mark the second option in the Remote Desktop box:
Now, phase number two: how to setup your s60v5 phone. Upon launching the SymRDP, you’ll see only the Network folder. Click ‘Options’ and you’ll be at the following screen:
First, we need to make a new account, so click on the ‘Account’. As you can probably see there’s already one account in the list named ‘Everyone’, but you need to make a new account by clicking ‘Options’, and then ‘Add new’.
You should see the following screen:
In the ‘User’ field, type in the username you use on your PC. Fill in the password you use to login to your PC account in the ‘Password’ field. Click ‘Done’, and you will see your freshly made account in the account list.
Click ‘Back’, and you’ll be at the start screen. Now, click ‘Options’ one more time, and then ‘Add new’. This is the part where the vast majority of users fail, so I’ll go very slowly, field by field.
1. ‘Name’ – fill in anything you like, preferably your PC’s description.
2. ‘Host’ – this field should contain the IP address of your PC (or its name).
3. ‘Access point’ – select the access point that connects your mobile to your computer network, from the list of available access points.
4. ‘Account’ – select the account we made.
It’s very easy from now on.
5. ”Screen resolution’ – leave this at 1280×720.
6. ‘Session to open’ – leave at Regular.
7. ‘Color depth’ – select 24BPP (bits per pixel) for better image quality.
8. ‘Mouse handedness’ - select “left” or “right”, whichever you use on your computer mouse.
So, when you fill in all the fields, you should see something similar to this:
Click ‘Done’, and that should be it! You’ll see your PC listed in the start screen.
Click on your PC in the list, and then ‘Connect’:
Soon you’ll see the Windows login screen. Your cell will be in the landscape mode, and your PC will automatically “Switch user”, because you cannot be logged in from two places at the same time (in this mode at least).
Finally, here are some pictures to show the immense capabilities of SymRDP:
By clicking on the keyboard button (the one in the middle), you get fully functional full QWERTY keyboard on your phone’s screen. You can type anything, here’s an example for Microsoft Word:
When you finish remote controlling of your PC, click on the left icon (3 horizontal bars) and click ‘Close’. Upon disconnecting, you will see this message:
I’ve also made a video tutorial, and you can watch it on my YouTube channel, or directly here: (I recommend watching in HD)
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