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SymRDP complete tutorial

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)

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)

I hope you like these tutorials… It’s easier to keep up if you follow me on Twitter! 🙂

Comments are welcome.

Using SymPlayer to listen to your PC’s music on your phone

In case you haven’t heard of Telexy’s SymPlayer, it’s a simple and very sleek mp3 player for your S60 (both v3 and v5) mobile phone, that allows you to play audio files directly from any shared network location! That’s right, you don’t have to copy your music library to your cell, this useful app uses WiFi connection to play your songs straight from your PC or Network Attached Storage. I really like this program because it’s very easy to use, and fuss free.

I have SymPlayer as a part of SymNC (Network Commander), so I will explain how to set up this application, the process is the same. When you launch SymNC, scroll down until you get to Network.

Important note: you must have an account that connects your phone to your computer Wifi network. Detailed tutorial about making a new account can be found in one of my previous posts.

Click on it, and then select the desired WiFi access point.

Click on it, wait a few seconds, and you should see the list of your connected computers and network storages, as shown below.

Select your PC, and click through its shared folders. It is very important that you share the folder in which you store your music! This is also described in my previous post, in step number 6.

When you reach the music folder, click ‘Options’ and then ‘Play music’ – it’s THAT simple! 🙂

In a moments time, you should be able to hear your song. The ‘Now Playing’ screen looks like this:

You can switch songs by pressing left or right on your D-pad, turn the volume up or down by pressing up or down on your D-pad, or the dedicated volume keys. You can also view the entire playlist (the content of the network folder) by pressing Options->Go to Playlist.

Useful tip: if you’re using SymVPN, you can listen to your favorite music while traveling, all you need is a WiFi access point.

I’ve also recorded the video tutorial, and you can watch it here, or on my YouTube channel.

How to set up SymNAS, or how to access your phone from PC via WiFi network

SymNAS is my favorite Telexy’s application, hands down, so I will really enjoy writing this tutorial. This is absolutely the best app for wireless access to your phone’s contents from your computer. I use SymNAS every single time I want to transfer files to/from my Nokia N82. You may think the wireless transfer it’s slow, but it’s NOT! I assure you, I stopped using USB cable connection when I installed this great utility!!!

Setting up SymNAS is relatively easy and it’s also semi-automatic. I’ve also recorded a 3 minute video tutorial, so head over to YouTube and have a look! While you’re there, you can also subscribe to my channel. 🙂 (one click on the image will also get you there).

You can also watch it here:

So, lets begin. After launching SymNC (again, I’m using SymNC, which consists of SymNAS, among other apps), scroll down till you get to Settings. Open it, and select NAS:

You will see the following screen:

Now, we will make a new share (shared folder). As you can see, I’ve already shared my entire memory card (E:\), so I’ll explain sharing for phone’s memory (the procedure is basically the same):

Click on Options->Add new and you will get to the screen where you need to choose the desired folder and its name.

Click on ‘Folder’, and the Options->Browse. You should see this:

In this case, I will select entire phone’s memory (including all subfolders) by clicking ‘Done’ while C:\ is highlighted. (You can browse to the specific folder by clicking on C:\ and then pressing ‘Done’ after selecting the folder.) If you did this correctly, you will now have the option to rename your share:

I will leave the given name. Click ‘Done’ and you will see the following warning popup that tells you that everyone can access your share, and it offers you to change that:

If you want to select specific pre-made accounts (how to make a new account in SymNC is described in detail in one of my previous tutorials), select ‘Yes’. Otherwise select ‘No’. If you clicked on ‘Yes’, you will be at the screen that will allow you to select user and user-specific read/write permissions:

In the ‘Account’ field, select the desired account, and modify the read/write capabilities if you want to. Click ‘Done’ and you should see your new share.

Press ‘Back’ and select ‘Network Jacks’. Now click on Options->Add new and you will be at the following screen:

Now, field by field:

1. In the ‘Access point’ field select the access point that connects to your home/work computer network.

2. If your computers are connected in a workgroup, skip the ‘Member of’ field, otherwise select ‘Domain’.

3. Depending on your previous choice, third field will be either ‘Workgroup’ or ‘Domain’. In both cases, you will need to fill in the name of your workgroup or domain. To find this on your PC (I assume you use Windows 7), right click the Computer, and then select ‘Properties’. You will see the basic info about your PC, and you will have to click on ‘Advanced system settings’, located in the upper left corner of the page:

After doing so, click on the ‘Computer name’ tab, and you will see the name of your workgroup:

My workgroup name is “WORKGROUP” (how innovative, huh? 🙂 ), so I will leave that intact because that name is automatically filled in.

4. ‘Autoconnect’ is the option that will allow you to select when will your phone be accessible from PC. You can choose between ‘Disabled’ (which is actually Manual plugging in), ‘Always’ which drains the battery life, ‘In charging mode’ which is self-explanatory and “On Application start’ which plugs in your mobile to your computer network every time you launch SymNAS/SymNC. I like to use ‘Disabled’, because it suits my needs the most.

Click ‘Done’ and setup is finished! You will see your freshly made network jack:

Click on it and select ‘Plug in’, wait a few seconds, and the following popup screen will emerge:

Remember, or even better, write down the two last lines, because you will need to type in that information on your PC when mapping network drive.

Again, I will explain this for Windows 7. Open Computer and click on ‘Map network drive’ (located up, in the middle), and then fill in your phones name OR its IP address ( in my case) in the ‘Folder field’. Click ‘Finish’ and that should be it, you are now able to access your phones files and folders from your PC via WiFi network! Superb functionality, don’t you think?

I hope you like this tutorial, and that you find it useful. Questions and comments are, as usually, welcome.