aNewDomain.net – Remote access has been one of the best things to hit IT since the first computers. There’s nothing worse than having to drive 30 minutes to fix a five-minute problem. Whether you’re independent, part of a consulting team or a direct employee, you probably have remote access to the systems you manage.
Sure, remote access is easy to have when you’re at home or porting a laptop around, but what if you don’t want to carry something that large? Most of us have a smartphone at all times, and that’s why I like 2X Client for RDP/Remote Desktop from 2X Software Ltd. I don’t use it often, but when I do, it reminds me of how thankful I am for this great little freebie.
I’ve used a number of Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) clients for Android, and 2X Client for RDP/Remote Desktop is the best I’ve tried. The price is right (free) and I’ve run it on everything from a rooted Nook Color to a Droid Razr Maxx. The performance is fair, especially over 3G. The client offers a number of gestures to make control on a small touchscreen easier, but the keyboard and mouse simulation work well. You’re not going to want to configure anything complicated with this interface, at least not on a phone, but it is the perfect choice to bail you out of a jam.
2X claims the software works with Android devices as old as 1.6. I can vouch for it on 2.2, 2.3 and 4.0 for a number of devices. You can easily adjust the same settings you would from a Windows RDP client – settings like color depth and whether to bring remote sounds forward to the local device. Some true effort went into this product.
You can download 2X Client from Google play here.
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