Near is an up-to-date low-latency remote desktop protocol, which has been in development for several years. It features:
NEAR implements three quality modes: smooth, balanced and sharp. In "smooth" mode it uses hardware H.264 on macOS and Windows to encode your desktop picture and falling back to software encoder if hardware encoder is not available. The picture size is currently limited to Full HD resolution (1920x1080).
In "balanced" and "sharp" quality modes, NEAR uses Nulana Adaptive codec, which provides full picture quality in 32 bit, compared to "video" mode used by H.264. In "balanced" mode, picture quality is automatically adjusted according to your current network conditions and retaining current framerate. In "sharp" mode, you always get the full quality picture, but probably with reduced FPS, if your network or processor/video card are overloaded.
Adaptive Codec is using OpenCL on Mac and Windows if it's available in your graphics drivers.
NEAR is capable of capturing the remote machine sound and transfer that to host. On Windows, this works out of the box. On Mac, you have to install sound capture driver (SoundFlower or Blackhole) on the machines you will be connecting to.
You can use the following ways to log on to the remote computer:
- Access Code: this is similar to the VNC password. The code can be configured in Remotix Agent. This way always connects you to the console session of the currently logged in user.
- System Logon: use your Windows or Mac credentials to authenticate. On Windows, you always connect to the console session of the current user or logon window. On Mac, separate session is created for each different user.
- Ask for observe/ask for control: user on the console would be asked to permit or deny your connection
- No authentication: if you’re listed among the trusted users, and Remotix Agent is configured to allow trusted users to log in without credentials. You always connect to the console session.
Multiuser Access on Mac
With NEAR, you can use your Mac as a terminal server. When you log in to macOS with System Logon authentication type, NEAR can log you into a separate session for each user credentials. This functionality works quite similar to Apple Screen Sharing. However, this requires a user to be logged in previously. To create new sessions remotely, open macOS Login Window and enter new user’s credentials manually.
To secure your operations from the remote user, you can use Screen Lock/Curtain Mode to lock the screen.
Note: if you are logged to a separate off-console session, the sound transfer won’t work.
For mobile clients where hardware keyboard is typically unavailable, NEAR provides a complete Unicode input. That means, there are no more hassles with matching the keyboards on mobile and host machine, etc. Just type using your mobile keyboard and it will just work.
Your data is always two-way encrypted with AES encryption in NEAR.