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Computer settings

Each stored computer in the list has its own drop-down settings menu, including:

Сommon settings

  • Name

Computer name determines the name of your machine in Remotix Hub web interface and in Remotix. Type or change it here.

  • Store Thumbnail

Remotix saves the remote screen as a thumbnail to help you recognize it later. The thumbnail gets refreshed at the end of every session. To disable thumbnail saving, set “Store thumbnail” option to Off.

Connection settings

1. NEAR Settings

2.1.1. Authentication Options

  • Ask if needed

You will be asked about the authentication if it's required.

  • No authentication

If Remotix Agent allows, you will connect to the computer without authentication.

  • Access Code

Authentication by the Access Code, as displayed in Remotix Agent main window on the target computer.

  • System Logon

Uses Windows or Mac OS X user credentials to authenticate. Note that you will only be able to login into logon session or the existing session of the specified user.

1.2. NEAR connection options

  • Quality

Select the quality depending on your current workflow.

Smooth is the best for games or video playback. It uses hardware-accelerated H.264 to encode the remote desktop. Sharp gives you the best quality picture at the sacrifice of frames per second. Balanced (the default) is optimized for the general use.

  • Server Scale

Enables or disables scaling of the remote desktop picture to optimize network bandwidth.

  • Redirect Sound

Enables or disables the playback of remote machine sound on your device.

  • Hide Local Cursor

If the remote machine displays cursor as part of the remote screen you can disable the local cursor rendering.

2. VNC Settings

2.1. Options for Mac-based (Screen Sharing) servers

  • Keyboard through clipboard paste

Having this option on you don't need to switch the keyboard layout on your server. You can type any national characters from keyboard layouts installed on your device. The only drawback of this method is that system clipboard and clipboard synchronization between your device and computer won't be available.

  • Quality Level

To have the best experience over different network speed Remotix allows selection of the quality level. You can choose between black & white, grayscale, medium, adaptive and full quality. The least bandwidth hungry is black and white. Adaptive quality codec provided by Apple Screen Sharing™ minimizes buffering and guarantees a fast start. It also provides a fast performance on average and slow connections, although it is rather CPU hungry.

  • Server Scaling

You can further improve performance of Remotix on zoomed out view by setting up this option. On the connect stage Remotix sends a command to server to send back downscaled image. This will reduce required bandwidth and free your device resources.

  • Display

Apple Screen Sharing only. If Mac you're connecting to have multiple displays, Remotix allows selection of the active monitor. Option include "Combined" to use all displays, or each display individually.

  • Color Depth

This option is only available if Adaptive codec is selected. Choose 16 bit to lower CPU requirements (older devices).

2.2. Options for other VNC servers

  • Operating system

Selected server OS defines extended keyboard layout (OS-dependant modifiers) and Dock / taskbar icon for the corresponding gesture and ensures correct work of cut/copy/paste extended keyboard buttons.

  • Preferred Encodings

You may choose the preferred graphical encodings used by Remotix for every server.

If all encodings are turned off, the raw encoding will be used (which does not perform any compression and needs the widest bandwidth).

  • Color Depth

This option is only available if Adaptive codec is selected. You can adjust color depth of the Viewer screen. The higher the value - the greater the width of bandwidth used. You can get satisfying level of picture quality vs. performance adjusting this option, e.g. on GPRS connection or on older devices you need to set it on 8 or 16 bits.

2.3. SSH Tunneling

You may use a secured connection through SSH (SSH tunnel) to access your machine if you have SSH server available. To establish a secured connection, enable "Use SSH tunnel" option in Remotix connection preferences.

  • SSH username
    This is the username that you'll use to login via SSH. Usually it's the same as your OS login on the remote computer.
    To enable SSH connection on your Mac, do the following:
    1. Go to System Preferences -> Sharing pane
    2. Enable Remote Login service
  • Authentication type
    You may choose either interactive or public key-based way to authenticate.
    For interactive, you have to enter password associated with the SSH username. For public-key based authentication, you need to have a pair of keys.
  • SSH password (or Private key passphrase)
    You may fill it in advance, or leave blank if you want to be asked for this password on every connection attempt.
  • SSH host and SSH port determine the intermediary machine SSH connection goes through.

3. RDP Settings

3.1. Authentication Options

  • Domain
    Enter Windows domain here if your computer is part of domain. If not, leave empty.
  • Username
    Enter Windows username here.
  • Password
    Enter Windows password here.

3.2. RDP Connection Options

  • Desktop Size
    Select the resolution of the remote session.

Autofit mode adapts RDP resolution to match your iDevice. RDP resolution will be changed on rotations and entering/leaving fullscreen mode. Note: live resolution change only works for non-server Windows editions, starting from 8.1.

There are "Fullscreen (Portrait)" and "Fullscreen (Landscape)" options for Remotix to automatically calculate the resolution, so it fits the screen completely in Portrait or Landscape orientations correspondingly. Also, you can set up custom sizes if you select "Custom".

  • Desktop Scale
    Select the scale factor used for desktop elements. This is especially useful on high-resolution devices, like Surface Pro.

3.3. Performance options

  • Performance
    Select the performance profile of the connection. In "Auto" mode, Remotix detects whether you are running on Wi-Fi or 3G and selects "3G" or "LAN" correspondingly. You can also select "Custom" profile and set up the details manually:
    • Wallpaper determines whether desktop background would be drawn
    • Full Window Drag if set, windows are moved with contents, otherwise only the outline will be displayed during drag
    • Menu Animations determines whether menus would appear immediately or animated
    • Theming if set, your Windows theme will be applied
    • Cursor Shadow sets the cursor shadow drawing
    • Cursor Settings disables cursor blinking
    • Font Smoothing determines whether font smoothing will be in use
    • Desktop Composition enables or disables desktop composition.
  • Compression
    Set to "On" if you want Remotix to compress all RDP traffic. Note: this can be actually slower due to increased CPU requirements on iOS device.
  • Color Depth
    Color depth determines the number of colors in the picture RDP would transfer. Higher value requires higher bandwidth.
  • Enhanced Graphics (H.264) Select to use hardware-accelerated H.264 encoding provides the best picture for work, video and games.

3.4. Audio Options

  • Audio Playback
    Selects audio mode.
    • None no audio will be played or redirected
    • Play on Computer audio will be played on the remote machine
    • Dynamic Quality audio will be redirected to iOS device and audio quality will be adapted automatically
    • Medium Quality audio will be redirected to iOS device with medium quality
    • High Quality audio will be redirected to iOS device with high quality
  • Audio Recording
    Determines whether audio recording (speaking to the microphone) will be transferred to remote machine.

3.5. Redirection

Access your iOS files as a folder on remote machine.

3.6. Keyboard Mode

Choose unicode or keycode keyboard input mode.

3.7. Advanced Options

  • Console Session
    Set to on if you want to connect to the existing first session on RDP server (Windows Server 2003 only).
  • Startup Program
    Specify the path to the executable, which will be started on user logon (Windows Server only)
  • Working Directory
    Specify the working directory for the startup program. Only applies if startup program is set. (Windows Server only)

3.8. RD Gateway

If your company is using Remote Desktop Gateway to provide an access to your machines within your company network, specify the gateway parameters here.

3.9. SSH Tunneling

You may use a secured connection through SSH (SSH tunnel) to access your machine if you have SSH server available. To establish a secured connection, enable "Use SSH tunnel" option in Remotix connection preferences.