Review: Access and control your Mac remotely with Splashtop Streamer

Link your smartphone or tablet to your Mac to access files and programs from any location.

Splashtop Streamer for Mac allows users to remotely access their Mac's controls via their mobile device. The computer application works well, but the link from the smartphone application needs refining for a more useful experience.

The computer application is available as freeware for individual use at home or office, but most accompanying applications for smartphones and tablets cost money to operate. To use this application from anywhere in the world or over a 3G or 4G network you will need to purchase a monthly or yearly subscription. For testing purposes, together with the Splashtop Streamer for Mac, we used free Splashtop Remote Desktop app for Android. The application installs and allows the user to create an account on the app's official Web site, which places the program in the host computer. Signing into the same account on the smartphone links the two devices. The host computer application has an easy-to-use interface that clearly displays the device's name, as well as those smartphones attempting to access it. When signing in to the computer from an outside device, a window pops up on the host computer showing that a device is trying to access it. The linked devices displayed properly, but there were problems with the hook-up, itself. From the smartphone, the full access panel never loaded for complete control. The application did allow changes to the screen resolution, which worked, proving the link had been made.

For those looking for an application to remotely control their computer, Splashtop Streamer for Mac largely works, but the companion application still needs refinement to achieve its advertised features.

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