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Control a PC remotely with your iPadWhether you want to access your desktop while you're away, need to give technical support to your friends, or want to stream video content, use this guide to control a PC with your iPad.
Even though your iPad lets you do tons of great stuff when you're out and about, there are plenty of reasons why you might wanna access your home computer instead. I'm Sharon Vaknin for cnet.com and an easy way to control any computer with your iPad. First of all, if you mom is always asking your for text support, it might be just easier to take control for computer instead. To do this, I'm gonna use a free program called TeamViewer. Any computer you wanna control needs to have this program installed and it's compatible with Mac and PC. Go to teamviewer.com and download the program on your computer. When you open, you will see an ID and password. We'll come back to that in a second. Now, go to your iPad and get the free app from the app store, launch it and enter the ID and password from your computer, connect and watch the magic happen. You will see a helpful screen with gesture tip. For instance, use 1 finger as your mouse pointer Drive with 2 fingers to scroll, pinch to zoom, and double tap and drag to move windows. So, now you can show your mom or friend how to change the setting or maybe even send yourself a file from your computer, but what if you want to actually stream media from your computer to your iPad remotely. Instead of taking up space on your iPad by storing movies on it, you can stream from your desktop computer with Air Video. Go to emeta.com and then downloads and grab the Air Video server for Mac or PC. Open it and you will see window where you can add folders you wanna share with your iPad and it's pretty need because you can even share iTunes playlist right here. Now, go to the remote and check enable access from internet. Also make sure automatically Mac core is checked. Make note of the PIN and will be using it in a sec. Next head over to settings and check require password. Make sure you set a strong one unless you wanna give hackers a free pass to your computer. Finally, make sure the server is turned on. Now, head over to your iPad and download the Air Video app, which is actually compatible with all iOS devices. Hit the plus button and select enter server PIN. Enter that PIN you noted from the remote tab and you will be given instant access to the videos on your computer. Just remember that your remote computers will need to stay on and connected to the internet for this to work and that your iPad isn't connected to Wi-Fi while doing this, you're definitely hugging your date usage. As for streaming music, check out my video on how to stream music from the cloud on iOS devices. and if you have any questions, come ask me on my Facebook page and visit howto.cnet.com for more videos like this. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin and I'll see you on he interwebs.