Starting with Jump Desktop 7.0 for iOS / Android and Jump Desktop 6.0 for Mac, we've introduced a new way to access your computer. We're calling it: Fluid Remote Desktop.
Fluid is our next generation remote desktop protocol designed for very high performance screen sharing. Fluid can share your screen at 30fps while using only 1/10th of the bandwidth when compared to traditional protocols like RDP and VNC. With Fluid you'll be able to manage your servers, work on your documents, watch movies and edit photos and even play games remotely. It's a work in progress and we'll be adding features regularly and quickly. Currently Fluid supports the following features:
- High Performance Desktop Sharing using a fraction of bandwidth of RDP/VNC. Video only for now, Audio will be added soon.
- End-to-end encryption: All communication between devices is fully encrypted (only the devices involved in the connection can decrypt the data).
- Adaptive Quality Control: Fluid will monitor your network connection and automatically adjust quality depending on the bandwidth available.
- Clipboard Sharing: Copy/paste stuff from/to the local system.
- Multi-monitor support: Select individual monitors or just a single monitor. We recommend selecting a single monitor for better performance.
- Fast user switching: Login as one user and then switch to another account without disconnecting. Logging into a machine after restart (i.e. no users logged in) is also supported.
- Local user accounts for authentication: No need for additional passwords, Fluid will use the account on the local computer to authenticate.
How to get started
To get started with Fluid make sure you're running Jump Desktop Connect 5.0 on the machine you're connecting to.
- On the machine you want to connect to, open up the Jump Desktop Connect app.
- Click the Settings icon on the top right hand corner.
- In the Advanced section enabled Fluid Remote Desktop.
- Make sure Jump Desktop Connect is Ready for Remote Access.
- Make sure you're running Jump Desktop 6.0+ for Mac or Jump Desktop 7.0+ for iOS/Android. When you open up Jump Desktop on your Mac or iOS/Android device, you should now see a new, light blue icon for your computer with "Fluid" in the name. Tap it to connect.
- You'll be prompted for Windows Credentials or Mac Credentials when you connect. Use any valid Windows or Mac account on the machine to connect. Accounts with blank passwords are not accepted - so make sure the user account you're logging in with has a password set.
Q: Why can't I automatically set the remote resolution to match my local monitor / device like RDP?
A: At the moment Fluid works by matching the remote machine's resolution. You can manually switch the remote computer's resolution by going into the remote computer's Display properties. In the near future, we'll add support for automatically switching the remote resolution however, there is a fundamental difference between how RDP and Fluid work: Fluid is more like VNC: it is limited to the resolutions your remote computer and monitor supports (RDP doesn't have this limitation). For example if your local computer is running at 2560x1536, but your remote computer can't support more than 1920x1080 then you won't be able to switch to 2560x1536. That said - we're working on this. In our private tests we've connected to Windows 10 machines at full Retina resolution (2880x1800) by adding a custom resolution to the graphics adapter and guess what - it looks beautiful and performs quite well! More on this as we make further progress.
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