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Chrome Remote Desktop - WiFi Mouse

Why use a WiFi mouse/touchpad or a WiFi remote control?

For Smart TV (IPTV) the best solution is a Home Theater PC Setup (HTPC), as any modern PC outperforms any Smart TV, streaming device, setup box, mini PC etc. But you don't want the PC in the Livingroom - if nothing else because of the noise. So you will need a long HDMI cable from your PCs video-card to one of your TVs HDMI ports, and you will need a remote control function with long range. The HDMI cable could be up to 30 m long. But the range of RF (radio frequency) remote controls is usually limited to 10 m. You can increase this with max 5 USB active (repeater) extension cables or 5 self powered USB hubs - each adding 5 m (for USB3.0 only 3 m). Or you can use WiFi instead, which means you can place the PC anywhere in your house within the WiFi ranger of you router.

There is a wide assortment of apps in the Google Play Store offering WiFi remote control functions, many of them for free. Some of the pricier apps offer MultiMedia functions, advanced keyboard functions, voice control and programmable functions. The free apps usually offer the basic touchpad functions for cursor controls and some of them also Zoom In/Out and Scroll Up/Down.

Chrome Remote Desktop in action

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To prepare access to a desktop you install the Google Chrome Browser extension "Chrome Remote Desktop" and follow instructions, which includes setting a pin for the desktop.

Install and open the Android app "Chrome Remote Desktop" and it will search for servers on your network. The first time you will have to give the pin for the remote desktop.

The Chrome Remote Desktop has the basic wifi mouse functions as shown to the right. Is it just a pretty face?

Touchpad "gestures"