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HOW TO: Remote Display your Smartphone on your Desktop PC
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 26.02.03 - 15:02:00 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials - Viewed 34846x
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I love to use remote display applications to configure my Pocket PCs using my Desktop PC keyboard. This is even more convenient than doing it directly on the device, for instance if you enter your E-Mail account or configure other settings like your MMS client, etc.

On the Pocket PC I'm using Soti's Pocket Controller since it gives me the most convenient access and mostly all Pocket PC screenshots and screen videos/animations on PPCW.Net are done with Pocket Controller.

Unfortunately right now Soti doesn't have a Smartphone version available but thankfully some ARM based Pocket PC applications works also on Smartphones, even if the screen resolution isn't optimized.

Since the launch of Pocket PC in April 2000, Microsoft has an internal Remote Display application available which was published later on for public download too and this works (thanks to its pretty basic functions) even on a Smartphone.

Preparing the Installation
After downloading Remote Display Control you have to install two components: the RDC server on your Desktop PC and the RDC client on your Smartphone.

While the server installation works automatically you have to copy the CAB file to your Smartphone and install it by hand.

  • If you didn't changed any installation paths during the RDC installation, you will find the appropriate CAB file in "Program FilesMicrosoft ActiveSyncRemote Display Control"
  • Copy "ceremote.sa1100.CAB" to your Smartphone using Windows Explorer. If you have a file explorer installed on your Smartphone start the CAB file from that file explorer. If you haven't a file explorer installed, copy the file to "IPSMWindowsStart Menu" on your device and run the CAB file right from your Programs menu.
  • Now you should find "cerdisp" in the root of your Programs menu.

Using Remote Display Control
After you have installed RDC on both, your PC and your Smartphone you can use it as following.

  • Start "Remote Display Control Host" on the Desktop from the Start menu.
  • Now you will get an empty screen on your PC:
  • Start "cerdisp" on your Smartphone now. You will notice, that everything you see now will not fit into the Smartphone screen:

    On a Pocket PC this screen would looks like this:
  • But anyway. Press the action button to reach the next menu:

    Here the same screen on a Pocket PC display:

    You don't need to change anything in this screen like "Settings" but select "Connect" by using the D-Pad and press the action button again.
  • Make sure you are connected via ActiveSync with your PC and don't change the "Hostname":
  • Press OK again
  • Cerdisp hides now (working in the background) on your Smartphone but watch your Desktop PC in the same moment:
  • The Smartphone display appears on the previously empty window.

Navigating through Remote Display Control
To navigate through your Smartphone by using your Desktop keyboard, use the following keys:

  • Left Softkey: F1
  • Right Softkey: F2
  • D-Pad Navigation: Cursor Keys
  • Action Button: Enter
  • Home Screen: Windows Key
  • Back: Backspace/ESC
  • Volume Up: F6
  • Volume Down: F7

At least it's more or less the same keyboard layout which you might used to use from the Smartphone SDK.

With Remote Display Control you can edit your Smartphone settings in a more convenient way now. However, your Smartphone have to be "Certification Unlocked", otherwise you will not be able to install the client software on your device.

Also this isn't as comfortable like using applications like Soti Pocket Controller but it's good enough today to play with.

Also it's a great tool to display the Smartphone screen with a video projector for presentations (we have used this tool at O2 Germany on CeBIT 2001 also to display the screen of Pocket PCs on large Plasma screens).

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Leigh Geary on 26.02.03 - 00:00:00

You may have to grab the excellent Task Manager for the SmartPhone to quit the remote display client - either that or reboot your phone, as it continues to run and slows the phone even after you've finished with it. sad

Posted by Arne Hess on 26.02.03 - 00:00:00

@Leigh Geary: Yes, that's a good point I've realized (to late - sorry) when I finished the "how to" and tried to close it... ;-)
Thanks for your additional input regarding this!

Posted by jpzr on 26.02.03 - 00:00:00

cool, but it does not work on regular not-unlocked phone.

please note also that similar thing you can achieve with embedded visual C++ 3.0 that enables remote control of the smartphone...

Posted by Arne Hess on 26.02.03 - 00:00:00

@jpzr: Yes, that's the down-side of all that kind of hacks. However, because Orange is not the only carrier with Smartphones in its portfolio (if you think about Smart or T-Mobile) and we  might even see non-carrier related Smartphones like the red e/Compal device I will continue to write about what is possible with Microsoft's Smartphone platform in general.
Also I'm a Microsoft MVP, not an Orange MVP which means for me I have to support their product - how it was designed originally - not how carriers modified it.

Regarding your C++ 3.0 advice: yes, that's correct. However I don't think to many "just users" have the C++ version on their PC and their is no need for it, if you just want to remote control your Smartphone.

Posted by jpzr on 26.02.03 - 00:00:00

no, no! don't take it so that I say "don't write about not-Orange stuff"

PLEASE WRITE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ABOUT CELL PHONES powered by MS software. This topic is to me 1000000 times more interesting than Bluetooth or Wi-Fi !

so write ANYTHING about cell phones powered by MS Software!!! I love it.

Posted by Arne Hess on 27.02.03 - 00:00:00

Don't worry, I didn't took it so. And yes, I will write about everything which comes to my mind. PPCW.Net is a general "Windows CE(.Net)/3GSM" site and therefore I will write about everything which comes to my mind and is either wireless related or helps to get more out of the (possible) wireless (connected) Pocket PC and Smartphone. However, this includes also Bluetooth AND Wi-Fi as the PPCW.Net claim tells: "Where Pocket PC meets Wireless".
Sure I will NOT cover Smartphones ONLY. ;-)

Posted by SOTI on 13.05.03 - 07:10:43

We (SOTI) actually did consider porting Pocket Controller to the Smartphone but because Microsoft advised us that most carriers would be locking down the Smartphones like Orange has, we backed off the idea. But we are now re-thinking the idea and may put out a version soon with Smartphone support. There are even some problems on non-locked down phones due to the security infrastructure.

I have not tried the Microosft remote  control software on the Smartphone, and currently do not have access to a Smartphoe to try it out. Can you use it with the ActiveSync passthru disabled or does this have to be enabled for this to work?

Posted by Arne Hess on 13.05.03 - 16:14:41

@SOTI: I'm waiting for such a long time for "Smartphone Pocket Controller" support, yes - please rethink it! ;-)

Yes, it even works with PassThrough disabled, no problem. It's just easy doing as described above!

Posted by Simona on 14.07.03 - 18:59:03

Hey - have I missed something here?  My phone is "normal" (ie: I am not clever enough to have messed around with the factory settings).  Clearly normal means that it is not certification unlocked and so I can't install the remote display client on my SmartPhone.  Does this mean that I can't use the Remote Display application, end of story?  Or can I unlock the certification? Or is there a different program I can use?

Posted by Nechbi on 21.08.03 - 15:13:57

I installed the software on my SPV E100 but accidently pressed another key on the HostName (PPP_PEER) screen.  I appear to be unable to delete the charater??  I have tried uninstalling the software & reinstalling to no avail..

Any Ideas?

Posted by Arne Hess on 21.08.03 - 16:17:47

@Nechbi: Have you switched off/on you device and tried again? At least for me it works if I "soft reset" the phone.

Posted by DJC on 23.12.03 - 23:40:27

I tried this on an application-unlocked SPV e200 (ie smartphone 2003). The phone refuses to install the cab (which I have copied to the phone) stating that the file is not of the right type for this platform. I tried the "ceremote.sa1100.CAB" (strongARM?) and the "xx720" (ARM 720?) CAB files with no success..?

Has anyone else succeeded with smartphone 2003/spv e*200*

Posted by LG on 01.01.04 - 20:13:10

Has anyone gotten a remote display to successfully install on a Compal AR11/Red E SC1100?

Posted by HOLLI on 15.01.04 - 15:28:29

Where do u download RPC?

Cant find it on microsoft home page...I probably sux, but i just CANT find it...can some on give a direct link to it so that even an imbacil like me can find it wink

Posted by Arne Hess on 15.01.04 - 16:14:05

@HOLLI: Check the updated story about this topic here: ;-) There you will find an easier way now but also for free... ;-)

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