How do I use "Local Mode" in Splashtop Personal / Splashtop 2 (for iPad) ?

Reminder:  "Splashtop 2" is now known as "Splashtop Personal."

By popular demand, starting with Splashtop Personal/Splashtop v2.1.x, we've brought back a highly-requested feature known as "Local Mode."  Local Mode is used for automatically finding the computers (that have Streamers installed) within the same network.  Now, when using Splashtop Personal/Splashtop v2.1x (just as with the older Splashtop v1.x versions), you will be able to use this feature directly in a closed network, and you will not be required to log in with a Splashtop Account.  Please follow the instructions below to enable and use it.

note.gif   NOTE:  Local Mode is for iPad only, because all iPad users have been converted to Splashtop Personal (Splashtop 2) and no longer have access to such functionality that was in Splashtop 1.  Splashtop users on other platforms can continue to use their Splashtop 1 apps, which are equivalent to Local Mode. 

1.  In the Streamer, you can only create a security code in the Security tab (shown below) or the Others tab and leave all other settings as default or empty.  (Example illustration below is using Windows Streamer v2.2.5.1.)

 

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2.  On the iPad, log out of your Splashtop Account on the iPad (if currently logged in).


3.  Click the "I want to use Splashtop 2 in a closed network" link at the bottom (indicated in the illustration below) to enter Local Mode.

 

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4.  After entering Local Mode, you will see all available computers within that network listed.  Click the "Edit" button (at the right side, as indicated in the illustration below) to change the resolution option used by iPad.

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5.  If you don't see any computers listed automatically, but you know there should be, you can also add them manually as follows:

a)  Click the  icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

b)  Select Add Computer, as indicated below.

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c)  Manually type the data for the following three items:

    • In the IP Address field, type the computer's IP address.  (If you don't know what it is, you can get it from the "Advanced" tab in the Streamer dialog box.)
    • The behavior of the Security Code field is the same as it was in Splashtop v1.  This is the code defined in the "Security" tab(for Streamer v2.2.5.1 or above) or "Others" tab(for Streamer v2.2.0.2 or less) of the Streamer dialog box.  If you leave it empty here, you will be asked to input the Security Code every time you attempt to connect.  You can also input the security code here to get a direct connection, without being asked for a security code when you want a connection.
    • The Port field already contains a default number, and we recommend that you do not change it.  However, if you need to use a port number different from the default value, you do have the option to enter it manually here.    NOTE:  Remember, the two subsequent port numbers will also be used.  For example, if you enter 6800 in the Port field, then ports 6801 and 6802 would also be used.
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d)  Click the Add button.

6.  Repeat Step 5c above for each computer to which you may want to connect (IP Address, Security Code, and Port).

 

note.gif   NOTE:  After an IP address has been added, you cannot edit it again.  You would need to delete it and then add a new one if necessary.   To delete an added computer, just hit the icon in right end side;  then click the Delete button to remove it.
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7.  Whenever you want to go back to "Splashtop account mode," please click the Exit button.

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77 Comments

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    Mikelaptop

    can I use local mode with my iPhone 4s  I didn't want to subscribe to anywhere  I wanted it just for my home network

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    Remote

    The mac Splashtop REmote v1 just crashes now after latest mac upgrade.  Can you please put local mode back in the Splashtop Personal for PC and Mac? I'm not sure why you took this feature out. It's very useful when you want to access behind a closed firewall where you can access the network via VPN. Sure, I know you can use VNC or RDP, but  Splashtop is better especially with the high frame video rates and audio.

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    Lotte jensen

    I tried local mode - before working splashtop 1 used an ad hoc network connecting Ipad and PC - now with splashtop 2 it seems to only work with an internet connection even though I click "local mode" on the Ipad. I really need to be independent from  using the internet and want to make splashtop 2 work with an ad hoc network - any suggestions??????

    Lotte

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    Arendvanb

    I just bought splash top 2 for my iphone, only now finding out that it will not work in a closed network (which is where I need it and use an ipad solution that does work.

    When do you intend to make the local network functionality available for iphone and/or is there another temporary app I should use in the mean time?

     

    Best,

    arend

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    Jhlindstrom
    I finally got it to work by assigning an IP address to the mac. You can't just create a closed network with the "create network" command. You must assign an IP address manually.
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    Benclark1113

    What if it is at school?  I can't find the "others" tab on the desektop splashtop streamer.

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    Jaff.Kuo

    @Mikelaptop ,

    Basically, if your iphone and computer have logged in with a same Splashtop account, you should be able to use Splashtop 2 in the local network. If you still see the 'satellite' icon in the local network, probably there's firewall blocked them, please check this link for more info/suggestions about firewall settings adjustment.

    https://support-splashtop2.splashtop.com/entries/21704371-Why-do-I-get-a-satellite-on-the-computer-name-My-tablet-and-computer-are-on-the-same-local-network-

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    Almaaree

    This is most annoying - due to policy reasons my streamer can never access internet - not even once. There is no option on the Splashtop Personal client to support non-internet mode.

    In addition, due to policy, unable to upgrade the streamer. Is there a way to download the PC versoin of 1.x version of Splashtop ? If not we may have to decide against using Splashtop on the one PC as well as not use it in future as well on any other PC.

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    Madanxstilb

    I managed to get local mode work, using port forwarder router, splashtop client v2 and splashtop v1 on my android phone. but the sound latency is a bit annoying and laggy fps. splashtop v2 android not support local mode. this time I will try using v2 client, maybe can fix sound latency and fps.

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    Jaff.Kuo

    @Lotte jensen,

    Are you the user of v1 and upgraded to v2?

    Could you share us more why you think v2 is no good to you?

    Actually, there's no way to roll back to v1 for v2 users. Apple doesn't allow this behavior.

    In addition to local mode(with best performance), Splashtop 2 also provdes another more fast, secure and stable connectivity than v1 with Splashtop relay servers(Anywhere Access Pack) for cross firewall usage.

    Because there is a sizable infrastructure with on-going cost to maintain and operate the Splashtop2 Anywhere Access capability, we unfortunately cannot afford to give away the feature to freely offer to all users.

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    Shintaro.Sasaki

    The new streamer does not allow me to not login to SplashTop I like to make sure I only can access my computer locally.  How do I configure the streamer to not connect to the internet or accept access from the internet like previous version of the streamer?

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    Djames
    Is Local Mode available on iPhone App? If not, when will it be available? I have switched from an iPad to an iPhone and need the functionality.
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    Plecourtois

    Splashtop Remote on IPad with win 7 doesn't work on local mode. Streamer stay " not available" if no internet connexion. If i connect computer to Internet once time to active Streamer then disconnect to use in a local mode, Ipad sees PC in local mode ( icon online) but I can't press  on this icon; so I can't join PC. 

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    Steve.Opiyo5
    I am using splashtop personal to access my pc from an android device. i use it mostly over a local wifi connection without internet access. my problem is that every time i launch the app on my android phone, i have to enable data connection to log in. only then am i able to access the local computer. i find this to be frustrating especially when i dont have any airtime for data. is there a way for the app skip the log in process for someone who wants to use a local network?
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    Matthew

    I'd also like to go back to version 1 somehow. I cannot get splashtop 2 to work on local-only mode. 

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    Jaff.Kuo

    @Rcw,

    So, you are using ad-hoc network. Could you check the instructions on this link ,and change Security between None or WEP to see if there's any difference. This is the link provides more details.

    https://support-splashtop2.splashtop.com/entries/22171173-connect-to-your-computer-via-ad-hoc-network-with-splashtop-2

    Please move your ipad as close to your mac as you can, distance for ad-hoc network should be an issue and can't be too far.

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    Jaff.Kuo

    @Djames,

    Local mode is only for Splashtop 2 for iPad users because there's no Splashtop v1 app for ipad any more.

    The other apps can use local mode with v1 apps.

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    Morganrobertson

    Local Mode / Direct Connect should be available on Windows client as well!  I don't want to use your slow cloud resource!  I can port forward and enjoy a faster connection.

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    Arnoud Kaldeway
    Same issue as Lotte. Ad hoc network connection Ipad and Macbook. Uninstalled and reinstalled app and streamer today. Still same problem. Can't use local mode without internet. What should I do?
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    Vans.Huang

    @Steve,

    Using Splashtop Personal, you must log in your Splashtop account to make it work. It is generation 1 Splashtop remote desktop that does not need a Splashtop account.

    You could still find generation 1 app on Goole Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.splashtop.remote&hl=en_us

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    MKlann

    I use a remote interface program for film/tv lighting control called MAremote that works without any problems.

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    Jhlindstrom

    RCW: I finally got it to work - sporadically - by assigning an IP address to the mac. You can't just create a closed network with the "create network" command. You must assign an IP address manually.

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    Spiv13

    @Jaff.Kuo,

    Thanks, where do I get  << Splashtop Remote Desktop HD(v1)>> ?

    I assume that is to go on the tablet and also my Galaxy Note II phone right?

    What do I install on my Win7 laptop?

     

    Thanks

    Stafano

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    Nicolas Morin3

    Wonderful, A local network... Perfect !!!

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    Djcharleseduardo

    I'd really like to leave my comment here also. I bought the app in order to use only via LAN connection to the internet but unfortunately the app does not work ie I threw my money away. already sent to the call center application but unfortunately it seems the biggest complaint of all users here in these comments is in relation to this issue of the application does not work without the presence of the internet, but only with a local network through a wifi router . The customers who bought and paid for app immensely'd like a solution that is given is for you to come and make it work the way you guys and promise to sell the application to the whole world through the apple store. Was I mistaken or another I'll have a solution for my and other colleagues who were also deceived. Is registered here my indignation

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    Jaff.Kuo

    Please check this link for more info about using Splashtop 2 via ad hoc network.

    http://support-splashtop2.splashtop.com/entries/22171173-connect-to-your-computer-via-ad-hoc-network-with-splashtop-2

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    Damien

    This is 2016 and this option is still not avalible on pc...

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    Jaff.Kuo

    Hi all,

    If your ipad and computer are connecting to a same router but still can't see or can't connect to the computer, probably there's something like firewall or special settings blocked them on router/OS/Antivirus software. Please check this link for more suggestions.

    http://support-splashtop2.splashtop.com/entries/21704371-why-do-i-get-a-satellite-on-the-computer-name-my-tablet-and-computer-are-on-the-same-local-network

    If you can connect but constantly disconnect by unknown reasons, please check this link for more info about router settings.

    http://support-splashtop2.splashtop.com/entries/22926923-tips-for-constant-lost-connections-or-router-crashes-causing-loss-of-internet

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    Matthew

    It's painful to use SpalshTop2 with an ad-hoc connection. But SplashTop 1 is flawless and very easy to use with ad-hoc on a mac. Not sure what changed, but I feel lucky that I still have one older iPad which I haven't upgraded to SplashTop2 yet. If anything happens to that iPad, I'll be hosed. Wish they would release the old version again!!

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    Spiv13

    @Jaff.Kuo,

    a couple of more questions please:

    1)  on my Win7 PC  I already already have Splashtop 2 and Streamer 2.3.0.2  (since I had an iPhone earlier).  Do I need to uninstall them and clear registry settings?

     

    2)  I now own a Galaxy Phone and a Galaxy tablet, do I have to purchase two  Splashtop Remote Desktop(HD)

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