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  • Using Veency to Deal With Reception Loss



    Veency has been around for quite some time and many of you have probably already used it. Developed by Jay Freeman (Saurik), Veency is a VNC Server for your jailbroken iPhone. VNC is essentially an desktop sharing system that allows you to remotely control another computer. Keyboard and mouse events are sent from one computer to another, while an image is sent back, allowing you to see what is happening in real time.

    Since I have recently moved to the mountains, I have found dead spots in different areas, and full in others only a few feet apart. The one that particularly grinds my gears is my new office, which receives a lovely "No Service". However, if I step outside or go upstairs, the reception is great with full bars and 3G.

    It had occurred to me that Veency would be a fantastic way to still get reception, while working in the office. And naturally, with everyone these days complaining about reception problems, I figured I'd put together this short guide on getting Veency set up, in the scenario that you've never used a VNC before. So if your can find a good spot where you get great reception, this is where you'll plug your iPhone in (yes you'll want to leave it charging). Make sure Wi-Fi is connected (you'll need this) and download Veency from Rock/Cydia.

    Once you've installed Veency, you'll want to set a password for the VNC Server. Go to Settings -> Veency -> Password. That's it, your phone is all set. Make a note of the IP address of your iPhone (if you have SBSettings, just swipe at the top) and leave your iPhone where it gets the best reception.

    Now you'll need a VNC Viewer for your PC/Mac. If your on a Mac, head over to Apple - Downloads - Networking & Security - Chicken of the VNC. Chicken of The VNC is free and a great client. If your on a PC, then head over to RealVNC - VNC Viewer Free Edition 4.1 for Windows. VNC Viewer is free and does everything you need.



    Once you've installed either of these clients, you will simply enter the IP address of your iPhone. Once a connection is made you should see your iPhone's screen displayed on your PC/Mac. Your mouse will function as the touch input and your keyboard works great for typing.

    Voila, you can now text, watch for calls, take snapshots, record video, whatever your heart desires. The streaming is a little bit choppy but it's better than not having any reception at all. Just think of different ways you can use this setup.



    What do you use Veency for? I realize there are many different reasons one would use Veency and it's interesting to see what people are doing. For example, I have a friend who actually has no reception in his work office. He leaves his phone in his car, uses MyWi to create a WiFi network, and with Veency he can sneak onto his iPhone without actually looking like he ever uses his phone. Let's hear your story.


    Veency Package Details
    Repo: Tangelo (Saurik)
    Version: 0.9.3197-1
    Author: Jay Freeman (saurik)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Using Veency to Deal With Reception Loss started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 87 Comments
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      <-- Black screen on PC
      You shouldnt get a black screen if you unlock your iphone manually yourself first. Make sure the iphone screen is on and at the home screen before you connect.

      Also make sure you're using the recommended VNC Client not something else.
    1. MiLLo87's Avatar
      MiLLo87 -
      how do you get the keyboard on your pc to work on your iphone?

      Thats the only issue i've ever had with it.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Quote Originally Posted by MiLLo87 View Post
      how do you get the keyboard on your pc to work on your iphone?

      Thats the only issue i've ever had with it.
      Except for the resolution mismatch of my iPhone 4, I can type on my iphone via pc keyboard/vnc just fine. Yours doesnt work? Are you using RealVNC as the client?
    1. MiLLo87's Avatar
      MiLLo87 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JazJon View Post
      Except for the resolution mismatch of my iPhone 4, I can type on my iphone via pc keyboard/vnc just fine. Yours doesnt work? Are you using RealVNC as the client?
      tightvnc

      should it really make that much difference? if so i'll get realvnc

      never mind - it's working fine now!

      awesome!
    1. jcrod73's Avatar
      jcrod73 -
      the mouse is off on mine also and the window is HUGE!!! I didn't have this problem on my 3Gs...hopefully a fix will come out soon...I LOVE THIS APP @ WORK!!!!

    1. LigerLuvr9210's Avatar
      LigerLuvr9210 -
      I'm only getting a black screen on my computer, but the mouse is working on the iPod. This is using both safari and the Chicken of VNC
      iPod 2g iOS4.0
      Snow Leopard
    1. andrewb283's Avatar
      andrewb283 -
      I've seen video tuts on youtube that use it, and its really choppy. I'd rather go outside and go on my phone.
    1. LigerLuvr9210's Avatar
      LigerLuvr9210 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jcrod73 View Post
      the mouse is off on mine also and the window is HUGE!!! I didn't have this problem on my 3Gs...hopefully a fix will come out soon...I LOVE THIS APP @ WORK!!!!

      Are you using an iPhone 4? That would explain the huge window because the screen resolution is so high
    1. Conas's Avatar
      Conas -
      Quote Originally Posted by jcrod73 View Post
      the mouse is off on mine also and the window is HUGE!!! I didn't have this problem on my 3Gs...hopefully a fix will come out soon...I LOVE THIS APP @ WORK!!!!
      This isn't exactly a 'problem'. The display on your 3GS is considerably lower than your 4. But, I think we'll find that you're the only person complaining about the better resolution, so I bet the feature will remain as is. Maybe there will be a scaling option some day, but I don't imagine much need for it. Sorry bub.
    1. jcrod73's Avatar
      jcrod73 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LigerLuvr9210 View Post
      Are you using an iPhone 4? That would explain the huge window because the screen resolution is so high
      Yes, i'm on an iPhone 4 now...

      Quote Originally Posted by Conas View Post
      This isn't exactly a 'problem'. The display on your 3GS is considerably lower than your 4. But, I think we'll find that you're the only person complaining about the better resolution, so I bet the feature will remain as is. Maybe there will be a scaling option some day, but I don't imagine much need for it. Sorry bub.
      Not complaining...just posting my experience with veency on my iPhone 4...i'm sure something will correct this issue someday...
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Yeah this isn't useful at all until the mis-match resolution of iphone 4 is fixed in the next Veency update. (which is hopefully being worked on some day)
    1. MaxRabbit's Avatar
      MaxRabbit -
      I LOVE this! It works amazingly on my 3GS with 4.0 firmware. And I already have a local network with MyWi so I can use this easily
    1. gage006's Avatar
      gage006 -
      I just wish there was a way to reduce that lag. It's a limitation of the VNC protocol though, from what I've read.
    1. Forgoten Dynasty's Avatar
      Forgoten Dynasty -
      Quote Originally Posted by jcrod73 View Post

      Not complaining...just posting my experience with veency on my iPhone 4...i'm sure something will correct this issue someday...
      Its not an issue with veency. Its your computer screen. Its resolution is low compared to your iphone.
    1. Jimmy2times's Avatar
      Jimmy2times -
      Not sure if this is a bit off topic.

      I also swear by Notify Pro. (Check it out in Cydia) Also the develop offers great support. It works using push notifications and growl. so when you phone gets a email, PUSH MESSAGE, MMS, SMS, CALL OR VOICeMAIL, Notify Pro will forward the notification to Growl on your Mac. If you use a service like Howl or Prowl you can then have your mac forward the growl notification as a push message to another Mac. or ios Device. I use it to send notifications to my iPad and Macs at work and home

      I also use Veency. I find it more responsive now due to I4'S Wifi 802 N.
    1. Shishir G's Avatar
      Shishir G -
      can someone guide me through this?
      I did everything as said, but on my computer its just a black screen, but on my ipod touch it shows a mouse and i can control it by putting my computer mouse through the black screen....
    1. Jimmy2times's Avatar
      Jimmy2times -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shishir G View Post
      can someone guide me through this?
      I did everything as said, but on my computer its just a black screen, but on my ipod touch it shows a mouse and i can control it by putting my computer mouse through the black screen....
      Looks like if you got this far you have set everything up correctly.

      Here's some possible troubleshooting steps.

      I would suggest looking at the display settings or options of the vnc viewer you are using.

      Or try using a different VNC viewer. A respiring or restart of your iPhone may also help.

      Finally. Check your firewall is not blocking some part of the connection.
    1. Shishir G's Avatar
      Shishir G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy2times View Post
      Looks like if you got this far you have set everything up correctly.

      Here's some possible troubleshooting steps.

      I would suggest looking at the display settings or options of the vnc viewer you are using.

      Or try using a different VNC viewer. A respiring or restart of your iPhone may also help.

      Finally. Check your firewall is not blocking some part of the connection.
      None helped, can you recommend a VNC viewer?
    1. MaxRabbit's Avatar
      MaxRabbit -
      I found out that, oddly, if you press the win key plus another key with the viewer open, it unlocks the iPhone without turning on the screen. So you can open apps or do anything without anything showing up on the screen of the iPhone.

      Not only that, but the win key + another button bypassed my android lock entirely.
    1. Shishir G's Avatar
      Shishir G -
      Quote Originally Posted by MaxRabbit View Post
      I found out that, oddly, if you press the win key plus another key with the viewer open, it unlocks the iPhone without turning on the screen. So you can open apps or do anything without anything showing up on the screen of the iPhone.

      Not only that, but the win key + another button bypassed my android lock entirely.
      cool find, now only if my VNC on computer wasn't black screen.