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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. plaskey's Avatar
      plaskey -
      Here's what I did to get it to work. Simply turn ON the remote cursor and turn off the local cursor. Then you see where the pointer really is on the iPhone 4. It's not perfect and there will be a brief moment of disorientation as you move your cursor from your desktop into the VNC client window. Still, it works.

      I am using TightVNC Portable 1.3 over WiFi with:
      Encoding: Tight
      Use 8 bit color
      Scale by 50%
      Track Remote Cursor Locally
      No Local Cursor

      I am still hoping that Saurik will update this as well as some of his other apps but no one knows for sure. He has not answered any tweets on the subject so far.
    1. Navagosostis's Avatar
      Navagosostis -
      Quote Originally Posted by diemer View Post
      If you're on os x leopard or higher there's no reason to get Chicken of the Vnc. Just type vnc://youripaddress into safari


      i am on leopard, and i have veency turned on, on a 3gs, but its not connecting...what could possibly be wrong????
    1. vonPalm's Avatar
      vonPalm -
      Hi, I work offshore and I'm not allowed to bring my phone to work. Big problem for me - I can't check my calls and text messages when I go to work. I thought veency could be a solution, but I only manage to connect to my iphone if computer and iphone are connected to the same wireless network. Is it possible to veency into my iphone while connected to another network?
    1. vonPalm's Avatar
      vonPalm -
      Someone told me I should enter the wireless router and forward the correct (5900?) port to my iPhone, then I could connect to it from an outside network using the ip-adress of the router. Well, turned out I had an additional problem: I am living on a school dormitory and have no access to the server, so I could not do this (at least couldn't get it working).

      BUT I solved it, not in a very elegant way but hey, it's working! Thought I should post it here to help out someone else..

      I set up an old computer to be permanently connected to the same wireless router as my iPhone. Through this computer I can remotely control my iPhone through veency. Then I remotely control this computer through teamviewer, from any pc connected to internet. Of course, I had to set the old computer to never enter sleep mode.
    1. JAE's Avatar
      JAE -
      Can anyone on 4.1 try out veency and see if these problems happen to yall..

      1. When in a app the multitasking don't work, it shows the apps but you can't click on them.

      2. some notification pop ups don't let you click on them like ''cancel or ok'' ones, while others are clickable.

      These problems happen to me on iPod touch 4G.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Quote Originally Posted by plaskey View Post
      Here's what I did to get it to work. Simply turn ON the remote cursor and turn off the local cursor. Then you see where the pointer really is on the iPhone 4. It's not perfect and there will be a brief moment of disorientation as you move your cursor from your desktop into the VNC client window. Still, it works.

      I am using TightVNC Portable 1.3 over WiFi with:
      Encoding: Tight
      Use 8 bit color
      Scale by 50%
      Track Remote Cursor Locally
      No Local Cursor

      I am still hoping that Saurik will update this as well as some of his other apps but no one knows for sure. He has not answered any tweets on the subject so far.
      This works great for me, I left the Local Cursor on as a Dot and it lines up perfectly! Either an update came out I missed, or this Scale by 50% works. (not sure which) It's good enough for me though for now.
    1. lol_release's Avatar
      lol_release -
      Quote Originally Posted by JAE View Post
      Can anyone on 4.1 try out veency and see if these problems happen to yall..

      1. When in a app the multitasking don't work, it shows the apps but you can't click on them.

      2. some notification pop ups don't let you click on them like ''cancel or ok'' ones, while others are clickable.

      These problems happen to me on iPod touch 4G.
      I can confirm these issues. When you double click you cannot access the multitasking and yes some pop ups cannot be clicked.

      I'm also not able to connect using mywi like it was suggested in the original thread. I can only connect if I'm on a wireless network.

      Any suggestions getting mywi 4.0 to work so I don't have to connect to a wireless network? When I set up mywi I try to connect to the ip mywi gives me but connection fails every time.