Review: LogMeIn Ignition for iPad

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View of my laptop's desktop via LogMeIn Ignition.

In Countdown to iPad – iPortal (Use Case 45), we explored how an iPad could be used as a portal into and onto other computer platforms. LogMeIn Ignition remote access software gives iPad that ability. I found LogMeIn’s tag line “One touch access to all of your information,” to be almost spot on. After proper setup I was/am able to remotely access my computers with just two touches.

Getting Started

Setup was amazingly simple and I don’t make that comment lightly. I have years of experience working with remote software of one form or another. I can honestly say that the LogMeIn Ignition setup was one of the simplest I have encountered. Setup and operation require you to have LogMeIn Ignition loaded on your iPad and LogMeIn Pro² or LogMeIn Free installed on your target computer. LogMeIn Pro² and LogMeIn Free are both available for Macs and PCs. I chose LogMeIn Free on Mac OS X for my testing. My total setup and installation time was about 15 minutes.

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Sending a tweet was my first test of the LogMeIn interface.

Ease of Use

My first order of business was to send a tweet from my laptop using LogMeIn Ignition on my iPad. Though not an incredibly useful function on it’s own, it demonstrated the relative ease of using the remote solution. All in all, using the software is quite intuitive. I took to operating my Mac via my iPad quite quickly. I attribute any awkwardness, to the fact I was using a touch device to control an operating system and applications that were designed to be used with a mouse and physical keyboard.

Specific Testing

3G Connection – As expected, LogMeIn Ignition performed well on my home wifi network, but I wanted to see how it would do on 3G. As I don’t yet have a 3G iPad, I tested the software over 3G using a wifi only iPad and a Verizon MiFi 2200 device. To improve screen redraw times while on 3G I did go into LogMeIn’s preferences and set it’s color quality setting to low quality.

iPhone and Edge – Though my intent was to review LogMeIn Ignition for iPad, I couldn’t resist loading the app on my iPhone and giving it a whirl. Screen size aside, the performance mirrored that of my iPad experience with both wifi and 3G. I was most curious about using LogMeIn Ignition on AT&T’s edge network. While certainly slower than 3G, the LogMeIn software worked flawlessly. Just as in my 3G testing I adjusted the color quality setting to improve redraw speed. I found the best setting for Edge to be grayscale.

Remote System Administration – One of the toughest tests for remote access software is system level administration of the target computer. My testing included the remote installation of software and remote rebooting/starting of the computer. Both tasks were amazing simple to accomplish using LogMeIn. As long as you remember to set the target computer to auto login prior to restarting it, you will be able to log back into the remote machine once the restart has completed.

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Remote software installation and computer restart

Bumps in the Road

After testing the software for over 2 weeks I can honestly say that LogMeIn Ignition for iPad runs solid and smooth. I did experience a pretty big bump in the road when I made changes to screen resolution while logged into my laptop. I learned the hard way that the resolution setting was for the target computer and not for the iPad app. The change messed up every window of every application on my Mac and it took quite a bit of work to put everything back the way I wanted it.

The only other minor bump came at the beginning of my journey when I was trying to get modifier keys like command and control to work. When I installed the LogMeIn software on my Mac, it’s default keyboard mapping was set to PC. Not only was this a bit odd, but the solution was also less than intuitive. The resolution requires the Mac user to open LogMeIn on the Mac, navigate to Options, open Preferences and ultimately select Alt=Command, Windows=Alt from the keyboard mapping menu… not at all Mac like.

In Conclusion

I am sure many iPad users will cringe at the $30 USD price tag. For the system administrator who remotely manages computers, it’s certainly well worth it. For me, it means I don’t need to purchase monitors for my Mac Mini servers. For the business traveler who left their presentation at home, it may save a customer.

Once you figure out how you would use LogMeIn Ignition for iPad, you might find it well worth the price.

LogMeIn Ignition for iPad is available in the App Store now, and is prices at $29.99.

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9 thoughts on “Review: LogMeIn Ignition for iPad”

  1. I used this on iphone, and they have “UB” version, so now it’son my iPad;)

    I like it a lot, it solves the problems i encountered when i switched from MBA to iPad for work on the road:)

  2. I'm curious if you tried it from a really busy Wifi hotspot, like a coffee shop with lots of users online? Also, how does it perform as a workaround to show web sites with Flash? Did you use LogMeIn Ignition to launch the browser on your laptop, then visit a web page with Flash?

  3. Hi Russ,

    I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for featuring us on Just Another iPad Blog. It’s evident you really took the time to dive into Ignition and I’m glad you liked what you found.

    To DaveMcG- You shouldn't have any lag with Ignition no matter how many people are at a WiFi spot. However, if you're on a slow connection you can adjust the resolution or color settings to compensate. And yes, in order to watch Flash on the iPad, you can launch Safari on your remote computer using Ignition.

    Maggie Hibma
    Social Media Coordinator, LogMeIn

      1. Yes. However, you can remotely turn on your computer via the internet using a technology called "Wake On LAN". This requires a bit of technical know-how but is achievable relatively easily – you need to ensure your computer is set up to listen for "WOL" packets when it is sleeping, and that your router is forwarding the correct traffic to that PC. You can then get an iPhone app (e.g. I use SleepOver) to send a wakeup packet to your pc to turn it on, and then log in with LogMeIn.

        The steps to achieve this will depend on your PC and router and internet setup, so I'd recommend some googling!

  4. FLASH – – – Once you log into your home PC, you see exactly what’s on that PCs screen.
    If your home PC can see flash, that’s what you see.
    I use LogMeIn and love it.

  5. Can I use the VGA iPad2 adapter so I can see in the TV or Projector what is in the computer’ screen?

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