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Avid gamers are most likely using the digital marketplace and multiplayer matchmaking app Steam to play their games library on the big screen, even if it's just the battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. But Steam and its TV-friendly streaming console Steam Link (favoured by users who aren't playing on their home computer or a Steam Machine) aren't just useful when it comes to streaming games to other devices in your home. They're perfect for remote desktop streaming, letting you view the desktop of your gaming machine on whatever compatible device you're on at home.

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Your home computer is the perfect machine. It's customised to your exact needs, runs all your must-have apps and holds every important file you'd ever need to access. The catch: it's not exactly practical to lug a computer with you everywhere you go. That's where remote access comes in. Here are three simple ways to control your home computer from anywhere -- your laptop, phone, or even a friend's computer -- as though you were sitting directly in front of it.

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There are many VNC apps for the iPhone, ranging widely in price, features and approach. Our favourite is Screens because it makes your desktop actually easy to use on a touch screen, offers a secure connection through SSH tunnelling, and provides a setup-free option should you not want to mess around with your router.

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The iPad is a great remote desktop tool, but there are tons of VNC apps and many are very pricey. Luckily for you, we've sifted through a bunch to help you find the best for your needs.

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Windows/Mac: Mikogo sports the basic features you'd expect from a decent desktop sharing tool: whiteboard functionality, mouse pointers for participants, and remote control. Where Mikogo shines is one-click reversal; you can nearly instantly switch from the current desktop to a viewer's desktop.