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)
Author: Jay Freeman (saurik)