Aqua Accelerated Protocol (AAP)

Aqua Accelerated Protocol (AAP) is a proprietary protocol designed by Aqua Connect to work with our line of products for Apple hardware. AAP was developed in-house after taking into account customer feedback since incorporating Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) into our products in 2008. The protocol delivers the fastest remote desktop experience available on any platform. Experience the difference with AAP.


Aqua Accelerated Protocol provides a 2-1 data savings over VNC (including audio, which VNC does not support).  These savings become even more significant when compared to Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol.  Compared to Microsoft's protocol, AAP provides a 10-1 data savings over RDP.  All of this translates into a remote session that feels and acts like a local desktop and OS.

AAP goes beyond accelerated performance to deliver a rich feature set that is also unique to the protocol.  With RSA 2048-bit encryption that is TLS/FIPS 140-2 compliant, there is no longer a need for a VPN with Aqua Accelerated Protocol.  A universal printer driver allows users to easily print to a local or network printer without having to install any drivers on the server.  Command Keys are mapped instantly for users to increase productivity and ease of use.

When it comes to multimedia, no other protocol can deliver like AAP.  Full motion 1080p video with audio in-sync can be achieved with less than 1Mbps download speeds at the client.  Because of this the protocol can support streaming flash video, high-end audio and video editing, and any other type of multimedia playback.

Aqua Accelerated Protocol is provided as a free client for Aqua Connect customers. 

System Requirements

Server Software:

Aqua Connect Remote Desktop Services 4202 and greater

Client OS:

Mac OS X 10.6

Mac OS X 10.7

Mac OS X 10.8

OS X Mavericks

OS X Yosemite

Windows XP

Windows Vista

Windows 7 & 8

In Development:

Linux, iOS, Android, HTML5, Chrome OS

Important Links

Download AAP

AAP User Manual (for Mac)

AAP User Manual (for Windows)

AAP Video