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Old Aug 20, 2008, 07:08 PM   #1
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Best way to remote desktop into my mac

Hello,

I have searched high and low for a straight forward answer, but can't find one.

All i want to do is from my windows PC, remote desktop into my mac. What is the best way to do this. Or is VNC the only way to do this?

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Old Aug 20, 2008, 07:09 PM   #2
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Yeah, turn on VNC in System Preferences, then download a PC VPN client
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Old Aug 20, 2008, 07:16 PM   #3
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VNC is the only way to do this.

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Old Aug 20, 2008, 07:33 PM   #4
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Thanks,

Is there my chance a url to a good tutorial to use to setup the vnc on my mac.

as you can probably tell, I'm a windows guy moving over to the mac world and I fully understand everything you are saying, just don't want to do this wrong.

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Old Aug 20, 2008, 07:35 PM   #5
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System Preferences->Sharing->Screen Sharing->Computer Settings-> VNC viewers may control the screen with password.
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Old Aug 21, 2008, 09:37 AM   #6
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Hello,

Thanks a million, I got it working.

BUT OMG

this is painfully slow. is there anything else I can use or buy that is faster and more realtime. I'm not trying to watch movies or anything like that remotely, but Im a programmer and need to access my code and apps and edit as needed on mac, but I work at a windows enviroment.

It has to be a better solution than VNC. VNC is SOOOO Slow.

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Old Aug 21, 2008, 01:09 PM   #7
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Hello,

Thanks a million, I got it working.

BUT OMG

this is painfully slow. is there anything else I can use or buy that is faster and more realtime. I'm not trying to watch movies or anything like that remotely, but Im a programmer and need to access my code and apps and edit as needed on mac, but I work at a windows enviroment.

It has to be a better solution than VNC. VNC is SOOOO Slow.

Cedric
If VNC is running slow it would usually just be an issue with the internet connection your Mac is on, so if you were to buy something to make it faster then you should up your internet connection with better upload speeds. You could also try lowering the quality on your PC's VNC client, like dumbing down the color and such.

If I totally missed the problem then you could also try LogMeIn Free for Macs (https://secure.logmein.com/welcome/mac/), but I'm not sure how much faster that'll be.

Do you have a Mac desktop or laptop?
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Old Aug 21, 2008, 01:12 PM   #8
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cis4life,

I have found a untility that will allow you to control both you mac from a pc and pc from your mac. The program is call teamviewer. http://www.teamviewer.com/

This might be a solution you. There is no set up required other than opening the program on both machines and knowing the pin number.

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Old Aug 21, 2008, 01:54 PM   #9
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Hello,

Thanks a million, I got it working.

BUT OMG

this is painfully slow. is there anything else I can use or buy that is faster and more realtime. I'm not trying to watch movies or anything like that remotely, but Im a programmer and need to access my code and apps and edit as needed on mac, but I work at a windows enviroment.

It has to be a better solution than VNC. VNC is SOOOO Slow.

Cedric
The only way to resolve the speed is getting a faster internet connection. I would advise 1Mbps or higher in upload if you want to any decent resolution.
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Old Aug 21, 2008, 02:03 PM   #10
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depending on pc vnc client ( i like RealVNC) drop the colour depth as low as you can and tell it not to poll inputs or worry about desktop backgrounds etc.

ultimately though, you need a quick connection. I always found RealVNC perfectly acceptable as a means of fixing users' machines, administrating servers etc, but I don't think it would be my first choice for a primary operating environment, and that in a 100Mbps network.

Can't you just run parallels or bootcamp or something on the mac to get a palce you can install your IDE and then upload the code to your remote machine to compile, build and test? There's plenty of stuff out there in Visual Studio land that does version check-in/check-outs to avoid getting your source all muddled up...
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Old Aug 21, 2008, 02:23 PM   #11
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LogMeIn suppose to be faster than VNC.
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Old Aug 25, 2008, 11:25 PM   #12
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I was thinking of giving the LogMeIn a try. Has anyone used it yet? I would be accessing my Macintosh from a library computer (Win XP), so I cannot install a VNC viewer on it. The LogMeIn stuff says that I can use a browser to control my Macintosh, which sounds good.
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Old Sep 28, 2008, 12:37 PM   #13
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Logmein is slow

I've been trying to work with someone remotely on a video and after trying higher speed (Comcast 4mbps) more memory and a buch of comfiguration change suggestions from Logmein, i finally talked to a Logmein support person who told me it's not the best program for watching videos. I think a free trial of Timbuktu will be worth a try.
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Old Sep 28, 2008, 09:58 PM   #14
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I use logmein and it works great. Love it completely free and great to use.
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I use logmein and it works great. Love it completely free and great to use.
isn't it only free for 30 days?
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Old Jan 15, 2011, 10:00 PM   #16
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You can also try PCAnywhere cross platform, it also works for what you are trying to do. I have 2 Imac's and access them from remote locations. I have also tried VNC. I think vnc works the best, as no matter where I am I can run it from a windows computer using my thumb drive.(I have vnc on it). I carry it with me all the time.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 04:42 AM   #17
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isn't it only free for 30 days?
you can have a free account which is always free.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 05:41 AM   #18
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Logmein basic is free for non-commercial use, however from time to time they will nag you to buy the "full" product. Their favourite tactic is to display a "complete checkout" screen when you first connect to their website, I always press the "not now" button.
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I know this a 4 year old thread BUT can't find a thread with a heavier footfall so posting here in hope of a response. Has anyone used Remotix for VNC client and what are their views on it? Is it worth $25? Happy to pay that as long as it gives me an advantage over free options
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