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Old Jun 7, 2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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Mac mini and screen sharing

I use my Mac mini, which is plugged to my TV, as my media server. I also use the screen sharing function (via Wifi) to control the mini. What I noticed is that everything looks kind of blurry. When I change from adaptive to full quality the screen becomes a little bit sharper but not so much to compensate the lower speed. I mean the quality is ok when I use screen sharing for some minutes. But after 15 minutes I have to stop because it gets so annoying. I was wondering if this is normal or if it's likely that my WiFi connection is too slow. I need to add I control my mini with a MB Air (2011), which is connected to a Router. And this router is only capable to transfer up to 300 Mbit/s via WiFi.
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Old Jun 9, 2013, 08:35 AM   #2
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If your Mini is connected to a 1080p display you're probably seeing artifacts of the image scaling from 1920x1080 down to your MBA resolution (1280x800 or 1344x756 depending on whether it's an 11" or 13"). Basically unavoidable.
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Old Jun 9, 2013, 09:03 AM   #3
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I get the same thing when going from my MBPro to my Mac Mini. mini is connected to a 24" LED Cinema Display @ 1920x1200 and the MBPro is 1440x900 and is blurry.

Screen Sharing from my Mini to the MBPro is fine.

As previous poster said is just an issue of putting a downscaling the larger display onto the lower res screen.
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Old Jun 10, 2013, 02:55 AM   #4
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You can also use Chicken of the VNC or something like that instead of Screen Sharing, but then you have to scroll.
I find Screen sharing downscaled acceptable, but hey, I run it over gigabit too. Which you should do. Mini and MBP are both having Gbit ports.
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Old Jun 10, 2013, 07:06 AM   #5
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Try using VNC instead. ( ). I found that to be much better then any screen sharing or remote desktop etc etc. I'm also using WiFi from my MBA at 300mbps. It's OK - I'm using it to manage the iTunes on the connected device.
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