control my Father-in-laws mac remotely?

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  1. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

    flyfish29

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    Here is a question for you. Is there a way for me to help my father-in-law with problems on his mac...remotely. What is remote desktop and can it be used for me to help him do things (usually showing him how to do things or fixing things) on his mac through the net as I live 1400 miles away from him?
    Thanks,

    Johnny
     
  2. virividox macrumors 601

    virividox

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    i use timbuktu, lets me control my sisters ibook 600 miles north of me, my dads computer in manila (when im in england) and my uncles server in san jose
     
  3. cpjakes macrumors 6502

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    Are all of these people on broadband? I can't imagine ARD or Timbuktu on dialup. And if they are on dialup, how do you get their IP if it changes every time they call in?

    cpjakes
     
  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

    Le Big Mac

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    Good tip.

    I just looked at it on netopia.com, and it looks like you assign a computer a name so that you can find it even without a static IP. $189.95 to start it with two computers, though.
     
  5. vasaz macrumors member

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    Here is another VNC option. First, the computer you want to remotely manage needs to be running this (free):

    http://www.redstonesoftware.com/vnc.html

    It's fairly simple, just open it up, set a password, and push 'start server'.

    Then, you need to install one of the following on your computer (also free):

    Chicken of the VNC
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/cotvnc/
    or
    VNCThing
    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/11993

    I personally think Chicken of the VNC is a little faster. All you have to do is open one of these up, and it asks for the IP address of the remote computer, password, and that's all! Works great for me, and it's free :rolleyes:
     
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    Nermal

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    LOL? :confused:
     
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