Remote Desktop

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by irain, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. irain macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2005
    Hey, I had no idea where to post this so I'm puting it here. Okay, here's the deal. I have an iBook G4 and a Windows desktop (XP Home). I'm on a wireless DSL connection between the 2 computers, and I want to be able to use the Remote desktop connection feature with my iBook and my PC. So in order to do that I need to upgrade to XP Pro. Now, when I use windows on my iBook, it won't be for anything intensive like photo editing or anything like that. Mostly word processing and an encyclopedia program.

    So my question is, does anyoen else here use Remote desktop connection between their Mac and a PC?

    If so, how fast does it work? Is it worth upgrading to XP Pro?

    BTW, I my PC is farely fast if that makes a difference

    Thanks for any advice or input.
  2. 40167 macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2004
    First, don't even think about upgrading to XP Pro... You don't need it.

    You can just use VNC (it's free in most cases, and has some utterly cool stuff; like if your cellphone supports J2ME you can just pull up your computer on your phone and work with it (yes, it involves alot of scrolling then, lol) - I have installed on my pc, and then from any computer with java I just go to http://myip:5800/ type in my password and theres my desktop. (Their website tells you exactly how to set it up)

    It's fairly quick, I use dsl on both ends generaly and at 24bit color it works nicely, if you want it quicker just go to 256 or 16bit color; you can also do 16 colors, but thats insanely ugly.

    Now with all that said, there are a few minor things that VNC wont do; it wont transfer your sound over... if you use the real windows remote desktop (to another pc, I dont actualy even belive it transfers sound using the mac client; but i could be wrong) and play an mp3 on the remote pc, you'll hear the sound on the local pc. Though in my past expereince doing that with windows to windows over dsl, it sucks anyway since you run out of upload bandwidth on the remote system. The built in remote desktop (again, I dont think the mac client will do this) will also mount printers and drives. - Personaly to get around printers and drives I just email the files over.

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