Remote VNC connection

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by dazzer21, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Oct 18, 2005
    #1
    For some unknown reason, I can no longer communicate between my Macs at home and at work. From home to work, the connection cannot be established at all. From work to home, I can connect but all I get is a black screen.

    At each end is a Mac Mini. Both are set up not to sleep at all and both are constantly on. Both have an identical set of port forwarding setups. They are:

    Name Protocol Public Port Private IP Private Port Active
    VNC1 <TCP> 22 <IP> 22 √
    VNC2 <UDP> 22 <IP> 22 √
    VNC3 <UDP> 5900 <IP> 5900 √
    VNC4 <UDP> 5800 <IP> 5800 √
    VNC5 <TCP> 5800 <IP> 5800 √
    VNC6 <TCP> 5900 <IP> 5900 √
    FTP <TCP> 21 <IP> 21 √

    Software at both ends is JollysFastVNC. Both machines are running Tiger 10.4.11. Any ideas please?

    Many thanks
     
  2. macrumors G4

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    Location:
    Redondo Beach, California
    #2
    Did your company change a firewall configuration? They could have blocked the ports.
     
  3. Moderator

    maflynn

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    Location:
    Boston
    #3
    You need to make sure your router (and possibly cable/dsl modem) has port forwarding turned on.

    I've had hit or miss luck using VNC on my mac. I got it going once, but it was dog slow, and since updating my configuration (new dsl modem, new apple time capsule) I've been unable to get it to work again.

    I found that an alternative solution that works faster then VNC and avoids messing with the firewall and router settings.

    logmein.com, they have a mac client and I can access my Mac from my work computer and also (if you buy the app) your iPhone. LogMeIn has a free version which is what I use, so I don't pay any monthly subscription fees for this access.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Whoa! LogMeIn is the way to go!!! SOOOO much quicker than any other VNC system I've used by far. An absolute cinch to set up - I don't know why I haven't heard about this sooner. I think I'm going to have to get the Pro version as I'm already knocked out by the features on the free version - drag and drop would be fantastic...

    Nice call Maflynn...
     

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