Access home Mac while away

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Andrew07, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Andrew07 macrumors 6502

    Apr 25, 2007
    Is there a program available that will allow me to access and view a Mac while away from it? I'm trying to set up a desktop Mac for my parents who are just getting into using the computer, and they still require help every now and then. I live in a different town and it would be nice to be able to login, see what they're viewing and troubleshoot any problems that they're encountering.
  2. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2008
    search "remote desktop client for Mac OS X" and pick whichever you like :)
  3. LTX macrumors regular


    Dec 25, 2008
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Apple includes something called Apple Remote Desktop, which is basically a VNC server. On their computer, go to System Preferences --> Sharing, open the padlock if it's closed, and check Remote Management. Change the settings/allowed users if you want, and forward UDP port 3283 on their router.

    To connect, open Finder on your computer, and from the Go menu, hit Connect to Server and enter their IP address.
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    That is, like this: vnc://

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