Access Mac desktop from a remote PC

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by skp574, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. skp574 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2005
    Is it possible to remote desktop a Mac from a PC. I know you can do it the other way round with with MS Remote Desktop Connection.

    I may need to access my Mac at home from work which only has PCs.
  2. skp574 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2005
    I may have already answered my own question...

    I had a look at which has OSXvnc.

    Has anyone used this before? Are there better alternatives?
  3. Gee macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2004
    London, UK
    I'd be interested to hear how it goes, if you have time.
  4. skp574 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2005
    I don't have my Mac just yet so can't test the Mac version. But have downloaded the Windows version of the server and viewer.

    Installed the server on my PC desktop and tried to log in with my laptop and I get an error message. I opened up my Firewall to accept connections but it still doesn't work. I haven't gone any further than that.

    I'll definitely report back about the Mac version when I get my Mini.
  5. andrewfee macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2004
    If you download the latest Apple Remote Desktop Client, there's a built-in VNC Server.

    To enable it, from system preferences, go to sharing, and enable apple remote desktop. In the access priviliges, there's an option "VNC viewers may control screen with password"

    Once you set a password, you can connect to the mac via any vnc client.
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    FWIW, Share My Desktop is a nice free app to turn the built-in VNC server on and off (on the Mac, not remotely)
  7. Kevin Nelson macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2004
    Couple things...

    When using VNC - try Chicken of the VNC, seems to be a little easier to configure. Try connecting in the form of your IP address to the outside world and don't forget the port # of the viewer (usually 5900) Make sure that you you have a password enabled on the server as that is usually why it disconnects.
    I am by no means an expert on this, you can search for some answers as well, like I did at first.
    Don't give up, once you understand how to connect the possibilites are endless!
    I use VNC on my pocketPC to look at my home computer and to run my powerbook ala Salling Clicker.

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