App/Solution for Remote Desktop Sharing?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by El Maestro, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. El Maestro macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Hi all,

    I finally convinced my Dad to switch to a Mac. We live far apart, and I'd like to be able to provide tech support (and run updates, etc.) to him by taking over/sharing his desktop via the Internet. What do you all suggest for doing that? Thanks!
  2. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    I use and highly recommend TeamViewer. Free for personal use.
  3. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    Screen Sharing / Remote Control is still built right into Messages as long as you both have an AIM or Jabber account.

  4. El Maestro thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Thanks to you both. Based on these suggestions, I can assume we don't need to invest in Apple's Remote Desktop Connection software?
  5. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Definitely not necessary for you.
  6. JoelBC macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    A VPN server is built into OS application such as iVPN (highly recommended) can be used to easily establish a VPN connection after which a VNC Viewer such as RealVNC can be used for screen sharing.

    And before anyone says that this is what TeamViewer does I find two advantages of using VPN/RealVPN namely (i) better security as you are not going through TeamViewer's servers and (ii) better speed as TeamViewer sometimes reduces their personal use bandwidth depending on demand.

    Hope this helps.
  7. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Or something like Remoter, or JollysFastVNC. They both can use SSH tunneling instead of a a VPN, and are very secure. They aren't subscriptions, but stand alone software.

    Remoter provides a service that is basically only a way for those with dynamic IP addresses to be able to connect, and provides some automation of the setup through your router.

  8. El Maestro thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Will TeamViewer work with non-static IP addresses? My dad and I both have Fios (residential) and that doesn't have fixed IPs.

    The VPN stuff does seem good too, but I am nervous about how technical it is to configure on the "client" side.
  9. JoelBC macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    Yes, the TeamViewer will work with non-static IP addresses because it essentially assigns each device a unique name / worries here.

    The more technical side to configure is the server side...that said, the mere fact that you ask / know about static IP addresses means that you should be able to do it.

    The only trick - and it is not that hard -- is to i) assign the server computer a fixed IP address within the LAN (which is easily done via the router) and ii) open the port for the VPN server (which again -- is easily done -- via the router.

    We are here to help!!! :)
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I've used TeamViewer for years, which is free for personal use and works with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Ubuntu, iPhone, iPad, etc. Yes, it works with both static and dynamic IP addressing, has no issues with firewalls. It's very secure and private and quite simple to set up and use (no messing around with ports), which comes in handy if providing remote support to those who aren't very computer literate. You can talk them through the setup on their end and be connected to them in less than a minute. I prefer it over LogMeIn because it includes free file transfers between computers, a feature I use frequently. Also, TeamViewer doesn't affect audio settings on OS X, as many have reported that LogMeIn does.
  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Another vote for team viewer as mentioned. The price is right and its a solid product.
  12. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    TeamViewer is one of those things that "just works". I've been quite impressed with the simplicity of the setup, flexibility for different environments, and reliable performance.

    The nice thing is that they provide a web-client that allows you to remote-in to a target system (that has TeamViewer installed) FROM a device that doesn't have TV installed.

    I've been down the VPN server route, I find TeamViewer to be "no muss, no fuss".

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