Best way to control HTPC mini from laptop?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macdot, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. macdot macrumors 6502

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    I have a Mac mini setup with my HDTV and I primarily use a laptop. Does anyone have any suggestions of how to control the mini from the laptop with/without the TV on?

    I am using Teleport right now, but that requires that the HDTV be on so that I can see what's happening with the screen.

    Is there a Teleport-like device that will allow me to see the screen on the laptop? This sounds like VNC, but I know so little about that, I'm not sure. If it is VNC, what's the absolute simplest (and free) VNC setup?

    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    depends on what type of laptop you have, is it an Apple? You can use Screen Sharing to see your mini.

    Or if you have a Windows lappie, you can use VNC.
     
  3. macdot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My laptop is a Mac. Doesn't screen sharing require the target computer to accept the session though?
     
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    It will take you thru just fine. That's how I access my mini.
     
  5. macdot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Awesome--that's different than the last time I tried using it a while ago.

    Related question: Can I setup the mini (connected to the TV) as remote speakers for iTunes based off my laptop? I know I can use screen sharing to play iTunes on the mini, but it would be much less of a headache to just use iTunes on the laptop and have it stream to the mini's speakers like AirTunes.
     

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