Can 2 users "LogMeIn" to the same computer?

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  1. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    If I get a Mini, and my wife and I both log into it via our separate accounts, can we both access our individual accounts on the same computer at the same time via LogMeIn (or a similar program) with our iPhones, and/or with theoretical iPads?

    I've looked online, and I can't seem to find the answer to that question, so I was wondering if anyone here has attempted such a feat.

    If that works, I'm considering switching from two separate laptops to one mini and two ipads.

    Thanks!
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    99.99999% sure that you cannot. Whomever logs in first with LogMeIn will control the Mac, as there's only 1 Desktop per session. I'm not sure what will allow that kind of use now without specialized software/servers. Most apps screen-share now, real remote session a la UNIX X11 windows are a thing of the past.
     
  3. Jumpie macrumors 6502a

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    I use Logmein all the time and, no, you both can't be logged on at the same time to the same computer.
     
  4. gillybean macrumors 6502a

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    I think whoever logs in second gets control and disconnects the person who logged in first.
     
  5. mactastic thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Nuts. I'm dying for a good thin client solution for portable computing, since most of what I do from the couch is stuff the iPad is good at; and when I need the horsepower for design and drafting, I want to be in front of the big screen anyway. But I don't want to have to buy two minis just so that each can support an iPad.

    Thanks.
     
  6. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

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    Actually, from a PC I've had an "already in a session" message come up and won't let you go any farther.
     
  7. dbaker, Feb 8, 2011
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    Piggy-back method for simultaneous access by 2 users

    Here's a "piggy-back" method for simultaneous access to one computer ("Target") by User 1 and User 2, if User 1 trusts User 2.

    User 1 creates a LogMeIn account. User 1 then installs LogMeIn on his computer. This means User 1's computer shows up as one of "my" computers when User 1 logs into the LogMeIn web site. User 1 then installs LogMeIn on the Target computer. This means the Target computer shows up as another of "my" computers when User 1 logs into the LogMeIn web site.

    Next, LogMeIn needs to be running on User 1's computer and on the Target computer.

    User 1 goes to the LogMeIn web site, logs in, and connects to Target. Target's desktop now shows on User 1's computer screen.

    Next, User 1 gets on the phone and gives User 2 his log-in credentials. User 2 goes to the LogMeIn web site and logs in as if he were User 1. In effect, User 1 has two sessions running through the LogMeIn web site.

    After logging to the LogMeIn web site, User 2 gets the standard "my computers" list, which has the User 1 computer and the Target computer.

    Now for the Evil part: User 2 clicks on the green button to connect to User 1's computer!

    The result: User 2 sees User 1's desktop, which is seeing Target's desktop. (Hence the term "piggy-back," which I've just made up.)

    User 2 can move the mouse on Target's desktop, because it's as if he's sitting at User 1's computer, which is already connected to Target. User 1 can move the mouse on Target's desktop because, well, he's already connected to Target.

    Kewl, yes?
     
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Sounds more messy than cool, and not really applicable to the OP's situation, because both users are on iPads/iPhones, not computers.
     
  9. Swaggar macrumors newbie

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    I guess no.Because I didn't see anyone who is trying to log in another person on the same computer...
     
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