Can 2 users "LogMeIn" to the same computer?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mactastic, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    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.

  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    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


    Jul 7, 2008
    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

    Jul 21, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I think whoever logs in second gets control and disconnects the person who logged in first.
  5. mactastic thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    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.

  6. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    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
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2011

    dbaker macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2011
    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

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    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

    Feb 7, 2011
    New York
    I guess no.Because I didn't see anyone who is trying to log in another person on the same computer...
  10. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland

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