Controll MacMini completely without monitor?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by berndkiltz, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. berndkiltz macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2010
    Pfalz, Germany
    Hey Guys!

    Im a Musician and i want do do a live-setup with a mac Mini for Guitar Rig (Guitar Sound software)
    I dont wanna bring a TFT Monitor to the gig, so my Question:
    Can I controll the mac Mini WITHOUT a monitor attached just with my Ipad / iphone? Suggestions for the best software?
    What can go wrong?
    I just don't wanna be left without a working rig, just because i cant controll the mini.

    Thanks for your answers!!!
  2. KScottMyers macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    You can and I do, but I would have a display with you for emergencies.

    Any Apple Remote Desktop client will work.
    VNC Viewer is just one example.
  3. KrisLord macrumors 65816

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    I'd recommend Screens. It's not the cheapest app but i've tried the basic VNC apps to control my mini and they weren't as good.

    Basically the free apps have very little mac specific controls, whereas screens is aimed at mac users.
  4. OmegaRed1723 macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2009
    The Waste
    I use iTeleport to control my headless mini with my iPad. I also use the baked in OS X screen sharing on my MBP. I've had the mini for over 3 years and it's never been connected to a keyboard or monitor. It works extremely well for me.
  5. anonnymouse macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2011
    All the above advice is solid, especially turning on VNC in System Preferences > Sharing > Screen Sharing > Computer Settings > Check the "VNC Viewers..." box.

    Note that you'll need a Wifi network between your Mac mini and iOS device. I suggest carrying an Airport Express along as well, with WPA2 encryption turned on (don't just rely on ad-hoc networking). The router won't need internet access wired to it... you're just going to be using the wireless LAN side.
  6. drsox macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    I second the need for an emergency screen. There is a likely problem with Black Screen on VNC with Mac hardware (no one knows why) - i.e. you can't see anything on the remote unit. Sometimes moving the cursor on the controlling unit clears the problem, sometimes not. I had the idea of controlling a Mini headless using VNC - gave up in the end and went with a own build Win7 PC (not a problem).
  7. foobarbaz macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2007
    Depending on your needs you might even get away with auto login and autostarting the apps you need.

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