Desktop Remote Access Software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dcg234, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. dcg234 macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2010
    I am looking for a software that will allow me to access my iMac remotely. The access would usually be done through my MacBook (wifi connection), but it would be nice to be able to do so with the iPad or iPhone. My main uses would be :

    1. To stream music from the main output of the OSX.
    2. To read and edit word documents. ( a keyboard functionality is required)
    3. To access my security camera, which is attached to the mac.

    It would be also nice to have a function that will allow me to speak to the other side, using the iMac speakers. This way I can shout on my dog when he barks... :)

    Thanks for your help.
  2. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    That's a lotta stuff.

    I'd suggest iPhone Remote, It's free and works to stream music, screen and iSight camera. No microphone pickup though. Free. There's also Zumocast, Splashtop, Air Video, etc.

    A solution for your laptop is Share Tool. It lets you access any bonjour service running on your desktop, like Screen Sharing, iTunes, file sharing, etc. You can do some of this manually, but Share Tool makes it very easy and takes some of the configuration issues out for you. And it isn't a subscription service, just software you install.

    Try Evocam for the security cam; it allows you to create your own server.

    And you should have Dropbox installed, of course.

  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I prefer using TeamViewer, which works with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Ubuntu, iPhone, iPad, etc. It's very secure and quite simple to set up and use. No audio streaming, of course.
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    It's three questions I think.

    1. Audiogalaxy for streaming music. It's great. My phone has zero music on it. I do keep an audio book on there at all times, though. Prefer that on planes.

    2. I would second Teamviewer. But using Word through remote access seems like a nightmare to me...although you don't have to worry about formatting weirdness like with an iPhone app such as DocsToGo, QuickOffice or Office2.

    3. Teamviewer again would work, I guess. But I like the Evocam idea. There may be a free alternative somewhere. It may depend on what security cam software you're using, if any.

    To talk to your dog, you could use Teamviewer to initiate a Skype call from your Mac to your phone.
  5. karsten macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2010
    i've thought of rigging something up like that too hehe :D
  6. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    If the OP has DRM protected songs, then Share Tool or ooTunes has it over AudioGalaxy since that won't play itunes-purchased stuff.

    Although you could use some VOIP thingee to talk to the dog in real time, you can also pre-record a bunch of stuff and just execute those audio files from afar in various ways. Unless you're interested in how the dog answers you :rolleyes:

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