Mac App That Allows Remote From Windows to Mac Computer?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by cubby03, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. cubby03 macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2008
    I have been searching and cannot find a clear answer on this. At work I am on a Windows computer, and I want to be able to remote into my Mac at home. I turned on the Remote option on my Mac, but when I try to connect from work it says I cannot.

    Do I need a specific app Mac side to make this work, perhaps on both ends to make it work? Missing a setting on my Mac? If anyone can help, I would really appreciate it.
  2. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    To connect from windows you need to enable VNC from your Sharing preferences, then use the 'Remote Management' service (this will disable the screen sharing service as this takes over all that it does). Click on 'Computer Settings...' to the right and enable 'VNC viewers may....'. Enter a password.

    Next you need to have a router, configured with port 5900 facing the internet ( <-- has all the instructions). You need to head over to, sign up for a free account with your home IP address.

    If you did everything correctly, you can open up your VNC client on your windows (google gave me this, free). Enter in your home IP address and it should work.
  3. prostuff1 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...
    You only need an app on the Windows side. TightVNC Viewer should work to connect into the Mac from your windows PC. You might need to change a few other settings on the Mac side to make it work but I know for a fact that it will.

    The problem you were having is that Windows uses RPC with there Remote Desktop application and the Mac runs on VNC and the two don't like to talk to each other.
  4. cubby03 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2008
    Thanks very much sammich and prostuff1. I will try these suggestions out. Have a good day. :)
  5. peetah macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2009
    #5 also works! No need to open up a hole in the firewall and all that fun stuff.

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