Mac Mini as remotely controlled computer

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kolax, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I'm thinking of investing in buying a Mac Mini to: rip DVD's, convert things in VisualHub, record TV shows with EyeTV etc.

    However, the whole aim is to completely control it remotely from my MacBook Pro. Whether it be on the home network, or on the internet.

    The idea is so I can download a TV show that I've missed, convert it in VisualHub, and have it ready for my Apple TV without me being there. I'm getting sick of the amount of heat and noise generated by my MacBook Pro for converting things, and this way I can set the Mac Mini to record TV shows when I'm out using my MacBook Pro.

    What's the best way of doing all of this? I'm a MobileMe subscriber, so Back To My Mac will be available.
  2. smogsy macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
  3. junior77 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2007
    How does 'Apple Remote Desktop' differ from 'Back-to-my-mac'?
  4. Pak^Man macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2008
    Columbus, OH

    Excellent thread.... I might do something similar. :D

    Can you guys please specify the merits and demerits of your suggested options?

  5. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    I have a Mac mini connected to my HDTV and wired in to my home network. I just sleep and wake it using the remote control (I use it to stream movies/music from my Mac Pro to watch on the HDTV via Front Row). Any time I want to do anything more with the computer I just use Leopard's Screen sharing option within the Finder which allows me to do whatever I need to. Very handy indeed!
  6. musicaleuphoria macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2008
    Oh, I've been wondering the same kind of thing!

    I have a MobileMe account for my iMac and iPhone.

    I want to provide remote tech support to my parents who live far away on their iMac.

    Would the Apple Remote Desktop be my only option if I don't want to tie my parents mac with my MobileMe account?
  7. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Back to my mac is good for those who don't know how to change router settings and to access something that might be on dynamic ip.

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