Mac remote desktop

Discussion in 'macOS' started by BiggAW, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    I use VNC around my house to access computers remotely. While I can access my Windows machine from my Mac, I am having trouble accessing my Mac from Windows in a reliable fashion.

    I am now using VineServer on the Mac and TightVNC on the PC, but after a while it will become unresponsive, and require frequent re-connects and refreshes.

    Apple's Screen Sharing is amazing running from Mac to Mac, but I don't have an extra Mac for downstairs at the moment. Is there a way to access OSX's built in screen sharing from a PC? Or a better server for Mac or client for PC that will give better connectivity?

    Bandwidth is not an issue, I can manage 250mbps+ between the two computers over Gigabit.
     
  2. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    Isn't Apple's Screen Sharing just a VNC server? What happens if you enable Screen Sharing on the Mac and then try to connect with TightVNC (or any other client)?
     
  3. BiggAW thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I think it may be, but I can't find any instructions online about how to connect to it... i.e. what port, user name and password and such...
     
  4. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    port is 5900 by default, I think. Try a valid user name from the Mac and the associated user password.
     
  5. BiggAW thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I just got it to work using the "Allow VNC users to connect to this computer" option on the Mac. It's still really laggy, but I'll see if it is stable... I don't really care about the lag, all I'm doing is IM and occasionally opening iTunes just to run it's server.
     
  6. BiggAW thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The amusing part is that it send both of my monitors, which ends up with a lot of scrolling, but it doesn't really matter, I can just keep all the windows on the right side of the main monitor.
     

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