Remote Access & Monitoring

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AFPoster, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. AFPoster macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    So two questions (I will try to write out as best as I can, hopefully it's understandable).
    1: Is it possible that while I am on a business trip with my laptop that if I needed to access my network at work that I can remotely access it to view computers on the network with abilities to grab files from a computer, check things / alter things, and maintain. If so how?

    2: If someone is on my network is it possible to see what traffic they are bringing in or out of my network without installing a file on their pc / mac to know the site they entered, file download, etc.

    Thanks team.
  2. r00ky macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2010
    Definitely. What type of network is your work running? I assume its behind a router/firewall, you will need permissions to forward SSH/VNC/any other protocol needed to your specific work computer.

    You would need privileges to install/view a packet sniffer on the network to see what the users are doing.
  3. AFPoster thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    I'll work on getting those answers, just started at this place. How about a home network just running an Apple Wi-Fi router.
  4. otherorange macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2007
    If you have MobileMe, Back to My Mac will allow you to access your home computers hard drives and screens very easily. I have used this all over the world with few problems.

    There are cheaper ways to accomplish the same thing but they require a lot more effort.
  5. r00ky macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2010
    Otheorange's suggestion works as well.

    Getting by a home router is easy. Depends on what you want to do. If you want to just access files, you'll need to port forward the Apple File Sharing Protocol (AFP), just want to access your screen you'll need to forward VNC and so on.

    Google port forwarding to read up on it.

    These techniques do not come without risks though, forwarding ports opens up your network to potential threats.

    You could try to setup a personal VPN as well...
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I use TeamViewer, which works with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Ubuntu, iPhone, iPad, etc.
  7. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    TeamViewer is simple to install, works well, allows Remote Control, File Transfer, Presentation, etc.

    You can create a group with your login that allows you to name each system to more easily connect and identify them.

    Remote montioring...use "Flame" or "KisMac", maybe "WireShark", and access their interfaces via Remote Desktop on TeamViewer.

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