Remote Control of Mac from PC

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  1. toronado455, Jul 26, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2011

    toronado455 macrumors regular

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    I want to be able to have remote control of my Dad's MacBook Pro running 10.6.8 from my PC running Windows XP SP3.

    I'd like a solution that will work no matter what network my Dad is on while he is away from home. Is there a way to use the built-in Remote Management feature in OS X (VNC Viewers control screen with password) to do this, or does that require port forwarding be configured on a specific router (and only works with that specific router)?

    What about LogMeIn Free?
     
  2. toronado455 thread starter macrumors regular

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  3. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    I've used logmein free for the mac. Worked like a charm.
     
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  5. dezza.1985 macrumors member

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    logmein is great for this, I use it all the time when I'm at work to view my mac back home.
     
  6. toronado455 thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK, thanks everyone.

    I just tried LogMeIn free for the first time and it works great connecting to my Dad's MBP from my PC. It is slow, but my Dad is on a slow DSL connection. I reduced the colors and that helped some.

    Only thing is I wish there was some built-in text chat functionality. Is there a good program to use along side it for chat?
     
  7. tmagman macrumors 6502

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    I would just use skype's instant messaging component. That way you could also voice chat if you wanted to.
     
  8. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    don't add extra apps, as it only slows things down.

    open up a text window on his desktop, and then take turns typing. solved. :)
     
  9. toronado455 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, we did that. Except we would often interfere with each other's typing. Which is why I wanted to use a proper chat app. There is nothing light-weight enough to work?
     

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