Remote VNC connection

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by dazzer21, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. dazzer21 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2005
    For some unknown reason, I can no longer communicate between my Macs at home and at work. From home to work, the connection cannot be established at all. From work to home, I can connect but all I get is a black screen.

    At each end is a Mac Mini. Both are set up not to sleep at all and both are constantly on. Both have an identical set of port forwarding setups. They are:

    Name Protocol Public Port Private IP Private Port Active
    VNC1 <TCP> 22 <IP> 22 √
    VNC2 <UDP> 22 <IP> 22 √
    VNC3 <UDP> 5900 <IP> 5900 √
    VNC4 <UDP> 5800 <IP> 5800 √
    VNC5 <TCP> 5800 <IP> 5800 √
    VNC6 <TCP> 5900 <IP> 5900 √
    FTP <TCP> 21 <IP> 21 √

    Software at both ends is JollysFastVNC. Both machines are running Tiger 10.4.11. Any ideas please?

    Many thanks
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Did your company change a firewall configuration? They could have blocked the ports.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You need to make sure your router (and possibly cable/dsl modem) has port forwarding turned on.

    I've had hit or miss luck using VNC on my mac. I got it going once, but it was dog slow, and since updating my configuration (new dsl modem, new apple time capsule) I've been unable to get it to work again.

    I found that an alternative solution that works faster then VNC and avoids messing with the firewall and router settings., they have a mac client and I can access my Mac from my work computer and also (if you buy the app) your iPhone. LogMeIn has a free version which is what I use, so I don't pay any monthly subscription fees for this access.
  4. dazzer21 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2005
    Whoa! LogMeIn is the way to go!!! SOOOO much quicker than any other VNC system I've used by far. An absolute cinch to set up - I don't know why I haven't heard about this sooner. I think I'm going to have to get the Pro version as I'm already knocked out by the features on the free version - drag and drop would be fantastic...

    Nice call Maflynn...

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