Screen sharing app. NOT vnc. Port 311 os x screen sharing

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by lokiju, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. lokiju macrumors 6502

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    Is there a proper screen sharing app out there for the built in screen sharing of os x?

    I don't want vnc, which uses port 5900. I want to remote into my Mac using only the native function and port 311.
     
  2. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    The native screen sharing on the mac is VNC. Port 311 is for OS X Server Admin, which is a different thing entirely. It's only listening on OS X Server, it's not screen sharing, and you connect to it using the Server Admin app that's part of the OS X Server Tools.

    You can connect to the native OS X screen sharing with a VNC app like Chicken of the VNC or with the native screen sharing app which lives in /System/Library/CoreServices/Screen Sharing.app (which is nothing more than a limited VNC client)

    The only actual difference between regular VNC and the screen sharing that's built in to OS X is the authentication. OS X includes an additional authentication mechanism which allows you to connect with user/password credentials, where the native, compatible VNC only expects a host-specific password (with no provision for multiple users). You can enable or disable the compatible authentication in System Preferences, but in either case it's still just the VNC protocol that's doing the screen sharing.
     
  3. lokiju thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok so how can I authenticate using a vnc app and my osx creds then? Vnc always ask for just a password, no user name and expects a short length password.
     
  4. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    You can't use your OSX creds with a normal VNC app since the standard VNC protocol has no concept of username. You have to set a VNC password in the system preferences on your Mac. Go to the sharing tab, enable screen sharing, click the "Computer Settings" button, and supply the password you want to use for VNC.

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