Screen Sharing/Remote Desktop DIRECTLY from iPad to MacBook Pro via WiFi?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by samiznaetekto, May 7, 2010.

  1. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    Is it possible for iPad and MacBook Pro to communicate directly over WiFi without a router? Remote Desktop'ing a MacBook Pro in your backpack via iPad would be insanely cool and useful.
  2. og1 macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2008
    any VNC app will work just fine
  3. fpnc macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    There may be dozens to choose from in the App Store. Just search on VNC or Remote Desktop. There are also threads on several different iPad/iPhone/Mac specific sites which have user recommendations, etc. In fact, I'm pretty sure there is one here on MacRumors.
  4. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    You can set up the MBP to act as a hotspot right?

    Ad-hoc connection its called?

    With that you can remote in.
  5. samiznaetekto thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    Since I don't have iPad yet, can someone try this?

    1. Turn off your WiFi router/modem.
    2. Enable ad-hoc WiFi network on your Mac.
    3. Connect iPad to this ad-hoc WiFi.
    4. Control your Mac remotely from your iPad via ad-hoc WiFi.
  6. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    The hard part will be getting your MBP to stay awake with the lid closed (presumably you'd not be carrying around an external keyboard and mouse, too).
  7. Aduntu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2010
    Like og1 said, it works with any VNC app. I've been doing this since I got my iPad. I use Desktop Connect. Once connected to the ad-hoc network, the app automatically detects the other devices (as long as screen sharing is enabled). It's no different than connecting over your wireless access point. However, Internet won't be available.
  8. dav macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2004
    That is doable with Insomnia.kext, however I would be wary of heat issues and moving parts. I would rather just leave my macbook at my apartment and VNC into it while it is there.
  9. samiznaetekto thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    Supercool, thanks guys. My main objective for this setup is to continue programming on my Macbook Pro in backpack or do other tasks on it impossible to do on iPad - all while standing in subway or on a bus.
  10. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2008
    So you want to use one device to control another device when they're both on your person? I have trouble grasping the value, but - in any case, I don't know of a straightforward way to do this. I imagine there's a client that will do it via bluetooth.

    As far as controlling a remote computer with an iPad, lots of ways to do this ... I tried LogMeIn tonight for the first time. Works great. It's easy to set up in minutes. But it does require the host computer to be awake and connected to the Internet.
  11. AVonGauss macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2006
    Boynton Beach, FL
    A couple of thoughts about trying to use a laptop while in backpack...

    1) Unless its has a SSD drive, the hard drive will become very unhappy.
    2) Heat

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