Screen Sharing works one way but not the other

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by xnview, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. xnview macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2013

    I'm quite new to macintosh and that's probably why I can't figure this out.

    I am trying to get access to my mac mini through my rMBP, using screen sharing and I can't connect. I can access my rMBP through my mac mini using screen sharing, but not the other way around.

    When I'm System-->Sharing all settings are the same. I have OS X server installed on the mac mini. Even though I don't have a server on could there be a possibility that some of the settings on the server can influence and mess it up?

    When I first tried it a couple of days ago it did work, not anymore (have fiddled around some settings but have turned as many as I can remember back). I have ML on both macs.

    Any suggestions on what the problem can be would be most appreciated
  2. Jexta macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2011
    When you say you cannot connect, at what stage do you face problems? Are you able to see the MacMini on the network, but unable to request to share the screen? Are you able to request it but it times out? Does it not authenticate properly?
  3. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
  4. JasonGH macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2013
    - I have the same problem. It is between my iMac and MBP. I can acces screen sharing on my MBP from my iMac, but not the other way around. I can acces the files both ways, but not screen sharing. Screen sharing is enabled and so is file sharing. All settings should be the same and i am using a time capsule. I can see the screen sharing button and when i push it, it tries to connect, but an error message appear, that it couldn´t connect and i should check the screen sharing settings and the connection.
    Do you have a solution?
  5. kenw macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2016
    On El Capitan, when you open a finder window, the three categories are Favorites, Devices, and Shared. When you hover the pointer over Shared, make sure it says Hide instead of Show. I spent a little while trying to figure out why two almost identical Macs would only screen share in one direction, until I realized that one of them was hiding the shared connection. When I clicked on "Show" the other Mac's name magically appeared! And, interestingly, the screen sharing is working in spite of a message in System Preferences/iCloud/Back to My Mac that it isn't working properly "because the DNS server isn't responding." As with other advice given, I did need to deal with the firewall.: In System Preferences/Security & Privacy/Firewall/Firewall Options... I dragged the file
    /system/library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/screensharingd.bundle/Contents/MacOS/screensharingd from a Finder window onto the connection list to allow the screen sharing daemon to operate through the firewall. There's no reason to shut off the firewall if you do this.

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