Using a laptop as keyboard/monitor

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bnagle, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. bnagle macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2008
    Hello, I was curious if it's possible to hook-up my laptop to my desktop to serve as its keyboard/monitor/mouse without using a VCN.

    The last post I've seen on the topic was from 2005 and I'm hoping there's been some changes.

    I've heard this is a solution:
    but am not sure if it's what I'm looking for.

    any help will be greatly appreciated as getting rid of my old monitor would be a huge space saver.
  2. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2008

    if you're running on Leopard you can use the built-in Screen Sharing (/System/Library/CoreServices/Screen

    Alternatively, take a look at teleport, an app that allows you to control multiple Macs with one set of input devices (works via LAN).

    EDIT: Missed that you want something without VNC...I guess that's a no-go then.

  3. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR

    Pretty much need to use VNC or something like Apple Remote Desktop to control your desktop using your laptop.

    EDIT: Right, forgot about screen sharing. Good catch!
  4. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    That product looks like it could work, but it'd provide little benefit over a VNC client, as it has to transmit the connected computer's video signal at a greatly reduced frame rate. You might as well just use VNC.

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