VNC setup in Leopard.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Spikey115, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Spikey115 macrumors member


    Feb 21, 2006
    I have an iMac at home running leopard and connected to my Airport extreme base station (new model) through an ethernet cable. I would like to remotely connect to this iMac with my MacBook from school over the internet. I know i must configure a VNC connection but I am a bit confused as to how to do it. From what I gather, these are the steps to take:

    1. Enable screensharing on iMac through systemprefrences\sharing and allow VNC viewers to control with password.
    2. Configure Airport Extreme Base Station port mapping to allow "apple remote desktop" connections.
    3. Use Chicken of the VNC to remotely connect by typing the ip address of my home internet connection followed by the port number....example:, enter password and click connect.

    When I do this, Chicken of the VNC does not connect and it gives me error. what am I doing wrong? Do I have to enable "Remote management" under systemprefrenses\sharing also or is it a firewall problem? I would appreciate step by step instructions or a link to a website with instructions for doing this with Leopard. (I've found some but they're outdated). Thank you.
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Have you tried to get a VNC connection established while at home, on the same LAN? Try that first to make sure the home computer is setup properly. Once that is working, then work on getting it going through the firewall.
  3. ghking macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2007
    i dont have an airport base station but on my router i have to first set a static IP for my comp on my home network, so its always the same and doesnt switch when i restart. Then i have to access my router then enable port forwarding from port 5900 (the default vnc port) to my computers static IP. Then go to to find out your routers IP. Now if you are away from your computer, you should be able to enter into Chicken of the VNC your routers IP and make sure its using port 5900 (it should be by default). You should now be able to acess your home machine.
  4. tsvb macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    Yup I would check your port forwarding on the router.

    Side note: I set up vnc lite on the iPhone and can connect to my MBP from anywhere. It's sweet.
  5. ghking macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2007
    that is pretty rad

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