Want to use Mac Mini in a Seperate Room

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Punkwaffle, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. Punkwaffle macrumors regular


    Apr 12, 2004
    Was wondering if someone can help me out with this.

    I will have a mac mini in the living room downstairs acting as my PVR, music server, hooked up to my TV using a Dinovo Mini as my user input.
    However I would like access to use it from my upstairs office which has a monitor, keyboard, and mouse without disturbing whatever is going on on the TV downstairs. I don't want a streaming video of the desktop, just the actual desktop.
    Any ideas how this can be done?

  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    If your media are in iTunes or the Movies folder of your TV mac, then they'll show up in iTunes/Front Row of your second mac.
  3. iCheddar macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2007
    South Dakota
    Are you talking about literally using your Mini...or just accessing its files?

    Because if you literally want to use it...I'd recommend using a VNC client. That or you can string cables...but that'll be costly, whereas using a VNC client is free.
  4. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Is another computer included with that monitor, keyboard, and mouse in the office?
  5. stukdog macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2004
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    The OP is talking about the Mini being the only computer in the equation

    The short answer is no.

    The longer answer is you MAY be able to set up a KVM (keyboard.video.mouse) switch and physically run cables upstairs to keyboard and monitor BUT the reliability of this drops dramatically with distance and the KVM and cables will be expensive (not to mention fishing huge-@$$ cables through holes in the walls and floor. There are some specialized KVM extender systems that use CAT5 wiring, but we are talking about more money than a second Mini.

    Then, you are expecting to multitask on the Mini while not affecting video recording/playback. Not going to happen without glitches or unacceptable performance.

    Best bet - get another Mini for upstairs, and hook the two together by Ethernet cable so you can transfer files, share the Internet connection and occasionally do remote desktop control of the other machine.

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