Control your Mac from another Mac, Windows PC or even your Palm or Blackberry

“VNC support is built right into [Apple’s Mac OS X] Tiger. This means you can remote control your Mac from an another Mac, a [Windows] PC or even your Palm or Blackberry,” macminicolo.net writes. “However the functionality is a bit hidden. Here are the simple steps to set it up. Remember this is Tiger not Panther. If you want to do it on Panther, it is not bult in. Try these folks: Redstone Software.

macmincolo.net’s 7-Step instructions can be found here.

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21 Comments

  1. Yes this is how you do it.

    1 Open System Preferences > Sharing > Apple Remote Desktop make sure you enable VNC.

    2 Post your login info, password and IP address here online.

    3 Watch me control your Mac, it’s fun. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Anyone know of a good resource for doing the reverse? ie: control a Windows XP Pro box with my mac. Alas my brother bought a Dell and XP pro so he can work from home. He phones me to work out small problems but guiding him over the phone can be a chore.

  3. I tried using Remote Desktop as a VNC server and it worked ok. Screen refreshes were slow because it doesn’t support any kind of encoding or compression between the server and the viewer. All screen updates are sent as RAW encoding. I ended up switching to OSXvnc from Redstone since it supports several encoding methods. It was very easy to setup and runs much faster than ARD on my LAN.

    If you still want to try Remote Desktop, though, you can download the latest version [Update 2.2] from Apple. It works on Jaguar, Panther and Tiger.

  4. Frank, does Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Client work for you? I’ve tried it locally and it works well, I haven’t tried remotely.

    http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts/otherproducts.aspx?pid=remotedesktopclient

    The other choice is to find VNC clients for Windows, but RDC is a better choice I believe as it’s faster.

    Man, you’re lucky though… many home users use XP Home which doesn’t include the remote desktop functionality.

    Unrelated note re VNC:
    The instructions presented in the article are fine for direct connections to the net, but note that you’ll need to make adjustments to your router if you have one. eg. via virtual servers, port forwarding, dmz’s, possibly the firewall etc. (up to you how you connect it – I used a virtual server.)

  5. Frank

    Microsoft Remote Desktop does not allow the user in front of the computer and the remote user to both see the screen. When the RDC session connects, the console session on the PC locks, presenting the user with a CTRL+ALT+DEL to Unlock type message.

    So if you want your brother to follow what you’re doing, you need VNC. If you just want to solve the issue, use RDC.

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