Remote Access Apple Mac OS X Using Windows

by on June 7th, 2010

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Ever tried cross platform remote access or control? Here is a way you can access MAC using Windows remotely. WOW! Windows can do this! Really? The answer is yes. Apple has got a built-in Apple Remote Desktop (ARD), but you can not use Windows to remote access Apple through ARD. But there is a way you can control MAC OS X using Windows. The trick is to use Vine Server (OSXvnc) at MAC and any other free remote VNC viewer at Windows.

Vine Server(OSXvnc)

Vine Server(OSXvnc) is a robust, full-featured VNC server for MacOS X. It allows VNC clients to remotely view or control the machine. It is provided by TestPlant, for use with Vine Viewer AND Eggplant for cross-platform testing.

Download Vine Server (OSXVNC)

VNC for Windows

For Windows use any of the following software.

TightVNC
Ultra VNC
RealVNC

I recommend TightVNC. TightVNC is a free remote control software. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer.

Note: First comes the IP of remote machine and then :: and then port. Make sure to check the port OSXvnc is using. Use that port in viewer with MAC IP.

Use these two software at MAC and Windows and by using VNC viewer at Windows, remotely access/control MAC.


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2 Reviews

  1. Mambo says:

    Using Tight VNC or any other VNC is slow, too slow to work comfortably. I have 2 machines, one running Karmic Koala and the other OSX – remote access is perfect to linux and very slow to OSX. I don’t have another solution.

  2. Tyler says:

    Thanks for the info! And did you hear some information about Actymac VidShots Remote? I know that it allows to get video from Mac desktop to iPhone. May be it is very useful for remote parental control and employees watching.