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Mac VNC client (for controlling Mac Mini remotely)?

I would like to know if it is possible to control an Apple Mac Mini from a PC notebook (Windows Vista/7/8 but also Linux) exploiting its screen, keyboard and mouse/trackpad via a Wi-Fi router (Huawei modem/router with a SIM card inside).

Or is the cable mandatory?

Which utilities would I have to use? Can the two computers be set so that they boot in the "remote control" mode by default?

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marked as duplicate by Daniel Beck, slhck, 8088, studiohack Nov 18 '11 at 4:34

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@Daniel Partly, yes – Maybe I wouldn't promote VNC that much, might be that the OP also wants to do it from outside? The question's not too clear about that. –  slhck Sep 20 '11 at 16:22
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Have a look at Screen Sharing in the Sharing Section of the System Preferences.

Set up your screen sharing and then install a VNC client on your Windows Notebook and connect to the mac using the local IP Address and port.

The Screen Sharing service is always active, so you can turn your Mac on and leave it and you'll able to connect.

You can use TightVNC on Windows to establish a connection

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From inside your LAN:

If I understood you correctly, and if you want to do this from within your LAN, simply enable screen sharing from the Mac via System Preferences » Sharing » Screen Sharing.

Then, on Windows, use any VNC Client to connect to your Mac by its IP address or host name.


From outside your LAN:

Connecting from outside the LAN is a bit more difficult. If you want to do it with VNC, you need to forward the VNC port (5900) in your router, so that all external connections to port 5900 are forwarded to your Mac Mini's IP address. However, a VNC connection by itself is not encrypted and therefore highly insecure. Thus it is not recommended to do this.

For your convenience, you can also install Team Viewer on the Mac. Use the "TeamViewer Host" version:

TeamViewer Host is running as a system service and is used for 24/7 access to remote computers, including login/logout and remote reboot - optimized for server maintenance or home-office access

This allows you to connect to your Mac from everywhere outside your LAN over a secured connection. The only thing you need to do is set up a TeamViewer account. The "TeamViewer Host" version sits on your Mac as a service and will accept connections from outside. It will start with the system, therefore "booting" into the mode you want. Once it is started, your Mac gets a TeamViewer ID.
You can also secure it to just accept connections from specific IPs and also – of course – have it ask for a password.

On your PC, you need the normal TeamViewer client to connect to your Mac by using it's TeamViewer ID.

Just give it a try.

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