I have a desktop PC in an office with a webcam attached. Normally when I'm in the office I use this for meetings, etc.

I would like to connect to this PC remotely via RDP, but from my MacBook. One thing I need to be able to do is join meetings through RDP, sharing the mic and webcam of my MacBook to the PC.

Is this possible, either via Microsoft Remote Desktop, or other third-party tools?

This seems similar to this ~7-year old question, but I was hoping to re-open it for more current discussion:

How can I use or share the integrated webcam on my laptop as a webcam on my desktop?

The software in the above answer is either EOL (dead links) or ~$100. I'd like to find a way to do this via Apple Remote Desktop, Remote Desktop Connection, or some other free/open-source/more reasonably-priced (and less sketchy looking) tool.


If you have an iPad you can try iCam "iCam allows you to remotely monitor multiple live video and audio webcam feeds"

  • Huh, say what, come again??? – Pimp Juice IT Feb 21 '17 at 2:29
  • This isn't really what I'm looking for. – Craig Otis Feb 21 '17 at 23:54

I'll throw my hat in for what it's worth:

Teamviewer has a built-in video feature either in its meeting settings and/or in its remote control session settings. I suggest looking into this, however, I also strongly recommend that IF you use this software, you either set the default session password length to the highest setting or completely disable it as I have. Once you've associated the remote PC to your Teamviewer account, you can access it from any other device you're logged into, including mobile devices, such as an iPhone or iPad.

Hope my input was helpful!

  • I'm looking specifically to pass my local webcam through over a piece of Remote Desktop software, I don't think TeamViewer does quite what I'm looking for. – Craig Otis Feb 21 '17 at 23:55
  • How about NoMachine then? I know it can pass hardware remotely. Maybe that may help. – Dooley_labs Feb 23 '17 at 13:32
  • Wow, that looks really promising, this is the first I've heard of it. I'll give it a try and let you know. Thanks – Craig Otis Feb 23 '17 at 20:40
  • If it works, I'll repost my comment as an answer so you can accept it. – Dooley_labs Feb 25 '17 at 0:48

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