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User currently offlineRGElectra80 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 362 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8078 times:

I am trying to connect my home MacBook to my office Windows computer, but the directions I have from our "IT dept." (in quotations because we are a small office, so we don't have an IT dept. per se) don't work. Does anyone know of any Web sites or something I could look up to see if I can fix the problem? Thanks!


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User currently onlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21495 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8071 times:

I don't use VPN myself at this time, but at least at first glance this looks like a nice introduction to what you need to do and know (at least for a start):

http://www.publicvpn.com/support/MacOSX105.php
Mac OS X 10.5 VPN


User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6491 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8051 times:

Uh, every version of Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 has VNC clients and servers installed.

The syntax is go to Finder, type Command-K, and in the dialog box that comes up, connect to your desired host using:

vnc://hostname[.domain][:port]/

For the VNC server, just enable Screen Sharing.

-JPH



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User currently offlinePilotsmoe From United States of America, joined May 2005, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7978 times:

You're trying to get on your mac from work? You need to install a vnc viewer in windows such as http://www.tightvnc.com/. If it's the other way around, you'll have to install vncserver on your windows machine, mac's vnc viewer is incompatible with microsoft's remote desktop protocol. Don't forget to forward the port in your router.

User currently offlineZentraedi From Japan, joined Jun 2007, 660 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7973 times:

I use JollyFastVNC for VNC/ARD and CoRD for RDP to Windows machines.

Both are free and easy to use.


User currently offlineRGElectra80 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 362 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7950 times:



Quoting Pilotsmoe (Reply 3):
If it's the other way around, you'll have to install vncserver on your windows machine, mac's vnc viewer is incompatible with microsoft's remote desktop protocol. Don't forget to forward the port in your router.

My office computer is on Windows. My home computer is a Mac. From the Mac at home, I need to access my office computer. My computer at work has the vncserver installed.



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User currently offlineAverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7929 times:

Perhaps you could reduce the number of unknows and borrow a Windows box that has the communications settings and the client software ok'd by your support for testing your home location? Once you have the Windows setup working, I'd suppose copying the parameters to your Mac is a cinch. If you're behing a firewall, or a NAT (most users are, especially on wireless networks) the settings likely need to be set as well. I don't know but sharing the instructions from your support could perhaps help?

User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6101 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7926 times:

LogMeIn has a Mac client, plus it's free for personal use. It installs a service into Windows that allows a user to log into the website to connect to the computer. In some cases, I've noticed that it's faster than regular VNC.

Also, TightVNC, IIRC, has a Windows server.



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