I was getting rather fed up of having to physically get up and go to my PC from my Mac at home when I wanted to do something – sure I have access to my PC folders on my Mac but sometimes I’d need a program or file that was hidden away and not accessible so I decided to install VNC on both my Mac and PC so I could remote onto them from any machine on my network.
I had read an article on on Lifehacker which discussed remoting in from somewhere outside your network which wasn’t what I was looking for but it pointed me in the direction of the programs I needed.
When you start the Vine VNC server you get a simple box to enter your Computer’s display name and a password and that’s it! No more configuration than that. “Wow, how easy is this going to be?” I thought.
So, I then decided to VNC from my Mac to my PC, so I set TightVNC server up which was as simple as Vine – until it came to remoting on from my Mac.
Nothing worked. I disabled the firewall on the PC, checked that I could access my PC via IP address, everything I could think of. The I thought it may be that Micro$oft had blocked the ports (VNC Uses 5900) as default. Can I find how to check if they’re allowing access? Nope.
“So, great” I thought, “my Plans are well and truly scuppered. I can get to the machine I don’t need to see and not the one I need.” Then it struck me, whist I was fiddling with all of these Windows settings I saw one that was to “Allow remote connections to this computer.
Ah Ha! Windows remote desktop to the rescue!
Talk about frustrating!
So here we go, Mac and PC working together at last:
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If anyone has any suggestions about how I can stabilise my wireless or other programs to use, feel free to contact me or shout out in the comments.
Now, after all that annoyance, I’m off down the pub, hoorah!
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