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How to enable remote desktop on Mac

How to enable remote desktop on Mac

If we are recent users of OS X and newly acquired our Mac, you may wonder about some features present in Windows but are not entirely clear in the Apple operating system. One of these features is the remote desktop. The problem is that, while to enable in Windows native options with Mac have to download the official Apple application that costs €62.99 . However, the more complete.

Of course, there are free ways to do it. Let’s review first official option, and then see what’s available to not suffer our pocket.

Apple Remote Desktop 3

This is the latest version of the software for Mac that allows you to access your computer remotely. It is also the most complete on the market, but also the most expensive-a reality that we live day to day users of Apple applications.

With ARD can manage all the computers we have in the same network, as well as to automate certain tasks. With this remote desktop can access Spotlight, Automator, a Dashboard widget and more. Other interesting features include Drag and Drop remote intelligent devices create lists, and task templates arm.

One of the main features and what is more useful is the ability to perform updates across a network of computers using remote desktop Mac and a single computer. The functionality is called Install Package and allows us to install an application “package” across the network, rather than having to set them individually (and waste time).

Free Alternatives

But what happens when we do not want or can not afford the nearly €63 Apple asks us to use ARD? Well, we can choose a free or cheaper solution, which are also available in the market.

A very simple way to put ourselves in requires system and make some changes. But again, it’s free, and if you really do not want to put some effort, better drop the wallet. To carry it out, we have to follow these steps:

  • Open System Preferences
  • Select the option to Share or Sharing
  • Select Remote Management (in this case we have to unlock your computer using our password)
  • From this panel can allow only certain users to access your computer, or to all users connected to it. Of course we have to be sure to share before selecting the latter option, because we can not really know who will have access.
  • Then, after you press Options, you can select what things may make the person or computer with remote access.
  • Select Computer Settings to select which users can access the VNC screen usage with a given password.

We will make a halt here because we need to download a VNC client. VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing, a desktop sharing system graphically. We have several options. One is Chicken of the VNC , which by this name so unattractive is a free client. We can also choose to TeamViewer , which have outlined very well in AppleWeblog, or LogMeIn .

With each of these applications we can connect remotely to another computer, simply by entering the computer name and password that we set in one of the above steps.

As we can see, although the option is more expensive Mac also gives us other possibilities. But with free option, we can do the most basic tasks. If you simply want to share desks and nothing else, we can do it this way.

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