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Can I use a Macbook to control my Mac desktop?

Asked by zombo (132points) March 15th, 2008

I’d like to get a Macbook to be able to control my Mac desktop from other areas of my house, as if I was at my desktop. Is this possible, and is it fast?

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PupnTaco's avatar

With Leopard’s built-in screen sharing, yes you can do that. Speed is just fine.

blippio's avatar

Screen sharing is a great new tool built into Leopard but it actually is a watered- down version of Remote Desktop which has been around a while…

There is actually a neat trick to add some of Remote Dektop’s more robust features to Screen Sharing (for free!) by making a modification through Terminal.

Just do a google search for “leopard screen sharing command line” to find out how…

marumaki's avatar

Yes, it works and speed is ok. Google Back-to-my-mac.

Jaybee's avatar

Hey also check out Chicken of the VNC. Its a program that let’s you do that through your home network connection. I’ve been using it for over a year and still can’t believe how well it works. I control two Mac desktops, one Macbook, one iBook all from one major Mac desktop. I always
know who is doing what if I need to (teenagers) but its also good for doing updates and such from one location instead of going to every single computer one at a time.

samkusnetz's avatar

speed is highly dependent on the network you are using. using gigabit ethernet over CAT6 cable, it will seem almost as fast as sitting in front of the desktop. using a first-generation WI-FI router, you’re likely to notice a lot of drag. i find that an 802.11G network is the slowest useable option.

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