Re: Connecting to a Mac from a remote PC
- From: DavidSteward <davidsteward4@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2007 11:08:56 -0700
On Jun 17, 5:00 pm, Bob Harris <nospam.News....@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
What kind of connection do you want to do? Unix command line?
Control the screen, keyboard, and mouse? Print sharing? File
I only want the remote user on the PC to be able to select a file from
a list and down load that file. I do not want to control the remote
machine in any way.
How is the PC connected to internet? How is the Mac connected to
the internet? Home routers, firewalls (and there is a difference
between a home and corporate filewall, so also specify if you need
to use a proxy server).
Both computers are connected to the internet via broadband routers. I
can turn the firewall on and off as required as unlimited access is
Does the either system have a fixed IP address, or are they both
DHCP assigned addresses (and here I'm talking about the IP address
assigned to any home routers).
The host machine a Mac has a fixed IP address. I can already access
the host and tranfer files in the required manner from remote Macs by
selecting Connect to server from the Go menu in the finder and logging
in with a user name and password.
For Unix command line, the best bet is ssh connections.
For Screen, keyboard, mouse, then the easiest if LogMeIn.com
There is a new Mac OS X beta for the Mac OS X.
The Mac is using 10.4.9, I assume that if I can get that to work it
would be the same in 10.5.x
The alternative for Screen, keyboard, mouse is VNC and if going
over the public internet you may want to tunnel that through an
encrypted ssh tunnel. Vine Server for the Mac, and I happen to
like TightVNC on Linux/PCs as it has very good compression which
works well with Vine Server, but there are other VNC clients for
Using VNC generally has a lot more setup steps than LogMeIn,
including messing with port forwarding on home routes or using
Corkscrew to get through corporate firewalls, but VNC/ssh can also
offer some advantages over LogMeIn. However, unless you are good
with VNC and ssh setups, you may want to start with LogMeIn and
move up to VNC/ssh later.
FTP transfers might be easier to use sftp (the ssh secure version
of ftp, or even scp also part of ssh), however, getting through
firewalls and home routers has the same issues as I mentioned with
VNC and VNC/ssh above. But it can be done, as I've done it.
Print/file sharing are similar to the configuration fun of VNC or
VNC/ssh. If you go to some place like MacOSXHints.com you will
most likely find instructions on how to interconnect these 2.
None of these are required, I just want the PC user to be able to
select from a list of files and download a single file.
Anyway, if you come back with some clarification information on
how you want to connect, then it should be possible to provide
more specific and detailed answers.
Hope I have clarified what I want to do.
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