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Old Dec 10th, 2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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Remote controlling a Mac at home from work

I'm at work and I want to connect to a Mac at home to run a VNC session. I've used Chicken VNC at home, connecting one computer on my home network to another but haven't done it from a remote location.

I figure I have to forward a port on my firewall to the host computer. I can probably figure it out but if someone can give me a leg up, I'd appreciate it.
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Old Dec 10th, 2009, 03:25 PM   #2
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Yep, on your router, forward port 5900 to your Mac. That should be it.

Oh yeah, and pick a good password, because it's open for anyone to try.

For a little extra security, forward the ssh port to your Mac, and create a tunnel on the remote machine. That's quite a bit more complicated to set up though.
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Old Dec 10th, 2009, 03:28 PM   #3
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Can you trade files using this method?
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Old Dec 10th, 2009, 09:01 PM   #4
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No, but you could also forward the default AFP port ( can't remember it off hand ) to your mac and just connect to server (cmd+k) at work and use you user password to login.

You might also want to only enable these port forwarding functions when you are going to need them to help with security.

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Old Dec 10th, 2009, 09:12 PM   #5
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If you have an AirPort acting as a router and MobileME, you can enter your MobileMe information in the Airport Configuration and that computer will appear in the finder of any other may on the inter that is configured for your MobileMe account. Screen Sharing and file sharing both work.

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Old Dec 10th, 2009, 09:14 PM   #6
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FWIW, After trying many solution (successfully), I found "", which free account allows me doing just that: connect to my Mac at home, remotely from work. Just one install on the Mac, no configuration (I have a modem + router), and all happens from a web browser from work, so nothing to install there either.
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