VNC technology has been around for years but it’s finally taken off thanks to the iPhone and iPad. Mac users want a way to access their Macs, apps, and data remotely (from any internet connected location).
VNC does that and there’s no shortage of new apps that make it easy to connect to your devices from anywhere you might be. One of my favorite iPad and iPhone apps is Remotix which is drop dead simple to use, but brings your Mac’s home or office screen right to your iPhone or iPad.
What about connecting to your Mac at home from another Mac somewhere else. Yep, there’s an app for that.
The Teleporting Boogie Woogie Mac Blues
Grab your check book or check your credit card balance, because teleportation from one device to another doesn’t come cheap with iTeleport: VNC.
As with most VNC apps, iTeleport: VNC gives you quick access to your home or office Mac from any Mac anywhere else on the internet.
From a remote Mac or PC you control your home or office Mac’s screen, mouse, touchpad, keyboard, all the apps and files.
The trick is configuration. Mac to Mac on a single local network is drop dead easy to setup and run. Connecting your Mac notebook to the home or office Mac across the internet takes a little more work, but iTeleport provides a configuration app to walk you through the process.
Once configured and connected, you have full control over your Mac; everything from apps to email to iSight camera. The connections are secure via SSH, too. Launching a connection works mostly the same way as Remotix. Click the previous connection snapshot and all the handhold goes on behind the scenes.
One advantage iTeleport has over similar VNC apps is the initial remote configuration app. Connecting Macs to Mac and using screensharing or VNC on a local network is simple. Doing the connection across routers and the public internet can be more problematic.
iTeleport for Mac works well and gets good reviews from Mac App Store users.
The same company also has an iTeleport app for the iPhone and iPad (similar to Remotix) so you can control your home or office Mac from mobile devices.
I use VNC apps to check on email or server performance from the comfort of a living room sofa and iPad, or use the MacBook to check back home while on the road.
Good VNC apps that connect and control devices over the internet are not a dime a dozen, but they’ve improved remarkably in just the past couple of years.