It works very well, and it’s a handy way to help other Mac users with a problem. At a much higher level are so-called VNC apps which connect your Mac to remote Macs, Windows and Linux PCs. Here’s what I use.
Remotely Control Mac Or PC
The Mac app I prefer to use to connect remotely to Macs and PCs is Remotix, which also has an iPhone, iPad version that connects and controls Mac and PC.
Not only does Remotix support standard VNC, and RDP protocols, it also supports Apple’s built-in Screen Sharing.
That means, from a window on your Mac, you can login to a remote Mac or PC as if it was running inside your Mac.
I call it professional level Screen Sharing because it handles file transfers via drag and drop, does secure SSH tunneling (for both RDP and VNC), and can redirect utilities including sound and printer.
And, by using Apple’s built-in Back to My Mac with the right router, you can access Macs from your Mac from pretty much anywhere there’s a fast internet connection.
Start using Remotix to connect to remote computers but setting up a basic configuration which can be saved and used again with a click.
Remotix can find devices connected to your Mac’s local network with Bonjour, but the real value is having your Mac screen share with other Macs and PCs.
A large number of professional level functions are built-in to Remotix.
For example, Mac connections on a local network are nearly instant. Remotix even handles Skype or Google Talk over a network connection from a Windows PC.
Security is handled by SSH tunneling, and Remotix knows how to translate multi-touch trackpad gestures from your Mac.
It even handles bandwidth changes or low bandwidth connections by altering between five quality levels (for Macs, three for Windows).
Other than the original setup and configuration, which requires settings many Mac users may not be familiar with, Remotix is simple enough to use to control a remote Mac or PC, though the keyboard setup for copying files and navigating needs to be learned.
Still, Remotix is my app of choice to connect to other Macs on a network, and I use the iPhone version to connect back to my Mac in the office (the iPhone version is much less expensive).