We’ve discussed LogMeIn Ignition before, and it’s a great application for connecting to your Mac remotely through the service’s paid iPhone and iPad application. While the price is justified if you’re often finding yourself remotely connecting to your computer and don’t want to deal with a VNC
or server client, those of you looking for a free solution may feel left out of the loop. Fear not — there’s a free VNC solution that is just as powerful as LogMeIn, and if you’re finding that you only need remote access once in awhile, read on to find out how to set it up.
What You’ll Need:
>> Router capable of doing port forwarding (we’ll use an AirPort router)
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of setting up the VNC server and iPhone/iPad client, we need to take care of setting up a static IP address on the Mac we’ll be connecting to. If we’re going to be connecting remotely to your Mac, we will also need to set up port forwarding on our router. If you don’t already have this set up, follow the directions below.
Get a Static IP Address on your Mac
The first step to getting VNC running is setting up a static IP address on your Mac so that the address will always be the same. Because we’ve covered this step multiple times, we’ll point you to an article we wrote earlier that clearly outlines the process of setting up a static IP address. Follow the steps in the past article, then come back here to finish setting up the VNC server on your Mac.
Setting Up Port Forwarding on Your Router
After you’ve set up the static IP address, you’ll need to open your router configuration to allow outside connections to your VNC server. Port mapping is another topic that we covered in the past. Follow the directions in the past article, while making the following changes when it comes to specifying the ports. The Public and Private TCP Ports should be filled in as 5900. This is the default port number for Vine VNC. The only other field that needs to be filled in is the Private IP Address. Place the Static IP Address of the Mac that you enabled SSH on. This setting will tell the router to automatically forward any connection request on that port number to the same port number on your Mac at the static internal address.
Now that you have the basics completed, we can begin the VNC set up process. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves to set up a free VNC solution for remotely connecting to your Mac, continue on and scroll through our gallery of awesomeness.