I have a mac mini that I'd like to use from my MacBook Air. So far, the only thing I have been able to do is setup the built-in Apple's Screen Sharing, which I have found really unreliable and slow.

I was hoping to find an alternative similar to what Microsoft Remote Desktop provides, i.e. not a screen sharing service via VNC, but a remote session login, agnostic of the mac mini's display and current session(s) running.

Once again, I'm not looking for setting up screen sharing. My mini does not even have a display.

Edit: I also want to be able to use the UI, not just the command line, so ssh is not an option in this case.

  • What problem are you trying to solve? Screen sharing is too slow?
    – dwightk
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 17:32
  • That's one of the problems, yes. But the main one is that my air has a small screen, and for some reason the mini has a quite big resolution. So it's difficult to work since everything is scaled. Displays option in System Preferences does not allow me to change the resolution.
    – Cristian
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 18:21
  • When I connect to a mac using screen sharing, an app called Screen Sharing opens. In that app's preferences you should make sure "Scale to fit available space" and "Adapt Quality to network conditions (faster)" are selected.
    – dwightk
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 18:58
  • Those options are set already. The main problem is that the whole Share Screen experience provided by OSX, runs on top of VNC. I'm perplexed. Windows guys have had RDP for almost 17 years ago.
    – Cristian
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 20:04
  • I don't know what it does, or if it uses VNC, but there is Apple Remote Desktop for $80.
    – dwightk
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 20:08


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