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I want to connect to my mac remotely from my Windows PC. What good products are there available that you recommend checking out?

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VNC

Recent versions of Mac OS X include a VNC server built-in, analogous to Microsoft's Remote Desktop Server (included in Windows). This can be accessed via the System Preferences > Sharing > Apple Remote Desktop option.

There are various free VNC clients available for Windows, most notably RealVNC.

While there are other options, VNC benefits from being a very mature graphical remote-access protocol with official support from Apple and good-quality client programs.

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    I'm enjoying this ScreenShareMenulet program as a quick way to call up machines in my network running VNC or Bonjour desktop sharing. – Ian C. Aug 22 '11 at 16:01
  • Big downside to VNC is not being able to match up screen sizes very well. Mac desktop won't autosize to your remote screen. You'll have to try to find a resolution close enough to not be crazy annoying (or live with scaling). – Brian Knoblauch Oct 23 '12 at 17:09
  • @BrianKnoblauch: That's indeed annoying. Still, good solution in many cases. – Noldorin Oct 23 '12 at 18:41
  • VNC is slow!!!! – Bruno Feb 27 '14 at 18:21
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I've tried them all and RealVNC is the best by far. Anything else either lacks important functionality or lags miserably. I recommend you try them all though and decide for yourself; it really comes down to what level of remote control you're looking to have.

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This is a full list I found on Wikipedia comparing remote desktop software.

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For quick helpdesk applications I use Teamviewer (https://www.teamviewer.com/)

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I highly recommend LogMeIn. It is the fastest remote access program to Mac I've tested.

  • Not a big fan of that solution. Introducing a 3rd party increases the security risks. If you're in a corporate environment that'll be a huge no-no. – Brian Knoblauch Oct 23 '12 at 17:09
  • In a corporate environment support are likely to have a tool to do this (often LogMeIn or Teamviewer) – Mark Mar 14 '13 at 13:25
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I'm currently using TightVNC to do the same thing. Lately it has started randomly dropping my connections though. I can get them back easily enough, but it's very annoying. Started with the OS X 10.8.1 update so I'm not sure if it's TightVNC or OS X that's got the problem.

  • I did more testing and can't recommend TightVNC on current OS X installs due to repeated session drops. RealVNC works fine, no drops at all. – Brian Knoblauch Sep 19 '12 at 16:56

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