[RndTbl] Remote connections to Macintoshes

Glen Ditchfield GJDitchfield at acm.org
Mon Oct 8 20:14:20 CDT 2007

On Wednesday 03 October 2007 I wrote:
> I'm tired of doing phone support.  I'd like to connect remotely from one of
> my Linux/Windows/Macintosh computers, through my Linksys router, through
> Shaw's network, through MTS's network, to various relative's Macintoshes.

Then Shawn Wallbridge wrote:
> A VNC server is already installed by OSX... Apple Remote Desktop uses a
> bastardized version of VNC, but it does allow you to enable regular VNC.

And then Bill Reid wrote:
> Is this on OSX 10.4. We are still on 10.3 and there is not a VNC option.

Two notes of interest from 
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AppleRemoteDesktop :

"ensure the correct 'Tight VNC' protocol is used to access the Mac, rather 
than regular VNC, which won't work (if VNC is used, the connection will fail 
with a 'Unknown message type 255 from VNC server' response)."


"Mac OS X 10.3.x (Panther) ships with an old version of Apple Remote Desktop 
Client that does not interoperate with third-party VNC viewers. You can 
correct this by downloading and installing [WWW] Apple Remote Desktop Client 
2.2 to match what's bundled with Mac OS X 10.4.x (Tiger). Alternatively, you 
can upgrade 10.3.9 or 10.4.x to have [WWW] Apple Remote Desktop Client 3.1, 
which Apple says "is recommended for all users."

I have Remote Desktop Client 2.2 on my Mac OS 10.3.9 computer, and 
xtightvncviewer connects to it.

However, System Preferences on my Mom's Mac helpfully reports that "Others can 
manage your computer using the address 10.64.x.y", which doesn't do me any 
good. Is there a way to get an IP address that I can from Shaw's network?

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