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Use Apple Remote Desktop with Macs behind firewalls
Authored by: msilverman on Jul 07, '06 09:10:18AM

If you need to control the screen of a few machines behind various routers, assuming you (a) have money to spend and (b) don't already own ARD, you should really consider using Timbuktu.

It is specifically designed to allow for easy remote control of machines behind routers, both using automated SSH-tunnelling or non-SSH connections (if you choose). The screen-sharing speed is also better then ARD and it is a lot more stable.

ARD is great for administering machines on your local LAN, but using it to go across routers is like using a hammer to pound in a screw, as this (very clever, but incredible convoluted) hint shows.



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Use Apple Remote Desktop with Macs behind firewalls
Authored by: artful38 on Jul 07, '06 09:24:57AM

I'll second the comment about using Timbuktu. I bought it to support my sister and mother-in-law across the country and it is very slick. Easy to configure for routers (they both have DSL). Timbuktu works really well across the internet, you can reduce the colors and shrink the screen if you have to, and also do things like swap files and clipboards. The other nice thing is that Timbuktu works with PCs, if you have any unfortunate family members stuck on that platform and you get drafted (i.e forced by the wife) into helping them since you are "the computer geek" for the family!



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Use Apple Remote Desktop with Macs behind firewalls
Authored by: kray on Jul 07, '06 07:42:36PM

And on that note -- why note just have the remote user setup a reverse (-R) tunnel and just use that?

ssh -R 5901:127.0.0.1:5900 user@yourmac.com

Then you could simply point your ARD at localhost:5901 using the remote username/password on their Mac.

For some reason -- trying to substitute localhost for 127.0.0.1 above does not work ... and for that I'm not sure why (yet :). Any hints?

Also -- as previously stated ARD works best on a local network as it also uses UDP traffic for full functionality for which ssh is only TCP based (today). The remote desktop functionality will work as-is for TCP port 5900 -- though you'll lose other capabilities as remote shutdown/restart, locking the screen, etc...



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