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Use different ports for each machine
Authored by: rdguthrie on Feb 19, '08 09:03:51AM

It would be far simpler to do the following:

1. Assign static IPs for each machine.

2. Configure the router to forward one port from the outside to a specific machine's ARD port on the inside.

So for multiple machines with static IPS, you just forward port 9990 to machine Do the same for the other machines: 9991 to, 9992 to, etc... I had to do something similar to allow bittorrent to work for multiple machines on my network.

No action require by your users, except to turn on the machines.

The one advantage your setup has is that there's no access from the outside without an action taken on the inside, so it's somewhat more secure.

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Use different ports for each machine
Authored by: zebrum on Feb 19, '08 10:22:35AM

Unfortunately this obvious solution won't work here. The poster of this hint should have pointed out there is no way to change the connection port within Remote Desktop 3.2. I believe this is the limitation he is trying to overcome.

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Use different ports for each machine
Authored by: makip on Feb 21, '08 12:53:43PM
Apple Remote Desktop's port limitation is not a show stopper. Mapping different fixed router ports to our home machines is how I manage our remote access - you can get around the fixed port limitation by either..
1- forwarding your own localhost:ARD to yourRouterIP:PORT and then just connecting Remote Desktop to "localhost"
2- using other VNC software! try Vine Viewer, JollysFastVNC, or Chicken of the VNC

Note this method alone (and that specified the original hint) is NOT a secure connection. See rbenezra's comment above and search this site for "VNC SSH" or something similar to find pointers on secure VNC access to home.

My router lets me reserve specific DHCP allocated IP's to machines with specific MAC addresses. It's a convenience, otherwise I would have to used a fixed IP setup ("DHCP with manual address" option on each machine).

Also, using a free service like means i dont need to remember my home IP.

Useful links on secure access:

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