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Manage multiple NATted Macs with Apple Remote Desktop
Authored by: jiclark on Feb 19, '08 02:02:41PM

Okay, since Screen Sharing using iChat has been recommended a couple of times, what do you recommend as the easiest/best way for someone who's never used iChat to get up and running? (Assuming they don't have a .Mac account either, since that's obviously the easiest solution!)

I personally cringe at the thought of telling a friend or family member that they need to go to AOL to sign up for a free username. I know it's not that big a deal, but a lot of people I know would be put off by that process. Is there any other option?



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Manage multiple NATted Macs with Apple Remote Desktop
Authored by: jiclark on Feb 19, '08 02:04:25PM

Answering my own question, it occurs to me that signing up for a free .Mac trial account would be the best option, eh? Or are there others?



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Manage multiple NATted Macs with Apple Remote Desktop
Authored by: jiclark on Feb 19, '08 02:11:06PM

One more question about this: how far back, OS-version-wise, does this work? In other words, from my Leopard-version of iChat, can I use Screen Sharing on computers running Panther? I know it works with Tiger, but I doubt it does with earlier versions... That would be a bummer, as I know a fair number of people still running 10.3.x, and I've yet to see any cheap Tiger upgrade discs popping up for sale anywhere. I suppose eBay is an option, but again, a lot of people I work with would never buy from an eBay auction...



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Manage multiple NATted Macs with Apple Remote Desktop
Authored by: dcoyle on Feb 20, '08 04:59:03PM

I second critcol. This is amazingly easy and the performance is really, really good even over my Mom's 768 kB/S DSL line. As a side benefit, when people she knows ask if she has an AIM account for whatever seniors chat about, she can now say yes.



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Manage multiple NATted Macs with Apple Remote Desktop
Authored by: critcol on Feb 19, '08 02:04:40PM

You set up the AOL account for them and then tell them to turn on iChat when they need help. Works wonders with my parents.



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