How much effort is involved to connect your home or office Mac to another Mac on the same local network? Not much. With Apple’s Bonjour technology, the Macs can be displayed in the Finder.
Simply click the Mac you want to connect to, and you’re good to go.
What if you’re gone already? As in, you and your Mac are remote to the home or office network? How can you connect back to the local network from a remote internet connection?
For that you’ll need a VNC app. Think of it as Desktop sharing. You can connect your Mac to a remote Mac and control the screen through Screen Sharing.
Through the years I’ve collected VNC apps that connect a Mac to a remote Mac, and some that connect a Mac to a remote Windows PC.
The one I like best is called Remotix. It connects a Mac to a Mac, even from a remote internet connection back to a local home or office network.
Remotix is fast and has a simple setup and configuration (which can sometimes be messy as remote connections often have to pass through servers and routers and firewalls).
This one comes with Apple Screen Sharing support, even to the point of syncing up the Mac’s clipboard.
Passwords are securely stored and the connection uses SSH tunneling (secure). Remotix features automatic discovery of Macs and PCs on the local network, as well as Back to My Mac servers.
Even the interface is elegant and nearly self explanatory. Setup up multiple connections and they’re all neatly displayed in the connection window.
Even the app’s Toolbar is straightforward. MacBook touch pads can be used to zoom into remote screens and scroll up and down as if the remote Mac was local.
I have the Mac version of Remotix as well as the iPhone and iPad version. That allows me to control my home Mac while using the iPhone; even on 3G. For the iPad, I can sit in the living room and work on the Mac without leaving the comfort of the sofa.
If there’s a negative to the various Remotix versions it’s the price. Once you’ve used Remotix and set up your first remote connection, you’ll understand why it’s highly rated.