Screen sharing bug between Mac mini/MacBook Pro
I'm trying to enable Apple's screen sharing between my MacBook Pro and my mother Mac mini. For some reason the session gets established but is drop only a second after that.
The firewall is not activated on either computers, so I do not get what's wrong here.
Are you going from Macbook Pro to Mac mini? Or the other way around?
Have you enabled System Preferences -> Sharing -> Screen Sharing on the remote Mac?
Location of each Mac? Same house, or across the Internet?
If across the Internet, how do you make your connection? That is to say, Back-to-My-Mac, or have you opened a port in the remote home's router that points to the remote Mac and port 5900?
- On the local Mac do you find the remote Mac in the Finder sidebar and connect that way?
- Do you use Finder - Go -> Connect to Server -> vnc://remote.Mac's.address ?
- Do you use Safari and enter vnc://remote.Mac's.address ?
- Do you use an Applications -> Utility -> Terminal session and the command
- open vnc://remote.Mac's.address
Are you logging in as the owner of the remote Mac, or as a Guest, or as another account that is maybe not frequently used?
When you login, is that also the account that currently has control of the screen, or are you using an account different from the account that currently has control of the screen.
Anything else you can tell us?
I would suggest using TeamViewer would be more reliable - which is free for personal use. If necessary on your mother's Mac Mini you could install the "TeamViewer Host" version which launches in the background at system boot time (normal TeamViewer is an app which can be set to launch at user login time). You can then set an "unattended access" password which means you can get at it without somebody needing to "approve" the connection at the Mac Mini end.
Do you have an anti-virus package installed? Or LittleSnitch?
This is starting to smell like a 3rd party addition messing with your networking.
PS. If your Mother's Mac is remote, TeamViewer.com is a good choice for remote access and support.
Using Screen Sharing requires a password as well. But it could be a password for an account of your own, separate from your Mothers. TeamViewer's password is just for TeamViewer access, it is not your Mother's account password.
Ok, software download is working for me this morning.
I guess I need an online TeamViewer account to activate Host configuration, is that correct?
I'm not so sure how I could have entered the ID of the remote computer, but with an account all looks to be working fine.
The one thing I would love to find out is if there's a way to remove the dock icon and keep only the menu bar item. I know this will distract my mother!
Then it means I installed the wrong thing I guess...
Is there a specific installation files for host or a specific parameters I should look for?
Thank you guys. I think I got everything settle for now.