Connecting to Your Office Computer Using Screen Sharing (Mac)

Screen Sharing allows you to connect to your office Mac using another Mac from home or another remote location. The result is similar to logging in to Winstat, though Winstat will generally give you better performance and stability. However, if you have software on your office computer that is not available on Winstat, Screen Sharing will allow you to use that software from home. Connecting to your office computer using Screen Sharing is also a great back-up plan in case you can't log in to Winstat, and we suggest all SSCC Mac users learn how to do so.

If your office computer runs Windows, you can connect to it from a Mac using Remote Desktop.

Setting Up Your Office Computer to Allow Screen Sharing

The first step is to set up your office computer so it will share its screen. Go to Apple, System Preferences, Sharing and check Screen Sharing. While you're here, note the address you'll use to connect to your Mac (it will start with vnc://).

Connecting to your Office Computer

In order to connect to an SSCC computer using Screen Sharing, you must first establish a VPN connection to the SSCC network. Otherwise your attempts to connect will be blocked by the SSCC's firewall. Connecting to the SSCC Network via VPN has full instructions.

Once VPN is set up, start the VPN connection. Then open the Finder and click Go, Connect to Server (or ⌘ command+K). In the Server Address box, type the address of your office Mac and click Connect. Click the plus sign (+) to save the connection in your Favorite Servers.

Last Revised: 3/14/2011