Can I Access My Home Mac While I’m At Work? [Ask MacRx]

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It’s happened to many of us: you’re at work or on vacation and you realize you need something from your Mac at home. There’s nobody at the house to help. By making use of one of the remote desktop solutions on the market, a simple one-time setup can help solve this dilemma:

If my mac is on at home and connected to the internet via a wireless router, and I am at work on either a PC running windows XP sp3 or my mac again connected to the internet via a wireless router is there anyway I can log into my mac at home via the internet and use files etc remotely at work without any input from somebody at home ?

I tried something called back to mac but could not get it to work. Thanks for any help you can give me, great feature to your website by the way, the tutorials are a real help.

Ashley

Hi Ashley,

I haven’t had much luck with Back to my Mac either, though it’s been a few years since I last tried. There are a number of remote desktop solutions on the market, one of the most popular (and cross-platform compatible) is LogMeIn. You install the LogMeIn software on your home system, then connect via the logmein.com website. You will want to make sure the home Mac does not go to sleep or get shutdown while you are away.

There are other alternatives which perform similarly – GoToMyPC and TeamViewer are probably the most popular. More info available here: Many Options Available for Mac Remote Control.

Glad you’ve found the tutorials useful!

Thanks so much for your help, LogMeIn seems to fit the bill !

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