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Need a remote access program for a Mac Mini

Can anyone recommend a remote access software for a  Mac Mini running Ventura OS besides GoToMyPC?

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From what kind of computer are you connecting and do you need to see the remote desktop?


If you don't need remote desktop you can connect using ssh (enable remote login first).


If you need remote desktop and are connecting from another Mac, use Finder->Go->Connect to server and specify the remote ip like this: vnc://ip.address (enable Screen Sharing first).


To be able to use VNC from other (Windows) computers, you need to enable Screen Sharing as well.

Personal or commercial use?
Teamviewer

VPN/ssh connection an option?
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This is totally personal use.  She needs to remote into a Mac Mini at her office to a Mac Mini at home.  Both ways.

Do they have VPN access to the office?
Teamviewer on the home Mac.
teamviewer

no VPN

Does your company provide remote access to work computers?
If they provide you some remote option, it might be possible to use those same credentials to setup one on your home system.
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Be VERY cautious with any remote access software that requires port forwarding, either manually or through UPnP.  I don't know if that applies to any of the other suggestions.

If this is remote, you can try Teamviewer, Connectwise, Anydesk, Splashtop, Remotepc, Zoho Assist.  There's tons of these, and I've just listed some of the more popular ones that aren't GoTo**, since you're looking for alternatives.  If you're in the USA, you should be wary of any clones of teamviewer that comes from Russia or Vietnam.  All of these require you to install an agent that contacts a server controlled by the company that created the software.  This allows your client to contact a server and find your remote system.  These alternatives are probably the easiest for your client to use.


You can use a free Hamachi VPN (limited to 5 devices)  https://vpn.net/ and she can connect through VPN. This is easy to install and it's free. You can then use the built-in Apple VNC to connect. Macs have a free server and client. This require a bit more work on your part to figure out the IP addresses of the "remote" hamachi sysetms to connect to, but once set up it should be easy to do. You still connect to a 3rd party server to initiate those Hamachi connections.


If you have a VPN to the site, you can forgo those and just enable either Screen Sharing (Built-In free VNC server) or Remote Management (Better encrypted VNC).  Since they're both VNC, but with different encryption, you can only enable one or the other.


With Screen Sharing enabled, you can connect from any free VNC client.  Macs include a free Screen Sharing.App that will connect to and free VNC server.  It's "hidden," meaning it's not in Applications or Utilities, but you can find it by searching in Spotlight (The Magnifying Glass).  The free VNC has very low encryption that can be easily bypassed or observed.  You should never enable this directly on the internet.


If you enable Remote Management and you're connecting from a Mac, you must purchase Apple Remote Desktop from the App store for $79.  It allows you to use better encryption for VNC.  I have not tested other paid VNC clients to see if they will work with the Mac.


If you don't have a VPN, you can still port forward VNC to some higher port and create a firewall rule to limit the scope of remote IPs to specific ones that you use to reduce the footprint, so that not everyone can reach your VNC serever.  I generally only leave Remote Login (SSH) enabled and only enable Screen Sharing or Remote Management through command line when I need to use the GUI, which is becoming rarer.  I generally use this method since this limits access from 3rd parties and is free for me.  This is probably least desirable method for people that are not tech savvy.

@serialband - FYI Hamachi VPN is from LogMeIn, Inc. (GoToMyPC).

I think there is a difference in access between the hamachi VPN, gotomypc, etc.
i.e. IMHO, go to my pc, the user has to go to the website to interconnect, have not used hamachi, but once setup, I do not think the user has to go anywhere to connect the two remote systems.

I doubt the employer would agree to have such a thing .......
The home access is solvable by teamviewer. splashtop
The access from home to the work system, has to be addressed separately and with the employer.

Connecting Teamviewer to home is personal use.  Connecting to work is not "personal" use.  Teamviewer is more expensive.


Hamachi is not a remote desktop client.  It's a remote virtual network setup.  You just need an account to connect the remote systems to the same virtual network.  It does not give you direct access to other systems, only systems that use the same account.  You still have to run a separate remote desktop server and client setup.  If you want free then Screen Sharing.app comes with the Mac.



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If she is thebusiness, splashtop might be the optimal option.
Have her try it
2 computers?