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Since Screens is built on open source technology, it is probably always going to lose the feature check list game when compared to custom-built services like LogMeIn or TeamViewer. Companies that are building their own technology have the ability to do whatever their product managers can come up with.

Screens offers exactly what I want out of remote access without a monthly fee. It does lack a web access component, so if that is a feature that you need, then you should look at one of the other options below. Web access used to be important to me, but that was before I had multiple iOS devices in my bag.

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Screens has a free service called Screens Connect that takes care of that for you. You create an account, install the Screens Connect app on the Mac you want to remotely access, and log in with your user name and password. On the client side, you simply log in with your Screens Connect account, and you see your logged in computers. In my experience, Screens has been rock solid. Screens is really the best of both worlds. Regular updates help us feel more comfortable relying on this app day in and day out.

We also recommend it for the times when VNC technology is blocked or a corporate firewall prevents Screens Connect from working. LogMeIn is easy to install and easy to use.

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In fact, I use it on a few machines at work in order to always have easy access to them from offsite. LogMeIn allows me to keep my firewall locked down, but still get to these machines. It works from the web, but they also recently added a Mac client that is installed when you sign up. It allows quick access to a machine. LogMeIn also offers free iOS apps. One of the main reasons we chose Screens over LogMeIn is the price. Some users have no issue getting it to work, while others have no success at all.

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I use remote access apps as much on my iPhone as I do other laptops. It uses Kerberos with digital certificates to verify that you are authorized to connect to the Mac in question. It goes years without updates, and the ones it does see are usually for Mac OS X compatibility. Setting it up to work remotely is also going to take some networking configuration on your router and VPN setup. Apple Remote Desktop fits in a weird place of not being useful for the prosumer, but not powerful enough for the IT department.

From a security perspective, you can encrypt your session with an SSH tunnel, but it does come at a security cost. Authentication to clients uses an authentication method based on a Diffie-Hellman Key agreement protocol that creates a shared bit key. This key is used to encrypt the login credentials using AES.

The Diffie-Hellman key agreement protocol used in Apple Remote Desktop is similar to the one used in Mac file sharing. Chrome Remote Desktop free is a Google Chrome plugin that allows you to access other Macs that are logged into your Google account with the Remote Desktop extension installed through the web browser. I found the iOS app to be subpar compared to Screens, though.

It functionally worked fine, but Screens handled multi-monitor setups better, scrolled easier, and was just all around more functional. Remote access tools are already a bit of a hack , so smoothness and speed are imperative. Club MacStories will help you discover the best apps for your devices and get the most out of your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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On the presentation device, open your Keynote presentation. On the device that you want to use as a remote, open the Keynote app. On the presentation device, tap Link next to the remote device. Make sure that the four-digit passcode that appears matches on your iOS devices, then click Confirm.


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On the Keynote Remote device, open the Keynote app, then tap. Tap Play, then choose what you want to do: To move to the next or previous slide, swipe in either direction. To close Highlighter, tap.