Remote Desktop Mac (macOS and OS X RDP)

How can you remotely control Mac (macOS and OS X) desktops?

Remote desktop connection to a Mac device can be established via the following options:

  1. Virtual Network Computing (VNC): VNC is an inbuilt screen sharing feature present in all platforms, that uses RFB (Remote Frame Buffer Protocol) to remotely control another computer. It transmits the keyboard and mouse inputs from the VNC server to the VNC client, and sends the resulting graphical-screen updates back to the client. While it is possible to connect to Mac devices using VNC, the process is tedious and there are a veriety of security concerns, hence making it unsuitable for IT administrators. Users can go for this option if they wish to remotely connect to their personal Mac devices within their home network.
  2. Remote Desktop Software: This option is suitable for IT Administrators for whom troubleshooting issues remotely is a day-to-day task. You can use remote desktop connection managers such as Desktop Central for remotely controlling Mac devices. The benefits of using such applications are better security, hassle-free remote desktop connections much more.

Remote Desktop Connection for macOS desktops using Desktop Central

Initiate remote sessions to Mac desktops in just a few clicks Connect to Mac desktops in view only mode Get end user's consent before initiating a Mac remote sessionSwitch between remote mac screens in multi monitor view seamlessly

Desktop Central helps system administrators to manage Mac remote desktops from a central location. In addition to Mac desktops, you can also remotely control and manage Windows and Linux Desktops using Desktop Central. It allows all operations to be performed such as:

  • Access mac OS desktops in LAN and WAN
  • Automatically install the remote desktop sharing agent in each desktop
  • No individual authentication is required to gain access to a remote Mac desktop
  • Supports viewing/accessing remote desktops
  • Prompts user confirmation before providing the access to a remote desktop
  • Configurable screen resolution to fit the screen size
  • Multimonitor support with easy switching options

All these options make it very easy for system administrators to troubleshoot Mac desktops within minutes, saving time and effort.

Supported Mac OS Versions:

Desktop Central remote control for mac supports desktops running entire Mac OS X versions

Free Mac Desktop Sharing

The free edition of Desktop Central offers remote desktop sharing functionality, which can be used to manage up to 25 desktops.

For more details on Desktop Sharing, refer to the Desktop Sharing topic of the online help documentation.