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Best Answer giganerd, 17 October 2016 - 09:19 AM

You need to forward port 5900 but it's already taken.

Alternatively, forward a random port and change the VNC port on your Mac.

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#1 doobybrain

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 05:06 PM

macOS users have an option to screenshare into other computers using a feature called "Back To My Mac" (it is a part of iCloud). I've been trying to use this feature with one of my computers connected to AirVPN but I have not been successful. I was wondering if anybody knows if there are specific settings I need to enable/disable to get screensharing to work through Back To My Mac.

 

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 09:35 PM

According to the ports document from Apple, you must open ports for vnc-server. Port tcp/5900 on the receiving end if I see it right.

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running TOR exits is discouraged,

using spoilers for your logs is the proper way to heaven.
Same issues are rare! Search for solutions and if not successful open your own threads.

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Posted 16 October 2016 - 10:21 PM

Thanks for that info. Unfortunately, I'm not too well-versed in how to set that up. If I wanted to screenshare (from an external network) into a Mac that has AirVPN client running, how would I go about making that happen? At the moment, with AirVPN default settings, I cannot connect via screenshare. But when I turn it off on the Mac, it works fine.



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Posted 17 October 2016 - 09:19 AM   Best Answer

You need to forward port 5900 but it's already taken.

Alternatively, forward a random port and change the VNC port on your Mac.


Always remember:
There's a guide to AirVPN,

Amazon IPs are not dangerous here,
running TOR exits is discouraged,

using spoilers for your logs is the proper way to heaven.
Same issues are rare! Search for solutions and if not successful open your own threads.

~ Furthermore, I propose that your paranoia is to be destroyed. ~

 


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 02:44 AM

I was trying to get Screen Sharing back up and running over the internet with the vpn on and ran into this post, suggesting that I manually edit the Mac VNC port to accept a randomly generated port forward from AirVPN. On a whim, I decided to generate a port forward and entered the designated Mac VNC port of 5900 in the Local Port entry. I launched Screen Sharing and entered the VPN server's IP address (x) plus the generated public port (y) (vnc://xxx.xx.xxx.xx:yyyyy). I logged in and have Screen Sharing running just fine, though maybe at a little slower speed than the more direct method with the VPN disabled. I guess I'm asking, is there a reason not to do it this way? Am I compromising my security in some manner? I'm a bit of a noob with regards to VPNs so if I'm missing anything obvious, please advise.







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