Getting connected to a computer

You can connect VNC Viewer to any computer running VNC-compatible Server technology. This includes:

  • Mac computers with built-in Apple Remote Desktop (10.4) or Remote Management enabled (10.5 or later).
  • For example, to enable this on Snow Leopard, open the Sharing system preference, and turn on Remote Management. Then, click the Computer Settings button, turn on VNC viewers may control screen with password, and set a password.

  • Mac, Windows, UNIX, and Linux computers running VNC Enterprise Edition 4.x from RealVNC.
  • Windows computers running VNC Personal Edition 4.x from RealVNC.
  • Windows, UNIX, and Linux computers running VNC Free Edition 4.1 from RealVNC.
  • Computers or AMX touch panels running third-party VNC-compatible Servers.

Note that VNC Viewer can only connect securely to VNC Server incorporated in VNC Enterprise Edition or VNC Personal Edition. For more information on these products, visit

The following instructions explain how to set up your computer and connect using VNC Viewer. Some of these instructions are specific to VNC Server incorporated in the latest versions of VNC Enterprise Edition and VNC Personal Edition; these sections are clearly marked. Other instructions apply irrespective of which VNC-compatible Server technology you use.

  1. Obtain or enable VNC-compatible Server technology for your computer. For information on buying VNC Enterprise Edition or VNC Personal Edition, visit
  2. Install and start VNC Server.
  3. Identify VNC Server.
  4. If necessary, configure VNC Server.
  5. If connecting over the Internet (for example, via 3G), set up the network.
  6. Connect from VNC Viewer.
  7. If necessary, troubleshoot connections.

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