Remote Access For Mac Computer

July 9, 2020 Remote Access, Students

Manage Mac computers on your network with Apple Remote Desktop (ARD). Learn more with these resources.

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  • There're two ways: you can allow remote login to your Mac from another computer, or allow others to access your computer using Remote Desktop (it's available from the App Store). Allow remote login to your Mac from another computer. For devices using the same macOS, you can allow remote Mac login using a Secure Shell (SSH).
  • Select the Remote Login tickbox. Selecting Remote Login also enables the secure FTP (sftp) service. Specify which users can log in: All users: Any of your computer’s users and anyone on your network can log in. Only these users: Click the Add button, then choose who can log in remotely. Users & Groups includes all the users of your Mac.

Keep students connected to the power they need with secure remote access for macOS.

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As more and more fall semester plans are announced, it seems that every school has a different approach. There’s online-only, hybrid models, only some majors on campus, only Freshmen on campus—the list goes on. Whatever the plan is, schools also have to be ready for abrupt campus closures, students getting sick or quarantined or opting to continue learning from home.

So what happens to the students who need access to high-end computers like iMac Pros? Art, media, graphic design, video editing, and architecture majors may have their own laptops, but they may not be able to run CPU-demanding software that’s required for their courses.

And since Adobe announced the end of free licenses, how are these students expected to work if they can’t get into a Mac lab on campus?

Remote Access for Mac Labs

Students can use the LabStats Remote Access Dashboard to securely access Mac computers from anywhere. The dashboard shows real-time availability of Macs on campus, so students can find and log into an available machine from their home, dorm, or favorite outdoor nook.

Remote access can be set up for macOS to macOS or between a Windows and macOS machine. Students can also use a Chromebook to remote into an iMac on campus.


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Macs on Campus

Students can connect to Mac computers on campus using the Remote Access Dashboard. The default remote connection approach on the Mac platform is VNC, which the Remote Access Dashboard supports. VNC offers seamless connections from Mac to Mac.

When connecting from a Windows to a Mac, it does require a VNC viewer. We want to stress the importance of proper setup and configuration, as is the case with any remote access tool you choose, to ensure secure and private connections.

Contact us if you are utilizing an approach other than VNC, as we’ve also been able to offer some level of support for alternatives such as TeamViewer and Apache Guacamole.

Student Macbooks


Students may use their personal Macbook or iMac to connect to a campus computer. They will have to download Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Mac App Store first.

Whether you’re returning to campus, continuing remote learning, or spearheading a hybrid approach, the Remote Access Dashboard will help your students stay connected.


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Students can securely access & control Mac computers from their own laptops, tablets, and mobile devices to access all the files and apps they need.

There are several reasons why college campuses across the US have been adding an increasing number of Macs to their computer labs. A recent survey found that 71% of college students prefer using Mac computers. Macs are the preferred choice, especially for students who are studying creative fields such as graphic design, architecture and video production.

In the wake of COVID-19 shutting down campuses, universities have been searching for a way to help students access lab computers remotely. VPNs are notoriously slow, difficult to manage, and not secure. And many remote desktop solutions don’t offer decent support for Mac computers.


That’s why several colleges have turned to Splashtop to enable students to remotely access Mac lab computers from their own devices. Students can leverage the processing power, specialized hardware, and software of the Macs using their own Chromebooks, iPads, laptops or any other device. And with Splashtop’s high performance remote connections, they can do that in real-time!

Additionally, teachers can remote into the Mac lab computers to provide a more effective remote teaching experience.

Splashtop for Mac Lab Computer Remote Access

The College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts (CFPCA) at Wayne State University is one of many colleges that are now using Splashtop to provide students with remote access to computer labs.

In addition to fast remote access to Macs, the students at Wayne State also get the benefit of being able to use the software applications on the Mac lab computers that they normally wouldn’t be able to run on their personal devices.

“With video editing, the students are doing 4k, even up to 8k, and their MacBook Pros aren’t going to be able to handle that,” said Chris Gilbert, Application Technical Analyst at the CFPCA., “So we have iMac Pros in the labs at school and the students are able to remote in and everything works for them.”

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) department at Laney College has also received positive feedback from faculty and students remotely accessing the school’s computer labs.

“Some students have computers that aren’t powerful enough to run this software,” said Gerald Casey who works in the CTE’s IT department. “The students have to have access to this software, and that’s where Splashtop comes in… The instructors love it. They can’t believe it works so well, they’re shocked, and I don’t think I’m overstating that.”

The Future of Remote Desktop for Lab Computers

While Splashtop provided a way for many universities to continue remote learning when campuses shut down, most universities plan to continue offering remote access even after campuses reopen.

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There are several reasons why higher education institutions want to continue using Splashtop for remote labs:

  • Students can securely access lab computers, and their files and applications, from their own devices for remote learning.
  • In the event of sudden campus shutdown, students would still be able to access the resources they need to continue their education.
  • Students can access lab computers from home while sick to prevent spreading illness to other students and faculty.
  • Students and faculty love how accessible Splashtop has made Mac lab computers.
  • Splashtop enables users to hear audio while remotely accessing Mac computers.

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Splashtop Business Access is fast, secure, and easy to deploy. Students will be able to remotely access and control Windows, Mac, and Linux computers from their own Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and even Chromebook devices and feel as if they were sitting in front of the remote computer while controlling it.

You can start your free trial now to see how easy it is to enable remote access to Mac labs.

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