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Connecting to a computer on a closed network with no Internet

Screens is designed to work when you have a connection to the Internet. However, it is still possible to connect to a computer when you are using an computer-to-computer network, also called an ad-hoc network.

These instructions demonstrate how to achieve this with Screens for iOS and a Mac but the same instructions can be also applied with Screens for macOS and a Linux or Windows PC.

Note: make sure that your Mac is configured to receive incoming connections via Screen Sharing or Remote Management first!

1. Create an computer-to-computer network

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2. Get your Mac's IP address for your computer-to-computer network

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3. Select your ad-hoc network

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4. Create a new screen by hitting the Custom... button

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5. Enter your Mac's IP address from Step 2

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Note: you can leave port number set to 5900.

 

6. You should now be able to connect!

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