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The remote computer is ready…now what?

Once the computer you wish to connect to has been prepared for screen sharing, turn your attention to Screens for Mac or Screens for iOS.

This document will help you set up a saved screen that saves critical information about the connection to your Screens Library. There are a couple of ways to set up a saved screen, depending on your scenario.

 

I’m connecting to a computer running Screens Connect, or to a computer discovered on the same network… 

… and I’m using Screens for Mac

  • In the Screens toolbar, click the + button and select New Screen
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  • In the drop-down menu, select the computer you wish to connect to and hit Continue. If you cannot find the computer you wish to use, make sure that it is ready to receive incoming connections (Mac, Windows, Linux, Raspberry Pi).
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  • If desired, enter tags relevant to the connection.
  • If desired, select a Group to which the connection belongs.
  • The information in Address or Hostname, Port, and Operating System are supplied automatically. They cannot be modified.
  • Select the appropriate Authentication Type.
  • Enter the remote user account's username and password.
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  • If the remote computer is configured for secure connections, click the Secure Connection tab, activate Enable Secure Connections, and enter the remote user account's username and password. You may also select an SSH key here instead of entering a username/password pair. (Address or Hostname and Port are supplied automatically. They cannot be modified.)
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  • Click More Settings and make adjustments as appropriate for your needs.
  • Click Save.

Note: Turning in on the Enable on local network option requires that the computer is broadcasting its presence via the Bonjour protocol. When Screens has resolved your computer locally via its hostname (ex: Johns-iMac.local.), it will connect to your computer directly via a VNC session instead of using a SSH tunnel.

macOS supports this by default and most Linux distributions as well. As for Windows, we recommend installing Screens Connect, which enables Bonjour on Windows. For Raspberry Pi, you can follow these instructions to enable Bonjour.

 

… and I’m using Screens for iOS

  • Tap the + button in the upper-right corner of the display.
  • Tap New Screen. A list of every computer available on your local network or via Screens Connect will appear.

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  • Tap the computer you'd like to create a new saved screen for:

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    If you cannot find the computer you wish to use, make sure that it is ready to receive incoming connections (Mac, Windows, Linux, Raspberry Pi).
  • If desired, select a Group to which the connection belongs.
  • Under General Info, do not edit the default entries. This information is supplied automatically.
  • Under Authentication, select the appropriate authentication method for your scenario. For connections to Macs, this should be Mac User; for other systems, select VNC.
    • Enter the username and password for the remote user account you're using to log into the remote computer. (For Macs, use the macOS username/password. For other systems, use the username/password configured in the VNC server software.)

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  • If the remote computer is prepared for secure connections, enable Secure Connection. Tap Advanced, then enter the username/password. (You may also select an SSH key here instead of entering a username/password.)

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  • In the upper-left corner of the display, tap Settings.
  • Tap More Settings and make adjustments as appropriate for your needs.
  • In the upper-left corner of the display, tap Settings.
  • In the upper-right corner of the display, tap Done.

Note: Turning in on the Enable on local network option requires that the computer is broadcasting its presence via the Bonjour protocol. When Screens has resolved your computer locally via its hostname (ex: Johns-iMac.local.), it will connect to your computer directly via a VNC session instead of using a SSH tunnel.

macOS supports this by default and most Linux distributions as well. As for Windows, we recommend installing Screens Connect, which enables Bonjour on Windows. For Raspberry Pi, you can follow these instructions to enable Bonjour.

 

I’m connecting to a computer on another network and it’s not running Screens Connect or is not discoverable…

… and I’m using Screens for Mac

  • In the Screens toolbar, click the + button and select New Screen.
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  • In the lower-left corner of the window, click the Custom button.
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  • Enter a name for the connection.
  • If desired, enter tags relevant to the connection.
  • If desired, select a group to which the connection belongs.
  • In Address or Hostname, enter the computer's IP address (public IP address if remote or private IP address if local) or URL required to reach the remote computer. For more information regarding custom URLs, consult this article.
  • In Port, enter the router’s public or private port that will be accepting Screens connections. If you are connecting locally, it is recommended to leave the port number to 5900.
  • Select the Operating System running the computer you wish to connect to.
  • Select the appropriate Authentication Type.
  • Enter the remote user account's username and password.
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  • If the remote computer is configured for secure connections, click the Secure Connection tab, activate Enable Secure Connections, and enter the remote user account's username and password. You may also select an SSH key here instead of entering a username/password pair. (Address or Hostname and Port are supplied automatically and cannot be modified.)
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  • Click More Settings and make adjustments as appropriate for your needs.
  • Click Save.

 

… and I’m using Screens for iOS

  • Tap the + button in the upper-right corner of the display.
  • Tap New Screen.ios-new-screen.png
  • In the upper-right corner of the display, tap Custom.
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  • Enter a name for the connection or accept the default entry.
  • If desired, select a Group to which the connection belongs.
  • Enter the computer's IP address (public IP address if remote or private IP address if local) or URL required to reach the remote computer. For more information regarding custom URLs, consult this article.
  • Enter the public or private Port configured for the computer you wish to connect to. If you are connecting locally, it is recommended to leave the port number to 5900.
  • Select the Operating System running the computer you wish to connect to.
  • Under Authentication, select the authentication method and enter the username and password for the remote user account you're using to log into the remote computer.
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  • If the remote computer is configured for secure connections, enable Secure Connection. Tap Advanced, then enter the remote user account's username and password. (You may also select an SSH key here instead of entering a username and password.)
    ios-secure-custom.jpeg
  • In the upper-left corner of the display, tap Settings.
  • Tap More Settings and make adjustments as appropriate for your needs.
  • In the upper-left corner of the display, tap Settings.
  • In the upper-right corner of the display, tap Done.
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