Airport and VNC

davstein

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I've been using VNC for OS X and I've just added an airport network. I'm now trying to get VNC to work over the Airport network buut I am having difficulty.

Here's the scenario:

1) I'm running OS X VNC on port 5901

2) I've configured the Airport Base Station to map port 5901 to that computer

3) It doesn't work!

Any ideas?

Thanks

David
 

mcasteel

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Originally posted by davstein
I've been using VNC for OS X and I've just added an airport network. I'm now trying to get VNC to work over the Airport network buut I am having difficulty.
A couple things come to mind:

1. Diagnose port mapping. From the computer you are trying to use for the VNC client (and failing to connect to your wireless OSX/VNC box), try to telnet to port 5901 at the AirPort Base Station's IP address. If you don't get a connection and some odd characters, the port mapping isn't working. In terminal on your OSX/wireless machine, telnet to localhost port 5901 to see what it should look like. If you get a connection, research whether VNC server can be accessed via address translation through firewalls, maybe it just doesn't work. I only use the VNC client on my wireless/OSX machine to access a VNC server on the wired network, so I haven't tried what I think you are trying.

2. Get rid of port mapping. You only need it if you are restricted to a single IP address (the Base Station's) on your wired network. If you have a local network with available IPs, just reconfigure the Base Station to do bridging only and VNC directly to your wireless/OS X box without mapping.
 

knussear

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I am using VNC over an airport network with fixed ip addresses assigned to the computers, and having great success. No port mapping or extra configuration involved.
 

davstein

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It's been a while since I looked at the forum -- but I've gotten it to work -- I did indeed need to create a FIXED IP address for my computer and tell the Airport to map the port I use for Xvnc to point to my computer. It works great! Thanks

d.
 
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