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    Default iPad 3 + Screens VNC App with SSH tunneling + 2012 Mac Mini Server

    I am strongly considering purchasing the 2012 Mac Mini Server. Since there is no display for that particular computer, I understand that I can in any case use my third generation iPad via the Screen VNC client to control the Mini.

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    1. Just to confirm, is the above setup possible?

    2. Is the above setup possible at home only (see question 3)?

    3. Does so-called "SSH tunneling" allow me to access the Mini, via the iPad, outside my home network? I would use for this the Screens app installed on both the iPad (see iMore's review on Febraury 2012 for details) and the Mini. In other words, the Mini would be permamently fixed to my home network. Outside the reach of that home network's Wi-Fi signal, I would use a a 4G mobile hotspot modem so that the iPad connects to the Internet and safely shake hands, on a daily basis, with the house network back at home, thus allowing me to work on the Mini from anywhere.

    4. Can the out-of-the-box initial HOME setup of the Mini be done with the iPad as the screen or should I first plug the Mini to my TV (VGA and HDMI plugs) and not till AFTER then continue with the iPad VNC setup? Or does the Mini automagically communicate with an iPad? I guess that's a no-go, since a VNC connection is required on both machines. So, correct me, the answer to this question is NO.

    Thanks,
    Antonio
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    Default iPad 3 + Screens VNC App with SSH tunneling + 2012 Mac Mini Server

    Quote Originally Posted by JAL Payen View Post
    I am strongly considering purchasing the 2012 Mac Mini Server. Since there is no display for that particular computer, I understand that I can in any case use my third generation iPad via the Screen VNC client to control the Mini.

    Questions:

    1. Just to confirm, is the above setup possible?

    2. Is the above setup possible at home only (see question 3)?

    3. Does so-called "SSH tunneling" allow me to access the Mini, via the iPad, outside my home network? I would use for this the Screens app installed on both the iPad (see iMore's review on Febraury 2012 for details) and the Mini. In other words, the Mini would be permamently fixed to my home network. Outside the reach of that home network's Wi-Fi signal, I would use a a 4G mobile hotspot modem so that the iPad connects to the Internet and safely shake hands, on a daily basis, with the house network back at home, thus allowing me to work on the Mini from anywhere.

    4. Can the out-of-the-box initial HOME setup of the Mini be done with the iPad as the screen or should I first plug the Mini to my TV (VGA and HDMI plugs) and not till AFTER then continue with the iPad VNC setup? Or does the Mini automagically communicate with an iPad? I guess that's a no-go, since a VNC connection is required on both machines. So, correct me, the answer to this question is NO.

    Thanks,
    Antonio
    Should be possible.

    You at least need to have a monitor on the Mac mini long enough to turn on Screen Sharing (i.e., vnc) and probably Remote login (ssh), and possibly File Sharing.

    I don't know about Screens VNC specifically but yes it is possible to get to a Mac inside your home from outside your home via VNC. I personally have an AirPort Extreme router with Back to My Mac installed-I'm assuming that this is doing something like SSH Tunneling but I don't know for sure. iCloud settings on the Mac also have a Back to My Mac setting you turn on. With a different router I don't know how you would set it up, but it should work if the right ports are open/forwarded, etc.

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