3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2010 10:42 PM by Steve Jolly
Steve Jolly Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
Any way to hear sound (i.e, picked up by the iChat camera or an attached mike or other sound input) from a remote Mac via Remote Desktop? I have searched all over the app's options and online instructions for it, and I can't find coverage, instructions or capability. Am I missing something here, obvious or otherwise?

2 GHz dual g5 and various Intel Macs, Mac OS X (10.5.8), also running Snow Leopard on Intel machines
  • 1. Re: Monitoring sound at a remote Mac
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)
    Sorry but no, ARD cannot transmit sound. I'm not aware of any remote-control app for Mac that can (other than iChat which, to the best of my knowledge, you can't connect without user intervention on the receiving end).
  • 2. Re: Monitoring sound at a remote Mac
    Steve Jolly Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Still hoping for a bolt-from-the-sky easy solution for this, i.e., a remote-control app that DOES transmit/replicate sound from the remote Mac.

    For now, what I've been doing is (as pointed out above) using iChat -- logging in on the remote machine using ARD, turning on iChat on their end, clicking through an iChat connection on both ends, then monitoring using iChat at my end. It's kludgy and time-consuming, and it takes awhile for the bandwidth utilization on iChat to fully utilize the released bandwidth when I quit the ARD connection, but it works. Sort of.

    C'mon, if MI6 and the CIA can do it to us, we can find a way to do it to ourselves... suggestions?
  • 3. Re: Monitoring sound at a remote Mac
    Steve Jolly Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    My own comment gave the best solution so far:
    Use Apple Remote Desktop, take control of the remote Mac whose sound you wish to monitor, launch iChat at both ends, log into a session at both ends, and then either play media on the remote end to allow you to hear media or software sounds, or activate a listening device such as a mikeon the iChat camera to hear ambient sound at the remote Mac's location.