As more and more fall semester plans are announced, it seems that every school has a different approach. There’s online-only, hybrid models, only some majors on campus, only Freshmen on campus—the list goes on. Whatever the plan is, schools also have to be ready for abrupt campus closures, students getting sick or quarantined or opting to continue learning from home.
So what happens to the students who need access to high-end computers like iMac Pros? Art, media, graphic design, video editing, and architecture majors may have their own laptops, but they may not be able to run CPU-demanding software that’s required for their courses.
And since Adobe announced the end of free licenses, how are these students expected to work if they can’t get into a Mac lab on campus?
Remote Access for Mac Labs
Students can use the LabStats Remote Access Dashboard to securely access Mac computers from anywhere. The dashboard shows real-time availability of Macs on campus, so students can find and log into an available machine from their home, dorm, or favorite outdoor nook.
Remote access can be set up for macOS to macOS or between a Windows and macOS machine. Students can also use a Chromebook to remote into an iMac on campus.
|Student Device||Campus Computer||Supported?||Notes|
|macOS||macOS||Yes||VNC offers seamless connections. Teamviewer and Apache Guacamole are also options.|
|macOS||Windows||Yes||Students will need to download Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Mac App Store first.|
|Windows||macOS||Yes||VNC offers seamless connections, Teamviewer and Apache Guacamole are also options.|
|Windows||Windows||Yes||RDP is standard, other connections are possible.|
Macs on Campus
Students can connect to Mac computers on campus using the Remote Access Dashboard. The default remote connection approach on the Mac platform is VNC, which the Remote Access Dashboard supports. VNC offers seamless connections from Mac to Mac.
When connecting from a Windows to a Mac, it does require a VNC viewer. We want to stress the importance of proper setup and configuration, as is the case with any remote access tool you choose, to ensure secure and private connections.
Contact us if you are utilizing an approach other than VNC, as we’ve also been able to offer some level of support for alternatives such as TeamViewer and Apache Guacamole.
Students may use their personal Macbook or iMac to connect to a campus computer. They will have to download Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Mac App Store first.
Whether you’re returning to campus, continuing remote learning, or spearheading a hybrid approach, the Remote Access Dashboard will help your students stay connected.