My 94 year old mother has a 27" imac in her room and lives 200 miles from me. I facetime with her every day and for the past year or so I log onto her computer remotely using Apple Remote Desktop) and answer my own facetime call so that we can talk and see each other.
The only problem is that whenever there is a power failure or her computer restarts the ip address changes and I can no longer log on remotely. Up until a few months ago, I could phone her and walk her through the process to give me the new ip address. Lately this has not worked as well due to her age.
Today I used Keyboard Maestro to do the following (see attached). Whenever the computer restarts (and I have set it to start up every day at 5 am) an apple script application runs that uses the Keyboard Maestro file to:
- run firefox (the first tab in firefox is a URL that gets the current ip address
- pauses for 60 seconds to allow firefox to run and get the url
- takes a screen shot that is saved on the desktop
- pauses for 15 seconds
- moves the screen shot to a dropbox folder on her computer that is shared with me.
I can then open my dropbox folder and get the new ip address.
Thanks Keyboard Maestro.