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clayj
Feb 7, 2008, 10:04 PM
NOTE: The most up-to-date steps are available in the following Guide entry: http://guides.macrumors.com/Using_Remote_File_Access_to_Save_Disk_Space_on_Your_MacBook_Air. Please feel free to post your questions and comments in this thread.

As we all know, the MBA has a relatively small hard drive. For me, this started to become a bit of a problem when I copied all 35 GB of my music from my main Mac Pro to my MBA... and suddenly I found myself with a scant 5 GB of free disk space. Not exactly optimal... especially since my Mac Pro has gobs of free disk space just sitting there waiting to be used. So, in my never-ending quest to have universal access to all of my information, the question occurred to me: How can I leave my files on my Mac Pro, but still be able to get to them from my MBA?

On Your Home Network

When you're at home, on the same network, this is easy: You simply set up File Sharing on your server and then create a connection to it from your MBA.

Once you've done that, you can do things like change the iTunes Music folder location in iTunes on your MBA so that it points to the music files on the server, and then use Add To Library to add the music files, which reside on the server, into iTunes. What you end up with is the iTunes Music Library.xml and iTunes Library files on your MBA (a combined 21 MB in my case), but the music files stay on the server (35 GB). So I've saved myself 35 GB of disk space on my MBA.

The same trick can obviously be used for documents, photos, etc. The bigger the files you can keep on the server and off the MBA, the better! You just need to make sure that your MBA and your server can talk to each other, preferably via WiFi, and make sure that your files on the server are easily found (don't bury them too deep in folder structures, basically).

Away from Your Home Network (Secure)

When you leave your home, though, things get trickier. How can your MBA talk to your server if you're not on the same network?

Well, one option is Back To My Mac (BTMM), one of the features in the current release of .Mac. It purports to be an easy way for your two Macs to talk to each other... but I did some experimenting with it last night and today, and I can tell you that it's not as easy as they say to set up. Beyond the fact that you have to pay $100 a year for a .Mac subscription, the biggest issue is that your network routers at both ends (i.e., where your server is and where your MBA is) both have to support UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) or NAT-PMP... and they must be correctly configured to allow you to use one of those two technologies. Find yourself in a hotel or a public WiFi spot where neither of those protocols is in use or where they're using an unsupported router, and your BTMM is suddenly worthless. (Apple won't volunteer this information as plainly as I have stated it here. As far as they are concerned, everyone has UPnP/NAT-PMP routers.)

Since using BTMM is clearly a hassle, I did a little poking around and found an even better solution which only requires changes on your home router. Basically, if you open a specific port on your router and forward that port to your Mac Pro server, you can get to the server from anywhere you can access the Internet with your MBA. I can't tell you exact steps for your particular router, but here are the basics:

1. On your router, configure port 548 to point to the internal IP address of your Mac server (a Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, or some other Mac that's always home and on) for both TCP and UDP. For example, your Mac server might have an IP address like 192.168.1.1.

2. On your Mac server, go into System Preferences > Sharing and make sure that File Sharing is turned ON. Also, click Options under File Sharing, and make sure that "Share files and folders using AFP" is turned ON, and make sure the list of Users includes YOUR account with Read & Write access.

IMPORTANT!: You also need to set the access for "Everyone" to "No Access". If you fail to do this, someone might potentially be able to access your server's files simply by directing their Mac to connect to yours. The only account(s) that should be permitted access are "name" accounts (your name and other accounts you specifically created).

3. You will need to know your home network's external IP address: This is the IP address that's assigned to your home by your cable company or ISP. You can usually get this IP address from your router's control panel, or by going to http://checkip.dyndns.com/. (Before you ask: Your external IP address does NOT start with "192.168". It will be something totally different.)

NOTE: You could also install a Dynamic DNS client on your Mac and use it to associate a domain name like "www.myhomedomain.com" to your external IP address. This costs a little, but it eliminates the need for you to have to fiddle with IP addresses, especially if they ever change. You can get a Dynamic DNS client here: http://www.dyndns.com/support/clients/mac.html

That's all you have to do at home.

When you're on the road, you can connect your MBA to your home Mac server using these steps:

4. In the Finder, click Go > Connect To Server.

5. In the Server Address box, type your home system's external IP address. For example, "123.123.12.123". Or, if you have a domain name that points to your home system, you can type that: "www.myhomedomain.com", for example.

6. Click Connect.

A password prompt dialog box will appear and ask you for your name and password. Select "Registered User", and then enter your user name and password from your Mac server. If you want, you can check the box for "Remember this password in my keychain".

7. Click Connect.

Now you'll get a list of all of the shares on your Mac server.

8. Select the share(s) you want to connect to, and click OK.

Voilą! You are now connected to your home Mac server from your MBA. You can access files, copy files back and forth between your MBA and your server, delete files, whatever you want, as long as your MBA remains network-connected. The next time you go to connect, it should go even more quickly (especially if you save your password in your keychain, and if you add your home IP address/domain name to your list of Favorite Servers in the Connect dialog box).

Away from Your Home Network (Even More Secure) -- Added 3/3/2008

I didn't post this info earlier, because I wasn't sure it would work... but this weekend I was able to confirm that it does. There are two differences between this method and the Secure method shown above:

1. On your router, configure a port number that you choose (for example, 5678 -- I recommend using a high port number to prevent conflicts) to forward to port 548 of the internal IP address of your Mac server (a Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, or some other Mac that's always home and on) for both TCP and UDP. For example, your Mac server might have an IP address like 192.168.1.1.

5. In the Server Address box, type your home system's external IP address, plus a colon and the port number you specified in step 1. For example, "123.123.12.123:5678". Or, if you have a domain name that points to your home system, you can type that, plus a colon and the port number you specified in step 1: "www.myhomedomain.com:5678", for example.

Setting your router to perform port forwarding in this manner, rather than just relying on the home server's login security, provides an additional layer of security that will prevent unauthorized users from accessing your home server: Not only would they have to know your user name and password from your home server, but they would also have to know what port number to use, not just the default 548 port number. If they can't even guess the right port number, they don't even get a chance to try your user name and password.

Once You've Set Everything Up

Once the connection is established, it will also work for programs like iTunes. As I type this, my MBA is connected to a neighbor's open WiFi network (so it's "away from home"), connected through that to my Mac Pro server through the Internet. I'm using iTunes on the MBA to play a copy of a-ha's Take On Me which is stored on my Mac Pro server. I can access my entire music collection in this manner. (The only downside of doing this is that file transfers are limited by network speed. So when I go to another song, it takes a few seconds to transfer the bytes to iTunes on my MBA before the song actually plays. Network hiccups can also be a bother. But at least I can get to the files!)

Those of you who have MBAs and who have a little expertise shouldn't have any trouble following the above steps. Hope you enjoy them, and as always your feedback is welcome!



camarobh
Feb 7, 2008, 10:24 PM
I have been trying to come up with a solution for Podcasts while away from my iMac. I have my iTunes library on my iMac at home. I travel with my MBA. I am not interested in transferring the music files, but I am very interested in Podcasts. While I am away I want to retrieve the latest Podcasts that I subscribe to and sync them to my iPhone for the airplane ride home. As it is now, I sync up before I leave, but listen to them all while away and when I get home am all backed up with episodes I have missed.

Basically I want to download new episodes while I am away on my MBA and have it synced with the episodes on my iMac.

How can I keep the two iTunes libraries in sync for just Podcasts? Will your solution support that?

Thanks!

JasonBourne9
Feb 7, 2008, 10:25 PM
clayj

Thanks for the helpful post. On a related note, I have actually been successful with back to my mac over my evdo card. I haven't tried it over a different wifi or hotel network (haven't traveled with my MBA yet) but from home, using the EVDO connection, I can see my home computer drives, copy files, even screen share (albeit not at blazing speed). So I guess both my Airport Extreme router and Verizon EVDO card have UPNP support.

clayj
Feb 7, 2008, 10:32 PM
I have been trying to come up with a solution for Podcasts while away from my iMac. I have my iTunes library on my iMac at home. I travel with my MBA. I am not interested in transferring the music files, but I am very interested in Podcasts. While I am away I want to retrieve the latest Podcasts that I subscribe to and sync them to my iPhone for the airplane ride home. As it is now, I sync up before I leave, but listen to them all while away and when I get home am all backed up with episodes I have missed.

Basically I want to download new episodes while I am away on my MBA and have it synced with the episodes on my iMac.

How can I keep the two iTunes libraries in sync for just Podcasts? Will your solution support that?

Thanks!If the Podcasts are automatically showing up on your Mac server each day, here's what you would do:

1. At home, you'd need to configure your MBA's iTunes to store all of its music files (Preferences > Advanced > General > iTunes Music folder location) on the server.

2. Then, you'd use Add To Library to add all of the music that's on the server to your MBA iTunes library. This is what I did, and the result is that the music files stay on the server, but the MBA can access all of them. This should also work for podcasts (I know it works for movies).

3. When you are on the road, you'd connect to the Mac server using the steps I wrote above.

4. Then, you'd use Add To Library again to add just the new podcasts. They'd stay on your server, but they'd be accessible on the MBA.

5. Once they're accessible on the MBA, you can then sync them to your iPhone.

You bring up a good point: It's not enough to just share the iTunes library from the server to the MBA, because if you do that, all you can do is to play the media. You can't sync music from a shared library to an iPod or iPhone. That's why you actually need to connect to the server and let your iTunes use the music files that are stored there, versus just talking to the server's copy of iTunes.

Basically, each machine (the server and your MBA) would maintain its own iTunes library, but they'd share a common repository of music files, podcasts, and movie files.

I think that's what you're looking for?

clayj

Thanks for the helpful post. On a related note, I have actually been successful with back to my mac over my evdo card. I haven't tried it over a different wifi or hotel network (haven't traveled with my MBA yet) but from home, using the EVDO connection, I can see my home computer drives, copy files, even screen share (albeit not at blazing speed). So I guess both my Airport Extreme router and Verizon EVDO card have UPNP support.Yeah, that would be my guess. For me, the dealbreaker was that I don't know if everyone in my family has a UPnP-compatible router, and I don't want to have to fight that battle each time I go somewhere. Opening port 548 and using the steps I wrote above will save a lot of headaches.

mcvaughan
Feb 7, 2008, 10:52 PM
clayj

Thanks for the helpful post. On a related note, I have actually been successful with back to my mac over my evdo card. I haven't tried it over a different wifi or hotel network (haven't traveled with my MBA yet) but from home, using the EVDO connection, I can see my home computer drives, copy files, even screen share (albeit not at blazing speed). So I guess both my Airport Extreme router and Verizon EVDO card have UPNP support.

No, you're just not using network address translation (NAT) when using your EVDO card, so no worries about what port is open. I do hope your firewall is turned on when connecting. :)

camarobh
Feb 7, 2008, 11:42 PM
If the Podcasts are automatically showing up on your Mac server each day, here's what you would do:

1. At home, you'd need to configure your MBA's iTunes to store all of its music files (Preferences > Advanced > General > iTunes Music folder location) on the server.

2. Then, you'd use Add To Library to add all of the music that's on the server to your MBA iTunes library. This is what I did, and the result is that the music files stay on the server, but the MBA can access all of them. This should also work for podcasts (I know it works for movies).

3. When you are on the road, you'd connect to the Mac server using the steps I wrote above.

4. Then, you'd use Add To Library again to add just the new podcasts. They'd stay on your server, but they'd be accessible on the MBA.

5. Once they're accessible on the MBA, you can then sync them to your iPhone.

You bring up a good point: It's not enough to just share the iTunes library from the server to the MBA, because if you do that, all you can do is to play the media. You can't sync music from a shared library to an iPod or iPhone. That's why you actually need to connect to the server and let your iTunes use the music files that are stored there, versus just talking to the server's copy of iTunes.

Basically, each machine (the server and your MBA) would maintain its own iTunes library, but they'd share a common repository of music files, podcasts, and movie files.

I think that's what you're looking for?

Yeah, that would be my guess. For me, the dealbreaker was that I don't know if everyone in my family has a UPnP-compatible router, and I don't want to have to fight that battle each time I go somewhere. Opening port 548 and using the steps I wrote above will save a lot of headaches.

Yes it is! Thanks so much, I'll give it a try.

robbrick
Feb 8, 2008, 12:11 AM
to the OP:

if you use this command, how will you designate a certain 'repository' for all your music to get directed to? what i mean is if you do this command, itunes will ask where to add from, then index everything to my laptop, but then, it's stored on the internal disk of my laptop (maybe not the songs, but the index). then how do i designate where itunes will store music, etc. when i buy or download something? i certainly dont want to store it locally on my laptop.

thank you.

kyleen66
Feb 8, 2008, 08:14 AM
::prints instructions::

Thanks SO much for the info! I was seriously considering using .Mac because of the "back to my mac" thing. But if its as picky as you say, it won't work for me. I'm in too many different places getting on the internet. (Some days I don't know what state I'm going to be in next week. Meh.)

So not only have you saved me aggravation, but $100 a year to boot!

I have a hosting account so I have little need for their storage or e-mail. You totally made my morning with this post!

clayj
Feb 8, 2008, 08:52 AM
to the OP:

if you use this command, how will you designate a certain 'repository' for all your music to get directed to? what i mean is if you do this command, itunes will ask where to add from, then index everything to my laptop, but then, it's stored on the internal disk of my laptop (maybe not the songs, but the index). then how do i designate where itunes will store music, etc. when i buy or download something? i certainly dont want to store it locally on my laptop.

thank you.Here's how my 'repository' is set up:

1. On the server, I used iTunes > Add To Library and added in all of my music. I let it go to the default location, which is (IIRC) Macintosh HD:Users:MyName:Music:iTunes:iTunes Music. So the server is a straight-up standard implementation of iTunes, nothing odd about it.

2. On the MBA, I rejiggered iTunes (using Preferences) so that its iTunes Music folder location was ServerName:MyName:Music:iTunes:iTunes Music... it's pointing to the exact same physical location as iTunes on the server, but the pathing is different since I am coming across the network. I also made sure that my user name and password for the server share were stored in my keychain, so I'm never prompted for that on the MBA. Then I used Add To Library to add the music files on the server into my library... the result is that the music stays on the server, and iTunes adds those file paths to its library.

The result of these two actions is that both copies of iTunes are using the same song files, but they each maintain their own iTunes library files. If you add new songs, you would want to add them on the server first, then add them on the MBA. In both cases, I would be using Add To Library.

(Why? Because I rip all of my music in Windows, using RealPlayer, into WMA format; then I use iTunes in Windows to convert them to AAC, then I import them into iTunes on the Mac server, then I import them into iTunes on the MBA. Convoluted process, but it gives me the best results for sharing music on my Xbox 360s, and RealPlayer has superior file naming and organization capabilities over WMP and iTunes.)

I don't buy music from iTunes, so I really don't know where it would store a downloaded song. My inclination is to think it's going to try to stick the song on the repository on the server... so if you buy music on your MBA, it would probably be a good idea to make sure you are connected to your server first. Someone will really need to test this, though.

adeinov
Feb 12, 2008, 02:08 PM
This is an interesting article on running more than one library:

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20051119134344700

What I want to do is have a few tunes on the MBA for when I'm travelling but to have my larger set on another drive

Ade

LouTreize
Mar 3, 2008, 03:44 PM
Wow, ClayJ created two of the most informative threads on MacRumors. This (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=427768) and this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=429956)...

Sticky...please


I don't even own a Macbook Air...but if and when i do, this would be the first place to look. Thanks ClayJ for your hard work.

clayj
Mar 3, 2008, 04:26 PM
Wow, ClayJ created two of the most informative threads on MacRumors. This (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=427768) and this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=429956)...

Sticky...please


I don't even own a Macbook Air...but if and when i do, this would be the first place to look. Thanks ClayJ for your hard work.Lou, thanks!

As a bonus, I have just added information (to the original post) about how to make your remote file access even more secure than it was before... check it out when you get a chance! :cool:

Terwal
Mar 4, 2008, 04:32 AM
clayj, this is another amazing post. For a newbie like me, the posts you write are extremely useful because they deal with tricky issues and... I understand them ! :) or so I think !! ;)

One question though regarding using the same trick with photos:


The same trick can obviously be used for documents, photos, etc. The bigger the files you can keep on the server and off the MBA, the better!

For the first time last night, I imported my pictures from my external drive onto iPhoto. On my MBA, I see the iPhoto Library (which is roughly 5GB big). Therefore it seems that the pictures were actually copied from my external drive onto my laptop ?

If it is the case, how could I use the set up you have described (having a "light" library on the MBA and storing the "heaving" photos on an other computer) ?

Thanks for your advice.

w.

clayj
Mar 4, 2008, 07:38 AM
clayj, this is another amazing post. For a newbie like me, the posts you write are extremely useful because they deal with tricky issues and... I understand them ! :) or so I think !! ;)My pleasure! Actually, in a former job (Microsoft) I used to write technical articles all the time, so the article writer in me appreciates being let out occasionally to do some serious writing.

One question though regarding using the same trick with photos:

For the first time last night, I imported my pictures from my external drive onto iPhoto. On my MBA, I see the iPhoto Library (which is roughly 5GB big). Therefore it seems that the pictures were actually copied from my external drive onto my laptop ?

If it is the case, how could I use the set up you have described (having a "light" library on the MBA and storing the "heaving" photos on an other computer) ?

Thanks for your advice.

w.Hmm. It doesn't look like iPhoto provides an option similar to iTunes, which allows you to specify the location where your media (music, movies, etc.) should be stored. For iPhoto, as near as I can tell, it just jams everything into the "iPhoto Library" file on your machine.

I was referencing "photos" more in the way of saying "You can see them on the other machine and browse them". Once you start involving an app like iPhoto, you become totally dependent on what that app will allow you to do. iTunes is flexible about that; iPhoto appears not to be.

Mikebuzzsaw
Mar 5, 2008, 02:24 AM
Why isn't this stickyed?!

bluetooth101
Mar 5, 2008, 04:57 AM
Sorry,newbie here. i got an Imac at home with a MBA for travel. The Imac is running on Tiger and the MBA on leopard. I've tried the steps given but can't get it to work. Anyone have the luxury of time explaining the steps of completing this is more details? For example, Step 1...Step 2....
Sorry again...sigh :mad:

phatjoe
Mar 5, 2008, 07:05 AM
"Clayj" thanks so much for this awesome post.

HOW DO YOU KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT THIS STUFF! :) :eek: :)

clayj
Mar 5, 2008, 07:58 AM
"Clayj" thanks so much for this awesome post.

HOW DO YOU KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT THIS STUFF! :) :eek: :)You're welcome.

And it's actually not so much a question about how much you know when you start... when I started writing this thread and the thread about doing a clean OS X reinstall, I really knew very little about the subjects in question. But I knew what I wanted to do (e.g., save hard drive space), and I knew other stuff (like how to use port forwarding on a router), so then it was just a question of sitting down and running through things, Googling for answers to questions I came up with, and testing things to make sure they worked as expected. By the time I was done doing all of that, I knew fairly well how all of the things work that I was writing about.

After that, it's just a matter of thoroughly documenting everything you do, documenting any problems or bugaboos you find, and testing stuff before you publish what you wrote. (How to do some of that testing: Temporarily "borrow" your neighbor's WiFi network so you can test your configuration from "outside" your network... or go to the Apple Store and test from there. Makes for a good excuse to go to the mall.)

It helps if you actually like experimenting with computers, like I do. :)

I've actually done quite a bit of writing about technical stuff over the years... one of my previous jobs, when I worked at Microsoft, was writing Knowledge Base articles. I'm pretty good at describing problems, writing up causes, and documenting solutions in a way that is clear, concise, and precise. If you're interested in seeing some of the stuff I've written, go to http://www.clayj.com/html/ClayArts.htm. (Please bear in mind that most of the articles linked there are nowhere near as detailed as stuff I've written here, because the problems I was writing about were usually much simpler.)

Terwal
Mar 5, 2008, 08:25 AM
I have just scrolled through your list of publications... it took me ages ! ;) Very impressive !...

As well: very nice art collection... :)

clayj
Mar 5, 2008, 09:25 AM
Sorry,newbie here. i got an Imac at home with a MBA for travel. The Imac is running on Tiger and the MBA on leopard. I've tried the steps given but can't get it to work. Anyone have the luxury of time explaining the steps of completing this is more details? For example, Step 1...Step 2....
Sorry again...sigh :mad:Which part doesn't seem to be working? Are you able to get the port forwarding set up correctly on your router? Do you receive any error messages? (Please don't post any confidential information like your home system's IP address. We don't need to know that and you don't need to expose yourself to any hackers.)

Terwal
Mar 6, 2008, 06:12 AM
In another thread, I believe somebody wrote that apple tv should basically considered as a mini hooked to your tv.

if it is the case, would it be possible to remotely access apple tv from my mba, as a way to remotely access my tc ?

thanks...

w.

thehuhman
Mar 6, 2008, 06:37 AM
Thanks, clayj. Gonna give it a try. (was wondering what to do this weekend)

clayj
Mar 6, 2008, 07:06 AM
Thanks, clayj. Gonna give it a try. (was wondering what to do this weekend)Remember that an easy way to test your access from the outside is to "borrow" a neighbor's WiFi network and connect your MBA to that, rather than to your home network. That way you can access your home network from the "outside", just as if you were away from home.

Sesshi
Mar 6, 2008, 08:34 AM
An alternative is the increasing range of low-cost SSL VPN gateways. VPN access via a conduit that almost no-one will block. I use the Juniper SA2000 at each of my for-work locations which I suspect is beyond the means of most members, but there are an increasing number of low-end routers perfect for personal use from Zyxel, etc.

bluetooth101
Mar 6, 2008, 09:59 AM
Hi, I just need someone to guide me along the process and I didn't know anything port forwarding or any other network terms. So sorry

thehuhman
Mar 6, 2008, 06:55 PM
Remember that an easy way to test your access from the outside is to "borrow" a neighbor's WiFi network and connect your MBA to that, rather than to your home network. That way you can access your home network from the "outside", just as if you were away from home.

Another good tip. Thanks, i will do that for sure. Will report back Monday, on how successful I've been...:o

clayj
Mar 6, 2008, 10:41 PM
FYI, the steps at the beginning of this thread are now in a Guide! Here's the link for the Guide:

http://guides.macrumors.com/Using_Remote_File_Access_to_Save_Disk_Space_on_Your_MacBook_Air

Enjoy!

ThanatosId
Mar 9, 2008, 01:12 PM
I can't seem to get this to work with my Airport Extreme. Has anyone been successful with changing Port 548 on the Extreme? If so, I would love some help.

Thanks

clayj
Mar 9, 2008, 01:20 PM
I can't seem to get this to work with my Airport Extreme. Has anyone been successful with changing Port 548 on the Extreme? If so, I would love some help.

ThanksThe AEBS is actually what I use... here's a screenshot of where you need to make the change. The "5678" is the port number you want to use (but use any number you like, I recommend between 1000 and 9999), and the "192.168.1.101" address should be your server's internal IP address.

clin86
Mar 10, 2008, 03:10 AM
is there anyway to access time capsule files without having a computer running at home? kinda like a mini home server?
thanks

tringo
Mar 10, 2008, 11:52 AM
What a great thread. Just curious as to how a Time Capsule would be integrated into this.

Would it show up as a hard drive on the server?

clayj
Mar 10, 2008, 12:02 PM
What a great thread. Just curious as to how a Time Capsule would be integrated into this.

Would it show up as a hard drive on the server?I don't actually have a TC, but I am going to try setting up my AEBS with a shared USB hard drive and see what the remote access options are. It should show up as a separate server on your network, which means you'd have to set up another port forwarding to get to it from a remote location. (Which reminds me: You CAN set up multiple port forwardings, using different port numbers, to forward to port 548 of different Mac servers on your home network. You just need to make sure when you connect that you use the correct port number for the machine you want to connect to.)

My gut feeling is that the Time Machine functionality itself will not work across the Internet. The files might be accessible, but having your MBA maintain a Time Machine fileset remotely is probably not going to work.

clayj
Mar 10, 2008, 10:21 PM
Hi all,

Just a quick FYI to let you know that the Guide that was created from this thread now contains a new section, "If You Have a Time Capsule or an AirPort Extreme Base Station with Shared USB Hard Drive", which explains how to share out your Time Capsule or AEBS USB hard drive to the Internet, so that you can access it from your MBA anywhere you have an Internet connection.

Enjoy!

thehuhman
Mar 14, 2008, 01:22 PM
Thanks for these very helpful and detailed tips. I will be tinkering again this weekend. I know your stuff will come in handy again.

Oh, and I confess, I used to depend on MacFixit.com or HowStuffWorks.com to advance my computer knowledge. :rolleyes:

Mikebuzzsaw
Mar 16, 2008, 07:36 PM
I seem to have trouble do all this. I enabled the file sharing, screen sharing and all that on my home computer. Port forwarded 21, 3000 and couple others. They are port forwarded to a static ip I set up (10.0.1.200). I took my external ip and tried to connect using my laptop on a different network (192.134.31:3000 fake ip but thats how i connected). It can connect, a username and pass prompts, but afterwards it times out.

thehuhman
Mar 17, 2008, 08:34 AM
Not sure if this is the right thread, but I've run into permissions errors, now that the MBA has moved in. Let me get this straight. I work alone. No other users involved. I used a different name for my admin account when I setup the MBA. Should I have used the same name as I use on my MacPro tower? Would that have been the preferred method. Are these permissions errors being caused by having the two different names? Or is it more likely, something else? Does anyone know?:confused:

clayj
Mar 17, 2008, 09:47 AM
Not sure if this is the right thread, but I've run into permissions errors, now that the MBA has moved in. Let me get this straight. I work alone. No other users involved. I used a different name for my admin account when I setup the MBA. Should I have used the same name as I use on my MacPro tower? Would that have been the preferred method. Are these permissions errors being caused by having the two different names? Or is it more likely, something else? Does anyone know?:confused:No, you don't have to use the same user name and password on your MBA as you do on your other Mac(s)... but you do have to use the correct user name and password when you connect to those other machines, for obvious reasons.

If you're having trouble accessing specific files or folders on your Mac server, you might want to go to that server directly and check permissions on those files and folders. You may even want to run a permissions check using the Disk Utility.

thehuhman
Mar 17, 2008, 09:55 AM
No, you don't have to use the same user name and password on your MBA as you do on your other Mac(s)... but you do have to use the correct user name and password when you connect to those other machines, for obvious reasons.

If you're having trouble accessing specific files or folders on your Mac server, you might want to go to that server directly and check permissions on those files and folders. You may even want to run a permissions check using the Disk Utility.

Thanks, clayj. Will give that a try.:)

Mikebuzzsaw
Mar 18, 2008, 01:29 PM
I don't understand my problem. I'm using a timecapsule, I have all the sharing enabling on both computers. I port forwarded the 548, 3000 to an internal one. 10.0.1.200 and my DHCP static is set to that.

Everytime I connect to ip, no password prompt!

clayj
Mar 18, 2008, 01:35 PM
I don't understand my problem. I'm using a timecapsule, I have all the sharing enabling on both computers. I port forwarded the 548, 3000 to an internal one. 10.0.1.200 and my DHCP static is set to that.

Everytime I connect to ip, no password prompt!3000? Where does that come in?

Make sure you are forwarding/mapping external port #### to the internal IP address of your server, port 548. The external port can be any number you want, but the internal port MUST be 548. And when you connect using Go > Connect To Server, you must use either

afp://external.domain.com: portnumber

or

afp://externalipaddress: portnumber

If you just do a straight 548-to-548 mapping (which is less secure), you can omit the ": portnumber" (note there should be no space in there... I had to include that to prevent a ":p" from showing) and just use

afp://external.domain.com

or

afp://externalipaddress

Make sure you also have set the sharing for your Mac server to Everyone = No Access. This is a crucial point.

clayj
Mar 19, 2008, 07:00 PM
Well, it seems that today's release of firmware 7.3.1 for the AirPort Extreme Base Station (AEBS) now allows you to use Leopard's Time Machine feature with a USB-connected external hard drive. In effect, an AEBS + a USB hard drive = a Time Capsule.

Now that this change has been made, I will see about testing Time Machine/Time Capsule functionality between my MBA and my AEBS/USBHD over the Internet and report my findings here. As I've already indicated, though, Time Machine functionality may require a "fatter" bandwidth connection than is normally available over the "thin" Internet, so be prepared for me to confirm that using Time Machine across the Internet is not a good idea.

Either way, though, I will update the Guide entry from this thread with whatever information I find.

freelander
Mar 22, 2008, 04:20 AM
Hi Clayj
Followed your clear steps to set remote file access up with External drive connected to aebs.
Can I just check one thing, as I am unable to establish a connection, I am using the IP address which came up after I followed the link in your guide, this is identical to the one showing in the AEBS manual setup panel - will this be the right one? It is in this format (though not this number) 12.12.123.123

Only other thing I was wondering is that I am trying to connect over a hotel wifi system, could that be the problem?

The error message I get is "Connection Failed. The server may not exist or it not be operational at this time. Check the server name or IP address and your network connection and try again."
It is definitely on at home I only left it an hour ago.

Thanks for any advice.

freelander
Mar 22, 2008, 04:24 AM
Just to add to the above, when I click on OK of the above error message a get another error message which says "The Finder cannot complete the operation because some data in "afp://12.12.123.123:5678" could not be read or written.(error code -36).

clayj
Mar 22, 2008, 02:42 PM
Just to add to the above, when I click on OK of the above error message a get another error message which says "The Finder cannot complete the operation because some data in "afp://12.12.123.123:5678" could not be read or written.(error code -36).Being on a hotel WiFi network could be a problem if they don't allow certain ports to be used on their network. The tests I performed when I was figuring out how to do all of this were done on my neighbor's WiFi network and at the Apple Store, both of which have pretty wide-open networks.

Am I correct in assuming that when you say "5678", you are actually using the port number you set up on your router? There's nothing special about "5678"; I just used that number as an example.

freelander
Mar 22, 2008, 04:19 PM
Thanks for the reply.
Tried later using my brothers network, so don't think that is the problem.
Think I have cocked up with the port number, how do I identify the port number? I did use 5678!!!!

clayj
Mar 22, 2008, 05:24 PM
Thanks for the reply.
Tried later using my brothers network, so don't think that is the problem.
Think I have cocked up with the port number, how do I identify the port number? I did use 5678!!!!What kind of router do you have? If it's an AirPort Extreme Base Station, please scroll up farther in this thread to see a picture of what the port configuration screen looks like. If it's some other kind of router, the important things to remember are:

1. You MUST know what the internal IP address is of your Mac server. You can get this by going to that Mac and clicking System Preferences > Network... it should be right there under Status. This IP address is what you should specify in your router: External port "5678" (or whatever you choose) should be mapped to port "548" (this is ALWAYS 548) of IP address "ip.ip.ip.ip".

2. You MUST also have turned on File Sharing on your Mac server. This is under System Preferences > Sharing. You will see something like "Other users can access your computer at afp://ip.ip.ip.ip or browse for "MacServerName", where "ip.ip.ip.ip" is the same IP address from step 1.

Let me know if this helps. Remember also that if you can connect your MBA to a neighbor's WiFi network, this will allow you to more easily test the changes that you make to see if they work.

freelander
Mar 23, 2008, 01:28 AM
Does it matter what the port number is then providing it meets the criteria you describe above? I have used 5678, but shouldn't that work?
I think I have been using the wrong ip address, I have used the external one in that panel not the AEBS internal one. Will try again.
Thanks for your help.

clayj
Mar 23, 2008, 01:31 AM
Does it matter what the port number is then providing it meets the criteria you describe above? I have used 5678, but shouldn't that work?
I think I have been using the wrong ip address, I have used the external one in that panel not the AEBS internal one. Will try again.
Thanks for your help.5678 should be fine. And yes, it's important to make sure you use the right IP addresses in the right place: You use the external address when you're trying to connect to your home network from somewhere else, and the internal IP address for your Mac server when configuring the router.

And you're very welcome!

freelander
Mar 24, 2008, 02:50 AM
All sorted, thanks!

SilentPanda
Mar 25, 2008, 08:13 PM
Hmm. It doesn't look like iPhoto provides an option similar to iTunes, which allows you to specify the location where your media (music, movies, etc.) should be stored. For iPhoto, as near as I can tell, it just jams everything into the "iPhoto Library" file on your machine.

If you hold down Option when you launch iPhoto you can select a new library to use. Might be able to choose the one on the server. If that works it might even be better than the iTunes way since it's actually the same library so adding from either machine will add to both. With iTunes it looks like you have to add it to the server then add it to the roamer.

freelander
Mar 26, 2008, 06:05 AM
Clayj, Is there any way of knowing if the port has been blocked on the network I am on. I had this working fine on a relatives wifi network, however, I am now in work logged onto my Co wifi network and I can't connect again. Just wondering if there is a way of identifying if the issue is a "blocked" port without having to ask the network manager.

clayj
Mar 26, 2008, 08:34 AM
Clayj, Is there any way of knowing if the port has been blocked on the network I am on. I had this working fine on a relatives wifi network, however, I am now in work logged onto my Co wifi network and I can't connect again. Just wondering if there is a way of identifying if the issue is a "blocked" port without having to ask the network manager.Try this:

http://www.canyouseeme.org/

Cronus130
Apr 1, 2008, 01:33 AM
Excellent guide but a have a question:

Here is what I am trying to accomplish:

I want to create a share for my iTunes library using either Time Capsule or a NAS drive. The point to the share being to house my entire iTunes music library with the ability to access it with my MBP remotely (Internet) and/or on my local network. I do not want to have to change the location of the library within iTunes whenever I move between a remote connection and my local network.

So my question is will iTunes be able to still locally connect to my music library if it's setup to connect remotely?

clayj
Apr 1, 2008, 08:38 AM
Excellent guide but a have a question:

Here is what I am trying to accomplish:

I want to create a share for my iTunes library using either Time Capsule or a NAS drive. The point to the share being to house my entire iTunes music library with the ability to access it with my MBP remotely (Internet) and/or on my local network. I do not want to have to change the location of the library within iTunes whenever I move between a remote connection and my local network.

So my question is will iTunes be able to still locally connect to my music library if it's setup to connect remotely?Yes, but remember that if you are away from home, you will need to connect to your home Time Capsule/NAS drive before you launch iTunes. Otherwise, iTunes will start scanning for its songs on a drive it can't reach, and you will see a bunch of exclamation points in your iTunes songs list as songs are not found. If this occurs, you will need to exit iTunes, establish the connection to the home server, and then relaunch iTunes.

Also, equally important: The path that you use to connect to the Time Capsule should be the same whether you are inside or outside of the network. This should not be hard to do... just make sure that when you connect to the drive that contains the music, you connect to the root of that location, not a folder that's below the root.

rapps
Apr 1, 2008, 11:32 AM
Your guide was amazing. Thank you for such a clear explanation. So far it's work perfectly. One question though...itunes works when I'm off network, but really really slowly. I have a setup similar to yours. AEBS with USB HD. Do you think speeds would be much improved with the TC? Is the bottleneck from internet speeds or from the AEBS to USB.

Additionally...is there a way to automate the server connection? Having it automatically connect when I'm off the home network would be really cool. Or if there was a way to have it permanently on the sidebar?

Thanks so much

clayj
Apr 1, 2008, 12:00 PM
Your guide was amazing. Thank you for such a clear explanation. So far it's work perfectly. One question though...itunes works when I'm off network, but really really slowly. I have a setup similar to yours. AEBS with USB HD. Do you think speeds would be much improved with the TC? Is the bottleneck from internet speeds or from the AEBS to USB.

Additionally...is there a way to automate the server connection? Having it automatically connect when I'm off the home network would be really cool. Or if there was a way to have it permanently on the sidebar?

Thanks so muchGlad you like it!

The slowness is a function of network speed, not the speed of connection between your AEBS and its USB HD. A Time Capsule would be just as slow, as would going through your router to a Mac server (which is what I actually do). If the "away from home" location is using a B-only router, upgrading it to a G or N router might help, but there are no guarantees.

I really haven't looked into automating the process, because the first step in doing that would probably be for the MBA to "know" if it's at home or away from home, and I am not sure how exactly I'd do that (not to mention the overhead required to establish the connection when I may actually not want to). Given that it only takes me a few mouse clicks to make the connection manually, since I have saved the proper AFP address in Go > Connect to Server and my username and password are saved in the keychain, I don't know that I want to spend any time trying to automate something that may cause more problems than it solves.

rapps
Apr 1, 2008, 12:05 PM
Glad you like it!

The slowness is a function of network speed, not the speed of connection between your AEBS and its USB HD. A Time Capsule would be just as slow, as would going through your router to a Mac server (which is what I actually do). If the "away from home" location is using a B-only router, upgrading it to a G or N router might help, but there are no guarantees.

I really haven't looked into automating the process, because the first step in doing that would probably be for the MBA to "know" if it's at home or away from home, and I am not sure how exactly I'd do that (not to mention the overhead required to establish the connection when I may actually not want to). Given that it only takes me a few mouse clicks to make the connection manually, since I have saved the proper AFP address in Go > Connect to Server and my username and password are saved in the keychain, I don't know that I want to spend any time trying to automate something that may cause more problems than it solves.

Thanks for the quick reply. Glad to hear that upgrading to a TC wouldn't help. If I set my AEBS to N only, what would happen if someone without an N-card tries to connect to it?

clayj
Apr 1, 2008, 12:33 PM
Thanks for the quick reply. Glad to hear that upgrading to a TC wouldn't help. If I set my AEBS to N only, what would happen if someone without an N-card tries to connect to it?One clarification: It's not the speed of your home network that really matters, since the AEBS' HD or Time Capsule HD or Mac server HD is not connected wirelessly to the network. The bottleneck comes from (1) having to go through the Internet in the first place, which is not as fast as accessing a hard drive directly (in the same machine) or via a wired network and (2) having to go through wireless networking at the "away from home" location. Even if you eliminate (2) by connecting to the network using a USB Ethernet adapter, you still have to contend with the fact that your iTunes bits are going through the Internet. The speed difference is substantial.

Setting your home router to N-only will only affect users at home who do not have N; they won't be able to connect to your home network. It won't make any difference with respect to how quickly you can access files when you are away from home.

rapps
Apr 1, 2008, 12:38 PM
One clarification: It's not the speed of your home network that really matters, since the AEBS' HD or Time Capsule HD or Mac server HD is not connected wirelessly to the network. The bottleneck comes from (1) having to go through the Internet in the first place, which is not as fast as accessing a hard drive directly (in the same machine) or via a wired network and (2) having to go through wireless networking at the "away from home" location. Even if you eliminate (2) by connecting to the network using a USB Ethernet adapter, you still have to contend with the fact that your iTunes bits are going through the Internet. The speed difference is substantial.

Setting your home router to N-only will only affect users at home who do not have N; they won't be able to connect to your home network. It won't make any difference with respect to how quickly you can access files when you are away from home.

Gotcha, but would those on my home network be able to access the internet if the AEBS is on N only if they don't have N?

Cronus130
Apr 2, 2008, 01:39 AM
Yes, but remember that if you are away from home, you will need to connect to your home Time Capsule/NAS drive before you launch iTunes. Otherwise, iTunes will start scanning for its songs on a drive it can't reach, and you will see a bunch of exclamation points in your iTunes songs list as songs are not found. If this occurs, you will need to exit iTunes, establish the connection to the home server, and then relaunch iTunes.

Also, equally important: The path that you use to connect to the Time Capsule should be the same whether you are inside or outside of the network. This should not be hard to do... just make sure that when you connect to the drive that contains the music, you connect to the root of that location, not a folder that's below the root.

Thanks! Now I just need to find a way to automatically mount the share before iTunes launches... I'm thinking an apple script perhaps

clayj
Apr 2, 2008, 07:05 AM
One thing I hope you all will take into consideration when accessing a home server or TC/AEBS+HD when you are on the road: For many broadband systems, there are two speeds of data transmission. When you're at home, the download speed is important. But when you're away from home and you are accessing files remotely, the upload speed is important.

In my case, right now I am getting a download speed of 4700+ kbps, or 4.7 megabits per second (roughly .6 MB per second)... and that's pretty good. But my upload speed is only 360 kbps, not even one-tenth as fast as the download speed. This figure is what you need to bear in mind when you are accessing files remotely... if it seems slow, you'll know why.

Check out http://speedtest.twcnc.com for one way to check your download and upload speeds.

bcegi
Apr 2, 2008, 09:56 AM
Here is a question that I did not see asked here nor in the guide. Can I access the hard disk connected to the Time Capsule remotely without having a Mac Computer turned on and connected to my network at home.

I have tried the steps outlined in the guide but just want to make sure that before I invest anymore time in this that the scenario exists as described above.

clayj
Apr 2, 2008, 09:58 AM
Here is a question that I did not see asked here nor in the guide. Can I access the hard disk connected to the Time Capsule remotely without having a Mac Computer turned on and connected to my network at home.

I have tried the steps outlined in the guide but just want to make sure that before I invest anymore time in this that the scenario exists as described above.Yes. The Guide has an entire section about how to set up connectivity for your Time Capsule or AEBS + USB hard drive. Once set up, no other machine is required at home. (Obviously you will need a machine at home, presumably your MBA, to set this up in the first place.)

prim2
Apr 4, 2008, 01:51 PM
Many thanks, clayj.

I'm sitting in Starbucks with full access to my TC and full Time Machine functionality (backup and retrieve). Slicker than snot on a linoleum floor!

Cheers,

Geoff

VS007
Apr 18, 2008, 03:55 PM
How do I find out the disk space per directory for all users?
Or the top 10 high usage directories so I can clean up.

My MBA is only 20 days old and already 50GB is used up. I did not know MacOS itself takes up 20GB. Pretty heavy OS.

----
From one of the starter links for Mac User I saw the link to "Disk Inventory X".
Downloaded it and I could see my disk usage.

aussieinrome
Apr 21, 2008, 03:56 PM
If you've got or get a Time Capsule then the remote network drive is a feature that is available after setup.

wordnow
Apr 27, 2008, 09:36 PM
After the weekend trying to access my Time Capsule remotely, I have had no luck. I have followed the directions given exactly and reviewed them multiple times. Everything looks good. I am using a dynamic DNS service. When I try to connect as directed using the Finder, it times out and does not connect. I am able to ping the Time Capsule remotely (by typing ping 'dynamicDNSaddress' or literal address). Has anyone had similar problems and fixed them or any ideas on what to do next?

aussieinrome
May 2, 2008, 04:20 AM
After the weekend trying to access my Time Capsule remotely, I have had no luck. I have followed the directions given exactly and reviewed them multiple times. Everything looks good. I am using a dynamic DNS service. When I try to connect as directed using the Finder, it times out and does not connect. I am able to ping the Time Capsule remotely (by typing ping 'dynamicDNSaddress' or literal address). Has anyone had similar problems and fixed them or any ideas on what to do next?

I'm a first time Mac user - the Air is my first mac, so I've got no experience with os X whatsoever. Anyhoot, I had some problems getting my Time Capsule set up the first time too. Now it's setup it runs really well, To backup 22GB took 3 hours, amazing!

Anyway, I found that using the default settings didn't work for me - I mean regarding the Wifi setup part. If you select the option that's for maximum compatibility it's a nightmare, I setup my Time Capsule to the new fast Wifi standard (I'm no tech-head) and it worked well the first time. I found that I had to also turn off my DSL modem to re-boot it too.

I don't know if what I wrote helps but give it a go.

wordnow
May 2, 2008, 07:15 PM
I'm a first time Mac user - the Air is my first mac, so I've got no experience with os X whatsoever. Anyhoot, I had some problems getting my Time Capsule set up the first time too. Now it's setup it runs really well, To backup 22GB took 3 hours, amazing!

Anyway, I found that using the default settings didn't work for me - I mean regarding the Wifi setup part. If you select the option that's for maximum compatibility it's a nightmare, I setup my Time Capsule to the new fast Wifi standard (I'm no tech-head) and it worked well the first time. I found that I had to also turn off my DSL modem to re-boot it too.

I don't know if what I wrote helps but give it a go.

Are you able to access your Time Capsule away from home remotely? If so, did you follow the directions given on this post exactly or did you modify some of it? I'm able to connect at home fine, its just trying to connect remotely that I can't do.

i0Nic
May 4, 2008, 04:23 AM
How about if you don't have a home server but you have an external hard drive connected to a wireless router, can this still be done?

Reason is, I have a macbook and I want to get a macbook air. I will be getting rid of the macbook and have the idea of connecting my external hard drive to the airport extreme base station (or getting a time capsule). Basically I want to run the external with all my media, documents etc and be able to access it all over wifi on a MBA.

I'm not very technical and it gets a bit confusing, any help would be appreciated.

aussieinrome
May 4, 2008, 06:39 AM
Are you able to access your Time Capsule away from home remotely? If so, did you follow the directions given on this post exactly or did you modify some of it? I'm able to connect at home fine, its just trying to connect remotely that I can't do.

I didn't setup my Time Capsule for remote access.

twist2b
May 26, 2008, 04:33 PM
I am planning on getting a Macbook Air, and my parents plan on getting an iMac. So we would get the 1 TB Time Capsule. I am hoping that will help with the low drive space. The drive is were I would grab music, movies, and other not frequently used data. Itunes does a fine job of just grabbing music on a drive, even for a PC. Also Time Capsule is wireless, so that would make the often played music on a seperate drive NOT an issue.

bcegi
Jun 9, 2008, 09:01 AM
Any ideas. I just ran through the guide again. For whatever reason, I still cannot get this to work. Is it possible that Comcast is blocking me from getting in. Anyone using Comcast have success connecting to the time capsule through the outside.

I tried setting up for a Dynamic DNS this weekend, but I am skeptical since several of the forums that I googled stated that the time capsule does not support dynamic dns.

Unfortunately, I am to determined to give up but realize that I need the help to resolve this. Theoretically, Apple products are more or less plug and play.

Or is it not working due to a faulty Time Capsule.

clayj
Jun 10, 2008, 03:09 PM
Any ideas. I just ran through the guide again. For whatever reason, I still cannot get this to work. Is it possible that Comcast is blocking me from getting in. Anyone using Comcast have success connecting to the time capsule through the outside.

I tried setting up for a Dynamic DNS this weekend, but I am skeptical since several of the forums that I googled stated that the time capsule does not support dynamic dns.

Unfortunately, I am to determined to give up but realize that I need the help to resolve this. Theoretically, Apple products are more or less plug and play.

Or is it not working due to a faulty Time Capsule.I seriously doubt that Comcast is interfering with this process... the potential stumbling blocks are:

1. You MUST know what your correct external IP is. Go to http://checkip.dyndns.com/ to find this out. When you are using Finder to connect to your home system, this is the IP address you will use.

2. You MUST know what your Time Capsule's internal IP is. This is obtained using step 2 in the steps in the Guide.

3. You MUST create a valid port mapping for the Time Capsule. External IP [a.b.c.d], port [e] should be mapped to internal IP address [f.g.h.i], port 548. If you don't set this up correctly, it will not work.

The instructions I wrote should work properly if they are followed properly from beginning to end... I wrote down exactly what I did, in the order I did it. If you skip any steps, I can't guarantee that you will end up with a working configuration. I recommend that you print out the Guide entry and then follow it from top to bottom, checking stuff off as you go.

Terwal
Jun 16, 2008, 03:47 PM
Clayj,

I finally got myself to set up my MBA and Time Capsule to be able to connect to it remotely.

I have followed the exact steps of your Guide but get the following error when I try to update my Time Capsule:

"The DHCP range you have entered conflicts with the WAN IP address of your Apple Wireless device".

Any idea what could be wrong ?

Thanks a lot,

Walter

Terwal
Jun 18, 2008, 12:40 AM
Anybody came across the DHCP issue mentioned above ?

Thanks,

Walter

riz78612
Oct 5, 2008, 11:41 AM
clay your a genius. Thanks for letting us know you used to write articles for microsfot.

What qualificaitons do you have?

My pleasure! Actually, in a former job (Microsoft) I used to write technical articles all the time, so the article writer in me appreciates being let out occasionally to do some serious writing.

Hmm. It doesn't look like iPhoto provides an option similar to iTunes, which allows you to specify the location where your media (music, movies, etc.) should be stored. For iPhoto, as near as I can tell, it just jams everything into the "iPhoto Library" file on your machine.

I was referencing "photos" more in the way of saying "You can see them on the other machine and browse them". Once you start involving an app like iPhoto, you become totally dependent on what that app will allow you to do. iTunes is flexible about that; iPhoto appears not to be.

tmart161
Oct 22, 2008, 12:03 AM
I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I turned on file sharing on both systems I went into my wrt54g 548 to 548 ip of my iMac I go to connect to server I get error code -36 I don't know what I missed any help would be awesome. Do you think Qwest service will block me from getting in. I don't know. Thanks ahead of time.

ibosie
Oct 26, 2008, 03:04 PM
Have a look at Simplify Media as well - I use it to listen to my iTunes at home when I'm out and about, it even works on the iPhone over 3g.

http://www.simplifymedia.com/

I agree about BTMM, even with NAT-PMP routers such as an Apple base station it regularly fails to work. MobileMe is nothing like it's cracked up to be.

slim31
Nov 2, 2008, 04:33 AM
I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I turned on file sharing on both systems I went into my wrt54g 548 to 548 ip of my iMac I go to connect to server I get error code -36 I don't know what I missed any help would be awesome. Do you think Qwest service will block me from getting in. I don't know. Thanks ahead of time.

I would recommend setting your 'home' machines ip to be static to start.
system preferences > Network: then manual ip to something like 192.168.1.20

Then in your web browser of choice log into the wrt54g's settings and go to, I think its 'gaming and applications' and set up the port forwarding for 548 - 548 to 192.168.1.20 using 'both'. Make sure to click 'save'

While you are in the Linksys settings set up the DHCP range to be like 100 - 245. This will prevent any clients from getting the address of a staticly set item on your network ever.

I am pretty sure that if you have set your 'home' machine to sleep at a given interval and you are away you can not access it remotly. There is the 'wake for administrator access' check box, just not sure if it will work remotly calling for an AFP connection. Does work for SSH.

When not connected to your home network.
cmd + K then type afp://shortname: passw0rd@externalip (ignore the space in : p):p
example: afp://who:you@68.63.248.90

This makes the modem located at 68.63.248.90 point port 548 traffic to 192.168.1.20 thus resulting in the mount window so you can select the drives that the user has permissions on.

*the shortname must be the one on the machine you are trying to connect to.

I use this set up all the time for remotly connecting to my iTunes library when I am away. I simply mount the remote volume, hold down the 'option' key and start iTunes. In the new window I select 'choose library' then navigate the the directory and pick the iTunes.library file. Suddenly I have iTunes just like I do at home. If new podcasts are available they just start to download and are saved to my machine at home or if I rip a new cd the same thing happens.

I few things to note about this setup is that my iTunes library is nothing more than a directory on an always on machine. That is not in use on that machine, since a library file can not be inuse by more than one client at a time. I also have my preferences set up in iTunes to 'not keep my stuff organized' and to 'not copy items to my library' for each machine that I have that I intend to mount this library file. My primary desktop at home also uses this very same library file so I must keep aware of that. However, this does allow me to sync my iPhone with new stuff when away easily.

whill
Jan 4, 2009, 07:47 PM
When I try to publicly share my IP address I get an error:

"The value for 'DHCP Ending Address' is invalid."

I have tried a wide range of option [the obvious would seem to be 255], but none of them are accepted. Any ideas?

whill
Jan 4, 2009, 08:00 PM
And, just in case you were wondering, I have no other routers on my local network.

dlblarg
Jan 12, 2009, 08:35 AM
Hi, I just need someone to guide me along the process and I didn't know anything port forwarding or any other network terms. So sorry

Appreciate the effort and I took a simpler approach (http://bikehugger.com/2008/12/travel_mac_more_on_macbook_air.htm).

Connect iPhone to Air with the Shiny Things Hack (http://www.andrewgrant.org/2008/03/30/how-to-sync-an-iphone-with-two-or-more-computers.html). I play music through iTunes via the iPhone, and manually manage it as needed. Like a jukebox.

With the travel I do, no way you can guarantee access to ports: what's blocked, what's not. I just use idisk and it works exceptionally well. I also travel with a lacie rugged.

mrrippey
May 25, 2009, 05:55 PM
i can verify if you have a AEBS and a mac you can get to your shared hard drive on the AEBS. I have cable and get a static IP from the ISP, I opened the port and had it forwarded to the AEBS IP address (which has the USB drive on it). Connect to server from my mac prompts me username/password and I am attached.

It is very str8 forward. Your external IP address should be on the main screen of your AEBS or Time Capsule screen. Your internal address is listed there as well (10.something, 192.something, whatever your internal network config is).

Takes about 15 minutes maybe. If it is taking longer, there is something wrong in your setup but if you are already up and running, it is not a bad and fairly quick.

One note, only Mac's can connect, not Windows (I tried with Windows XP and Windows7, no dice). MacDrive7 does not install on Windows7.

zzzork
May 28, 2009, 06:32 PM
What kind of router do you have? If it's an AirPort Extreme Base Station, please scroll up farther in this thread to see a picture of what the port configuration screen looks like. If it's some other kind of router, the important things to remember are:

1. You MUST know what the internal IP address is of your Mac server. You can get this by going to that Mac and clicking System Preferences > Network... it should be right there under Status. This IP address is what you should specify in your router: External port "5678" (or whatever you choose) should be mapped to port "548" (this is ALWAYS 548) of IP address "ip.ip.ip.ip".

2. You MUST also have turned on File Sharing on your Mac server. This is under System Preferences > Sharing. You will see something like "Other users can access your computer at afp://ip.ip.ip.ip or browse for "MacServerName", where "ip.ip.ip.ip" is the same IP address from step 1.

Let me know if this helps. Remember also that if you can connect your MBA to a neighbor's WiFi network, this will allow you to more easily test the changes that you make to see if they work.

Hey Clayj - Thanks for a great post! I am however stuck, can't get it to work. Everytime I go to "Connect to Server" it pops up w/ CONNECTION FAILED. The server may not exist or it is not operational at this time. Just like others have stated in previous post. I am using an AEBS with a WD harddrive. All I want to do is remote access the harddrive, like a server. In the directions above am I correct in assuming thats if your looking to access a turned on home computer?? Cause I followed those directions and was able to access my home computer but not the usb attached harddrive.... I've doubled/tripled tried your direction but I'm just missing something. Please help! Thanks in advance for yours or anyone else's help!!

rastersize
May 31, 2009, 09:34 AM
Away from Your Home Network (Even More Secure) -- Added 3/3/2008

I didn't post this info earlier, because I wasn't sure it would work... but this weekend I was able to confirm that it does. There are two differences between this method and the Secure method shown above:

1. On your router, configure a port number that you choose (for example, 5678 -- I recommend using a high port number to prevent conflicts) to forward to port 548 of the internal IP address of your Mac server (a Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, or some other Mac that's always home and on) for both TCP and UDP. For example, your Mac server might have an IP address like 192.168.1.1.

5. In the Server Address box, type your home system's external IP address, plus a colon and the port number you specified in step 1. For example, "123.123.12.123:5678". Or, if you have a domain name that points to your home system, you can type that, plus a colon and the port number you specified in step 1: "www.myhomedomain.com:5678", for example.

Setting your router to perform port forwarding in this manner, rather than just relying on the home server's login security, provides an additional layer of security that will prevent unauthorized users from accessing your home server: Not only would they have to know your user name and password from your home server, but they would also have to know what port number to use, not just the default 548 port number. If they can't even guess the right port number, they don't even get a chance to try your user name and password.

This would only add perceived security and not any real security. One could call it security through obscurity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_through_obscurity). The main problem in this application would be that it will not provide any extra layer of security. Why you may ask. You may say, the attacker will attempt to connect to my IP address using an AFP client which will not work.

Well, think about it. If someone wishes to gain access to your specific AFP share how would they do it? First of all, the attacker somehow know you have a AFP share available on a specific address. They might have spotted it at your work/campus or know this in some other way. Yes I'm aware that no one would "ever" want to access your stuff. Why would they, you don't have any top secrete planet destroying weapon blueprints on your share.
But why did you then change the port number at all?

Well first the attacker would probably try to just connect to you.
afp-client connect afp.example.com

This would fail if you use a different port number than the default 548. Say that you use the port number of 5480 and you have opened this in your router. Will the attacker give up here and say, "hey that guy got some mad security, best I give up now before he starts hunting me!"

I doubt that, I think all he will do is to fire up his good old trustworthy port scanner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_scanner) and find out that you only have one open port. Then he'll try to connect to you with:
afp-client connect afp.example.com:5480
And voila, he will get the same fancy login window you get.

What I want to point out is that changing the port will not add any real security to your setup.


And if someone doesn't explicitly know that you host a AFP share and just want to see if they can attack your system in some way. They could just do a port scan first and then connect to you on any of your open ports and find out what's running on it.


Edit:
Furthermore, doing special port setup will actually give you more headache than using the default port. Unless you change the port number the AFP service is running on. Since that wouldn't increase security either but only increase the complexity of using the system it's a bad idea. What you should is run the service on the default port, use the default port in your router and have less headaches.
Why would you get more headaches from using one port number on the outside of your network and one on the inside? Well you would have to have two different string with which you connect. And if you one day would want to automate the connection to your server, it is much easier if you can do that with the same address and port number.

ohkuipo
Jul 22, 2009, 12:35 PM
One note, only Mac's can connect, not Windows (I tried with Windows XP and Windows7, no dice). MacDrive7 does not install on Windows7.

I am bumping this thread to confirm this, or hear anyone else's experiences on the matter. Is this true? To connect to a AirDisk over the internet just requires the IP and the port... Why wouldn't a Windows machine be able to do this? (And if the issue is MacFUSE drivers, what would go wrong with a Windows machine with MacDrive installed?)

4i2fly
Dec 1, 2009, 02:32 PM
I have used this instruction to be able to share my usb drive over the internet and works perfectly. I have also mapped the dynamic IP provided by my isp to a dynamic ip updater that works fine for the most part. Every so often when the ip address changes the connection to my share drive fails. I have no idea why? I signed up with No-IP.com and I can verify that the ip address being updated into the alias is correct but for some reason it does not connect or I get the connection failed message. Any idea what is happening and why it does not like some of the IPs provided by my ISP? Appreciate a pointer.
Cheers,
Matt

alphaod
Dec 1, 2009, 05:37 PM
I have used this instruction to be able to share my usb drive over the internet and works perfectly. I have also mapped the dynamic IP provided by my isp to a dynamic ip updater that works fine for the most part. Every so often when the ip address changes the connection to my share drive fails. I have no idea why? I signed up with No-IP.com and I can verify that the ip address being updated into the alias is correct but for some reason it does not connect or I get the connection failed message. Any idea what is happening and why it does not like some of the IPs provided by my ISP? Appreciate a pointer.
Cheers,
Matt

When you connect to your network, you are using the syntax 'domain.name:port#' right? (ie: alphaod.com:7001) Also how does your IP get updated and is the update often enough?

rhythm12345
Jan 8, 2010, 07:05 PM
For a newbie like me, the posts you write are extremely useful. Now i can easily use remote file access.

Halcylon
Jan 12, 2010, 06:35 PM
This is great. Is there a way to test this while I'm at home?

*Sounds like a dumb question, but I'm really trying to figure out how to do that.

musicpenguy
Oct 21, 2010, 03:07 PM
A little late but the easiest way to test this would be to use 3G data on your MBA via tethering your iPhone (JB) or iPad - or even get an app on your iOS device to test it over 3G

badgerman
Oct 27, 2010, 05:08 PM
Plan to this with MBA and aebs. Is it slow over wireless n? Does it negate the ssd speeds everyone has been highlighting for movies, music n photos..

HardLuckStories
Oct 28, 2010, 05:43 PM
K, I played with DNLA streaming on an old macbook, ps3 and AEBS- always encountered stuttering playback, unsupported files, missing files, slow, degradation of wireless network performance and complicated network setup. I'm not a quitter but realised streaming wasn't gonna happen, even putting it down to the AEBS poor capabilities as router.

Anyhow after months of pondering whether to buy a readyNAS I finally bit the bullet with the reasoning such a purchase is going to save me from headaches in the years to come (all content backed up all the time automatically) Long story short, plugged it into AEBS via cat5, and its beastly. The most basic of basic setup, shows up as drive straight away in Finder, no random disconnects bs. Truly awesome bit of kit. And to make things better, the streaming via wireless AEBS is incredible. Have 90gb of itunes content and it streams FLAWLESSLY, its like its on the drive inside the macbook air. 1080p streams to ps3, again over wifi, sometimes I'm streaming itunes music, playing MW2 online, my dads connected browsing with his ipad and theres no apparent degradation in network performance.

Highly highly recommended network storage solution.

Product plug over lol :D

linkandzelda
Nov 8, 2010, 12:30 PM
Damn... i wish i could use this, but my router does not support NAT-PMP. Any way to get round that? I would so use it otherwise.

Dias
Nov 19, 2010, 07:53 PM
Thank you for this guide!

BeyondtheTech
Nov 26, 2010, 11:44 PM
I'm going to chime in on this one. Instead of having to deal with port forwarding and such, I would recommend a program like Yazsoft's ShareTool or the newer and seemingly more robust and less expensive Slink.

Both programs will allow you to connect back to your home network and access resources nearly as easily as if you were home, from shared printers to iPhoto and iTunes libraries, ARD into other machines, and a lot more.

I'm on trial for both of them, but it looks like I'll be making the purchase for Slink, since you only need to purchase one license for the machine you'll be remoting from. In this case, it's my MacBook Air. ShareTool seems to want a license for each machine.

www.slinkware.com
www.yazsoft.com

(not affiliated with either product or company)

jumpmanjay23
Dec 2, 2010, 01:07 PM
K, I played with DNLA streaming on an old macbook, ps3 and AEBS- always encountered stuttering playback, unsupported files, missing files, slow, degradation of wireless network performance and complicated network setup. I'm not a quitter but realised streaming wasn't gonna happen, even putting it down to the AEBS poor capabilities as router.

Anyhow after months of pondering whether to buy a readyNAS I finally bit the bullet with the reasoning such a purchase is going to save me from headaches in the years to come (all content backed up all the time automatically) Long story short, plugged it into AEBS via cat5, and its beastly. The most basic of basic setup, shows up as drive straight away in Finder, no random disconnects bs. Truly awesome bit of kit. And to make things better, the streaming via wireless AEBS is incredible. Have 90gb of itunes content and it streams FLAWLESSLY, its like its on the drive inside the macbook air. 1080p streams to ps3, again over wifi, sometimes I'm streaming itunes music, playing MW2 online, my dads connected browsing with his ipad and theres no apparent degradation in network performance.

Highly highly recommended network storage solution.

Product plug over lol :D

Thanks for the insight on NAS drives. When you were talking about the performance of the NAS drive, was it when your computer was connected on the same network as the NAS drive? I'm wondering how the performance of the drive is when you are not connected on the same network as your NAS (say...you're on vacation in Brazil and your NAS is at home in the UK). Thanks.

omniatlas
Jan 2, 2011, 04:13 AM
Have a look at Simplify Media as well - I use it to listen to my iTunes at home when I'm out and about, it even works on the iPhone over 3g.

http://www.simplifymedia.com/

I agree about BTMM, even with NAT-PMP routers such as an Apple base station it regularly fails to work. MobileMe is nothing like it's cracked up to be.


Google just bought Simplifymedia!! Looks like we can't use it...for now. Hopefully they will improve on it, and release it for free.

White Apple
Jan 12, 2011, 06:24 AM
The home based server must be MAC OS? can it be Windows PC?
Another question is that can i use the wireless network external hard drive to share files between MBA and windows based PC at home? how fast/slow is the transfer speed would be?

Tomple
Jan 27, 2011, 10:30 PM
Wow, thanks for this. Incredibly useful feature, which i completely overlooked. Well written guide as well.


Thanks :D

jgould
Feb 9, 2011, 06:17 AM
One thing I did was connect to frequently accessed volumes on my Mac Mini and create aliases for them. I did this for both the local and remote shares and then dropped them in a folder and added it to my dock...

I'm planning on getting one of the new(ish) 11" Airs and have been prepping for it for the last few weeks... Now if only my tax return would show up...

Gom33
Feb 24, 2011, 09:23 PM
So I set file sharing between windows 7 desktop and 13 air. When I connect with my air it shows the pictures folder that i am sharing, but for some reason it does not show my music folder??? I have no idea why.

Any help is greatly appreciated

ZenoVT
Mar 13, 2011, 06:50 PM
Has anybody gotten this to work accessing shared folders from a windows 7 server to a macbook air using connect to server?

I did every step the OP suggested, but it keeps failing to connect.

I have only been successful connecting to my shared win7 folders when I'm on a local network using smb://computername-pc.

I've tried doing so with OP's method then using both afp://externalIP and smb://externalIP, but failed to connect on both attempts.

The exact error is:

Connection failed

There was an error connecting to the server
"xx.xxx.xxx.xx". Check the server name or IP
address, and then try again.

If you are unable to resolve the problem contact your
system administrator.

jgould
Mar 13, 2011, 09:09 PM
Has anybody gotten this to work accessing shared folders from a windows 7 server to a macbook air using connect to server?

I did every step the OP suggested, but it keeps failing to connect.

I have only been successful connecting to my shared win7 folders when I'm on a local network using smb://computername-pc.

I've tried doing so with OP's method then using both afp://externalIP and smb://externalIP, but failed to connect on both attempts.

The exact error is:

Connection failed

There was an error connecting to the server
"xx.xxx.xxx.xx". Check the server name or IP
address, and then try again.

If you are unable to resolve the problem contact your
system administrator.

Make sure that you have the ports for SMB open on your router. SMB and AFP do not share the same port number, and I don't have the numbers off the top of my head. Just be forwarned that SMB is rather insecure compared to AFP.

ZenoVT
Mar 14, 2011, 12:05 AM
I've tried to port forward 137-139 and 445.

jamesryanbell
Mar 23, 2011, 11:15 AM
This is HUGELY helpful. Thanks so much for taking the time to post this.

soulreaver99
Jun 5, 2011, 10:37 AM
Instead of putting the ip adress to the router, put the address to the device of the server, for example 192.168.1.2. I ran into that problem too.

Has anybody gotten this to work accessing shared folders from a windows 7 server to a macbook air using connect to server?

I did every step the OP suggested, but it keeps failing to connect.

I have only been successful connecting to my shared win7 folders when I'm on a local network using smb://computername-pc.

I've tried doing so with OP's method then using both afp://externalIP and smb://externalIP, but failed to connect on both attempts.

The exact error is:

Connection failed

There was an error connecting to the server
"xx.xxx.xxx.xx". Check the server name or IP
address, and then try again.

If you are unable to resolve the problem contact your
system administrator.

sjrogers
Jun 22, 2011, 04:53 PM
Why would anyone pay $25 a month for iTunes Match when they can do this?

jayhawk11
Jun 28, 2011, 01:44 AM
Why would anyone pay $25 a month for iTunes Match when they can do this?

Because it's easier? Granted, this isn't difficult, but you could have said the same thing about any services that MobileMe/.Mac/iTools offered.

Going a little further, iTunes Match isn't necessarily designed for the same thing as what you're doing here. Remember, iTunes Match is not streaming.

Baycity
Jul 25, 2011, 03:06 AM
Im at work on my phone and don't have it in my to read this whole thread but I did a search of it and came back with no results for "pogo plug". I currently use it with a one terabyte drive holding my itunes. It even has an awesome ios app. So I can access out from both macs and my ipad.

misterneums
Aug 9, 2011, 11:02 PM
Has anybody gotten this to work accessing shared folders from a windows 7 server to a macbook air using connect to server?

I did every step the OP suggested, but it keeps failing to connect.

I have only been successful connecting to my shared win7 folders when I'm on a local network using smb://computername-pc.

I've tried doing so with OP's method then using both afp://externalIP and smb://externalIP, but failed to connect on both attempts.

The exact error is:

Connection failed

There was an error connecting to the server
"xx.xxx.xxx.xx". Check the server name or IP
address, and then try again.

If you are unable to resolve the problem contact your
system administrator.

I am having the same problem. My server is my Windows PC.

xraydoc
Aug 11, 2011, 12:45 AM
Why would anyone pay $25 a month for iTunes Match when they can do this?

1) $24.95 per year, not per month.
2) I'm thinking you think iTunes Match is something else.

dsjr2006
Aug 27, 2011, 11:34 AM
This work great, but I personally find Audiogalaxy(for music) and Dropbox(everything) to be more reliable and easier to setup.

clayj
Sep 15, 2011, 06:45 PM
This work great, but I personally find Audiogalaxy(for music) and Dropbox(everything) to be more reliable and easier to setup.Please bear in mind when I originally started this thread: Over three and a half years ago. Technology has advanced. ;)

BrandonRugzie
Sep 26, 2011, 04:02 PM
Clayj,

Thank you so much for this posting! I am not certain how to 'forward a port' on my airport Extreme. Thank you!!!

-Brandon

BrandonRugzie
Sep 26, 2011, 06:06 PM
Clayj,

I have made a screenshot/video of me setting this up and it not working. Is there a way I could have you look at that and tell me what I am doing wrong?

-Brandon

lewdvig
Oct 8, 2011, 01:40 PM
I would love a super low power A5 file server from Apple. Keep the MP on to serve files is a crazy use of electricity IMO.

jgould
Oct 8, 2011, 02:06 PM
I would love a super low power A5 file server from Apple. Keep the MP on to serve files is a crazy use of electricity IMO.

This is why I run a C2D Mac Mini as my file server. It's headless and I can hide it on my desk... The server used to be a Pentium 4 at 1.2GHz (I think) with 1GB RAM, and a 300 Watt PS. The Mini's 110 Watt supply is far better. Lower than that would be even better...

I use this to access large files that I don't necessarily have to carry with me on my MacBook Pro all the time. Generally, I don't have to connect to the Mini at home, but it has come in handy more than once...

Beanoir
Nov 12, 2011, 04:38 PM
I really wish I could get this to work, i've been tearing my hair out on numerous occasions to the point I want to throw my Mac out of the window and having to stop in order to save my own sanity.

I follow the instructions to the word to try and enable my MBA to see my USB hard drive attached to my AEB but to no avail.

I set up port forwarding on my AEB using the private ISP to the right ports etc, then I try and connect on my MBA using my external IP and port number i've used and it just times out.

Weirdly I have BTTM working so I can access my iMac over the internet from my MBA and I can also access my AEB USB hard drive over my home wireless network from both computers, but the last piece of the puzzle is beating me at the moment.

I can't help thinking its something to do with how i've set my AEB and router up perhaps.

I have just about given up now...

kas23
Nov 26, 2011, 03:20 PM
Hey guys, is there any hard drive out there that can act as a server only? I know there are smaller WiFi hard drives that set up their own WiFi networks, but are there some that you can remotely access? Like a Time Capsule you can remotely access?

Smileyboy
Nov 28, 2011, 07:05 AM
I didn't read the entire thread.... But what if I only have the MBA? Can I still access my files while not near the network?

nsitaram
Feb 18, 2012, 02:34 PM
Hi: I was able to establish contact between my Mac Air 2012 (Lion) at work and and time capsule at home using the protocol explained in the sticky by Clayj . However all it allows me to open is a file called "sparsebundle" or something like that. I cannot access my IMAC 24" (running Leopard) and IMAC 27" (running snow leopard) or any external hard drive connected to them.
Can someone explain what is happening and what i should now do?
Thanks. I am a novice - so go slow and explain clearly

pavvento
Mar 10, 2012, 07:39 PM
This thread is awesome as I am investigating purchasing a 3 TB drive to hook up to my APE to backup my iMac and keep things in sync with it and my MBA.

Question: We have a Linksys router that is connected to the comcast box. That router serves one side of the house and a cable runs to the back end to the APE (set up with a different wireless SSID). That is where I'd connect the Hard drive to.

Do I need to do anything different from the original set of instructions since I have 2 routers?

Thanks!

bowseruni
Mar 21, 2012, 05:21 AM
anyone know how to do the port forward thing like discussed on page 1 with a Billion 7800n ??

danetello
Jun 14, 2012, 10:07 AM
Very helpful thanks

revelated
Jun 23, 2012, 07:51 AM
As the OP has stated, tech has advanced. Significantly.

DropBox is probably the most efficient way of doing this process without having to know anything about networking. Otherwise, pay $30 to get Apple Remote Desktop, do the port forwarding steps in the first post, then add the external address into ARD. You can drag and drop to and from the window.

sandrodz
Jun 29, 2012, 08:56 AM
I solved this problem by having my own home server.

I constructed server from miniATX board and ATOM proc and 1TB space for about 200$ with parts from ebay.

Installed:

1. Ubuntu server
2. SAMBA (can be configured to be accessed from outside local network) cool thing is that I can access it from windows computer too.
3. Subsonic - this is awesome piece of software, it basically streams video and music files from a cool web interface. I can be anywhere in the world, and simply stream videos and music from my server to any computer not just MBA.

I also installed apache/mysql/php stack for my web development needs.

oh and I forgot, ubuntu can be configured with AFP also, and it can act as timecapsule :) so my way is 200$ spent well :D

silverjam
Jul 10, 2012, 07:50 AM
You could use an AirPort Extreme with a USB drive and then use Back To My Mac. My Extreme Drive appears anywhere I go.

Silver.

jj97101
Jul 31, 2012, 05:13 PM
Sorry, noob question here. Will the original Method work with a normal iMac or do you have to run these river software? Sorry if it's obvious but I'm new to Mac.

scmacdaddy
Aug 27, 2012, 02:22 PM
You could use an AirPort Extreme with a USB drive and then use Back To My Mac. My Extreme Drive appears anywhere I go.

Silver.

do you need a 2nd mac to do this?

kidwithdimples
Sep 21, 2012, 10:54 AM
Best $20 investment I ever made. 32GB SanDisk USB. It's so tiny that I can barely even see it on my 2012 MBA.

http://i.imgur.com/aK3H6.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/UasSG.jpg

aseems
Dec 4, 2012, 03:38 AM
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1342319572/the-nifty-minidrive

https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/000/054/465/ccf441f70a8210e225f226c6e7cb986b_large.png?1341323820

Check this out :)

arnamak
Dec 11, 2012, 03:44 AM
You could use an AirPort Extreme with a USB drive and then use Back To My Mac. My Extreme Drive appears anywhere I go.

Silver.

Could you give a little more detail? This intrigues me. Do you mean you plug a USB drive into your AirPort Extreme and access the files on that USB drive from any other WiFi connection? Could it work with an external hard drive? Any settings you need to change on the router that may not be obvious?

benz240
Feb 6, 2013, 10:44 AM
Best $20 investment I ever made. 32GB SanDisk USB. It's so tiny that I can barely even see it on my 2012 MBA.

http://i.imgur.com/aK3H6.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/UasSG.jpg

Mind telling us where you got that for $20? Everything I see is at least $50...

goat4life
Feb 6, 2013, 02:47 PM
Mind telling us where you got that for $20? Everything I see is at least $50...

$22 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Cruzer-Flash-Drive-SDCZ33-032G-B35/dp/B00812F7O8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360183157&sr=8-1&keywords=sandisk+fit

Wish they made them in 64GB or higher...or do they?

Jimbogiant
Feb 8, 2013, 10:48 PM
Best $20 investment I ever made. 32GB SanDisk USB. It's so tiny that I can barely even see it on my 2012 MBA.

http://i.imgur.com/aK3H6.jpg

Thinking about picking up one of these to leave in 24/7 -- have you noticed any hit on battery life using this?

phr0ze
Feb 11, 2013, 02:51 PM
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1342319572/the-nifty-minidrive

Image (https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/000/054/465/ccf441f70a8210e225f226c6e7cb986b_large.png?1341323820)

Check this out :)

I made these myself. (I have a few extra too).

It basically takes any Micro SD chip and it fits in the slot without sticking out. I have 64GB micro SD in mine.

Nope, they don't appear as professional as above. But they work.

sssdornier
Mar 10, 2013, 11:04 PM
Hi Blutooth 101 why do you need port forwarding??? I think in today's world these are not needed especially in the world of cloud computing. Just try dropbox or google drive.







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aseems
Mar 11, 2013, 02:05 AM
Please Post Pix!

I made these myself. (I have a few extra too).

It basically takes any Micro SD chip and it fits in the slot without sticking out. I have 64GB micro SD in mine.

Nope, they don't appear as professional as above. But they work.

phr0ze
Mar 20, 2013, 08:06 AM
Please Post Pix!

I keep meaning to, but when I get home its the last thing I think about.

phr0ze
Apr 1, 2013, 09:47 AM
Please Post Pix!

Here you go.

http://imgur.com/JKfvZNI.jpg

MikeyMike01
Jul 24, 2013, 03:43 AM
I solved this problem by having my own home server.

I constructed server from miniATX board and ATOM proc and 1TB space for about 200$ with parts from ebay.

Installed:

1. Ubuntu server
2. SAMBA (can be configured to be accessed from outside local network) cool thing is that I can access it from windows computer too.
3. Subsonic - this is awesome piece of software, it basically streams video and music files from a cool web interface. I can be anywhere in the world, and simply stream videos and music from my server to any computer not just MBA.

I also installed apache/mysql/php stack for my web development needs.

oh and I forgot, ubuntu can be configured with AFP also, and it can act as timecapsule :) so my way is 200$ spent well :D

This is exactly what I have done as well. Only, I have also set up SSH and use SSHFS to connect outside my network (securely, unlike the OP). It also does a great job of running Plex to my Apple TV, and a host of other neat things.

jdechko
Jul 26, 2013, 03:11 AM
In all of my searching, I've found Teamviewer to be the easiest way of remotely accessing my files when away from my home network. It's free for personal use and includes remote control (VNC) of a Mac or PC as well as remote file access.

The other big advantages are that you don't have to worry about firewalls/port forwarding and that you use space that you already own.

One disadvantage, besides being routed through a third-party (although the connection is secure) is that you don't use the native file browser, it's more like a FTP window with local and remote directories.

However, since I already have it installed on my machines for VNC purposes, it works well enough that I don't need to worry about another solution.

kage207
Jul 30, 2013, 09:17 PM
I solved this problem by having my own home server.

I constructed server from miniATX board and ATOM proc and 1TB space for about 200$ with parts from ebay.

Installed:

1. Ubuntu server
2. SAMBA (can be configured to be accessed from outside local network) cool thing is that I can access it from windows computer too.
3. Subsonic - this is awesome piece of software, it basically streams video and music files from a cool web interface. I can be anywhere in the world, and simply stream videos and music from my server to any computer not just MBA.

I also installed apache/mysql/php stack for my web development needs.

oh and I forgot, ubuntu can be configured with AFP also, and it can act as timecapsule :) so my way is 200$ spent well :D
This is what I did but I built a 18TB. :D

Handle
Aug 18, 2014, 07:35 PM
Best $20 investment I ever made. 32GB SanDisk USB. It's so tiny that I can barely even see it on my 2012 MBA.

http://i.imgur.com/aK3H6.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/UasSG.jpg

Oddly, 2 years later and the price is still the same. But they do offer a 64 gig model for $30 which seems pretty good.

I just bought a MBA with the 128 gig SSD so it's nice knowing I can easily add space with one of these small USB thumb drives.