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Old Mar 7, 2010, 03:21 PM   #1
jw2002
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Step by step tutorial on Wide Area Bonjour

Is anyone aware of a step by step tutorial on setting up and using Wide Area Bonjour? I have two subnets and unfortunately they can't see each others machines since mDns can't cross subnets. So I went into Snow Leopard Server and activated Wide Area Bonjour Browsing by following to the letter what the Snow Leopard Network Admin manual says to do. I clicked to enable and named the browsing subdomain "bonjour.example.com." (but used my own domain name in place of example). However, services from one subnet still aren't showing up in the Shared pane of the Finder window of a client on the other subnet. Yes, a little earth icon called "example.com" does show up, containing an icon called "bonjour", but it contains nothing. I also went in to the Sharing on each client mac and clicked on edit, checked "used dynamic global hostname", and checked "advertise using bonjour", but the hosts still aren't showing up on clients on the other subnet. So obviously I am missing some major step.

I'm also wondering if Wide Area Bonjour is even worth the hassle. Maybe it would be easier to just enable multicast routing of the mDNS packets between the subnets and be done with it. It's not like I need Wide Area Bonjour for any fancy reason such as connecting subnets on different continents. It's more a consequence of the inability of OS X to truly bridge network interfaces into a single subnet.
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