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Old Jan 27, 2011, 10:30 PM   #101
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Wow, thanks for this. Incredibly useful feature, which i completely overlooked. Well written guide as well.


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Old Feb 9, 2011, 06:17 AM   #102
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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...
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Old Feb 24, 2011, 09:23 PM   #103
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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
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Old Mar 13, 2011, 06:50 PM   #104
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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.
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Old Mar 13, 2011, 09:09 PM   #105
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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.
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Old Mar 14, 2011, 12:05 AM   #106
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I've tried to port forward 137-139 and 445.
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Old Mar 23, 2011, 11:15 AM   #107
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This is HUGELY helpful. Thanks so much for taking the time to post this.
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Old Jun 5, 2011, 10:37 AM   #108
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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.

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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.
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Old Jun 22, 2011, 04:53 PM   #109
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Why would anyone pay $25 a month for iTunes Match when they can do this?
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Old Jun 28, 2011, 01:44 AM   #110
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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.
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 03:06 AM   #111
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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.
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Old Aug 9, 2011, 11:02 PM   #112
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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.
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Old Aug 11, 2011, 12:45 AM   #113
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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.
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Old Aug 27, 2011, 11:34 AM   #114
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This work great, but I personally find Audiogalaxy(for music) and Dropbox(everything) to be more reliable and easier to setup.
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Old Sep 15, 2011, 06:45 PM   #115
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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.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 04:02 PM   #116
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Clayj,

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

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Old Sep 26, 2011, 06:06 PM   #117
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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?

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Old Oct 8, 2011, 01:40 PM   #118
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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.
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Old Oct 8, 2011, 02:06 PM   #119
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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...
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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...
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Old Nov 26, 2011, 03:20 PM   #121
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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?
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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?
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 02:34 PM   #123
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Accessing home IMACs from remote mac Air

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
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Old Mar 10, 2012, 07:39 PM   #124
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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?

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Old Mar 21, 2012, 05:21 AM   #125
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anyone know how to do the port forward thing like discussed on page 1 with a Billion 7800n ??
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