Remote Access Tiger to Leopard, Dynamic IP?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Pigumon, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2004
    I have an old PB 12" running 10.4.11 and would like to access my external drives connected to my mac mini running 10.5.7 over the internet. The mac mini is connected to a router.

    I've seen a lot of talk about VNC, but it seems you need a static IP? I'm hoping there's a work around.

    Please make note I do not have leopard on both machines, so I can't use iChat screen sharing.

  2. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2004
    wow, dont post in the afternoon on a saturday! there were a hundred posts after mine within minutes.

    Anyway, I realized if I set my mail client to simply send a blank email everyday, it will contain my IP. So that basically eliminates the Dynamic IP problem.
  3. macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2004
    Washington, DC

    or if your router support service, go there register, and get a domain name such as After that go back to your router setting put in your username and password and click save. After this step, everytime your modem changes its IP address, your router will send that new IP information to and assign your domain name server to that new IP. next you need to forward your 5900 port to your mac mini local ip address (e.g., this can be done in your router admin page (

    That's it, now you can use VNC to connect to your mac mini via

    Hope this helps.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2007
    The DynDNS route has worked for me fairly well.

    VNC is a relatively secure remote access method, and it's also a widely supported standard. As such, I think it is the best option.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2008
    The problem with VNC is that it's purely screen sharing, meaning you cannot transfer files with it. OP, you might want to consider using VNC as a complement to another protocol like FTP or AFP.
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2004
    Well my main reason for doing it is to be able to read files from a remote server.

    Basically I'll be out of the country and want to watch movies saved on my external drive. I don't want to hassle with getting a hard drive full of movies past any security. :eek:

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