Access files remotely?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bobme, Mar 2, 2004.

  1. bobme macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2002
    I have two Macs, one at home and one at work. Both are on broadband connections. What is the best way to access all of my files at the other location securely over the internet? It seems like Rendezvous should do this seamlessly, but maybe it only works for local networks? Am I missing something? As more and more mac users get broadband connections at both home and office locations, I am sure my question will become more and more relevant. Thanks for helping!
  2. UKMacBod macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2004
    In my office I have enabled the FTP server in the Sharing Preferences on my Mac. Then in order to see the Mac from the Internet (we have NAT on our office ADSL router) I map the Mac's IP address into the router, and FTP from home to the router's WAN IP address.

    I'm sure their's a much more simple way of doing it, however!

    As far as rendezvous goes, doesn't that only work on local networks? I could be wrong...
  3. tomf87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 10, 2003
    To do it securely, you could use SSH and login to the other Mac. Then you could use SFTP (secure FTP) to keep the data encrypted over the Internet.

    Others may elaborate on this as I have not set this up before.
  4. sparkleytone macrumors 68020


    Oct 28, 2001
    Greensboro, NC
    get yourself an account with DynDNS and install DNSUpdate on the machines. Now if you want to get at the files, you can just use cmd-K in the finder and connect to something like to access your files. This can also already be done with IP addresses, but those tend to change. Also, this makes SSH easier to handle, but if you aren't familiar with that its a long story.
  5. bburchill macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2003
    This question comes up just at the time we are trying to do the same thing at our small ad agency. We need to share files that are too large for email between our office in Carmel, Ca (Comcast Cable Broadband) and our remote office (SBC Global).

    Comcast does not provide ftp, web hosting or email support for our domain name, so we have to use Network Solutions. NS does not offer ftp.

    So, Apple Store sales guy sold me Apple Remote Desktop. We had it shipped to our remote office. The sales guy said when we get it to call tech support and that they would walk us through the install/connectivity process.

    It arrived yesterday, so we call techsupport and he said that they can't help us and that we need to get a consultant in at each office to make this work. The only advise he offered, is that we need to call our respective ISP's to see if some UDP port is locked or open. Both of our ISP's said they don't lock that port but neither could confirm that it was open.

    Do we just load the program at our remote office computer and get a consultant? Do we need to have the software shipped here to Carmel and load it on our computer and have a consultant come here? Do we need to send the software back because is was mis-represented to us and try one of the solutions offered in this thread?

    Our set-up: Carmel office has 3 G4 computers with 1 on OS 10.2.8, connected via AppleShare and a hub. Remote office has 1 computer on OS 9.1, connected the same way. We want to transfer files back and forth between one computer here and one computer there (total two computers sharing files).


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