Accessing Mac Server Remotely (not on the LAN)

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by porterusaf, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. porterusaf macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    Ok so I'm debating buying a new Mac Mini Server but I've run into one problem trying to run servers before and wondered if Mac Server will fix it...

    Problem: My home internet is actually a LAN provided by the apartment complex (so about 15 apartments share the same IP address when viewed from outside the LAN). When I try to setup a server or file host, it's not possible to connect using just the IP address because that only takes me to the LAN address.

    Any idea how I could configure Mac Server so I could file host or create a VPN that I could connect to when on the go? The only solution I have currently for file sharing on the go is using Mobile Me's file hosting.

    Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    (Remember I can't access the router or hub that's being used on the apartment LAN for port forwarding)
  2. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007
    your best option if you have no control of the router or anything at all is to use a free log me in account

    It doesn't require you to set up any port forwarding or even know the IP address

    if you want to share files, that will require a paid account.

    If you can configure the router, setup your server to host files on a certain port and have the router forward to your internal IP
  3. porterusaf thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    Thanks. Yea thats what my main problem is (lack of control on port forwarding). With can I setup access to my home LAN... For example, run the Mac Server and setup a VPN, then install the software so I can access my VPN from anywhere?

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