Back To My Mac Question

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by b-rad g, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

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    I have an Air and a Mini. The Air has my iCloud account on it and the Mini has my wife's iCloud on it so that her Photostream has somewhere to be saved. I tried to set up Back To My Mac on the Mini so I could get to it from the Air when I'm at work but it's not showing up in Finder.

    I added both of our iCloud accounts in the BTMM section of our Time Capsule. Is it possible for me to get to the Mini even though it is signed in with her iCloud account?
     
  2. b-rad g thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone care to take a stab at this??????

    Bueller.........
     
  3. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    My Mac Mini crashed so I can't test for you. But I was connecting to my Mac Mini with my Mac Air without problems until then. However, even though I have an account for both my wife and I, I did not have her iCloud setup on the Mac. Also, I do not have a Time Capsule. My Router comes from Verizon FIOS I assume BTMM setup up the router properly (maybe uPnP or something) because I did not touch the router.

    I would test your setup within the local network first to make sure it works properly. I read that you can both be logged into your Mac remotely and locally at the same which was a surprise to me.

    1. You did not say if you setup the iCloud Setting on your Mac Mini for your login id. /Settings/iCloud/Back to my Mac

    2. Under /Settings/Sharing/Screen Sharing On (I also have File Sharing on)

    3. If it still does not work, I would just make sure you are logged in and try again. Maybe log her out.

    Thats all I got. Good Luck.
     
  4. b-rad g thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks so much for giving this a shot.
     
  5. Macsterguy macrumors 6502a

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    It is my understanding that BTMM will only work from within one iCloud account. I don't see how it could be secure any other way for something as light weight as BTMM. For $79 Apple Remote Desktop is in the Mac App Store. You can do pretty much anything you want with that including installing software / updates remotely and much more... It used to cost $100's

    Just thought I'd throw that out there
     
  6. b-rad g thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah that's what I was thinking at first, but with the recent Airport Utility update it has the BTMM section in the Time Capsule where you can add iCloud accounts for logging in. Maybe I was thinking wrong.

    I may try to go the iChat screen sharing route and set up the Mini to auto accept the screen sharing from my Air. Just trying to see if there was a free option before buying the remote desktop option.

    Thanks for the reply.
     
  7. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    b-rad g:
    I would test your setup within the local network first to make sure it works properly. I read that you can both be logged into your Mac remotely and locally at the same which was a surprise to me.Yes I am unaware of this, how do I do this?

    While at home and you are on your Mac Air do you see your Mac Mini on your side bar? If so, you can click on it and you will see the shares on that machine that is shared with you. In the upper right you will see something like Screen Sharing (my machine crashed so doing this my memory). Click on it and you should see your Mac Mini Screen and you can run it from your Mac Air. If this does not work then no way will it work from outside your home.

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    As I said before I can't test because my Mac Mini Crashed and agreed it may not work. But why a security risk problem. Under Settings / Sharing / Screen Sharing you can say which users and use Screen Sharing. And when you connect to the Mac Mini from the Mac Air it would ask you for your login credentials. If he said only he can login to the machine via screen sharing that I would thing it would be secure.
     
  8. b-rad g thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes I Screen Share all the time while at home since the Mini is hooked up to the TV I work on it from the Air so as not to disturb anyone watching TV.

    I thought you meant I could test the screen sharing as if I was on a different network like simulating I was at work and trying to screen share the Mini at home.
     
  9. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    I think miss-understood something from the beginning. On your Mac Mini how many USER's do you have defined? You said it was connected to the TV. For your USERID, do you have YOUR iCloud Account Assigned? If not, I believe you would need to do that. On your Wife's USERID do you have her iCloud Account Defined? If you do, maybe should disable for a test or at least disable Back to my Mac option. You say you do the Screen Sharing all the time at home. Which USERID are you connecting with and are multiple USERID's active on the Mac Mini at the same time?
     
  10. b-rad g thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yep I miss-understood you. There is only 1 account on the Mini and although it is under my name, the iCloud account is signed in by my wife so that her PhotoStream saves to iPhoto on the Mini. I will sign her out of iCloud and sign in myself and see if that works.

    Did I get that right?
     
  11. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    Yes. Once you get it working then you may want to setup 2 USER's on your Mac Mini. One would be your Desktop and one would be your Wife's Desktop. On your Desktop use your iCloud ID and on hers use her iCloud ID. You can then have your on Mail, Contacts, Calendar on your own personal Desktops as well. And setup appropriate permissions for each of you.

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    ALSO, if you TEST Setup does not work with only having 1 iCloud Account and 1 USER ID on your Mac Mini then the problem is with your router. Also, keep testing within the local network to make sure Screen Sharing Continues to work properly as expected while make these changes.
     
  12. b-rad g thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for helping d21mike! Do you know if we both have Desktops on the Mini is it possible that we both share the iPhoto library that is on there currently?
     
  13. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Not sure. I recommend you search on iPhoto Sharing. As a guess, I believe you can only open from one desktop at a time. I would also look under the tab "Sharing" (I think that is what is called, not in from of my machine now.
     
  14. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    The "Share" is for something else. I am also curious about this topic so did a quick search. I found the following. When I get my Mac Mini fixed I will probably look into it myself. Good Luck.

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3250415?start=0&tstart=0
     
  15. b-rad g thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think the best way to accomplish this would be to have the iPhoto library on an external hd and point both iPhotos to the library on the external. Basically just like doing it with an iTunes library.
     
  16. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    Good timing for this topic. I purchased a NAS Device last week and been setting it up. Since my Mac Mini died and was planning to move more of my files onto the NAS (has mirrored drives). Also, was thinking of sharing with my Mac Air. I just tried to OPEN my iPhoto Library from both USERID;s and got a FILE LOCK Message. I am able to OPEN on either USERID but not at the same time. There may be something I am missing but will have to review that later. I did setup my iTunes Library there as well but have not tried to access from multiple USERID's.
     
  17. b-rad g thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well d21mike, I couldn't get BTMM working. I just don't know what I was doing wrong. But, I was pointed to a program called TeamViewer, and it works fantastically!! Setup could not have been easier and if my friends or family need help with their computers I can easily do a one time remote with them.



     

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