Connect to Time Machine from Internet

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by diamondjoechubb, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. diamondjoechubb macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    So I've been trolling the forums for a couple days now looking for a good step by step of how to setup a Time Capsule to be able to access BOTH the TC drive and a usb connected hard drive from the TC but have only found some vague explanations at how to accomplish the former and not the latter. Does anyone know if this is possible and if it is, how one would accomplish this, or a link to somewhere that explains the process. For clarification, I use an insight cable modem connected to the TC and on the network is a designated MacMini as a media server for my ATV2, all connections are via the wireless coming from the TC. Thanks for anyone who can assist me in this.
  2. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    It is possible to have your Time Machine accessible over the Internet but not recommended.
  3. diamondjoechubb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    any specific reason outside of security?
  4. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2009
    The easiest way is to use MobileMe, which you can configure on the time capsule itself. Any mac configured for that MM account should be able to access the TC internal disk as well as any USB HD attached to it, from anywhere.

    What with MobileMe being dead though, you might want to wait and see if this kind of thing is supported in iCloud. Last I knew, back to my mac was going to be a feature of iCloud, and if so- that should extend the ability to connect to your TC as it is the back to my mac functionality that currently handles remote access to a TC over MM. The added bonus is that this would be a free feature since iCloud seems like it is going to be free.

    *rant* a lot of people hated on Mobileme but IMO I found it to be a very useful service, and this is another good example of that- it handled over-the-internet connectivity like this elegantly and featured very tight integration into OS X. I actually found it to be well worth the $50-60 I paid to get it off ebay, and don't really see what everyone's problem was with it *rant*

  5. ElephantRhino macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    I've also been struggling with this. MobileMe option and Back to my Mac not available as I'm connecting from Windows. I have Enable File Sharing and Share Disks over WAN on.
  6. Toonbay macrumors 6502


    May 25, 2010
    Whitley Bay, North East UK (God's Country)
    i have a 250gb hard drive connected to my apple extreme and i can access it over the home network no problem.

    I have also just set it up so they can access it away from home over 3g network. Again this works a treat and means i can leave most files on this hard drive as i can access from anywhere.

    Im sure all i done in Airport was to grant access over WAN but i will have another look and post if different.

    Again it works a treat but I'm not hot on security side so maybe someone will point out a weakness but you do need a password to access the HD
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Could you use Teamviewer to access the MacMini and thus everything else?
  8. diamondjoechubb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    I will miss mobile me as well, and buying the boxed key off of ebay or amazon for the past 2 years for $60 was well worth it, although getting $99 back from the refund was a nice treat;) I only hope they decide in the end to add some of the mobile me functionality into iCloud, even though i doubt they will. I work with overseas missions teams, and having the ability to use the iDisk was a great way to send and receive videos. Also the ease of "Publishing" my movies from iMovie and albums from iPhoto will be missed as well:(

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