Thank you for your post.
Yes, you can put your databases online.
Launch FileMaker Pro and open the database file you want to view on the web. Pull down the file menu and select "Sharing -> Instant Web Publishing...". Turn on Instant Web Publishing and write down the IP address (you'll need this later). Click the "Specify" button for Advanced options and set the TCP/IP port number to 591 (this is reserved for FileMaker Pro). Click OK.
Under currently open files, select the file, and then select the radio button for "Specify users by privilege set". Specify the privilege set you have set up for accessing this file. If you don't have one set up yet, then select the option for "All users". Click OK.
Now, go to another machine, open up your browser and enter:
http://<IP Address from above>:591
For example, if your IP Address is 10.10.10.10, you would enter:
You will now be able to access your file via a browser.
If you run into any difficulty, let me know.
Or do you mean from outside of your local network?
Because for that you would need either a static IP address for the server, some service which provides a virtual static IP address, or someone to host it for you.
Am I restricted to my own network using this method or can I log in using that IP address numbers from anywhere in the world and check my databases?
That is my goal.. to be able to check from anywhere.
Thanks for any advice.
You likely have an IP address that can change randomly (it MAY remain the same for a year, or a month, or a week.
You can discover this IP address at http://whatismyipaddress.com/
This is the IP address of the box that connects you to the internet - Cable Modem, DSL Modem, or Cable/DSL Router.
A modem has one computer attached to it.
A router has one or more computers attached to it.
You need to forward requests for your database to the computer that is running it. http://portforward.com/
To reliably view the database from outside your network, you need a static IP address.
You pay Comcast or Verizon or Qwest more money each month for a static IP address.
If you do not pay for a static IP address, there are free services that will direct requests to your systems. http://www.dyndns.com/support/clients/
Interesting... I will test it out when I am at my office tomorrow. It's possible it works as is... I will report back!