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Setup Instructions for Filemaker Remote Access

Question asked by davidanders on Apr 1, 2010

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Setup Instructions for Filemaker Remote Access

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Your router or your Cable / DSL modem has an internet IP Address.

You can find out what it is at http://whatismyipaddress.com

INFO -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_address

 

This internet IP address can be STATIC or DYNAMIC  (you pay more for STATIC)

INFO  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_address#Static_vs_dynamic_IP_addresses

 

Your router or your Cable / DSL modem assigns Local IP Addresses to your computers (by default)

NOTE  this number can be assigned manually, but most users do not do this.

You can find this in you networking setup control panel or preference.


In Windows XP/2k/2k3 go to: START>Programs>Accessories>Comand Prompt and type: ipconfig

In Mac OSX open System Preferences and open Network, select the Ethernet or Airport option on the left.

 

If someone sends a request to your Internet IP Address, it will not work because your router is not running FMP

 

Your router needs to forward that request to the one computer on your network that IS running FMP

This is done by forwarding the Filemaker port request to the proper computer. This is done in the built in webpage on your router.

 

To find the instructions for this go to  http://portforward.com

Select your router in the long list at the bottom of this page.

Skip the ad by clicking Skip the Advertisement at the top right of the page.

Select your application in the long list on this page.

You wll now have a graphic howto on how to set up Port Forwarding in your router.

 

You send your Internet IP Address to the other person, and the Filemaker request will go to your FMP computer.

 

TESTING YOUR SETUP

The checklist is

Can you access the database on the computer?

On your computer you would enter

http://127.0.0.1:591  or  http://local:591

IF YES, then the database IWP sharing is properly setup.

 

Can you access the database from a computer on the local area network?

From the local computer you would enter

http://192.168.XXX.XXX   or   http://10.0.0.XXX  depending on what local IP addresses are handed out by the router or are manually entered

IF YES then the database IWP sharing is properly setup with the correct network setting

 

Can you access the database from a computer on the internet?

NOTE:  can NOT be tested on the local network

From an outside computer you would enter

Your internet IP Address  http://YourIPAddress:591

IF YES then everything is setup correctly.

 

IF NO, the router has not been setup correctly to forwared the request to the proper computer.

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