This is not correct. Files Published to the Web via FileMaker Pro can be accessed from outside your network.
When using FileMaker Server Advanced or FileMaker Pro with Instant Web Publishing to publish your database to the web, you'll need to set up port forwarding on your internet router correctly before you can access the database from outside the network.
FileMaker Server (Not Advanced), BTW, is not able to publish to the web using Instant Web Publishing.
I've entered my router firewall and added the port 591 inbound and outbound. I've uninstalled my Microsoft Essential. I've disactivated my windows firewall. And still can't acess web publishing from outside my network. But it's working inside my network. I've then tried to install filemaker Server 11 and I can't acces the admin console even if I've added port 5003 to the router with all firewall disactiveted. ????? I've gave up on Filemaker Server, but would really like to get the Filemaker Pro 11 to work on the web.
You setup Web Sharing in Filemaker - the default is Port 80, you MUST change it to 591 for the Port 591 Forward in the router to work.
The outside computer MUST use your Web IP Address (http://whatismyipaddress.com) and ADD :591 (colon591) to the IPAddress.
http://126.96.36.199:591 for example Your Web IP Address will NEVER be 192.168..1.1 or 10.0.1.1 (these are reserved for Local Use.)
Google "instant web publishing setup steps"
From the 2nd Link - a IWP login page set to Port 80 http://www.filemaker-hosting.co.uk/IWP.html
A standard link (takes you away from this page, can be sent in an email) http:/188.8.131.52/fmi/iwp/cgi?-db=LoginDemo&-startsession
This is a link to an IWP database called LoginDemo - don't expect anything sophisticated it just has one field and a calculation to use the text you enter. Login using the name 'demo' and password 'letmein'. Then enter your name and press the 'Update' button. Once you have seen the result press 'Close". You will notice IWP does not close the page. Instead we have changed things so that the system bounces you to a blank page with a request to close it. You would also be sent to this page if you try to use your IWP page after the timeout period (20 mins).
If your file name has spaces in it each will need to be replaced in the URL by a %20 ie 'Login IWP demo file' would be entered as 'Login%20IWP%20demo%20file'
Link #3 with illustrations
FileMaker Instant Web Publishing, Part I: Is IWP Right For You?
FileMaker Instant Web Publishing, Part II: Five Top Tips for Success Posted by donovan04/22/2011
Thanks guys!!!! I got it to work. This is great... Now I'm going to attact FileMaker Server 11. If I need help I'll know where to go. Thanks again !!!