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    Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser

    congote

      Hi,

       

      It's quite easy in a local network but I've not been able to access remotely.

       

      I've tried

       

      http://myIP/fmi/webd

      http://myIP:1600/fmi/webd

      http://myIP:5003/fmi/webd

      http://myIP:1600

      http://myIP:5003

      fmp://myIP/databasename.fmp12


      What is the right way to do so?


      Thank you.



        • 1. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
          steveromig

          Hi,

           

          It's quite easy in a local network but I've not been able to access remotely.

           

          I've tried

           

          http://myIP/fmi/webd

          http://myIP:1600/fmi/webd

          http://myIP:5003/fmi/webd

          http://myIP:1600

          http://myIP:5003

          fmp://myIP/databasename.fmp12


          What is the right way to do so?


          Thank you.



           

          It is http://<IP address>/fmi/webd

           

          Note that you need FileMaker Server 13 or 14 in order to host files using FileMaker WebDirect.  FileMaker Pro cannot be a host of FileMaker WebDirect file.

           

          If you have FileMaker Server 13 or 14, you also need to enable FileMaker WebDirect from the FileMaker Server Admin Console AND you also need to enable FileMaker WebDirect from within your file / solution in FileMaker Pro.

           

          See here for more information

           

          http://help.filemaker.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/12794/

           

          Steve Romig

          FileMaker, Inc.

          • 2. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
            CarstenLevin

            Of course do as Steve write, but you write

            It's quite easy in a local network but I've not been able to access remotely.

            Thus it seems that your question is also: How to access FileMaker via web from outside your own network.

             

            Here you will need to have at least one fixed IP number from your Internet Service Provider. This is accessible from the entire world. Then you need to set up your internet router (or have someone doing it) to map this external number to the internal IP number of your FileMaker 13 or 14 server (May I recommend 14? :-)

             

            Then you should be able to access your FileMaker via web from all over the world.


            Best regards

             

            Carsten

             

            Ps. Please remember to set up security and have good passwords.

            • 3. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
              CarlSchwarz

              It's more commonly known as port forwarding on the router.  Look up your internet routers user manual for how to set up port forwarding and enable forwarding for http and https (80 and 443).

              Only the web ports are required, those other ports you listed are not used by webdirect.

              • 4. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
                congote

                Hi Carl,

                 

                In fact port 80 is open because I need it to access some other network services but I get a 404 error when trying to get into http://myIP/fmi/webd.

                • 5. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
                  congote

                  Hi Steve,

                   

                  Must the IP be fixed?   As long as the IP does not change I should be able to get in using the same, am I right?

                   

                  I'm using FMS 14.

                   

                  Thank you

                  • 6. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
                    CarstenLevin

                    Hi Congote

                     

                    If your EXTERNAL IP number is never changing, then it may very well be fixed. Ask your ISP.

                     

                    If it is changing it will be difficult to find/follow the server around:-) and NAT/Port forwarding will be difficult.

                     

                    Or are you talking about the internal IP number. Some well known internal IP number series start with 10. 172. and 192. ... external/fixed IP numbers never start with those.

                     

                    Have a look here: Private network - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                     

                    Please try to mention the setup, router, IP numbers etc. (you do not actually have to give us your exact external IP number ... at least you can mask the last parts).

                     

                    Is the number on the inside, to the server, fixed or given by DHCP (Dynamically) etc. etc?

                     

                    If we get precise info about your setup you will get better help.

                     

                    Best regards


                    Carsten

                    • 7. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
                      CarlSchwarz

                      Test what page you see when you access your server locally just at http://localIP/

                      Then try to access that page remotely http://RemoteIP/

                      There should be some sort of default page for your server.

                      If you can't see it then try firewall settings, by default the firewall will block external web access to your server.

                      • 8. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
                        congote

                        Hi Carl,

                         

                        When accessing locally, I get the "File Maker Database Server Website" page.  Accessing via web, shows the 404 error.

                         

                        I've checked the firewall settings at my server and its off, so there should not be anything blocking.

                         

                        Thanks

                        • 9. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
                          congote

                          hi Carsten,

                           

                          Yes.  I'm always checking to have the right IP address because I also have access to other services like remote cameras.  So, we can consider it's not changing.

                           

                          There is no problem with the internal addresses.   In fact I use web access for local users under the address 10.0.1.xxx  and it's fixed.

                           

                          The external address is given by the ISP dynamically "but" it does not change unless I reset my modem.  In fact, when it changes, I have to modify the setup for accessing other services.

                           

                          I've got the following ports forwarded.  80, 9000, 1025, 1600, 5003, and 443 in my router.    1600 and 5003 are the two ports required by FileMakerServer.

                           

                          At this point, I think it's important to mention that I can access the filemaker server using the FileMaker Go app or the desktop version of FileMaker, so it means the external IP address is valid and only have to be changed if the modem is reseted as I've mentioned above.

                           

                          It should work but there must be something wrong somewhere in my setups.  I'm suspecting of a conflict between services using the 80 and 443 ports which Carl's mentioned above.  Could it be possible?

                           

                          Thank you.

                          • 10. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
                            CarstenLevin

                            I've checked the firewall settings at my server and its off, so there should not be anything blocking.

                            Yes, but you do also have a router giving you internet access and that does probably also have a firewall built in.

                             

                            You can probably get very good help to solve the problem from people here. But you need to answer the fundamental questions before we can be sure to give you correct advice:

                            • Do you have a real/fixed IP number and what is it (we do not need the last part of it) just the first two number series like 312.231.XXX.XXX
                            • What is your internal IP number (the IP number of your server) ... this you can give us, it is not reachable from the outside.
                            • Is your router set up to nat/map this external IP number to the internal number. Which ports are open?

                             

                            Best regards


                            Carsten

                            • 11. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
                              CarlSchwarz

                              If you can access a webpage on your server locally, and you can't access it externally then it's a network problem (otherwise you aren't typing in your public ip address properly).

                              Network problems to double check

                              1 - port forwarding at the router

                              2 - the router can access the server (just because the server can access the web doesn't mean the router can access the server, e.g. different subnet, double-router setup)

                              3 - firewall on the router / server / ISP (yes, some ISP overzealously block)

                              4 - Ensure the URL you are using to remotely access your website is correct AND that you are not on your local network when attempting to access your remote URL/IP address.

                              You may need a techie to come onsite.

                               

                              I suggest that you fix your IP address also, your ISP may do it for free.

                              • 12. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
                                CarstenLevin
                                It should work but there must be something wrong somewhere in my setups.  I'm suspecting of a conflict between services using the 80 and 443 ports which Carl's mentioned above.  Could it be possible?


                                Yes, if you have another service on port 80 (web) then it is probably taking precedence before FileMaker.


                                You may have to change ports for some of your services to make them all work, when you are only having one external IP number.

                                • 13. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
                                  congote

                                  Yes Carsten,

                                   

                                  It's a mapping thing.   I've just changed the address port 80 was pointing to in my router and guess what....  yes, worked.   Now the challenge is to find a way to have both services working together and the question I think I can raise here, is that  if there is another port that FileMaker can use.    I guess somebody would say 443 but it's also used by another service.   Any idea around?

                                  • 14. Re: Accesing filemaker 14 databases using a browser
                                    CarlSchwarz

                                    It's quite easy, what you can do is map a different port at the router to port 80 on the server then you don't need to reconfigure your server.

                                    E.g. Map port 80 to some other server

                                    Then map port 18801 (for example) to port 80 on your filemaker server.

                                    Then you remotely access your filemaker server at http://remoteip:18801/

                                     

                                    Your router must support this though.  And the feature has different names on different routers so I won't attempt to name that feature.  Just map any unused port, or use a port in the unreserved range (google unreserved port range)

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