Can anyone help? It seems to me like it should be a really simple answer...but I just can't work it out!
Basically I just want up to 8 people to have access to my Filemaker Pro 12 Database from anywhere, over the internet. What do I need to do to set this up?
Have you opened the ports on your router ?
There us some info on a threat when I was experiencing the same problem : https://fmdev.filemaker.com/message/83743#83743
You will also acces via "favorite hosts" rather than "local hosts".
It does work well once set up.
Kim - sorry I missed this response somehow! I will double check when I get home, I'm at work at the moment. I didn't work on opening any ports so that could be it alright. Thanks for the info.
Ok I have (I believe) opened the correct ports on my router. I was then able to access the server via favourite hosts whilst at home on my local network, however when I went back onto 3G/LTE I couldn't get it to work.
I'm just not sure what I am supposed to enter as the address of the host. Is it the name of the server (http://server-name.local or fmnet://server-name.local) or is it the IP address of my Mac? I found this simply by asking Google what my IP address is. I suppose if it is the name of the server, then I don't have the ports open correctly...?
Your server has two IP addresses, a local one that the internal network uses and another that is used to address it on the general internet. Testing it inside has no relevance to whether the ports are configured correctly for outside access.
You need to enter the public IP address in the Open Remote... dialog. If you're ports are configured correctly (and it's not simple), you'll see the database.
Beware that address may change, depending on your internet service you may have a static or dynamic IP address. There are services that help you deal with a dynamic IP address (like DynDNS).
DavidJ's correct about internal and external IP address numbers. And, if you are using a commercial internet provider with a typical home/consumer connection, your server may not have a "static" (permanent) IP address for reaching it from outside the local network. You can contact your service provider about establishing a persistent address which can be used externally, but you should expect them to charge a fee for that extra which most home users don't need.
Thank you both for your responses. David when you say the public IP address of the server, is this my public IP address? When I ask Google "what is my IP address", it is still the same as it was a few days ago. This still doesn't work for me. If this isn't the public IP address of the server, where do I find that?
I have attached a screen shot of what I think is showing the relevant ports open, perhaps you can take a look and see if this looks right?
Also to access the server via FM GO do I need Web Publishing enabled?
Thanks - it gives me the same address as I have been trying. And it still doesn't work, so it must be that my ports are not configured correctly?
Also, I am now unable to get web publishing enabled, but am I right in saying that I don't need it to access a database via FM Go?
the only port you need to open is the 5003 TCP.
You don't need the web publihing
BUT I see in you posted picture that you opened twice the 5003 port: one to teh inter IP
and the other to
It's a conflict: i think that the router "keeps as good" the first of them.
You shoud point the port 5003 where the database is hosted (if there is FMServer, to the LOCAL IP of that machine, if with FMPro to the machine than open and share the DB)
It works! Thank you so much melastudio (and the others) for your help. I disabled all other ports (my router automatically added both instances of 5003 when I added Filemaker as an application when I chose it from a drop down list) and changed the IP address to that of the server, and it seems to have worked.
Be sure to give your server a static address, If it gets a new address from the router through DHCP the link stops working!
Hope that helps!
Ruben van den Boogaard