Lookup how to set up a "DMZ" for your router so that its external address is ruted to a specific machine on your network.
Thanks for suggestion. I have been reluctant to do this as this
presumably bypasses the router's firewall which I have always assumed to
be more reliable than the firewall provided by the operating system
(OSX6.8 in my case) or am I wrong.
I am not sure, but I think you can limit the ports open via the DMZ machine to just those needed by FMSA.
Perhaps someon with detailed expertise could chime in here.
On the whole if you support a public web site it is best to use an externally hosted server : there are serveral firms that offer FMSA hosting for reasonable monthly fee.
Yes of course. Silly me. Thanks.So much simpler when I engage my brain.
Thanks Christine unfortunately for reasons I cannot fathom this has
Ok ports etc sorted but the only option for ip address in "instant web publishing" is a local ip address which cannot be accessed from the internet. I feel I seem to be missing something simple aslthough fundemental. How do I get access to the database from beyond our network?
I thibk the port farwrding can be set to foward all traffic for IWP arriving to the extarnal address to the correct internal IP and port. So alothough Iwp uses the local address nominally, it will see IWP requests sent to the ernal address.
I would ensure that your Server has a Static IP Address for your internal network, an ensure that it is Excluded from your DHCP Server Range.
Then I would go into the Port Forwarding and forward the ports your desire to the Internal Static IP Address.
FileMaker Admin Console=16000
FileMaker ODBC, JDBC= 2399
FileMaker Custom Web Publishing=16020
Once you forward these ports, you will be able to access it using the External IP Address outside your network.