this isn't gonna work for several reasons.
Yours client devices must have a network-connection to FMServer one or the other way. Turning off the WiFi on iPad makes it a solitaire, unable to communicate with anything. So much for your local network.
To reach your local network from the outside, a lot more action is required:
- your local network must get found in the world wide web either by a static IP-Adress you get from your internet-provider or by dynamic DNS (kind of a redirect-service telling that johnleak's network is currently on IP-Adress ##.###.###.# on the www)
- you have to set specific configuration with your internet router: Port-Forwarding to Server-Computer's local IP-Adress on the dedicated port. See the FMS manual for Port-N° required since this depends on the service you want. (Port #5003 for FMP, other Ports for FMServer, other Ports for FM WebDirect)
more about DynDNS:
thank you very much for the help. I used your information to set the port forwarding to 5003. also ran a scan to make sure that it worked and it did! I am thinking that I do have a static IP address. I will have to call and make sure.
However, I am still getting the same error message as before.
One thing I did not add before is that the iPad is one of the cellular ones so even though the wireless is turned off shouldn't file maker go still be able to connect to the files on the server?
When You're on a celluar network, Your are *not* in Your home-network. Then, Your home network (LAN) needs to be found from the WAN - like Benjamin mentioned.
I'm no pro on FMServer. Port #5003 is the port for FMPro. I don't no if it's the same for FMServer?!
I am thinking that I do have a static IP address. I will have to call and make sure.
if not, it might alter in a "couple-of-month" period. You can always check your current IP on:
shouldn't file maker go still be able to connect to the files on the server?
Only if file-path is including your WAN-IP AND router-config setting is correct. Path for connections in local-network OR WAN are not equal!
This is a nice tool to check if port forwarding works:
Make sure you don't have network-settings for server to DHCP since your computer then get's local-IP from router. Fill in the IP-Adress manually to have it fix.
fmnet is on port 5003, no matter if server nor 'client-host'. FMS uses additional ports for administration etc. (i.e. 16'000, etc.)
thanks for all the help and suggestions. I will work on it and see what happens!!!!
guys thank you so much I am up and running. I really appreciate all the help. thanks again.