The Open Remote File window has two panes.
Left Pane is labled HOSTS
Right Pane is labled AVAILABLE FILES.
The Host pane in a manual entry of Named IP addresses where a Server might be and does not show Server Status.
If you click and select a Host in left pane, the Available Files will pop up only when...
1) The Host is running and properly set up.
2) Your computer has a wireless and/or ethernet connection to network of the Host.
From you post, I suspect number 2 is not working correctly.
If not, double check the Host entry IP address to assure proper entry.
Here's another potential issue you can investigate: Missing or corrupted .PEM files on the machines that can't see the listed databases:
For More Information see:
Windows systems FMP installer does not install server.pem file
This is one of many acknowledged bugs that can be found in the Known Bug List thread here in the Report an Issue section of the forum.
It can also be downloaded as a database file from: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jt09b82i0xijbu3/FMP%20Bugs.zip
@Phil Very nice thread links! I read the one on the Mac, which was several versions of FMP way back. You would hope a cross check would be done in new versions? I will check the resolutions in Known Bug List. It would be hard to verify since something must be corrupting the .pem file.
an extremely important bit of information was also presented. The exposed data transmission of FMP server protocol has SSL encryption. This is the last piece of the puzzle to assure Secure FMP Databases for me. Very nice indeed.
To All: This forum, with robust contributors like Phil, is better than any manual or Bing searches for learning.
In our systems, I've also seen a firewall set up by an anti-virus app on the client machine block access to the server. We had to disable the firewall on the client to correct. (The client machines are on an internal LAN and the entire network sits behind a firewall so there is no need for a firewall on the client machine as far as I know.)