MacMost Now 345: Setting Up an Airport Extreme for Outside Access

You can use Airport Utility to configure your Airport Extreme so you can access your Macs for file sharing and screen sharing. It involves both DHCP reservations and Port Forwarding. It also helps if you have a static IP address for your home Internet access.

Comments: 18 Responses to “MacMost Now 345: Setting Up an Airport Extreme for Outside Access”

    Sam Gregory
    10 years ago

    I’m trying to set this up in Snow Leopard but the first problem I’ve encountered is that under the internet tab in Airport Utility I don’t have a DHCP tab. How do i do this in Snow Leopard, and what other differences will i encounter?

      10 years ago

      This tutorial IS in Snow Leopard. Not sure why you are not seeing a DHCP tab. Perhaps that is dependent on another setting. Play around with it and check the Help.

    Matt Hughes
    10 years ago

    I’ve been trying to set this up with my Airport Express, but have no place to “add” a dhcp reservation. Is this a limitation of the Express model?

      10 years ago

      Could be. I don’t have a Airport Express to test.

    Jonathan Sullivan
    10 years ago

    Gary – how is this handled while the the AE is in bridge mode, meaning that the DHCP is handled via the modem?

      10 years ago

      I’d imagine then you’d have to set up everything in the modem. Which means doing all the setting manually.

    Wilson
    9 years ago

    why when you set your private IP address your continue button does not lit up? my does not either unless I change the public tcp port number with you said I don’t have to worry about. there is something wrong here. yes I am using snow leopard too.

      9 years ago

      I’m not really sure which part of the process you are talking about. But I’m sure if you look into all the settings you will figure it out.

      Jamie
      9 years ago

      Just add a 1 to the TCP number. It just says that port is reserved. Make sure to change both the public and the private one to match.

    Steven Tiggemann
    8 years ago

    Gary, When you were doing this video there was a yellow exclamation mark when entering port 548 on the airport extreme. I get the same thing saying that this pors is being used by the base station so I can’t choose that number.

      8 years ago

      Right. If you have file sharing turned on with your Extreme, it uses 548. O you can’t share a drive hooked up to your Extreme at the same time as forward sharing to a Mac. It would be like two houses having the same address — the post office wouldn’t know where to delivery the mail. :)

    Steven Tiggemann
    8 years ago

    Gary, I turned off file sharing on the Airport Extreme and that allowed me to choose port 548. However, I’m not able to connect via afp or ftp through connect to server. I connect right away with screen sharing through connect to my server if I put vnc://ipaddress. I have file sharing turned on my G5 running Leopard.

      8 years ago

      Hard for me to tell what might be wrong. You have File Sharing turned on right? Reviewed the settings? Do you have a router above your AirPort Extreme (DSL or Cable Modem?) There are so many settings to review.

    Steven Tiggemann
    8 years ago

    Gary, Can you contact me at my email address to discuss. Thanks

      8 years ago

      If you need one-on-one support it is best to call Apple or stop by the Genius Bar.

    Steven Tiggemann
    8 years ago

    My afp and vnc (screensharing) work. Just can’t get ftp to work. Have port 21 forwarded to the same ip as the afp and vnc on the Aiport Extreme and file sharing and ftp afp support turned on in file sharing. Just can’t get it to connect.

    DANIEL CODIANNI
    8 years ago

    Listening to you wonderful talk I was not able to get the name of the program that one could purchase, ” Match my Mac”?

    Thanks

    dc

      8 years ago

      There is a transcript under the video. But I don’t think I mention any program that you can purchase in this one. Perhaps you mean “Back To My Mac” — that is part of iCloud (MobileMe).

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