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Here is a little problem I've been having.

My family has 3 Macs, and 5 PCs all connected to a DLINK router.

I would like to access my main Mac and my secondary PC from school.

I know the first step is to set up an account with dyndns, or no-ip, but I can't figure out how to specify which computer I want to connect to (from afar, that is).

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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You'll want to set up dyndns in the router if possible, so that you have an address to connect to. if you have a fixed ip or one the doesn't change much, you can just use that ip.

 

Also in the router you'll want to forward ports for the services you want to have available.

 

Say for example your PC(192.168.0.100) and Mac (192.168.0.200) at home are both running a webserver, you might forward port 84 to 192.168.0.100 and 85 to 192.168.0.200

 

then you would access that with:

 

http://whateverfunky.domain.from.dyndns.net:84/ for the pc

and

http://whateverfunky.domain.from.dyndns.net:85/ for the mac

 

Rinse, repeat for each service you have on your home network.

 

fwiw I'd use logmein for this (logmein.com). it gives a VNC/remote desktop type solution without all the messing about. The free version should do everything you need.

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You need to figure out what network port is used by your chosen remote-control software. (1-65536) Then simply forward that port from your router to whichever computer you want to control.

 

As for having two computers controllable at once, maybe try to change the port used by the program, then forward the different port to your other computer. That might be tedious though... I'm not sure if it would be possible.

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Thanks for your replies.

 

I got it working with http, smb, and ftp on my iMac.

 

Unfortunately, I don't know how to set it up with multiple Windows computers. I've read that you can only use port 139 when connecting to SMB shares. How can you redirect this to multiple computers?

 

Edit: SMB stopped working. Now I can't access any SMB server on my LAN from afar.

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