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How do I remotely connect to an AirDisk from a Windows 7 PC

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tsheley Calculating status...
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Feb 6, 2012 1:08 PM

Title pretty much says it all.  I have it setup and can remotely access the Airdisk from iPad using Filebrowser but I can't connect from my Windows 7 PC.

 

Thanks,

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,550 points)

    To successfully access the AirPort Disk from the Internet, the following basics need to be taken care of:

    1. Install the AirPort Disk and verify that you can access it from the local network.
    2. Verify that your modem is in bridge mode, i.e., if the modem provides NAT & DHCP services, disable them.
    3. Configure port mapping/forwarding on your router. Typically, you will want at least two ports mapped: 1) For Mac clients to access the AirPort Disk: TCP port 548 , & 2) For Windows/Linux clients to access the AirPort Disk: TCP port 139. If your AEBSn/TC is performing as a NAS, then you will want to forward these ports to the AEBSn/TC.
    4. Configure your AEBSn/TC to have a static Private IP address so that it will always be found at the same address.
    5. Test your network. Use CheckIP to determine your router's current WAN-side (public) IP address. Then, from a remote location (not from a computer on the local network), use the DynDNS Open Port Tool to verify that the required ports are open. Success is an "Open" response from the Tool.

     

     

     

    Once you have verified the above, the following will be the basic steps to configure your AEBSn/TC for AirPort Disk remote access.

     

     

    1. Start the AirPort Utility > Select the AEBSn/TC, and then, note the IP Address shown on the Status panel.
    2. Select Manual Setup.
    3. Verify that Connection Sharing = Share a public IP address is selected on the Internet > Internet Connection tab.
    4. Select Disks, and then, select the File Sharing tab.
    5. Verify that both the "Enable file sharing" and "Share disks over WAN" options are enabled.
    6. Verify that Secure Shared Disks = With a disk password. (Recommended)
    7. Verify that AirPort Disks Guest Access = Not allowed. (Recommended)
    8. Select the Advanced icon, and then, select the Port Mapping tab.
    9. Click the plus sign to add a new port mapping.
    10. For Service, select the "Personal File Sharing" option. (Note: This option would only allow Mac clients to access the AirPort Disks. If you want both Macs and PCs to connect, you will also need to map the Windows Sharing service as well.)
    11. For Macs: (Note: From the previous step, some of the port fields will be pre-populated.) In the Public TCPPort(s) box, enter a 4-digit port number (e.g., 8888) of your choosing. In the Private IP Address box, enter the IP Address that you wrote down in step 1. In the Private TCP Port(s) box, enter 548. Click Continue
      For PCs: (Note: From the previous step, some of the port fields will be pre-populated.) In the Public UDPPort(s) and Public TCP Port(s) boxes, enter a 4-digit port number (e.g., 8888) of your choosing. In the Private IP Address box, enter the IP address of your AEBSn that you wrote down in step 1. In the Private UDP Port(s) box, enter: 137-138. In the Private TCP Port(s) box, enter: 139. Click Continue.
    12. In the Description box, type a descriptive name like "AirPort Disk File Sharing," and then, click Done.
    13. Click on Update.

     

     

    To connect to the shared AirPort Disk from a remote location using a Mac:

     

    1. From the Finder > Go > Connect to Server.
    2. If you subscribe to a Dynamic DNS (DDNS) service, enter the DDNS-provided Domain Name or enter the Public (WAN-side) IP address of the AEBSn/TC, followed by a colon and the Public port number that you choose in step 11 of the previous procedure. For example: afp://www.mydyndnsdomain.com:8888 orafp://123.456.789.123:8888
    3. Click Connect.
    4. You should be prompted for your user name and password. The user name can be anything you like; the password should be the Disk password for the AEBSn/TC that you created in step 6 previously.
    5. Click Connect.

     

     

    To connect to the shared AirPort Disk from a remote location using a PC running Windows 7:

     

     

    1. From Start > Computer > Map network drive
    2. In the Folder window, enter the DDNS-provided Domain Name or Pubic (WAN-side) IP address of the AEBSn/TC, followed by a colon and the Public port number that you choose in step 11 of the previous procedure. For example: \\www.mydyndnsdomain.com:8888\<AirPort Disk Volume Name> or\\123.456.789.123:8888\<AirPort Disk Volume Name>
    3. Click Finish.
    4. You should be prompted for your user name and password. The user name can be anything you like; the password should be the Disk password for the AEBSn/TC that you created in step 6 previously.

  • fariswheel Calculating status...

    i have read your post and i appreciate the time u toke to put it up, but i have couple questions that i am confused about.

     

    when connecting to the air disk from windows u wrote i can access it but entering my dyndns domain name that i could possibly create on dyndns.com ??? is that correct ???

     

    i am also not sure how to create a static IP either, i had a FTP server on my pc using the dyndns updater and file zilla and all i had to do it use an ftp client and connect using the www.dyndnsdomainicreated.tv.org   

    the entire reason why i purchased this cause i was told i would be able to share with ease. i dont mind putting some work into it if it works.

     

    i would really appreciate any help u can provide

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,550 points)

    when connecting to the air disk from windows u wrote i can access it but entering my dyndns domain name that i could possibly create on dyndns.com ??? is that correct ???

    Yes, that is correct.

     

    i am also not sure how to create a static IP either...

    In this case, you would not be creating a static Public IP address for your router. You would have to upgrade your service from your ISP if you want this type of address. Since most using consumer-grade Internet service, most of us get a dynamic Public IP address instead. Since this type of address changes over time, it would be difficult to connect to your router unless you can keep track of that changing address. This is where DDNS comes into play. DynDNS is just one provider of this service ... and I used it as a example as an alternative to using a static IP address to reach your router.

  • fariswheel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    do you have another service that is similar to Dyndns that provides a possible free service ???

     

     

    also i just found out that dyndns is in beta testing for bonjour services to work with Airport express, extreme, and Time Capsule ...

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,550 points)

    The DDNS service that DynDNS provides, that provides you with a Domain Name and tracks changing Dynamic Public IP addresses, is free. However, as you know, they do offer additional services at a cost.

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,550 points)

    Public UDP - 8888

    Public TCP - 8888

    Private UDP - 137-138

    Private TCP - 139

    Try the following:

    • Public UDP 137-138
    • Public TCP 139
    • Private UDP 137-138
    • Private TCP 139
  • fariswheel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    have u confirmed that this is working, working as in accessing the hard drive with a domain name remotly using those instructions

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,550 points)

    Yes.

  • fariswheel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay thank u for the help but I got couple questions

     

    1: if this is working for u is it working by domain name ? And

     

    1a: if so r u getting a static IP from ur ISP ? If no

     

    2: what ur domain provider that ur using for ur domain name and how r u configuring it to work with the extreme and the constant update of ur IP address if it changes ?

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,550 points)

    1: if this is working for u is it working by domain name ?

    Yes.

     

    1a: if so r u getting a static IP from ur ISP ? If no

    No, I get a dynamic Public IP address from my ISP and why I use DDNS service to keep track of the IP address changes.

     

    2: what ur domain provider that ur using for ur domain name and how r u configuring it to work with the extreme and the constant update of ur IP address if it changes ?

    I currently use DynDNS for my DDNS service and they provide me with a Domain Name. Since the AirPort routers do not have a DDNS configuration option, I use one of DynDSN DDNS clients that runs on one of my other Macs to update the service.

  • alon85 Calculating status...

    Thanks for the detail.

     

    However, what if I want to also share my Public Folder?

     

    Since the Airport Disk utility takes port 548 - a user who tries to connect using the steps you outline will go to the disk partitions and will never go to my actual computer where I have the public folder since that port will be already in use...

     

    Is there a way around this?

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