1 Reply Latest reply: Apr 5, 2012 1:03 PM by Tesserax
JohnE00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm trying to set up Filemaker Pro Server (FMS) on my MacPro so that I can host FM databases that can be accessed by others (or myself) via the Internet.

FMS requires that ports 5003, 60000, and 60001 be open.  I assume I need to do this with my Airport Extreme and not within my Mac's system preferences. Using Airport Extreme utility, I find the screen that addresses port mapping, but it all looks Greek to me.  I know  nothing  about IP addresses, NAT, DHCP, TCP, UDP, etc.


Is there an easy way to open these ports?


Also, to allow someone to access FMS hosted files, I was told that I have to manually assign an IP address on my local network.  If true, what does that mean and how do I do it?  I don't really know what my IP is:  whatsmyip gives me one number, but Airport Extreme shows another.


Is this relatively easy to solve, or am I just in too far over my head?

AirPort Extreme Base Station, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: How do I open ports?
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    The following are the basics for setting up one of the 802.11n AirPorts for port mapping/forwarding. What is critical is to know exactly which ports (either UDP or TCP) that are required to be opened in order for the communication between a remote client and the local server can take place properly. In your post you mention ports 5003, 60000, and 60001. You may want to verify with the Filemaker Pro documentation not only if these are the only ports required, but whether they are (again) UDP, TCP, or both.


    AEBSn - Port Mapping Setup

    To setup port mapping on an 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station (AEBSn), either connect to the AEBSn's wireless network or temporarily connect directly, using an Ethernet cable, to one of the LAN port of the AEBSn, and then use the AirPort Utility, in Manual Setup, to make these settings:


    1. Reserve a DHCP-provided IP address for the host device.

    AirPort Utility > Select the AEBSn > Manual Setup > Internet > DHCP tab

    • On the DHCP tab, click the "+" (Add) button to enter DHCP Reservations.
    • Description: <enter the desired description of the host device>
    • Reserve address by: MAC Address
    • Click Continue.
    • MAC Address: <enter the MAC (what Apple calls Ethernet ID if you are using wired or AirPort ID if wireless) hardware address of the host computer>
    • IPv4 Address: <enter the desired IP address>
    • Click Done.


    2. Setup Port Mapping on the AEBSn.

    AirPort Utility > Select the AEBSn > Manual Setup >Advanced > Port Mapping tab

    • Click the "+" (Add) button
    • Service: <choose the appropriate service from the Service pop-up menu>
    • Public UDP Port(s): <enter the appropriate UDP port values>
    • Public TCP Port(s): <enter the appropriate TCP port values>
    • Private IP Address: <enter the IP address of the host server>
    • Private UDP Port(s): <enter the same as Public UDP Ports or your choice>
    • Private TCP Port(s): <enter the same as Public TCP Ports or your choice>
    • Click "Continue"


    (ref: "Well Known" TCP and UDP ports used by Apple software products)