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335 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 20, 2012 9:06 AM by keg55 RSS
Gary i Level 5 Level 5 (6,190 points)
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Nov 20, 2012 4:43 AM

Hi there I have sucessfully set up a VPN connection to my home using the built in VPN of my router and the standard network connection from system prefs of my out an about mac.

 

I can get onto anything on my network via a web browser for things that support it such as printers and my nas, so I know the connection to an extent is working. I can even print to my printer at home.

 

However the main thing I want to see is my iMac which does not appear anywhere. Infact none of the 3 macs at home which all have sharing turned on appear via the connection.

 

Is there some setting I am missing here?

  • alkhater Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 6:22 AM (in response to Gary i)

    Did you set sharing in you iMac to share this VPN? Go to preference in your iMac/sharing and check the boxes for things you want to share.

  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,305 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 6:39 AM (in response to Gary i)

    Sharing services do not broadcast over VPN, so while you can type the IP address of your iMac, unless you are physically on the local network you will not see it automatically show up in the Finder sidebar. An alternative that will work is to use Apple's Back To My Mac service on your various Macs you wish to access remotely, or punch a hole for AFP in your firewall (TCP 548), forward the port to your iMac, and use a dynamic DNS service to link a URL to your router.

  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (5,645 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 9:02 AM (in response to Gary i)

    I'm using OS X Server (Mountain Lion) and the VPN service. It works nice and it's stable. Since you purchased server, you might want to install it and try it out.

  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (5,645 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 9:06 AM (in response to Gary i)

    For Screen Sharing, assuming you have that turned on, you can type vnc://youmacsip to get the screen share. At least this is what I do with OS X Server running the VPN service.

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