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"tunnel" back to my Mac Pro?

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hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 8, 2013 9:09 PM

is there a way to "tunnel" back to my Mac Pro from my iPhone (iOS7) or my laptop (ML)?


i would like to access files once in a blue moon (like if i really need to send someone something that is not accessible from my phone or on dropbox) and i am wondering if this is VPN or how i would do this.



Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5), win 7 + win xp in boot camp
  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (9,370 points)
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    Oct 8, 2013 10:49 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Use Back to My Mac, part of iCloud:




  • Joe Bailey Level 6 Level 6 (12,050 points)
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    Oct 9, 2013 1:12 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    hotwheels 22 wrote:


    hi meg.


    do you know what this article means when it says for more information go to "Help > Help Center"? is this after logging into iCloud on the web or something? in Settings > iCloud on my computer? on the online help article itself somehow?

    That is describing how you "drill down" through menu levels. If you are in Finder on your desktop on the menu bar at the top of the screen you will see the Finder menus: Finder, Find, Edit, View, Go, Window, Help. If you click on Help a drop down menu will appear with a search bar and the menu item "Help Center". It means click on Help Center.

    hotwheels 22 wrote:


    also, i am in fact on 10.7.5 on the mac pro and ML on the laptop.

    do you know how this works? i turn on "Back to My Mac" in settings on each computer


    It works the same way in Lion (OS X 10.7) and Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8). If, as was previously suggested, in Finder on either one of your Macs on the menu bar select Help and from the drop down menu choose Help Center. Then in the search bar of the window that will appear enter the search term "back to my mac" and press the enter key then wait -- this might take several seconds -- and five help article headings will appear. These are


    • Use NAT-PMP with Back to My Mac
    • Share your screen using Back to My Mac
    • Use Back to My Mac
    • If you can't share computer screens
    • Share a calendar account


    Choose the third item Use Back to Mac then in the next window that appears choose "Connect to your computers" and carefully follow the instructions.



    hotwheels 22 wrote:


    can i do this with my iPhone running iOS7?



    Yes, but you will have to download a VNC viewer for your iOS 7 device. There are nearly 150 of them to choose from on the iTunes App Store.

  • Joe Bailey Level 6 Level 6 (12,050 points)
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    Oct 10, 2013 5:35 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    hotwheels 22 wrote:


    have you used the back to my mac functionality? if so, is it worth the trouble?




    The first time setup can be a bit of a challenge because you are learning everything as you go along but after that it is dead simple to use. Yes I have used it and IMO it is not particularly useful on the iPad and much less usefull on the iPhone. The difference in screen sizes being the main issue. Notice that I write about using it in the past tense.


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