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Denny009 Calculating status...
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Sep 6, 2007 12:56 PM
I spent a lot of time searching through the forum to find the solution for my problem but I could not seem to find the concrete solution for it. Hence, I'm asking for help.

Problem description:
I can't access my USB drives connected to the Airport Extreme over the WAN from Windows XP. However, it's working fine with my Mac.

My Configuration:
+ Airport Extreme firmware version 7.2
+ 3 USB drives connected to the Airport Extreme via the USB hub
Using the AirPort Utility, I have configured the followings.
+ On the Airport/Base Station tab, I have enabled "Allow configuration over Ethernet WAN port" and "Advertise configuration globally using Bonjour"
+ On the Disks/File Sharing tab, I have enabled "Enable file sharing" with accounts options (and I have created different user accounts). I also enabled "Share disks over Ethernet WAN port" and "Advertise disks globally using Bonjour"
+ On the Advanced/Bonjour tab, I have enabled "Use a wide-area hostname"
+ I also registered my dynamic IP address at home with DynDNS

My Observations:
+ At home (this means locally), I can access all the drives from all of my machines including, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac Mini, PowerBook.
+ Outside of home (this means over the (WAN), either at work or at my friend's house, I still can access all the drives from my PowerBook. However, I CANNOT access any of the drives from any Windows machines.

My Understanding:
+ On Mac, it uses AFP protocol for file sharing and this is working fine locally or over the WAN.
+ On PC, it uses CIFS protocol for file sharing and Airport Extreme seems to have issue with this over the WAN.

Help!!!
If anyone has found a working solution and has tried it yourself and you know it works, please post the solution with detail steps. Your help will be highly appriciated. I'm pretty sure that I'm not the only one who has this issue.

Thanks
  • tolthoff Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Sep 8, 2007 7:06 AM (in response to Denny009)
    I would love to know this too. I have tried to make this happen but for some reason it just won't work. Anyone got some step by step instructions out there? Or is this thing just broke?
    Powermac G5 Dual 2.7, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • ahansen Calculating status...
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    Sep 8, 2007 11:13 AM (in response to Denny009)
    If you can get a static IP-address from your ISP, making this work is very easy. Where I sit (Denmark) all the ISP's provide static IP-addresses for about 2$ per month
    MacBook (White), Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • larsd Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2007 6:40 AM (in response to Denny009)
    I see that you are menttioning an option called "Share disks over Ethernet WAN port". Where do you find this option? I can only find a bonjour option in my sharing options. I have tries both 7.2 and 7.2.1 firmware.

    Do you do anthing to enable this option?

    -LarsD
    iMac Alu 24", MBP 15", Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • LukasO Calculating status...
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    Sep 23, 2007 10:55 AM (in response to Denny009)
    It is very likely that your ISP is blocking one or more of the ports used by CFIS to prevent exactly what you are trying to do on Windows computers (Most of their customers) They just have not yet found that the port that AFS uses to be a problem so they have not blocked them. Most ISP Service Agreements state that you cannot run a "server" from your home; whatever that means.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Erkki Pöytäniemi. Calculating status...
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    Oct 8, 2007 1:33 PM (in response to Denny009)
    So how do you exactly do the settings? I am only interested of connecting to my Airport-connected hard drive from outside home with my MacBookPro. Following Denny009's advice I have similar settings and I have also registered with DynDNS. What then? I presume that in the Advanced/Bonjour tab I put the DynDNS-registered domain in Domain, but what else?
    2 GHz Intel MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.4.7), Airport Extreme
  • ColonelSmith Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Oct 8, 2007 5:41 PM (in response to Erkki Pöytäniemi.)
    Ive been trying to figure this out myself. I think this is a great feature. It works amazingly well with my MacBook using AFP. I was at starbucks earlier today accing my AirPort disk away from home and it worked perfectly. However, I have two other windows laptops that I would like to use this on. Maybe there is some way to get AFP to work on windows? If anyone can figure this out I would be extremely happy.
    MacBook (2.16GHz White), Self Built Gaming PC, iBook G4 1.33, 16GB iPod Touch,, Mac OS X (10.4.10), AirPort Extreme 802.11n, 30GB Zune, Xbox 360, PC includes NVIDIA 8800 + 3 GB RAM
  • idiogenicosmoles Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 14, 2007 11:13 AM (in response to ColonelSmith)
    I've been wrestling with this for awhile as well. I can't find anything published at Apple or on Google that just plain lays this out with instructions. That would be nice to see, Apple.
    HP Tablet, Windows Vista, wife has Mac
  • solito Calculating status...
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    Dec 4, 2007 9:54 AM (in response to Denny009)
    I am having the same issue. Ideally I would like to see an AFP client for Windows. Alternatively the option to enable SMB sharing over the WAN, although I would prefer to not have to enable this.

    Another related request, it would be great if we could optionally specify a list of IPs that is able to access the disk from the Internet.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Alex_Caranci Calculating status...
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    Dec 29, 2007 10:59 PM (in response to solito)
    This is for XP only. I don't know about Vista. Go to My Network Places, click on Add a Network Place under Network Tasks.
    When the wizard comes up click next, on the next page choose the folder icon that says choose another network location, and click next.
    At the next screen type in //(your WAN IP Address)/(the name of your volume) and click next.
    At the next screen make a name for your network place and click next.
    Then Click Finish
    Black Macbook (Late 2006), Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Alex_Caranci Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 29, 2007 11:00 PM (in response to Denny009)
    This is for XP only. I don't know about Vista. Go to My Network Places, click on Add a Network Place under Network Tasks.
    When the wizard comes up click next, on the next page choose the folder icon that says choose another network location, and click next.
    At the next screen type in //(your WAN IP Address)/(the name of your volume) and click next.
    At the next screen make a name for your network place and click next.
    Then Click Finish
    Black Macbook (Late 2006), Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Nashdiesel Calculating status...
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    Dec 30, 2007 12:12 AM (in response to Alex_Caranci)
    This worked but I just used my Router IP address (10.0.1.1). I could be mistaken but I don't think that's the same thing as a WAN IP Address is it?
    Windows XP
  • ParticleMan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 30, 2007 10:01 AM (in response to ColonelSmith)
    MBP C2D 2.16, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
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