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BijanK Level 1 Level 1

I have just applied the new Time Capsule 7.6.1 firmware that supposedly enables remote access to the drive via iCloud. However, how precise would this work?

 

I have read several other threads here and elsewhere but they either explain how to do this using MobileMe or DynDNS.

 

How precisely does iCloud now translate my internal IP to an external one and where do I access my drive in OSX when on the road?


MacBook Pro 15, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
Reply by Mini-Mac on Jan 31, 2012 9:47 AM Helpful

Really pretty simple.  That's if you've got the Time Capsule and your Computer set up correctly.

 

Time Capsule setup:

 

1.    Open Airport Utility

1a.  Open Time Capsule Base Station tab

1b.  Put iCloud NAME in "Back to My Mac"

1c.  Enter Password, then wait for activation (less than 1 minute normally)

1d.  Open Time Capsule Disks tab

1e.  Check mark "Enable file sharing"

1f.   Check mark "Share disk over WAN"

1h.  Password self explanitory

 

Computer (Mac)

 

1.   Open iCloud in System Preferences

2.   Put a check mark on "Back to My Mac", wait for actication (less than 1 minute normally)

 

Connecting to Time Capsule Disk from you HOME network or outside your home network ((INTERNET))

 

In order to connect to Time Capsule Disk off your local (home) network you must have an internet connection, if you do then do this:

 

1.  Open Finder

2.  In Finder open Shared if collapsed and double click on your Time Capsule name.

3.  Double click your Time Capsule, enter password (if you required).

4.  Once connected to your Time Capsule double click on your Disk to mount it enter password (if your required).

5.  Done,  remember the connection speed is dependent on your internet quality (broadband vs dial-up).

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  • capaho Level 4 Level 4

    Update the firmware on your Time Capsule and update the AirPort Utility on your computer, then enter your iCloud user information in the appropriate place in AirPort Utility.  Don't worry about DDNS, it uses Back to My Mac to find the Time Capsule.

  • BijanK Level 1 Level 1

    That's not what I meant. I've already done all this but would like to know how I actually access my TC from abroad when travelling with my MBP.

  • mark77 Level 1 Level 1

    yeah i'd like to know this too! i can see how/where i enter my details in the airport utility, what i dont understand is how does the mechanism work, where/how do i "see" my time capsule when i'm away from home?

  • ChemGolf Level 1 Level 1

    I think it should appear in the Finder as an additional drive. At least it was like this with MobileMe...

  • Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3

    Really pretty simple.  That's if you've got the Time Capsule and your Computer set up correctly.

     

    Time Capsule setup:

     

    1.    Open Airport Utility

    1a.  Open Time Capsule Base Station tab

    1b.  Put iCloud NAME in "Back to My Mac"

    1c.  Enter Password, then wait for activation (less than 1 minute normally)

    1d.  Open Time Capsule Disks tab

    1e.  Check mark "Enable file sharing"

    1f.   Check mark "Share disk over WAN"

    1h.  Password self explanitory

     

    Computer (Mac)

     

    1.   Open iCloud in System Preferences

    2.   Put a check mark on "Back to My Mac", wait for actication (less than 1 minute normally)

     

    Connecting to Time Capsule Disk from you HOME network or outside your home network ((INTERNET))

     

    In order to connect to Time Capsule Disk off your local (home) network you must have an internet connection, if you do then do this:

     

    1.  Open Finder

    2.  In Finder open Shared if collapsed and double click on your Time Capsule name.

    3.  Double click your Time Capsule, enter password (if you required).

    4.  Once connected to your Time Capsule double click on your Disk to mount it enter password (if your required).

    5.  Done,  remember the connection speed is dependent on your internet quality (broadband vs dial-up).

  • Jeremiah. Level 1 Level 1

    I do not see a "Share disk over WAN" anywhere in Airport Utility 6.0.....

  • mark77 Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Mini-Mac,

     

    cool thanks for the reply. That's more-or-less what I would have assumed. One question, when you check "back to my mac" on my mac / system preferences, do i need to enable any other specific sharing options on the mac itself (file, screen sharing etc?). Logically i would have assumed no, since it is not my mac itself that i want to share, but rather share/access the TC disks from my mac when i'm away from home.

     

    Either way, after following these steps i don't see the time capsule appear under sharing in finder (whereas it does, of course, if i'm connected to my home LAN).

     

    cheers

     

    mark

  • Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3

    Things you can check are:

     

    Have you tried connecting by using  "Connect to Server"?

     

    1.   Is your Time Capsule (TC) connected directly to your modem with an ethernet cable.

    2.   Are you using the wireless connection from the TC

    3.   Settings are correct as outlined

    4.   Back to My Mac activation process happen on both Computer and TC 

         (Correct iCloud name and password on both Computer and TC).

    5.   Green status light for Back to My Mac in Airpot utility

    6.   Unplug TC wait 3- 5 minutes and plug back in, restart computer after TC completely starts, double check BTMM settings

  • Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3

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  • Jeremiah. Level 1 Level 1

    That's what I was affraid of.  I have the "back to my mac" bit setup in Base Station, but I'm clearly missing this checkbox.  Do I need to have NAT turned on (because that could be a problem).  *Edit to add, that indeed... I have a "green light" for my back to my mac status in the base station tab.

     

    Screen Shot 2012-01-31 at 1.45.32 PM.png

     

    Message was edited by: Jeremiah.

  • mrzo_sk Level 1 Level 1

    Is the part with "Share disk over WAN" really necessary? Isn't the main goal of Back to my Mac feature "make tunnel" to your home network?

  • ChemGolf Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, NAT must be enabled for back to my mac to work properly

  • Jeremiah. Level 1 Level 1

    That's irritating.  I can use back to my mac with any iMac connected through my router without NAT but I can't use back to my mac ON my router without NAT?  That's strange.

     

    I'm at work and I can see my iMac at home... but no Time Machine.  I have an Ooma VoiP system that sits between the modem and the Time Machine which uses its own NAT... so I can't easly get around that.

  • ChemGolf Level 1 Level 1

    perhaps this http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1208 is helpful for you.

    You either need NAT or UPnP enabled for BTMM to work properly

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