6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 10, 2013 7:23 AM by hotwheels 22
hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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.

 

TIA


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5), win 7 + win xp in boot camp
  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (10,550 points)

    Use Back to My Mac, part of iCloud:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2572

     

    MtD

  • hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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?

     

    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 and then - well how do i get to the other computer from the other device? say to the desktop from the laptop when i am away from my home? can i do this with my iPhone running iOS7?

     

    THANKS

  • Joe Bailey Level 6 Level 6 (12,170 points)

    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.

  • hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK. i will search for a VNC viewer app for the iphone.

     

    i seem to be having a bit of a day here but when i search in Lion for "Back to My Mac" or "Use Back to My Mac" i don't get any good results except that NAT-PMP article which seems to imply that it is explaining connectivity over wifi which i already have.

     

    is there a direct link to this Use Back to My Mac article by any chance?

     

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

     

    TIA

  • Joe Bailey Level 6 Level 6 (12,170 points)

    hotwheels 22 wrote:

     

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

     

    TIA

     

    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.

  • hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks joe.

     

    one last question here?

     

    am i correct in thinking that if you needed to email /one/ file and you were not going to be back at your desktop for another five or six hours that this functionality would work reasonably fine...?

     

    i mean, i am thinking that if the answer is yes then i would take the time to set it up.

     

    THANKS