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        Is there a way to convert my iMac into a remote server?

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        Old 19-05-2020, 01:06 AM   #1
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        Is there a way to convert my iMac into a remote server?

        Hi. Would appreciate any help. Just thinking if there is a way to convert my iMac into a remote server so that my friend can access only some folders from Bedok while I live in Punggol. This is because I am finding alternatives of saving cost and time. Don't want to upload too many things to Google Drive or buy the cloud hosting if possible.

        Thank you..
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        Old 19-05-2020, 12:44 PM   #2
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        You just need to port forward and share the drive.

        Sharing drive:
        https://support.apple.com/en-sg/guid.../mchlp1657/mac

        Port forwarding:
        Google port forwarding and your router name.

        Port forward to your internal imac ip address with the port that have been configured for smb (should be 445).

        Give your friend the external ip address. Should then be able to connect using smb://external_ip_address:445 with the connect to network drive or something like that on his computer.
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        Old 22-05-2020, 09:50 AM   #3
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        You just need to port forward and share the drive.

        Sharing drive:
        Port forwarding:
        Google port forwarding and your router name.

        Port forward to your internal imac ip address with the port that have been configured for smb (should be 445).

        Give your friend the external ip address. Should then be able to connect using smb://external_ip_address:445 with the connect to network drive or something like that on his computer.
        Oh thank you so much!!! I'll try
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        Old 23-05-2020, 05:57 PM   #4
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        Believe you need to get a static IP address as well from your internet service provider so that it can be connected from outside your network.
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        Old 24-05-2020, 03:45 PM   #5
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        Another solution is enable FTP

        https://www.macinstruct.com/node/152
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        Old 25-05-2020, 12:20 PM   #6
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        Believe you need to get a static IP address as well from your internet service provider so that it can be connected from outside your network.
        Not necessary for most ISP has long as your ISP offers dynamic public IP minimally to your ONT. You are use dynamic host to IP mapping services to ensure your ONT endpoint is resolvable.

        In Singapore, MyRepublic is the one ISP I have learnt using NAT, not mapping one-to-one at any one time from public to private network. What else they have did, I am not aware since I'm not their subscriber. They offer static IP plan to mitigate on that issue.

        ISP like M1 doesn't really give you static IP, your IP may change, but at any one time, their public IP does map to your internal IP on your ONT. Even if the public IP may cycle among multiple subscriber, it is only mapped to one subscriber at any one time. Not the usual NAT used in most corporate where one public IP mapped to multiple internal IPs approach.
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        Old 25-05-2020, 12:28 PM   #7
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        Another solution is enable FTP

        https://www.macinstruct.com/node/152
        That works, however in modern days, I will highly recommend SFTP as a more secure FTP conduit.

        https://osxtips.net/how-to-run-ftp-s...erver_in_macOS

        Basically it is to allow SSH, where SFTP is a subsystem of SSH. Hence the incoming port is 22, but one can always introduce port forwarding from an obscure port like 10022(public) -> 22(private)

        To deny SSH and only allow SFTP, try this
        http://hints.macworld.com/article.ph...07110914083783
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        Old 27-05-2020, 10:27 AM   #8
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        That works, however in modern days, I will highly recommend SFTP as a more secure FTP conduit

        Basically it is to allow SSH, where SFTP is a subsystem of SSH. Hence the incoming port is 22, but one can always introduce port forwarding from an obscure port like 10022(public) -> 22(private)
        Wa thanks for all the help. Although they all sound alien to me but I'm gonna try my best hahaha
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