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New to Fetch - Computer to Computer file sharing (6 posts)

  • Started 3 years ago by Martin
  • Latest reply 2 years ago from Jim Matthews
  • Martin Member

    I need some help with some basics. When I get the New Connection dialogue box and have to fill in the Hostname, Username and password, are they asking this information of my computer or is this the supposed computer I am sending a file to? Do I make up a hostname or is it preassigned in my preferences somewhere?

    This is where I am confused: I know that my computer has a unique IP address, so to me I think that it's logical that we have to fill that in somewhere yet I see no place to do so. How do two computers find themselves on the internet? What is the conduit of a unique address which helps them find each other. The directions say to input a hostname,.... mine or the other's? What is that name? I am rather versed in the Mac environment but I am totally lost here. I need some hand holding on this one. I'd appreciate any help. Thank you!

    Martin

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Hi Martin,

    In order to answer your questions it would be helpful to know a bit more about the problem you're hoping to solve. Are the two computers you want to move files between on the same network, or are they each connected to the Internet in a different place?

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Martin Member

    The two computers are cities apart. So the transfer would be done over the internet.

    Martin

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    It is possible to use Fetch to transfer a file directly between two computers in a situation like yours, but it is cumbersome. Most Macs and Windows computers connect to Internet through a Network Address Translation (NAT) device such as a router. Because the NAT device translates addresses, you can not connect directly to a computer that is behind one unless the NAT device has been configured to forward the connection. So here are the approximate steps you would have to follow, assuming both computers are Macs running Mac OS X:

    1) Turn on Remote Login in the Sharing pane of System Preferences on Mac 1, the one that will be the server
    2) Configure the NAT device that Mac 1 uses to access the Internet to forward TCP port 22 to Mac 1
    3) Find out the public IP address for Mac 1's NAT device by surfing to http://myipaddress.com from Mac 1
    4) Run Fetch on Mac 2 and open a connection to Mac 1 with this information:

    Hostname: the public IP address you got in step 3
    Connect using: SFTP
    Username: the name of your account on Mac 1
    Password: the password to your account on Mac 1

    This is all fairly complicated, which is why it is more common to use a web hosting provider as an intermediary. In that case, both Macs would use Fetch to connect to the server at the web hosting company, and use the server's storage space as a common place to drop off and pick up files.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • ananth Member

    i need a software to fetch and download many files from many mails in a single mail id. is this is possible to get the files using a software??

    Posted 2 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Hi,

    Fetch isn't the right tool for downloading email. I would look at other options.

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 2 years ago #

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