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  • Started 14 years ago by kyohn
  • Latest reply 14 years ago from Jim Matthews
  • kyohn Member

    I'm trying to connect two OSX machines. But when I put in host IP it will not connect. I've tried from both machines. Do I need a server or server software on one computer, I was under the impression that any two computers could connect, as long as Fetch was on both. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    To make an FTP connection between two OS X machines you need Fetch on one and you need to turn on the built-in FTP server on the other. To do that, go to the Sharing panel of System Preferences.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • kyohn Member

    I have FTP Access enabled on both machines. Is the IP Address the one found in Preferences/Network. Is the User ID and Password the same as I use for general use of machine, found in System Preferences/My Account (User ID and Password). Do I need to set up a new account in System/Accounts? Is there a setting I'm missing in Fetch Preferences (PASV, Proxy, or anything else) I'm not familiar with what a lot of the Fetch Preferences do. I can connect just fine (from both machines) to other machines, just can't get either of these machines to find the other.
    Please Help!! Thanks

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • kyohn Member

    I have FTP Access enabled on both machines. Is the IP Address the one found in Preferences/Network. Is the User ID and Password the same as I use for general use of machine, found in System Preferences/My Account (User ID and Password). Do I need to set up a new account in System/Accounts? Is there a setting I'm missing in Fetch Preferences (PASV, Proxy, or anything else) I'm not familiar with what a lot of the Fetch Preferences do. I can connect just fine (from both machines) to other machines, just can't get either of these machines to find the other.
    Please Help!! Thanks

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Are both Macs on the same network?

    The IP address to use is the one displayed in the Services tab of the Sharing panel of System Preferences, when you select "FTP Access".

    You should use the user id and password you would use to login to the computer directly.

    You should not have to change any Fetch settings.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • kyohn Member

    No, not on same network, one's at work, one's at home. Do any of the OS9 settings matter? They haven't on my other network settings.

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Getting FTP to work between two personal machines on different networks is tricky. My guess is that both of these machines probably do not have "real" IP addresses; instead they have private addresses in the range 192.168.x.x or 10.x.x.x that are only valid for communication with other machines on the same network.

    For example, your home network probably has a router that gets a real address from your ISP, and issues private addresses to your Mac (and any other computers on your home network). To FTP to your Mac from outside your home network you would have to do at least two things:

    1) Find out the real, external address assigned to your router (this might be called its WAN address). That address may change from time to time; you can try to deal with that problem by asking your ISP for a static address, or using "dynamic DNS" software to register a name that points to your current address (whatever that is). For more information on dynamic DNS, see http://www.macwrite.com/harrisonfiles/how-to-point-a-static-domain-part-1.php

    2) Configure your router to forward incoming connections on port 21 to your Mac. You also have to make sure that whatever firewall featuers your router has are not blocking port 21.

    I hope this helps,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • kyohn Member

    I thought Fetch was for connecting computers that are not on a network. If they're already on a network, I can see computers via the hub/switch (network), therefore not needing Fetch. How is it that I'm able to connect to the (2) computers I do now using Fetch? I simpy type in, with one - a Host IP (64.112...), and with the other - a .com address, User ID and Password. Are these computers equipped with the before mentioned software/config? In the meantime, I will contact my provider and try to get my real IP address and figure how to configure my router as you mentioned. I apologize for my ignnorance.. Thanks!

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Fetch is typically used to connect to server computers (as opposed to personal-use home or office machines). The difference is in the way they are connected to the Internet; server computers typically have static (non-changing) IP addresses that are valid for use outside the network they are on (and personal-use computers typically do not).

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 14 years ago #

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