Take Control of Back to My Mac
Publisher: TidBITS / Take Control Books
Final Release Date: February 2010

With the Back to My Mac feature of Mac OS X, you can connect securely from one of your Macs to another for file and screen sharing, making it possible to snag a forgotten document or control your Mac Pro from your MacBook while on a trip. Or at least that's the theory, since in practice, people have had huge trouble in getting Back to My Mac working. In this ebook from networking expert Glenn Fleishman, you'll find essential details on configuring common routers to work with Back to My Mac, learn about the security implications of Back to My Mac, and discover how to wake up a remote Mac. The ebook covers Back to My Mac in both Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Interested in screen sharing via other approaches too, like iChat and Skype, or from your iPhone? Check out Take Control of Screen Sharing in Snow Leopard.

Read this book to learn the answers to questions like:

  • What can I do with remote file sharing and screen sharing?
  • How do I configure a Linksys router for Back to My Mac?
  • What smoke and mirrors does Apple use to make Back to My Mac work?
  • Help! I'm double-NATted, and it's really bugging me! What should I do?
  • How do I erase all traces of my Back to My Mac info from a public computer?
  • How do I use Back to My Mac to access files on a drive attached to my AirPort Extreme base station or Time Capsule?
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