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What are the steps/settings needed to seamlessly integrate my mac 'ecosystem'? I want to have my mac mini, airbook, iphone4s, iPad mini and apple tv networked via my airport extreme in a way which keeps everything 'on the same page'. I am running mountain lion on the laptop & mini. In a perfect world, I'd like my laptop have access to the same data when it is networked via wifi here at home, as well as while I am traveling. Thanks.
PS I also have a first generation apple tv sitting here that i have no idea what to do with, as well as an old-ish iMac. Is there anyway to utilize these items to bolster my "ecosystem"? I am already backing everything up online via back blaze - but could the old imac be used as a server?
Hi, I'll be happy to help with this
in theory as everything is running a common platform it should be possible to create this as a seamless environment
do you know what OS the old iMac is running
and also the iPhone4s and iPad mini - are they both running iOS 6?
Steve - I owe you an apology. I am sorry I have not responded, but when I first posed this question, i was dealing with someone else, so I didn't realize you had been assigned the case. lomg story short, I messed up, and I apologize. The old mac is mountain lion. the iphones & ipad are ios 6. one apple tv (currently connected is 3d gen, the other one is 1st gen. I have also added a g-raid 4TB external ard drive. Things seem to be working pretty well, although last night I got an error message telling me i didn't have administrator privileges to work with a folder in the g-raid.
again, my apologies for not getting back to you sooner.
no problem - will get onto that today as well
take your time. I know I am asking a lot, and I appreciate your help.
ugh. don't mention alcohol. too much last night for the patriots game.
ah - say no more!
pray for me. ttyl.
Ok - have looked over everything and guess the easiest thing to work out first is whether you have any need of the Apple TV
to play iTunes content (as well as local content) onto a TV screen
hey - not to complicate things any further - but i just downloaded OS-X Server. I am not goping to touch it, but i do like the idea of creating my own VPN. For security purposes, and for travel. just an fyi.
if you have an Internet enabled TV then the Apple TV is probably not needed - guess it depends on how much video/media content you have in iTunes
OSX Server would be interesting
you could easily use the iMac as a server and install it there
would give you more control over files etc and allow the VPN connectiviy
this would be one way of having documents accessible from any location
although you would need to ensure VPN client connectivity for the iPhone & iPad
the more straightforward way would be to use a cloud based storage medium
either iCloud, Google Drive, Skydrive or Dropbox could serve this purpose and all have apps and utilities for each system
so you could modify and access documents from any device in any location
the only issue with these systems is whether you are happy with the companies which run each of these systems, or with effectively handing over data
personally I'm not too worried about the documents I have stored in the cloud but dependent on content this could be a concern
Let me know
I already use icloud, dropbox etc in various capacities. mostly for sharing files with other people, or making them accessible to myself when I am not at home. But i'd like to create a very "closed loop" as far as sharing my files between my devices goes. I live in a condo. A few days ago I was pairing a bluetooth device to my laptop when I saw the name of a neighbor's bluetooth devices in my list of sharable devices. that scared me. i don't want any holes in my little 'ecosystem' which might allow someone to peer in. I'm thinking, hoping, that a vpn will provide me with a self contained system with only one hole - the wireless link between my hardware and my wireless router, which I will encrypt the heck out of. Does that make any sense at all?
Yes it does - given that scenario then an encrypted wireless/VPN connection is the best bet
ok. that's what we need to set up. thanks. ttyl.
Yes - what model router is being used and who is the Internet Provider?
airport extreme, version 7.6.1. Comcast.
Hey, what is the best way to do this? should I schedule a time to do a chat session with you and finish up this project? i feel like I am a bad "customer". Please let me know how you would like to proceed.
You're certainly not a bad customer - let me work out the VPN settings and will update you later.
am generally working between 6AM and 7/8PM EST
ok. i have installed the server and set up the basics. the vpn still eludes me however. as to my other question, regarding devonthink, hopefully i closed that and left you a tip. that wasn't a fair question, too many steps involved. let's just get my home network & vpn up and running and secure. thanks again for your patience.
yes - saw that
thank you :)
made some notes on the devonthink setup so will upload those later as well
ok - so now - should i "save and exit'?
yes, save and exit
you should get an e-mail when I put the next update in
so on the VPN side of things
when you load up OSX Server
you should have Server Admin?
if so, load that up and then choose Settings
make sure VPN is enabled
then in the left hand sidebar, select VPN
and on the L2TP tab you can set the IP range for VPN clients
I would set this as being towards the end of whatever IP address range you currently use
so as there is no clash with home and VPN IP addresses
the Shared Secret at the bottom can be as secure a password XXXXX you wish
you can then click on Client Information
and verify that DNS servers are listed there
If so, you can then press Save
and the VPN service will be up and running
the next step would be to configure a client machine
if you go to System Preferences-->Network
then hit the + button
create a name for the service
type is L2TP
then, with the VPN connection created
you will need to add the publicly available IP address for your server
(we might need to come back to this bit)
and a user account name
I would set up a specific account on the OSX Server
for VPN use
and then click Authentication settings
choose Password XXXXX enter the account name password
and Shared Secret and enter the shared secret key
and then the client is ready to connect to the VPN
thanks Steve, but I think I am in a little over my head here. I tried to do what you said, but I just don't have the skills. This is something I think I need someone to come over here and do for me. if i keep at this, I'm gonna screw the pooch and the next thing i know i'll be looking at the blue screen of death. thanks again for your help.