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10.4: HamachiX might be easier for connecting to a remote file server
Authored by: BobHarris on Sep 11, '07 04:41:11PM
I think MacFUSE, ssh and the ssh file system are nice, and very useful if the remote system is not a Mac and does not have an AFP or SMB/CIFS file server running. I personally use ssh at work and at home all the time and have it built into a lot of scripts that keep my systems alive and well.

However, for establishing secure file server connections across the internet, I find that HamachiX is a lot easier to setup and use.

http://hamachix.spaceants.net/

Install HamachiX on each Mac (can be more than 2 if you want).

Create a new network:
HamachiX -> Networks -> Add Network
Give the network a unique name of your choosing.
Give it a password.
Specify Create on Demand.

On the other Mac Repeat with the identical network name, password, and Create on Demain option. This can be done once and left up and running while you are away from home. You could even arrange for HamachiX to be one of your account Login Items.

You should now have a private secure VPN between your 2 Macs.

To connect to the remote Mac file server use:
HamachiX -> Networks -> Connect Using... -> AFP

If you have more than 2 Macs in the VPN they can all share each other's file systems.

Hamachi will deal with most firewalls, routers, ISP assigned DHCP IP addresses, etc... seamlessly.

Bob Harris

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