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Chapter 16. Networking > To open a database as a guest:

To open a database as a guest:

1.
Choose File > Open Remote or use your keyboard: in Windows, on the Mac (Figure 16.4).

Figure 16.4. To open a database not on your own computer, choose File > Open Remote.


2.
When the Hosts dialog box appears (Figure 16.5), its appearance and your choices will vary depending on your network setup:

Figure 16.5. If you’re using AppleTalk with several server zones, pick a zone from the lower list and a file on that server in the upper list, and then click Open.


  • If you’re using IPX/SPX (Windows) or AppleTalk with no server zones (Mac), select a file in the top list and click Open.

  • If you’re using AppleTalk with several server zones, pick a zone in the box’s lower-left list, then select a file from those that appear in the top list and click Open (Figure 16.5).

  • If you’re using TCP/IP and want to pick a host outside your local area network, click Specify Host in the lower-left list (Figure 16.6). When the Specify Host dialog box appears, enter a host name or IP address (Figure 16.7). Click OK and when the Host dialog box reappears, choose a database in the top list. When you’re done, click OK to close the Hosts dialog box.

    Figure 16.6. To find a FileMaker host outside your local area network, click Specify Host.

    Figure 16.7. Enter the host’s name or IP address in the Specify Host dialog box.

  • If you’re using TCP/IP on a local area network, click Local Hosts in the box’s lower-left list (Figure 16.6), then select a file from those that appear in the top list and click Open.

  • If you’re using a TCP/IP connection with a Windows machine or a Mac running OS X and need a host outside your local area network, you also can click Directory Service in the lower-left list (Figure 16.6). When the Directory Service dialog box appears (Figure 16.8), enter the necessary configuration information (your network administrator can help with the specifics). Click OK and when the Hosts dialog box reappears, choose a database in the top list. When you’re done, click OK to close the Hosts dialog box.

    Figure 16.8. Use the Directory Service dialog box to configure your TCP/IP connection to a host outside your local area network.

Tip

  • If you frequently use a host outside your local area network, click Permanently add entry to Hosts list within the Specify Host dialog box.



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