09-11-2008, 05:33 PM
I have a major headache trying to figure out the best way to do this, I'm hoping that someone here can help me out. Basically, here's what's going on:
I have 3 computers on a home network. One is a PC running XP Home, the other two are Macs (one iBook running 10.4, one Macbook running 10.5).
I recently bought a 1TB external Maxtor hard drive that I'd like to use to store all the music/pictures/movies etc on. This hard drive is connected to the old PC, as is the router/dsl modem combo that runs our internet.
I also bought an Apple TV a few months ago. Right now everything works great within the network - I can map the external hard drive and access anything I need while I'm on our wireless network.
Now, ideally I'd like to access these same files when I'm on another WiFi network but I'm a little stumped. People have told me to set up a VPN, but it seems pretty near impossible since the VPN server would be the Windows machine, which has a dynamic IP address. I've tried a few things to get around this - using DYNDNS and an auto updater but whenever I try to connect when I'm away from home I get a "server failed to respond" message.
Is there another (easier) way for me to do this? All I really want to do is have the 1TB drive accessible whether I'm at home or not.
Any ideas? Is this a pipe dream?