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Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 
 

ShareTool 2.0

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Yazsoft has released a major upgrade to its secure Bonjour remote networking utility ShareTool, which enables users to access local resources over the Internet. While similar to Apple's Back to My Mac service, ShareTool also enables users to print to local printers and use iTunes Music Sharing, iPhoto Sharing, and SFTP, in addition to basic file and screen sharing. (And, of course, it doesn't require a MobileMe account.) Major changes in ShareTool 2.0 include support for connecting to multiple networks simultaneously, the capability to save login information to the Keychain, and improved security, performance, and reliability. The latest version also adds transparent SOCKS/HTTPS proxy support, doesn't require users to remember IP addresses or port numbers, introduces on-the-fly compression for improved performance, and ensures secure Wi-Fi hotspot Web browsing. ($15 new per computer, free upgrade for users who have purchased in the past month, 9.3 MB)

 

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Comments about ShareTool 2.0

Adam Bell  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2010-05-18 07:27
"...doesn't require users to remember IP addresses or port numbers" comes at the cost. ShareTool 2 phones home to establish its connection, so you are relying on an external server.
Olof Olsson  2010-05-30 17:45
Blatant self-promotion: You could also try Slink:

http://slinkware.com/

Slink has a number of advantages over ShareTool. Happy to answer any questions.
Mikel Djebusson  2010-07-12 06:26
Having tried both these apps on a 15 user network, I find Slink's interface a lot worse than ShareTool's and Slink is A LOT buggier. ShareTool performs like a speeding bullet and is very reliable. Slink's connections are a hit and miss and crashes at the slightest extra push. Judging by the version history of both apps it strikes me as if you're following in there footsteps as far as functionality is concerned.