It is possible to configure your local server for remote access. You will need to
- Obtain a static public IP address for your server so that remote users can always connect to the CDM+ database.
- Ensure your server is running at all times that someone might want to work in CDM+.
- Begin by checking with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to see if you have a static IP address. This is required to access your CDM+ server. Some "business" Internet accounts provide a static IP address by default, but if you have a "residential" Internet account, it will most likely not be static. In other words, the ISP can change the address of your computer at any time, making it impossible for someone to connect to it remotely. A static public IP can generally be obtained for an additional monthly fee. Once you have a static IP address from you Internet Servce Provider, note the address—you will need this later. (This address is different from your server’s IP address).
- Determine the IP address of your server. This can be done by opening CDM+ on the server, going to the About CDM+ window and selecting System Information.
- Configure port forwarding on your router. Set port 9566 to automatically forward to your server’s IP address, which you obtained in step 2. Refer to your router’s documentation on how to configure port forwarding.
- Install CDM+ on the remote computer. Configure it to use an existing database server (option 2) and enter your office’s public IP address as the server address, which you obtained in step 1. If CDM+ is already configured to use a local database server, open it and from the Login window, go to the File menu and select Choose Database server. Enter your office’s static public IP address as the server address here.
- Make sure your server will be available during the hours that remote users may wish to log into your CDM+ database. This means leaving the computer turned on overnight and on weekends.