I have been reading everything I can find for the past day or so and I can not get my server set up so others can access it. There is lots of good information describing the problems with doing this but not enough instructions on how to implement the solution.
I think it is safe to say that everyone using TW2 wants to be able to collaborate via the internet at some time.
It is also safe to say that very few of us have a static IP address yet either. This means the work around for this kind of configuration needs to have some step-by-step instructions. Not just a description of the problem and general comments about how to go about doing it, followed by the advise that we should have an IT professional do this.
I have gone to https://www.dyndns.com/
and gotten a free host name and IP number. I think I pasted it into the right place but there still must be somethings I need to change because it does not work. Even if it did work, how could I test it? You need to have someone who will try and sign in and see if it works. I used my other lap top to test my first server set up and it worked fine. But that was only because it was using the same router as my other computer. I had someone from the internet try to sign in and it didn't work.
I am going to try for a few more hours and if I can't do it with the information I have available, I bet no one else can either.
Tomorrow I will have a fixed IP address. I am not so sure this is going to make it any easier.
http://www.archicadwiki.com/Teamwork/Bi ... nternet.29
We cannot give you detailed examples of how to set up a PAT or Firewall according to the above solutions due to the high variety of the possible network topology, network devices and interfaces of the software responsible for the PAT and for the Firewall. In small offices, you can do these changes if you are fully aware of the LAN topology in your office and you are also aware of the interface of the Firewall and of the software responsible for PAT. Otherwise an IT professional has to do the job. In large offices, we suggest that an IT professional does this job.
Thats fine. But give some step-by-step instructions for this work around for a common situation then people can extrapolate how to do it for their situation.
Assume I have a computer with 13 and the BIM Server on it. I don't have a fixed IP address yet. I want to configure the BIM Server and my computer so people can sign in and work on the project.
That sounds like a typical and ordinary thing to expect from TW2 doesn't it? Would it be too much to expect step-by-step instructions for doing this?
How about the same thing but I do have a fixed IP address?
That should be even easier to give instructions for.
What we have is lot of information on how to do things that don't need explaining. I read every word of the Collaboration Guide, Getting Started, and all of the ArchiWIKI stuff, and it I am still not able to do this.
How about the new Installation Package thing? Could that be used for this?
If you ask me the installation program for the BIM Server should have included steps to configure it for use via the internet with and/or with out a fixed IP address.