NOTE: This website is obsolete. Nakahara Informatics, Inc. is no longer operational. This website has been preserved for historical interest, essentially as it appeared at the time of the last update (October 22, 2008), and the software available on this website may be used for free. However, there is no warranty of any kind, and these apps no longer work on modern OS X systems. Therefore, this may not be useful, except to historians and tinkerers resurrecting legacy systems.

iGet and iGet Mobile Tutorials

We've created these tutorials to provide some guides to common iGet scenarios. Most of these tutorials are loosely based on real users.

  • Remote Access. These tutorials walk through some of the potential stumbling blocks in setting up your Mac's Internet connection so that you can access your Mac with iGet via the Internet when you aren't where the Mac is located. There are several tutorials available:
    1. Basics: IP Addresses, Hostnames, and Network Connections
      Start here if you are need a basic primer on Internet connections. This brief tutorial explains the basics of IP addresses, hostnames, and how they work. It also discusses internal IP addresses, which can only be used on a local network such as your home or office network, but cannot be used to connect from outside locations.
    2. Setting Up Dynamic DNS
      Most ISPs provide a dynamic IP address. This means that your public IP address changes from time to time. This makes it hard to connect back to your Mac, because you never know if the address might have changed. By setting up dynamic DNS, you can get a hostname—that is, a non-numerical address like "" that always connects you back to your Mac, even when the IP address has changed.
    3. Multiple Macs Behind a Router/Firewall: Port Forwarding
      If you have multiple Macs sharing an Internet connection, you typically have a router, Airport base station, or similar device. That device has the real IP address, and then it shares the connection with the Macs behind it. To enable iGet to connect back to your Macs which are "behind" the router/firewall device, you typically need to set up port forwarding as described in this section.
  • Automator. These tutorials walk through a couple of examples of how iGet users have harnessed the power of Automator to solve problems and save time.
    1. Publish Alicia's Stuff
      This workflow was created by a designer and artist at a skateboard company. She uses this workflow to publish her latest work to Macs at her company's other offices around the world, where it can be used by other staffers in their various design and marketing projects.
    2. Mike's Install On All
      The second workflow was created by Mike, the de facto system administrator for his extended family. Tired of walking relatives through the process of updating their apps (since, ahem, most apps still cannot keep themselves up-to-date automatically like iGet does), he created this workflow to update apps on all his family's Macs at once, via the LAN and the Internet.