DTP server installation

I am a happy user of DTP3 and interested in buying the server edition (although quite expensive for private use only) in order to be able to access my database over the internet also from a windows computer. In the manual there are only descriptions of how to install it locally, but not about an installation with access over the internet. I am not experienced in such things, and safety of data is an issue.

Has anyone here experience with such an installation and may help with some
sceeenshots?

thanks a lot

Screenshots will not be applicable because it depends on your router. Look up “port forwarding” in your router manual.

There is nothing to “install” - just activate the server and it will show you your IP address to access the server remotely along with a port, such as 1.2.3.4:12345

Then under System Preferences/Network you need to find your computer’s intranet address on your local network, such as 192.168.1.4

You need to check your router manual to determine how to forward port 12345 to computer 192.168.1.4

Once done, http://1.2.3.4:12345 will reach your web server

Activating https rather than http is slightly more complex but the DT3 configuration helps with that considerably.

this indeed helps a lot.

how to handle dynamic IP in such a case?

What do you mean with DT3 configuration helps with https? I haven’t found any instructions for setting up DT3server in the manual/helpfile.

Thanks so much!

The DT3 server is turned on under Preferences/Server

To handle dynamic IP addresses you can use a service such as this:

https://www.noip.com/

For https configuration refer to this section of Preferences/Server in DT3:

wow, this helped really a lot! Thanks so much!
is there any relevant risk when using DT3 server over the internet (https with self-signed certificate) regarding privacy/hacking of data? or should this be safe without any relevant risks.

@BLUEFROG might it not be useful also for other users to include such instructions in the manual?

The price for the server edition is quite high (for non-professional use). Are there any plans for a less expensive license for non-business use of a server installation? @cgrunenberg

https does two things with regard to security:
(1) Assures that the site is created/hosted by the stated entity
(2) Encrypts information so hackers cannot see your data plainly in the open

If you use a self-signed certificate, you lose # 1 but that does not matter because you know that the address you are connecting to is correct. It may be an issue if you choose to share site access with a client whose company has strict security policies, but it does not matter for personal use.

If you use a self-signed certificate with https activated, then encryption is activated just as with any other https site.

might it not be useful also for other users to include such instructions in the manual?

What instructions specifically?

The price for the server edition is quite high (for non-professional use). Are there any plans for a less expensive license for non-business use of a server installation?

No, there are no plans for this. As noted in several places on the forums, the Server edition is geared toward business, academia, and larger group collaborations.