Network Tools for the iPhone and Mac

Setup Internet Usage

RemoteTap will work fine if your iPhone and Mac are in the same local network. However, if there is a router device between them (be it an AirPort station or a DSL or cable router) or you want to use RemoteTap over Internet/3G/EDGE, additional setup steps might be required.

Step 1: RemoteTap comes will full “Universal Plug and Play” (UPnP) and “Port Mapping Protocol” (PMP-NAT) support for auto configuration of routers. Enable “UPnP” or “PMP-NAT” on your router and let RemoteTap do the rest. Check the status and setup instructions in the RemoteTap preferences pane. It should look like this:

Note: If you see an error message in the UPnP section, or you changed some router settings in the meantime, it might help to disable and re-enable the RemoteTap server in order to re-start the UPnP process.

Step 2: In RemoteTap on the iPhone, create a second profile for your Mac and use the external IP address of your Internet router as the IP/DNS. You can check your current external IP address here (some ISP use web proxy server, in such a case, use the “Proxy Reports IP as” value as IP/DNS) .To avoid having to change the IP/DNS all the time, use a dynamic DNS service described here.

Step 3: In case your router doesn’t support plug and play, port forwarding needs to be configured manually. Unfortunately, each router comes with a different user interface. The feature required is usually called “Port Mapping”, “Port Forwarding”, or “Application Sharing”. Below are the setup instructions for some routers models:

Apple AirPort Base Station (new 802.11n)
Apple AirPort Base Station (old 802.11g)
DLink DIR615 Wireless Router
DLink G604T Wireless Router
Netgear Routers
Linksys Routers

A good port forwarding resource for many more routers is available at

Step 4: If the Internet connection still fails, please follow the troubleshooting steps.