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Slink is the easy and secure way to remotely connect to your home network. All shared services on your home network automatically appear in the Finder, iTunes, iPhoto, and other applications, just as they do at home. With Slink you are always connected to your home network.

Some of the key features that sets Slink apart from the competition are:

  • Easy to set-up with very little configuration
  • Remote access to all Macs and Bonjour services on your home network
  • Based on rock-solid UNIX SSH technology and all traffic is secured using strong encryption
  • Secure browsing to protect more...

What's New

Version 1.9.12:
  • Fix: Slink Agent UPnP improvements.
  • Fix: Slink Agent preparations for the introduction of Slink 2 beta.
  • Fix: Performance improvements.
  • Fix: Bug fixes.

Requirements

OS X 10.5.8 or later

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nylyon Member IconReview+0
nylyon
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A while ago I decided on a server environment for my home. I purchased a Mac Mini, migrated all the documents, music etc to the mini to off-load duplicate and dispersed data and media. Using the VPN server capabilities I was able to access the data remotely, but not seamless. This is of course because Bonjour doesn't play nicely with routed connections.

So I began to try to figure out and configure tunnels which I was able to get going. The problem with that is it uses my degree in computer science and is not straight forward.

I downloaded the trial version of Slink, loaded it up on a virtual image of Mavericks and gave it a test drive. 10 minutes later I bought the license and turned off the VPN option on the Mac Server.

I could go into great detail, but in essence I was able to remotely connect to my home network, access iTunes and watch a Batman movie as though I was right at home. Additionally, I was able to establish a remote desktop connection to my iMac, turn on Photo Booth and get a live view of the happenings at home, and I am happy to say that the dog was behaved.

While using the connection I couldn't help but wonder why Apple doesn't provide this functionality out of the box for integration with both Mac's and iOS devices.

While I can not fault the lack of an iOS version (hey Apple doesn't even support Dropbox between the two and they designed the darn things) having an iOS version would be of great benefit and really tie the mobile platform together for your own private cloud.

Bottom line is this. If you have a Macbook and a "stay at home" Mac of some type (iMac, Macbook, Mac Mini, Mac Pro...) it's really in your best interest to grab a copy of this software. While the Apple Cloud is handy (especially with iOS device support) the ability to access you entire suite of Mac's at home, is invaluable. This IS what's can be considered a Private Cloud, and you can have one of your very own which works better than one that you can build and configure!

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Version 1.9.12
GoMary Member IconReview+2
GoMary
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I have used ShareTool for accessing my home Macs and iTunes for years. (Also supporting my family remotely.) Sadly the developer (Yazsoft) has shut down and have been forced to look for a replacement.

Found Slink on MacUpdate last night and it has already become one of my favorite all time applications. If you need remote files, screen sharing, printer sharing, etc on a Mac this is a great solution. It easily beats Back To My Mac and ShareTool etc. It is very simple to install and get going.

Only one question, I support 4 Macs (family). How many licenses do I need?

Highly recommended.

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Version 1.9.12
Slinkware (Developer)
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GoMary,

Many thanks for the kind feedback!

Slink is licensed on a per user basis and you can install on any number of Macs. In other words, if you are the only app user, you only need one license. (Sounds like this is the case.) Also, please note that the Slink Agent (that you install on your family members Macs) is unlicensed and free.

--Olof, Slink Developer

Robertcoogan Member IconReview+107
Robertcoogan
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Finally got this to work after going to tech support on the Slink website. When you buy the Slink app on the App Store, there is nothing that tells you that the Slink Agent is not installed with the Slink app. The instructions do tell you that in order to use Slink, you need to get your Slink ID, which you get from the Slink Agent, which is in System Preferences. Only it isn’t there…and there isn’t anything to tell you where to go to get it (even on the Slink website). However Slink was very responsive in proving me with a link to download the Slink Agent. I don't know why there weren't any instructions to download the Agent when I first ran Slink on my Mac. But a link should also be included in the help menus for the Slink app itself (if it is there, it is very hard to find).

Overall the app itself does work well, and is well worth the money despite that wrinkle. I would give it a higher rating if it weren’t that for that one thing.

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Version 1.9.11
Slinkware (Developer)
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Robert,

What you are saying is actually not correct. The first time you run the Mac App Store version of Slink, you are presented with the following window providing instructions on how to download the Slink Agent:

http://slinkware.com/screenshots/MAS-first-run.png

The only time you will not see this message, is if you have previously installed the Slinkware Store version of Slink. (Then these instructions are superfluous as the Slink Agent is shipped on the Slink Disk Image.)

While we are always disappointed with a low user ratings of Slink, we will always take this as constructive feedback. In the next version of Slink, we will endeavor to make the Slink Agent download instructions even more obvious than they are in the current version.

Many thanks for supporting Slink, and please contact us if you strike any other issues or have any other questions.

--Olof, Slink Developer

Robertcoogan
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No, Olof, that is actually not correct. The first run pop up window did not appear. So no download link. Denying it doesn't make is so.

Every once in awhile when someone makes a bit of software, there are occasions when a bit of that software doesn't work like it supposed to. Probably the reason I didn't see the window. Don't take it personally, and don't make your comment sound personal. It just sounds like bad customer support.

Slinkware (Developer)
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Robert,

Nothing personal. That is why we take this as constructive feedback. In the next version of Slink, we will endeavor to make the Slink Agent download instructions even more obvious than they are in the current version.We will also investigate why this window did not appear for you and to fix.

Again, many thanks for supporting Slink,

--Olof, Slink Developer

Robertcoogan Member IconComment+107
Robertcoogan
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Slink Agent never installs, so I cannot start using Slink at all. I have checked the Slink forums and FAQ, but there doesn't seem to be a solution. Would be nice if I didn't feel like I just handed over $25 for used up space on my HD.

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Version 1.9.11
Slinkware
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Robert,

Have you downloaded and installed the Slink Agent from:

http://agent.slinkware.com/

I see that you have logged a ticket with Slinkware support. I have just responded to the ticket. I am sure we can get you up and running quickly again!

Odysseus Member IconComment+121
Odysseus
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Development seems to have stalled.

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Version 1.9.11
Slinkware
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Odysseus. Development has not stalled. Slink 1 is in a stable state and we are currently working on Slink 2.

A couple of Slink 1 maintenance releases are coming to Slink 1 soon.

Joinerm Member IconReview+12
Joinerm
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I love Slink because it works solidly across all my machines in different locations even half way around the world and even machines which require to vpn in to their network.
I appreciate the difficulty in bringing full functionality to iOS - Slink is intended primarily for full Mac OSX. However, any functionality that you could bring to iOS would be very welcome so I do not have to use Spashtop which rarely works for me.
So finally the $64K question: when will 1.9.10 be on the App Store?

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Version 1.9.10
Slinkware
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Many thanks for the kind feedback!

Slink 1.9.19 has been with Apple for review since last week and will be available as soon as approved. Looks like the review times are longer at the moment due to the Mountain Lion release and the high volume of app updates.

Olof, Slink Developer

Slinkware
+1

My post should of course have said Slink 1.9.10 and not 1.9.19!

Slinkware
+1

FYI: Slink 1.9.10 is now available on the Mac App Store. Apologies for the wait. Unusually long delay in getting Apple to review.

Wile-E. Member IconComment+62
Wile-E.
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There have been teaser comments from the Developer for a year regarding iOS support and still no sign of it which is a deal breaker for me. The Developer seems quite aware of the interest but when he says he can't talk about specifics of whether iOS will be supported or not then that discourages my interest in Slink.

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Version 1.9.9
Slinkware (Developer)
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Wile-E,

Not attempting to be teaser comments! We are working on iOS functionality. However, providing Slink-like functionality on iOS is somewhere between hard and impossible on the complexity scale in the sense that some features can be implemented, while others cannot.

We are absolutely working on iOS functionality, but for obvious reasons do not want to discuss anything until we have something that we can launch. We really apologize that we cannot be more specific!

--Olof, Slink Developer

Slinkware (Developer)
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Wile-E,

Slink 1.9.9 is now available on the Mac App Store. Apologies for the delay. For some reason took a really long time to approve this time.

--Olof, Slink Developer

Wile-E.
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Olof, you have given me hope. I have purchased a family pack license and truly hope to see iOS support down the road.

Joinerm Member IconReview+12
Joinerm
+1

Why doesn't the App Store carry the update from 1.9.8 to 1.9.9?
It doesn't show up on the App Store.

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Version 1.9.9
Slinkware (Developer)
+2

Joinerm,

Firstly, many thanks for your feedback and rating of Slink. Much appreciated!

Slink 1.9.9 will be available soon on the Mac App Store. We just hit some snags with the getting this version set-up for Apple's approval process. All sorted now, and Slink 1.9.9 should be available sometime next week. Apologies for the delay!

--Olof, Slink developer

Slinkware (Developer)
+0

Slink 1.9.9 is now available on the Mac App Store. Apologies for the delay. For some reason took a really long time to approve this time.

--Olof, Slink Developer

Joinerm Member IconComment+12
Joinerm
+0

Why doesn't the App Store carry the update from 1.9.8 to 1.9.9?
It doesn't show up on the App Store.

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Version 1.9.9
Slinkware (Developer)
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Joinerm,

Slink 1.9.9 will be available soon on the Mac App Store. We just hit some snags with the getting this version set-up for Apple's approval process. All sorted now, and Slink 1.9.9 should be available sometime next week. Apologies for the delay!

--Olof, Slink developer

Robertcoogan
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I see this too - and it isn't just Slink. Other App Store applications show up as having updates available in MacUpdate Desktop, but when I go to the App Store, it tells me there are no updates available.

Silval Member IconReview+1
Silval
+1

Back to my LAN, a superset of Back To My Mac, and it's completely separate from MobileMe and iCloud. Perfect for my situation with a mix of 10.6 and 10.7.

Plus, it lets me see all Bonjour stuff on the remote LAN, including other Macs for Screen Sharing, Files, ssh, printing, etc.

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Date 02 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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