What is meant by a host?
A host is a computer that shares arbitrary data with other devices (clients) in a network and thus makes it available for processing. In the FileMaker environment, a host is in most cases a FileMaker Server that shares FileMaker databases with other users on the network. In smaller environments, this can also be FileMaker Pro, which can share databases with up to four other users on the network. Also in other network environments the server is called a host.
Open FileMaker databases from a host
In FileMaker Pro, databases can be opened directly from a host. To do this, select the [Hosts] tab at the top of the FileMaker Start Center (menu bar: Open Remote). In the left column, all hosts of FileMaker databases accessible in your network are displayed. If you select a host in the left column, the right column displays all databases made available by the selected host.
Accessing a FileMaker Host
A FileMaker host can be accessed with FileMaker Pro for macOS and Windows with FileMaker Go for iOS, as well as web browsers and WebDirect. FileMaker Runtime solutions cannot access a FileMaker Host. With FileMaker Pro 16 it is no longer possible to access data from FileMaker Server 12 or 13.
FileMaker Hosting on LAN and Internet
FileMaker databases can be shared on a local area network (LAN) or the Internet. With the latter option, the FileMaker Server must be accessible via the internet. The access speed of the database then depends on the bandwidth available to the server and the accessing client.