[Techtalk] Setting up an ADSL router for remote access

David Sumbler david at aeolia.co.uk
Tue Dec 29 16:46:04 UTC 2015

Thanks for that suggestion, which hadn't occurred to me.


On Mon, 2015-12-28 at 12:54 -0500, Michael Carson wrote:
> That seems likely to work. Personally, if also set up an outgoing ssh
> tunnel to an asset of yours, in case it doesn't or it gets reset.
> C.
> On Dec 28, 2015 12:27, "David Sumbler" <david at aeolia.co.uk> wrote:
>         I have an elderly (i.e. even more elderly that me) friend who
>         lives a
>         long way off; we keep in touch mostly by using Pidgin for IM.
>         For many
>         years I have managed to keep her computer more or less
>         functional,
>         mainly by my logging in remotely.
>         Very often the sort of things I need to sort out are merely
>         uncollapsing
>         folders in Evolution when she finds she can't see her emails.
>         She
>         sometimes accidentally changes things like this because her
>         eyesight is
>         not very good; she has also been diagnosed with Alzheimers,
>         and although
>         that is at a fairly early stage she is easily confused if I
>         try to
>         explain how to correct things.
>         Some months ago she had to get a new router.  She was supplied
>         with a
>         new one by her ISP (BT).  Unfortunately this means that I can
>         no longer
>         log in to her computer because the router has not been set up
>         to permit
>         that.
>         She is now having computer problems which need to be sorted
>         out.  They
>         sound like simple things such as the collapsed folders I
>         mentioned, and
>         also she clearly has not applied any software updates for many
>         months:
>         she has probably forgotten how to.  So we have decided that
>         she will
>         send her computer to me to fix, which will probably only take
>         a matter
>         of minutes.
>         It occurred to me that if she were to send her router as well
>         I ought to
>         be able to set that up so that when she reconnects everything
>         I can then
>         get an SSH connection to her computer.  When her router is
>         here with me
>         I doubt that I shall be able to get an internet connection
>         with it: it
>         is set up with her account details and BT is quite likely to
>         refuse a
>         connection because it is not coming through a BT phone line.
>         But so far
>         as I can see I don't need an internet connection: I just need
>         to be able
>         to log into the router from her (or my) computer and set it up
>         to allow
>         incoming connections from me to be routed to her computer.
>         Can anyone see a problem with this?  Is there anything I have
>         overlooked
>         which might prevent me from setting up the router the way we
>         need
>         without having an active internet connection?
>         David
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