[Techtalk] Setting up an ADSL router for remote access

Conor Daly conor.daly-linuxchix at cod.homelinux.org
Wed Dec 30 10:33:35 UTC 2015

Be aware also that BT used to reset ip addresses every 24 hours so she
will be unlikely to have a static IP.  Dyndns or similar will deal with


On Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 12:54:39PM -0500 or so it is rumoured hereabouts, 
Michael Carson thought:
> 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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