vnc router issue
jerry "at" westrick.com
Mon Apr 4 13:14:01 2005
On Monday 04 April 2005 12:43, hokage hokage wrote:
> Am a new convert to this unix lark! just recompiled me first kernel
> and installed x.orgs latest version, like two days ago. So as u can
> see i am *total freshie*. Have come across a problem.
> I work for a company that carries out support.
> We are supporting a company that has around ten client computers and 1
> server, all on internal 192.168.*.* addresses.
> These computers are only accessible through a router. There static WAN
> address provided by there isp forwards all traffic to the router.
> Whenever there is a problem on a specific client, i would like that
> client to initiate a program that allowed me (i am on a completely
> different network) to *access that particular* client.
> *i really do not want to use port forwarding because we want 2 handle
> clients that have 100 or more terminals.* Specifying 100 ports on a
> router fills me with horror.
> I'm sure there is a standard tried and tested way of doing this, but i
> cant find it. Even using the search func provided by the forum. *Any*
> help on would be much appreciated.
Active Solution (Supporter connects to client)
One "standard" method is to use an SSH server within the client network.
Then you only need to define the ssh connection (port 22) to the filrewall.
Once this is done, you can setup tunneling to any machine that is accessable
from the machine that the ssh server can access.
This is so common that the Unix TightVnc version supports it directly with the
You can Search this list for more info on how to use vnc via ssh.
Passive Solution (Client Initiates connection)
This method requires that the client can access your machine. (You might have
to mess with your firewalls to get that to work!)
Here the client uses the "--connect" (or in windows GUI, "Add CLient"). This
initiates a connection to the Supporters machine on the port 5500 (for
terminal 0, 5501 for terminal 1, etc).
More info about this method can also be found on the List.
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