mikep at randomtraveller
Dec 8, 2008, 6:29 AM
Post #11 of 20
Paul Gardiner wrote:
Re: How to set up remote access to mythweb?
[In reply to]
> Craig Huff wrote:
>> Okay, I have read several wiki entries on the mythweb site, but I
>> haven't been able to wrap my head around how to accomplish this. I
>> have an internet connection with a major ISP which includes a DHCP
>> connection, so no static IP address on the net. My Myth system is
>> behind a firewall/router. The good news is the firewall/router has
>> two capabilities I think will be useful in accomplishing this, but I'm
>> not sure how to connect all the dots. It can support a DynDNS setup
>> and it can do what I think is called port-forwarding -- allowing
>> incoming traffic on a particular port go to a particular system behind
>> the firewall.
>> So, what are the steps required to be able to browse my mythweb page
>> from a system outside my LAN, such as when I'm visiting my parents,
> You are correct that those are exactly the two features you need. Set
> up port forwarding as others have described, plus go to www.dyndns.com
> to get a free dynamic dns account, and set up your router to keep it
> updated with your changing IP. You'll then have a domain of the form
> somethingorother.gotdns.org that you can use to access your myth box.
I would add: choose a different port to 80 for your incoming, and use your
router to forward it to port 80 on your mythweb server. This ensures firstly
that it looks a lot less like a webserver as far as your ISP is concerned, but
the more important point is that your router is probably being banged all day
and night by hostiles trying to find a weak point, and one of the favourite
ports they use is 80 (and 21, 22, 23, 25...).
If their bots get a response to port 80 on your router, someone may take an
interest in you and try to find a weak spot in your setup. Using a different
port doesn't eliminate the risk, but it drops you way down the possibles list.
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