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Old 11-27-2002, 06:46 AM   #1
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Accessing a network behind a router


I want to be able to access my work network from my box at home (the network is a mix of Win98 (many of which will soon be SuSE) and SuSE. The work network is behind a Netgear RP114 router. I have complete access to the setup of the router.

Should I be able to access, for example, a Win98 PC with what we've already got by changing settings on the RP114? Or do I need something else?

As far as this aspect of networking goes, I really am in the dark. My SuSe 8.0 box is also behind a router and I hope to be able to access that from work - but that's the next step.

I don't want to waste time messing with the router if it can't be done with the router alone.

Please point me in the right direction.

Ta!!
 
Old 11-27-2002, 03:07 PM   #2
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as long the machines are in the same segment ( 192.168.1.2 - 198.168.1.253) it should be fine.
if you have 2 or more segmentes, make a gateway on one machine, add 2 nicks set the nicks up and enable routing on this pc.
 
Old 12-04-2002, 11:04 AM   #3
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Help! I stiill can't connect to a Win98 PC from my home box.
What do I change in the router? Is it the Ports option ie Start Port ... End Port ... Destination? Or is it to do with static routes? I just want to be able to see an Access DB from home.
Thanks
I'm wondering whether it might be quicker and easier just to drive the four miles to work when I need information :->
 
Old 12-04-2002, 11:22 AM   #4
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Howdy,
Are you dialling up or accesing over the net?
Over the net would require you to open up a port to the world & his dog wouldn't it?
Have you looked at vpn to protect the data while in transit?
Can you put the info on a server in a DMZ between the internet firewall and an internal firewall?
Just a thought...
Ian
 
Old 12-04-2002, 01:16 PM   #5
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Hello,

It probably depends on how you want to access the network. The easiest thing to do if you want full access to any random computer is to forward ssh to the firewall. Another option with a little more flexibility (network wise) but more complexity(setup) is to make a VPN, make sure your box at home has it's firewall configured properly, nothing would suck more then comprimising your works security w/ your box at home.

In setting up the VPN you'll want to make sure you aren't using the same private network ranges. Your work network must not be the same as your home network or else routing won't work. So if your work net is 192.168.0.0/255.255.255.0 then make your home net 192.168.1.0/255.255.255.0 or something similar. I haven't done much with VPN's myself, but you may want to take a look at software such as free swan, you'll only need to set-up one box on each network with it. I remember there being a doc on tldp.org concerning vpn's and if I recall correctly you can create a simple VPN using ssh and PPPoE, sorry I won't be of much help in setting up the VPN except for maybe the routing and stuff. Once you've got the tunnel setup you'll have to add routes to all of the boxes on the 2 networks. Unless you have static IP's at home and work I'd suggest you subscribe (and donate) to a service such as dyndns.org or dyn.dhs.org.

As I said previously the easiest option is to setup ssh on all of your boxes and forward one of the boxes port 22(ssh) to the router. To get the files all you have to do is move them to the ssh box and then scp them to your home machine or the reverse order to put a file on a machine at work. Hopefully this is of some help.

Cheers,

Nathan
 
Old 12-04-2002, 01:27 PM   #6
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Sorry, *bad suggestion alert* don't add the route to *all* of the boxes just add the route to your gateways.

Regards,

Nathan
 
  


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