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Old 05-23-2015, 11:57 AM   #1
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Suppose you were to....

SSH into a server (In this case a Pi running Raspbian) after a new wireless modem was installed on a home network far far away. The new modem (A PK5001Z) runs on a default gateway of whereas the old one ran on . The modem's gateway was temporarily changed to enable you to get into the server and make the necessary changes to the interfaces file. Upon restarting the server you realized that in your haste you had neglected to change the static IP that had been previously been assigned to the server.

In other words after a moment of sheer brilliance my interfaces file now has a default gateway of and a static IP of 192.168.1.x

I have no physical access to the server to pull the SD card, and my only way of communicating with the network is through the web interface of the modem (No other accessible machines on the network)

Yes, I could have just changed the gateway on the new modem and left well enough alone. I didn't, however, and am wondering if there is any possible configuration change I can make to the modem (via DHCP addressing etc...) that might give me access to the server and make things right.
Old 05-23-2015, 04:41 PM   #2
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A gateway outside a connected (sub)network is an invalid TCP/IP configuration, as I'm sure you know. You have three options:
  1. Have the router NAT inbound connections behind That way, the PI will see the incoming connection as originating from a local IP, and won't have to use a gateway at all.
  2. Send ICMP redirects to the PI, telling it that the (public/external) IP address you're connecting from can be reached via Unless the TCP/IP stack on the PI is configured to ignore redirects, that should cause an IP route to be added to the routing table.
  3. Flood the PI with gratuitous ARPs for, in the hope that it will fool the IP stack into recognizing as a local IP.
Options 2 or 3 may not be feasible, unless you have low-level access to the OS on the modem/router. Option 1, however, may very well be possible to implement.

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