remote firewall advice

John Griffiths john at
Tue Feb 4 15:02:02 EST 2003

I've used freesco to do something very similar on really low end hardware.

(turn on the box, come back in a minute, turn on the modem and it dials and
does it's stuff for you)

I *think* you can set it up to do remote admin too.

the trick i found with win98 was that frequently the only way i could get
it going on the internet, having operated offline, was to reboot.

At 02:44 PM 4/02/2003 +1100, Robert Edwards wrote:
>My father-in-law is a farmer in the Riverina area of N.S.W. and uses a
>98 box for various farmy stuff as well as e-mail and web-surfing. His TCP 
>stack has become corrupt on a number of occasions, resulting in the Bigpond 
>tech guys taking him through a remove and re-install cycle a couple of
>This is, of course, a bit frustrating.
>I am keen to set him up with a Linux firewall/dial-out server to protect his 
>little old Windoze 98 box from the big bad Internet.
>What I would really like is some way for him to press a button (the machine 
>would have no keyboard) to initiate a dial-out connection. Once connected, I 
>would like the machine to establish a connection back to me (I wouldn't be 
>able to connect to it as I wouldn't know it's IP address and it may be
>a NAT router). Maybe a PPP over SSH connection or something so that I can
>in from where I am and nurgle his configuration files or whatever.
>Has anyone done anything like this - set up a remote dial-out machine that
>be administered remotely? Anyone have any links to similar projects? Anyone 
>got any advice on how to implement a button to establish the dial-out 
>connection (he can't leave the machine permanently online for various 
>reasons, including financial). Am I thinking in the right direction, or is 
>there an easier way (I don't play with dial-out much at all, so this is
all a 
>bit new for me)?
>Another thought I had, although requiring a new modem, would be to get a
>with caller ID. Then I could set it up so that if I rang it from a known 
>phone number, it would then respond by dialing out to the ISP and 
>establishing the connection to allow be to connect in. But this may be even 
>more problematic.
>Thanks for any ideas.
>Bob Edwards.

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