[clug] Local hosting providers for either SSH Tunnel or "Reverse VPN"

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Wed Jul 28 01:39:38 UTC 2021

I’d like to experiment with a publicly accessible website to control a local device with either a Raspberry Pi or Arduino micro-controller.

This is easy using an SSH tunnel to map a port on a remote host in the cloud - but I’ve no idea if cheap hosting services support SSH & tunnels this way.
Digital Pacific mention SSH tunnels, but in the context of locally accessing a MySQL database on their host.

Alternatively, it seems the right term is “Reverse VPN”, but I’ve no idea of what (cheap) hosting plans support this.
A full-blown Linux VPS is more than I want to step-up to just now. However, if that’s the answer, got to go there.

I’m not a fan of domestic Firewalls running a DMZ or setting up ‘pinholes’ to local hosts.
Residential ISP plans don’t include fixed, public IP numbers - they’re sold in “business” plans at a premium price.

Jaycar had a project suggestion for a WiFi-linked controller, but only accessible over the local IP network.
It’d be more usable to have such a controller accessible ‘from anywhere’, with proper security controls and authentication.


If anyone has links to existing projects of this “relays controlled over the Internet”, please send those.

It’s hard to guess the critical search terms without already knowing them :(

Steve Jenkin, IT Systems and Design 
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