SSH/Access an HTPC with an extra router in between

January 29, 2013 at 10:59:11
Specs: Macintosh OSX 10
I am living in an apartment with no Ethernet connection (everything is wireless) but I have an HTPC that doesn't have wifi. My solution was to take a wireless router I had sitting around and essentially reversing it (it now connects to the wireless network) and bridging the connection to the ethernet ports. So I've got the apartment wifi with a router (wirelessly) connected, and all of my non-wifi devices connected to my router via ethernet cables. It works fine.

However, I often need to SSH into my HTPC, or even just access the device contents via explorer. To do so, I've had to plug my laptop into the router I've connected, which is terribly inconvenient because of the wiring. My question is: since all of my devices are on the same wireless network, is there some way for me to connect wirelessly to my HTPC and other devices?

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January 29, 2013 at 12:25:02
There's nothing I see in your setup that would prevent you SSH'ing into the HTPC from your wirelessly connected client.

Since both computer are connected to your router, the traffic between them never leaves your LAN.

I'm more inclined to think the source of the issue is the HTPC computer. If it's running a windows based operating system, check to ensure the built in firewall is turned off and then try again. You also have to have an SSH service running on that box in order have something to connect to.

If it's a Linux box, ensure you have SSH enabled on it.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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