BT Router - Remote Access

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Geoff Lane, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. Geoff Lane

    Geoff Lane Guest

    Some work colleagues have a BT Business broadband connection using a
    2wire router.

    I would like to tweak some settings, probably after asking questions of
    this group. I would like to be able to access the router from home so
    that I can try or check any advice given.

    I've gone through the various configuration pages and cannot find any
    settings to allow remote access.

    Does anyone know if this facility is available on the BT routers.

    Geoff Lane
    Geoff Lane, Jan 24, 2008
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  2. Geoff Lane


    Hi Geoff

    What settings were you looking to tweak? You won't be able to access
    the router itself from the web side so you don't need to search any
    further..... if you're really desperate to get into it remotely then
    the normal thing to do on these is to setup port forwarding to allow a
    remote desktop connection to a machine on the LAN and access the
    router from that.

    Kind Regards

    Willie MacLeod
    , Jan 24, 2008
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  3. Geoff Lane

    Geoff Lane Guest

    Right Willie, thanks for prompt reply.

    It was the wifi settings I wanted to look at and I was wanting to view
    them from home rather than wait until I get in to work.

    Geoff Lane
    Geoff Lane, Jan 24, 2008
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    Linker3000 Guest

    Nope - not poss as far as I can find out - only manageable via the LAN
    side. My fix for sites with them is to allow remote access to an XP Pro
    machine on the LAN, take it over and browse to the router.

    Linker3000, Jan 25, 2008
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    Kris Guest

    The Business Hub does (despite telling it not to) always listen on a
    port for access by 2Wire and ISPs, but it is not accessible by end users
    - it uses a password that only 2Wire and the ISP knows. Some versions of
    the firmware do allow web remote access, but it can be
    customised/disabled by the ISP.

    A long way round...

    Tell the router to forward a port to an always-on PC. Use the PC's
    firewall to limit access. Use a port forwarding app like winSSLWrap
    ( to forward the requests to
    the router's LAN IP.

    It would also be an experiment to try telling the router to forward a
    port to and seeing if you get its own web config page... I
    have never tried that.
    Kris, Jan 25, 2008
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    Graham J Guest

    Why not change the router for a model that does allow remote management?
    Anything from an Edimax AR-7084A upwards ....
    Graham J, Jan 25, 2008
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    LR Guest

    According to this only 2Wire and BT can use the remote facility on the

    The remote management facility was removed from the Home Hub because of
    a number of vulnerabilities. 6.2.26E firmware.
    LR, Jan 25, 2008
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    Andy Burns Guest

    That alone is good enough reason to chuck it out.
    Andy Burns, Jan 25, 2008
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    Dave Wade Guest

    Where I work we use "" to allow us to do this. You can then
    remote to the users PC and browse to the router from that.
    Dave Wade, Jan 26, 2008
  10. Geoff Lane

    Geoff Lane Guest

    Not my device and in general I think it is better not to allow external
    access; it was just to assist some configuration investigation that I
    wanted it.

    Geoff Lane
    Geoff Lane, Jan 26, 2008
  11. Geoff Lane

    Geoff Lane Guest

    Thanks for suggestion.

    Geoff Lane
    Geoff Lane, Jan 26, 2008
  12. Geoff Lane

    Geoff Lane Guest

    Thanks Dave, is this similar to VNC?

    Geoff Lane
    Geoff Lane, Jan 26, 2008
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    Graham J Guest

    The router can be configured to allow external management access from a
    specific IP address - this should mitigate any security worries.
    Graham J, Jan 27, 2008
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    Graham J Guest

    Similar, but less useful, I think ...
    Graham J, Jan 27, 2008
  15. Geoff Lane


    Sep 12, 2010
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    I would strongly suggest reconsidering using any 3rd party remote access service like logmein for an Enterprsie, all your data is going out to their servers and back in. Industry standard is Dameware using VPN or port forwarding. This way your connection does not route through a 3rd party.
    phil_swift, Sep 12, 2010
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