Enabling outside access to my LAN

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by Yousaf, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. Yousaf

    Yousaf Guest

    Dear all,

    I have sent a post earlier regarding this but it mysteriously
    disappeared!! From the server, can't even search it on Google.

    Anyway here it goes again:

    I have setup Samba shares for my work mates on a local machine on my
    network. The network shares a broadband connection using the ST510 router.
    I want to allow outside traffic to enter my network and access the machine
    where I am serving the samba shares and the web server.

    I have a static IP address assigned to me by my ISP. My friends from their
    machines at home can not even ping that IP address. Does that mean that
    there is a firewall there? From the web interface of the router I can not
    see any references to the firewall settings.

    Also what do I need to do to allow outside traffic to go to machine x to a
    specific port. (naturally the port that serves samba in this case), there
    is NAPT settings there which are mentioned in the manual too, are they
    relevant to this issue?

    As I have never attempted this before I have absolutely no clue as to what
    needs to be done here.

    My network looks like this:

    Router: Static IP from ISP: xx.xx.xxx.xxx
    Router for eth0 IP address:
    Machine X (where samba shares are):

    Could anyone please guide me through this and help me setup my router so
    my work mates outside can access the shared directory on

    Yousaf, Sep 27, 2003
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  2. It is extremely unwise to allow the outside world to see the ports that
    Samba uses. A better way of doing things is to investigate some sort of VPN
    option where they have to log in to your network using a VPN secure tunnel
    before using your network.

    Dave {Reply Address in.sig}, Sep 28, 2003
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  3. Yousaf

    Yousaf Guest

    Sorry, I found my previous post, please ignore this one.
    Yousaf, Sep 28, 2003
  4. Yousaf

    James Knott Guest

    Use a VPN to allow access. Do not make the file shares available directly
    to the internet.


    Fundamentalism is fundamentally wrong.

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    James Knott, Sep 28, 2003
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