Reach Your Network Remotely

When you share an internet connection among one or more computers on a local network using private addresses, you gain the advantage of some privacy: all the machines are locked away from the rest of the internet by default. However, you also give up having an easy way to connect from the outside world to services—say, a gaming server or computer with remote desktop access—that’s located on one of those local computers.

But just because it isn’t easy doesn’t mean it’s not possible. In this chapter, I look at how you can configure gateways to route access from the outside world to specific computers, smart-home gear, and other devices for particular purposes.

Know Your Options

For systems outside your local network ...

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