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by AInTeL / September 19, 2009 11:42 AM PDT


Friend can connect and use remote assistance on my machine (home), but I cannot connect to friend's machine because they are behind college router/firewall.

How do I configure windows remoteassistance OR remotelyanywhere software to allow the connection?

Reverse proxy, listen on port, yadayada. I can get the external and internal ip for the college friend but port forwarding is not an option.

Thanks in advance

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You can't
by Jimmy Greystone / September 19, 2009 12:12 PM PDT

You can't, unless you happen to be a very attractive woman and fully exploit your "assets" to convince someone in IT (who hopefully isn't a straight woman (yes, there are a few)) to set up an exception for you.

Failing that, you're screwed, that's all there is to it. Any attempt to circumvent this will likely land your friend in some very serious trouble with the campus IT people.

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Hi there!
by jonasmikhail / September 20, 2009 4:39 AM PDT

I had an experienced before, I was working in a company and I installed a remote access software so that I can access my PC from the office to my home to check my office emails/work. It worked fine.

Usually it should work normally in both ways, if your friend can access your PC, your friend's firewall already allowed/unblock your IP. If it was your turn to access your friend's PC you should check the --> firewall setup of your Friend's PC and not the school.

Usually if your friend is using Windows, it's easy to turn off firewall settings in security. How about his anti virus or internet security SW, did you check it's firewall settings?

One thing you can do to eliminate the college firewall is to setup a PC with the same Remote software INSIDE the college. This way, you won't have to worry about the firewall that could block the IP because it's already inside the campus' firewall.

Hope this helps.

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Probably Won't Work In This Case..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 20, 2009 8:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Hi there!

Most schools/universities, like many larger companies, have a special domain level firewall which requires special permissions to access any computer inside the firewall.. It won't be a simply computer level, software firewall but is control by the university's IT department.. That's a different situation entirely than what you're experienced on a small, LAN in a small office network. The firewall can't be controlled locally. Occasionally, such access is allowed but all permissions for such would need to be given by the uni's IT folks.

And setting up the Remote Control software "inside" the domain firewall may, or may not work depending on how their access works.. Most importantly, I doubt the poster wants to join the college simply to access the internal computer.

Hope this helps.


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Thanks Grif
by jonasmikhail / September 26, 2009 4:03 AM PDT

The guy didn't return for the answer on this post. Either, he forget it or solved it on his own.

But, thanks for your tip Grif, appreciate it.

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by AInTeL / September 26, 2009 8:13 AM PDT

Nope, I've been reading all along!

I'm aware of all the points people have made, I wouldn't be persuing it if I were a complete computer/networking novice. Thus, so far I'm unsatisfied with the answers given, so I've been waiting for the right one Silly


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In that case
by Jimmy Greystone / September 26, 2009 8:18 AM PDT
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In that case, you'll be waiting a LOOOOONG time, because this just isn't going to happen I'm afraid. The only solution is getting someone in the University IT department to make an exception, and that's just not going to happen. University jobs are quite cushy, and it's difficult to be fired from them... Unless you do something like create a gaping hole in the security that could have far reaching consequences for the entire student body.

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