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Remote access router from outside my home

by PudgyOne / August 8, 2008 7:07 PM PDT

I have a Linksys WRT54GS. It has that I can access the router when I'm not home.

How do I go about doing this?

I tried searching for the answer but all I could find was something to the effect that you need to enter your ip address and then : and port number, is this correct? It should then prompt you for your password.

The manual is so vague and I thought it may come in handy if I'm at work some night and have to unblock the restrictions, if I need to.

Any information would be very helpful.


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Not the best practise for security reasons but
by samkh / August 9, 2008 12:32 AM PDT

if you must, here is an example from Netgear. Something similar will apply for your Linksys. Make damn sure you really, really want to do this.

Remote Management Help

Using the Remote Management menu, you can allow a user on the Internet to configure, upgrade and check the status of your router.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to change the router's default password to a very secure password.

Turn Remote Management On

1. Click the check box to Turn Remote Management On.
2. Click the Apply button to save this change.

Remote Management Address

This is the current address you will use when accessing your router from the Internet. To access the router, you will type your router's WAN IP address into your browser's Address (in IE) or Location (in Netscape) box, followed by a colon (:) and the custom port number. For example, if your external address is and you use port number 8080, enter in your browser:

Allow Remote Access

For security, you should restrict access to as few external IP addresses as practical.

Click Only This Computer to allow access by only one IP address.

Click IP Address Range to allow access from a range of IP addresses on the Internet, enter a beginning and ending IP address to define the allowed range.

Click Everyone to allow access by everyone on the Internet.

Port Number

Web browser access normally uses the standard HTTP service port 80. For greater security, you can change the remote management web interface to a custom port by entering that number in the box provided. Choose a number between 1024 and 65534, but do not use the number of any common service port.

To Save Or Cancel Changes

Click Apply to have your changes take effect.
Click Cancel to return to the previous settings.

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by PudgyOne / August 9, 2008 1:18 AM PDT

Mine says the same thing except I don't see anything where it can restrict computers. It allows all but, you have to then log in using the username and the new password. It will NOT allow you to use this function with the default password.

Thank you for clearing this up for me. I kinda had a hunch but I wanted to make sure what was going on. I will turn it on some evening before I go to work and then try accessing the wireless router from the work computer.

Thanks again,


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Looks like
by samkh / August 9, 2008 2:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Basically

your model doesn't have client restrictions, which makes it even more hazardous. If I were you, I'd play with remote access only while all in-house PCs are disconnected. And use HTTPS access.

If you like it, you can then search for and buy more robust models, but realize that remote access is not exactly hazard-free.

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I really don't feel too concerned.
by PudgyOne / August 9, 2008 5:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Looks like

I have a special password that's NOT in the dictionary and it would take quite a while to crack. It's just as good as my WPA password. If they can find my WPA password, then they can find my WPA key.

Just don't have Joshua from War Games(movie) try to find the password. Wink


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wep are..
by benriv16 / November 20, 2010 2:46 PM PST

wep passwords are actually crackable :)...quite ez actually, u just gotta have a really fast computer and the patience for it hahahaha ive tried it a few times with my own network to make sure it was secure Happy

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Yes. WEP is dead.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2010 3:37 PM PST

It's about 2 minutes for the usual PC to find the WEP password. It's not a brute force attack either. It was a flaw.

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How do you use with HTTPS?
by whiterainsofnight / November 10, 2011 6:33 AM PST

Thanks for the heads up on this, but do you know how to securely do it?

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