Eduroam and IRC

September 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments

SSH tunnelling out of eduroam network.

The six words version of a post looks promising and challenging.

So… I’m sitting somewhere in the university campus, trying to access IRC, connected through an eduroam node… and I can’t.

Turns out you can’t1 do much more other than web or mail traffic2. Bummer.

So the first thing popping to my mind is to use a VPN, but those services are sort of expensive when on a student budget.

Idea #2 is to SSH tunnel but, as is, that’s sort of a bummer3. So why not use sshuttle? I mean, it’s still tunnelling but now it’s transparent (all your network will tunnel through it) and you don’t need to change any of your configuration. All you need is still an external machine where you can ssh into and from where you can connect to you desired service.

Just run ./shuttle username@domain 0/0 and you’ll be fine!

PS. This post was hanging here for so long, so I’m just posting it mostly as I found it, have fun!

  1. I don’t know if this is general eduroam policy or just my university policy. []
  2. http://www.wifi.polimi.it/en/wi-fi/eduroam-network/ []
  3. You need to reconfigure your client everytime you switch from tunnelling vs non tunnelling to enable/disable the proxy for your client. []

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