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Can I set up a backtrack system at home to connect to and remotely use tools like nmap on whatever network I'm in locally?

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Yes.

  • Arrange for remote access to your home system. Obviously this depends on O/S.
    • For Linux at home I would use SSH.
      • set port forwarding on your home router.
      • set up SSH service on home PC.
      • set up SSH client at local network (e.g. Putty).
  • Ensure nothing in your home network and ISP blocks any outgoing connections.
  • Make sure you have written permission from local management.
  • Connect to home PC and run nmap on your home PC.
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To be clear, i'm looking to capture and ping on my laptop wifi card and pipe the data back to a server running remotely. Is this what you were describing? – November Feb 23 '12 at 22:40
    
@November: If by "piping" you mean using STDOUT piped across a network connection, that isn't in your original question. That can be achieved using SSH or with something like rsh/rcmd. None of this is necessary if you just want to view what nmap reports. – RedGrittyBrick Feb 24 '12 at 11:51

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