I have a Windows 7 machine that I use to open up a SOCKS connection using Putty on SSH. I set the tunnel to Dynamic localhost 8080 which I can use locally.

How do I get a machine on the local network to access and able to use that proxy?

Under FireFox settings for network on the SOCKS settings I tried and entered for the local computer that has the open connection. Do I need to do something else?


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You have to enable the checkbox "Local ports accept connections from other hosts" in PuTTY's Tunnel settings:

Screenshot PuTTY


on your server run powershell as admin and run

 netstat -abo | findstr LISTENING | findstr :8080

note the IP address associated with :8080. is it,,or0.0.0.0? My hunch is the ip address is, which means that the port is only available to the localhost. try adjusting your socks proxy to use instead of 'localhost'.

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