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I'm on a corporate computer that is behind a very restrictive firewall, and trying to connect to my home computer. I configured my router to forward port 80 to 3389 (RDP port). My idea was to try to connect with port 80 since the regular RDP port might be blocked. However I found out that it's not working. RDP on port 80 is blocked as well.

My router's IP address is not blocked, since I can access the config interface on <router IP address>:8080 . Remote Desktop itself also works for connections to hosts within the internal domain.

I was wondering how are they blocking that kind of traffic (RDP on port 80 towards external IPs)? What kind of firewall rule is used?

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It is likely they are using either a proxy server directly in the browser settings, or they are using a transparent proxy in the path.

A proxy server will check that valid HTTP traffic is passing through and discard anything that isn't (if only because it doesn't know how to process non-http traffic).

In either case, your work PC does not have direct access to the internet, it just appears to.

  • Yea they have a browser proxy for HTTP, and they block pretty much everything else. I guess this explains it, thanks. – mihai Jan 16 '14 at 13:03

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