I've set my Dad up with a Linux Mint PC (he's a novice and it's the safest thing).

I would like to be able to SSH into this PC at any time (that it's on) to allow updates, configs, etc.

This PC is setup with dynamic IP, which I would like to keep.

It's behind an ADSL router with UPnP turned on.

My idea was to install No-IP to allow me to get the IP address, then use UPnP to allow the PC to open an incomming SSH port on the router.

Unfortunately, I cannot find a way to do the last bit. I have the No-IP bit working, but how do I get the Linux PC to tell the router to forward port 22 to it's dynamic IP?



  • This is offtopic here, since it's not professional server administration. Either way, just set up a static forwarding rule on your router, and you're done.
    – mulaz
    Mar 13, 2014 at 13:29
  • Don't get me started about "offtopic"!!! I asked this question elswhere in stack overflow and the "gods" so they wish to be known, HELD my question and TOLD ME TO POST HERE!! I could do a static forward, but I don't want to , the PC has DHCP'd IP, so I can't static forward!
    – wkdmarty
    Mar 13, 2014 at 13:31
  • It's off-topic, and other sites were wrong to send you here. Also, you can give the PC a static address even with DHCP, and then do a static forwarding.
    – Sven
    Mar 13, 2014 at 13:33
  • You can set up static DHCP also. Or a static IP on the computer. serverfault.com/help/on-topic - check the bolded line.
    – mulaz
    Mar 13, 2014 at 13:33
  • Yes, I could setup static IP through DHCP if I had access to the router, which at this point I don't, hence why I want it done UPnP on dynamic.
    – wkdmarty
    Mar 13, 2014 at 13:35

2 Answers 2


Have your router assign a static ip to your dad: that being said, have it check for your dad's MAC address and when found assign him the same single ip from the dhcp pool everytime he connects. Then you can do your static ssh forward. I've used this for years, no problems unless they change the mac address - not likely to happen in your case.

  • I would prefer to do it without a static IP.
    – wkdmarty
    Mar 13, 2014 at 15:14
  • Why, @wkdmarty? Clearly, this is the very best solution.
    – Daniel B
    Mar 13, 2014 at 15:36
  • Because I won't have access to the router, but I will have access to the PC.
    – wkdmarty
    Mar 13, 2014 at 15:44
  • what i suggested has zero impact on you being able to access the router. that being said, if you can access it now, you will be able to access it just fine after you do this. Be it an embedded device or a linux box, pfsense or anything else, it makes no difference. What i think you mean is that port 22 on the router will be forwarded to your dad's pc. well who said you need to forward port 22 ? you can forward port 2022 or anything really. that way you can keep 22 on the router pointing to the router's openssh process and port <pick_one> pointing to your dad's ssh port.
    – Horatiu
    Mar 13, 2014 at 15:53
  • iptables -t nat -I PREROUTING -d <router_ip> -p tcp --dport 2022 -j DNAT --to-destination <DAD_IP>:22 that's an iptables example. forwarding router:2022 to dad:22 using dnat. adapt to your needs as required.
    – Horatiu
    Mar 13, 2014 at 15:55

That will be specific to the software running on the router - and you didn't tell us what that is. If it has an HTTP[S] front end then you could use (for example) Perl + http::recorder to generate a manual interaction then amend the script to inject the IP address and replay it with www::mechanize.

But....thinking about this....why not just leave the forwarding in place and use a conventional method for restricting ssh access such as port knocking or fail2ban.

Looking at the comments, it seems to be the last hop which is the issue - from router to the address assigned by the router to the desktop - as stated by others....it's trivial to lockdown a MAC address to a specific IP in every SOHO router I've ever come across - you only need to do this once.

  • @wkdmarty They're all different, so you will have to be specific to what model of router it is. Mar 13, 2014 at 13:50
  • Good question, off the top of my head, it's either linksys or belkin I think.
    – wkdmarty
    Mar 13, 2014 at 14:40

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