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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Setting up Raspberry Pi with SSH and VNC - AT&T U-verse router configuration to make it remotely accessible

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B (I bought it with a case and charger - Amazon link)
with 64 GB Micro SD card -  Amazon link
AT&T U-verse router 5031NV

After my first boot, I noticed the SSH service was already installed and enabled. I was able to login from other devices connected to my router. But I also wanted to install VNC for remote access to the desktop. It was fairly straight forward to install and run VNC.

Install: $ sudo apt-get install tightvncserver
Run: $ tightvncserver
Stop: $ tightvncserver -kill :1

After I ran tightvncserver, I was able to access the Raspberry Pi from other devices using VNC Viewer.

The next step involves setting up my AT&T U-verse router 5031NVto enable remote SSH and VNC access outside my home network (i.e. from the internet). In order to do that, the first thing was finding out the ports these services are running on.

SSH was running on standard port 22.

# netstat -plunt | grep ssh
tcp        0      0    *               LISTEN      496/sshd

tightvnc was running on 5901 nad 6001.

# netstat -plunt | grep tightvnc
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN      30583/Xtightvnc
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN      30583/Xtightvnc

Router Configuration:

Go to the configuration page using the web browser. The page URL is usually printed on the router with the default password. If it's not there, run # netstat -rn and look at the default gateway and try that address. It can be something like 192.168.1.xx. If you don't know the password, try username "admin" and password "password" (I know, very poor choice of credentials from router manufacturers).  If nothing works, contact the internet service provider and ask for the details.

Locate the Firewall settings (usually under settings) and find the page that allows you to make changes to applications, pinholes and DMZ. Select the raspberry pi device and proceed to editing the firewall settings for the device. There should be few applications already listed there, if you see SSH server and VNC Server select those and add them as hosted applications. Check what ports were opened by those services. If they are same as above (22 for SSH and 5901,6001 for VNC), then you are all set. You can now use the public IP of the router to access via SSH or VNC from anywhere on the internet.

In my case, the VNC ports were different. So I had to add a new user-defined application under firewall settings. I named it "TightVNC" and associated it with ports 5901 and 6001. Then I removed default VNC from the hosted applications list as I didn't want to keep any ports open unnecessarily and added TightVNC to the list instead. Now my RP is open to ports 22, 5901 and 6001. And I can use SSH client and VNC Viewer applications on my phone to access the device from anywhere on the internet.

1 comment:

  1. This was a very useful post. I was setting up the raspberry pi for remote vpn and the ports where not the default ones, like in your case. I was able to make it work following your instructions. Thanks for posting!