Linksys cable router/linux problem

Posted on 2001-06-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-20
I have a linux server connected to the net via a linksys cable router and cable modem.  If you are familiar with the linksys router, you'll know it has web interface to administer it.  How do I administer it remotely?  I can get to the server, but lynx seem to have a problem with the connection, as I receive "unexpected network error" from lynx when I access it.  There has to be a way to do this!


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My guess would be to try using "ssh -X a-user@linux.sys.tld" to connect to your Linux box behind the Linksys. Then you should be able to start Netscape from the ssh session and use that to connect to the Linksys box.

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I'll have to try this and get back to you, but it sounds like it might work.  I did eventually get in with lynx, but I would a better solution.  So in theory, I can run an X session through the ssh?  would I need to do anything to the terminal emulation?
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Yes, the -X flag tells ssh to forward X11 data over the connection. And one neat thing about the way it does that is than you don't have to set up a DISPLAY env var on the remote system. Just use ssh to log in and invoke any X app on the remote and the local X server will display the Gui.
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Sorry about the wait.  I ran the "ssh -X a-user@linux.sys.tld" command as you suggested and connected just fine, but then tried to run netscape, in which I received the error:
'cannot find Display'

In truth, I don't have much experience in Linux GUI Applications, do I need to start x first, then run netscape?
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jlevie earned 300 total points
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On the local machine, the one where you are executing the "ssh -X user@linux.sys.tld" to connect to your remote Linux box behind the Linksys, you do have to be running X when that command is executed. Otherwise the netscape client, when it runs on the remote Linux box won't have an X server to talk to.

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I ultimately did get the lynx to work, but this works alot better for the fellow, as we can use netscape and the prettier GUI.

Thanks for your help!

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