Setup up Fedora for SSH from a Windows Machines

Posted on 2006-06-27
Last Modified: 2008-02-26

I have two computer running, and they are connected to the same router.

Computer A: MS Windowns XP
Computer B: Fedora 5

I have check the ip of both computers, from, two of them have the same ip address.

But I don't have too much experience to networking, and I need to setup Fedora that I can ssh to my Fedora from other machines remotely.  


Question by:huabin
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Luxana earned 168 total points
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>I have check the ip of both computers, from, two of them have the same ip address.

well that IP address what your are talking about is external IP address, so I assume that both computers are on the same network. To check your IP address use command line and type:

# ifconfig   --> this is for linux

and for windows:
START->RUN->cmd->ENTER  and type


then use winssh

hope this helps

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xDamox earned 166 total points
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Go to your Fedora machine and login then type:


You should look for a line similar to:

inet addr:

The is the IP your may differ but that is the IP you will use to connect to your fedora machine via SSH client. Then become root user by typing:

su -

Once you have become root type:


this will open a text based interface to allow you to configure your firewall, open port 22 then click ok. Once port 22 is open goto your
windows machine and SSH in to your Fedora machine
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Expert Comment

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2 ip addresses that are identical on the same network is not good!

You need to resolve this conflict.

Personally I prefer putty:

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Just to make it clear, I want to SSH from an outside computer, so the real problem is that how do I configure my Linux and Wins XP to have diffnerent external IP address.

Thanks  a lot.
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pjedmond earned 166 total points
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You can't give them different IP addresses, because your router is only provided with one ip address. What you can do is:

1.    Forward port 22 directly to the Win XP address, and forward port 2222 to the port 22 on the Linux box.
2.    Run sshd on port 2222 using the -p 2222 in the sshd startup. You can then forward port 2222 directly to the linux box.
3.    Using port forwarding within ssh, port 22 is the only port that is forwarded through the firewall. Using ssh -L, you forward the second(or other) PCs connection through the firewall so that you can connect to it loacally:

 The following may also be of use:

And any combination of the above ideas. That way you can have as many systems behind the 1 ip address (within reason), and connect to them relatively easily provided you know the network configuration behind the router/firewall.

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