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    Raspberry Pi As SSH server?

    Bit of background first...

    My dad has just moved to the Netherlands for work but wants to be able to use iPlayer etc to watch UK tv shows.


    As far as I see it that would require either using a proxy website or setting up a server at home in the UK he can connect through.
    I don't want him using a proxy website or similar so am contemplating setting up a server & running openSSH software he will be able to connect through. If anyone is using this kind of set up or has before please let me know & what you think of it & if you would recommend it.

    Since any server is going to be on 24/7 I thought low power & then thought of the Pi. Does anyone know of openSSH Software that would run on a Pi/if a Pi could handle that & if it could, would it have the power to let my dad watch iPlayer through it?


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    Douglas

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    Re: Raspberry Pi As SSH server?

    OpenSSH has socks proxy built in. So then your dad can just the socks port. You will be able to install OpenSSH / shh on Debian Squeeze on the PI.

    I dont think this is legal though mate.

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    Re: Raspberry Pi As SSH server?

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewmchugh View Post
    OpenSSH has socks proxy built in. So then your dad can just the socks port. You will be able to install OpenSSH / shh on Debian Squeeze on the PI.

    I dont think this is legal though mate.
    So a Pi would be able to manage it & give a useable connection?

    Legally I'm unsure but when you consider things like "gotomypc" & other remote access products this is the same so I imagine it would be legal, anyone able to shed more light on the matter?

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    Re: Raspberry Pi As SSH server?

    Proxying in wouldn't be illegal by itself. Fraudulently watching content licensed only for broadcast in the UK in another country would be naughty. You serving that content would be even more so.

    However there's an international iPlayer app that is for watching outside the UK. Also a you-tube channel with a bunch of stuff: http://www.youtube.com/BBCiplayerglobal

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    Re: Raspberry Pi As SSH server?

    I don't think your proposed solution is going to work very well. You certainly can use SSH like you say, but remember you will be constrained by the upload bandwidth of your broadband connection, which is probably not great. Anything he is downloading will effectively be uploaded out of your home. Guess it depends on how good your broadband is?

    What about using a UK VPN provider? Probably only a few quid a month, and very easy to use - just a matter of starting/stopping a VPN when he wants to watch UK TV.

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    Re: Raspberry Pi As SSH server?

    Also, you'd need to subscribe to a dynamic DNS service from your home in order for him to be able to connect to your home network. The IP address that your Internet Service Provider gives you almost certainly changes from time to time. Does your router support dynamic DNS services? This would probably be £10+ quid a year to subscribe to, although maybe there are free ones nowadays.

    Personally, I reckon it'd be a lot more sensible to use a UK VPN provider.

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    Re: Raspberry Pi As SSH server?

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Proxying in wouldn't be illegal by itself. Fraudulently watching content licensed only for broadcast in the UK in another country would be naughty. You serving that content would be even more so.
    That is a very good point, well spotted! I can't imagine there is any legal way around this so that is the end of that idea.
    Surely that point means things like "slingbox" are also illegal? (The product itself isn't since you could use one perfectly legally but the potential would always be there to use it in a more questionable manner)

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    Re: Raspberry Pi As SSH server?

    Quote Originally Posted by douglasb View Post
    That is a very good point, well spotted! I can't imagine there is any legal way around this so that is the end of that idea.
    Surely that point means things like "slingbox" are also illegal? (The product itself isn't since you could use one perfectly legally but the potential would always be there to use it in a more questionable manner)
    The vast majority of laws really on goodwill rather than prevention of ability to break them. You can speed, use a car to kill someone, misuse the internet.. just about anything can be misused.. but there is an assumption that people are clever enough to figure out for themselves that laws are for their own benefit in the long run.

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    Re: Raspberry Pi As SSH server?

    Should be fairly simple to set up, assuming you have enough upload bandwidth. Do a speed test first! Install openssh-server on the Pi and set your router up with a dynamic DNS service (the dyndns basic plan is free), as well as forwarding the SSH port to the Pi. On the remote end, set up PuTTY's port forwarding (set the source port to, say, 5000, choose Dynamic for the destination, then Add). Then configure the browser to use localhost:5000 as a SOCKSv5 proxy.

    As for the legal issues, the slingbox doesn't seem to have had a problem. I think the fact that it's limited to a single user (and the hardware has to be in the UK) probably helps!

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