Airport Extreme setup via SSH Tunnel

I have disabled remote configuration on my Airport Extreme but was out of town and needed to add a new port to the router and forward it to an internal machine, made me scratch my head a bit.  After some googling I found information on setting up an SSH tunnel to assist with this.

On my Macbook I ran the following command to set create the tunnel to my server on my home network.  Simply substitute the Router_IP for the IP of your router and then of course change IP_Address_of_home_connection to the IP of your home connection or Dynamic Address (dyndns.org)

Once you have established the connection via the terminal on your mac you can then bring up the Airport Utility and goto File->Configure other.  Use 127.0.0.1 as the IP of the router and then add your router password. This should then connect (depending on your connection speed it may not be instant.

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Shelby DeNike

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