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 (

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 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.

  • Максим Буньков

    Big thx for this Idea!

    • Shelby DeNike

      No problem hope it helps you out!

      • Максим Буньков

        yea it is! I know about tunneling, but not think use in this case :)

  • Slick

    Awesome info. Mac took a poop and I needed to get to Airport Extreme settings remotely via a method other than Screen Sharing control. Thanks.