Campus Confusion

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by dbalderson, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. dbalderson

    dbalderson Guest

    Ok, I have just started my first semester at University :) -or is it :-/

    My school requires all traffic to run through a p r o x y server (and filters all content searches) so I have to set up all of my applications to run through a specific address and port (for an example lets say and port 5050 ) now is there a way I can set up my router to use these settings so that I don't have to set up every individual program to use the p r o x y settings? Oh, and it filters the word that I have been spacing out so please do not write it in this thread lest I shall be unable to access it :)

    Oh, by the way I am running dd wrt on my router :) and was also wondering if there was a way to reduce the signal strength and any other ideas to help conceal a network in an enclosed space.

  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    You can not broadcast your ssid however that will not keep others from seeing it if they really want too. Now back to your p r o x y (boy typing those spaces are unnatural) question. It is really going to depend on what server they are using and how access has been cofigured, I can speak about websense for instance and tell you there is no way to integrate anything because of how websense works. Now back the original P issue. Most P devices filter only on port 80 so all you should have to do setup the redirection of port 80 traffic. I am sure you can get one of the linux types to tell you how to put an acl entry to redirect port 80 to 5050 or whatever port they need.
  3. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    You could ask the U if they have a p r o x y . pac or w p a d . d a t "automatic p r o x y config" (sounds like parents talking in the presence of the kids...) somewhere. The idea is that you set your browser up to get its i-net access settings from there. With a bit of luck, you may also be able to have your other applications pick up this P setting from the auto P config.

    To do a P thing on a router with iptables or the likes would not be so easy, as specific HTTP headers need to be carried. These headers are "content data", and not packet data, so iptables would need a specific module for that (like the FTP module, etc.).

    You might try to access sites via HTTPS, which will foil the content searches, if possible. (I just tried, and it seems that linksysinfo at least is not accessible over https).
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