Multiple Nanostation routers. Getting a signal through

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I live in a rural area and get my internet through multiple 5Ghz, Nanostation routers. Starts at a 100Gb fiber that feeds a Nanostation to another Nanostation near me, to another Nanostation pointed at me, to the final Nanostation on my roof. I cannot convince my wireless internet provider that they need to port forward the ports on ALL of the Nanostations to let me use my Flex 6400 outside of my local 802 network. Anyone else using this type of multiple hop wireless network? How did you get it to pass information to your radio on the WWW?
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Craig Williams

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Greg - N8GD

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This is a double or multiple NAT problem, and Smartlink can't traverse such networks without multiple port forwarding (which you can't get).  Would VPN resolve this - can it traverse the multiple NATs?.  We need the VPN gurus to chime in.
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Martin Ewing AA6E

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An SSH tunnel arrangement might do the trick.
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Craig Williams

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Tried Tunnel Bear VPN. Did not work. did not expect it to. It installs on my PC not on my router. It's the router that needs to talk to the Flex radio.
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SteveM

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You should research whether Tunnel Bear has built-in router functionality. If so, it should be possible to make this setup work.

Typically, however, the VPN server is hosted by the gateway router for your LAN. If the Nanostation is your gateway router, you could ask the provider if they can set up a VPN server for you. Alternatively, you could install a router between the Nanostation and your LAN, then set up VPN on the new router.

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