Firewall: Public WiFi Connections

Consider the scenario where you are in a public location like a coffee shop, airport, hotel, or other such remote locations where internet access is using public WiFi through a HTTP proxy. If you are a roaming user who travels frequently, you might operate the software in this scenario.

The following sections describe the configuration required to operate the software through HTTP proxy.

Install the Client

We assume that your computer contains client components only. In most cases, the client software is already installed and ready for backup and restore operations. However, you can install the software from behind a HTTP proxy.

Select the scenario that matches your deployment setup and follow the steps in sequence.

Configure the Client to Operate Across HTTP Proxy

  1. Locate the firewall configuration file FWConfigLocal.txt under <software_installation>/Base folder. This file contains the firewall configuration options provided during installation. Do not modify the FWConfig.txt file.

    This file might not be available if the client software was installed within the internal network with no firewall separating the computer and the CommServe. In such case, contact your system administrator for details to create this file.

  2. Locate the [http-proxy] section at the end of the file and remove the comment tag (#) from the section and its body. The section and its contents will appear as follows.

    # [http-proxy]

    # host= <host name of the proxy server>

    # port= <HTTP proxy port number>

  3. Provide the correct values for the host name and port number of the HTTP server. The software does not support HTTP proxies that require authentication.

    If you are a roaming user frequently operating using public WiFi, you will have entries from your previous access. In such case, update the entries with the host and port information applicable to the current setup.

    The following are sample entries for an outgoing route through HTTP Proxy.

More Information

Firewall - Advanced provides firewall options for fine-tuning communication between CommCell components in support of CommCell operations.

Firewall - Troubleshooting provides troubleshooting information for problems encountered during configuration.

Configuring Third-Party Connections explains port restriction as related to the Status: RESTRICTED option.