Back in May we purchased a 100% electric car – the Nissan Leaf (http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car) - we no longer need to stop at gas stations to “fill up”.
We charge up the Leaf using our ‘Blink’ (http://www.blinknetwork.com), a residential 240V charger, installed in our garage.
Our Blink 240V
The Blink’s internal web server -
Main (Charging Status), Stats, Settings, Info, and more.
The Blink has a bunch of features which you can manage through a touch screen. It also has an internal web server that allows us to check the Leaf’s charging status, daily and monthly stats, change its configuration, and more. The Blink runs a custom version of Linux and can be connected to a network through an Ethernet cable (LAN) or through wi-fi.
Once connected to your internal network, you can access the Blink’s web server by opening a browser and pointing it to its internal IP address – in our case 192.168.7.126 (I configured our DHCP server to always give the same IP address to the Blink).
A couple of months ago, I was wondering if there was an easy way to access the Blink’s web server from outside my home, for example from my office. I can easily open a hole in our firewall and access the Blink – but unfortunately, the Blink does not offer a way to password protect most of its pages – so that would be highly dangerous.
I asked a question on the excellent mynissanleaf.com forums, wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to protect the Blink’s web pages so I could access it securely from outside of home -
Password protect Blink when accessing from PC on network?http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=4152
There were a few answers, including setting up an SSH gateway and from that tunnel connect to the Blink – which is a good idea, but since I didn’t have anything like that already setup, it seemed a bit too time consuming.
A couple of days ago I was researching network software and I stumbled upon CCProxy (http://www.youngzsoft.net/ccproxy/), an awesome proxy server for Windows.
From its web site, here are some of its features -
CC Proxy Server can act as an HTTP, mail, FTP, SOCKS, news and telnet proxy server. It features powerful account management functions, including Internet access control, bandwidth control, Internet web filtering, content filtering and time control. It also provides web caching, online access monitoring, access logging and bandwidth usage statistics functions. As Windows proxy software, CCProxy is compatible with Windows 7/2008/2003/XP/Vista.
I quickly downloaded the ‘3 user’ version, which is free – and in literally minutes I had set it up so I could safely access the Blink from outside our home. Below I have additional details on how you could do the same.
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