There are many cases where two networks have to be connected on Layer 2 in a virtual fashion, which is referred to as a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Typically you would use OpenVPN or similar software for that. All of these tools have in common that they require some non trivial setup steps like setting up a PKI or exchanging keys or certificates in a safe way.

As a programmer, setting up a full fledged VPN software for a development environment which is destroyed regularly seems not be the best option. A question that normally comes to my mind in these moments is:

Can I use SSH for that?

The answer is usually YES, like in this case. For the first part of an ongoing series about little known SSH features, we’ll take a look at the -w command line flag which allows bridging of two ethernet networks using tap-devices.

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Philipp Böhm

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Rostock ⋅ Germany