Are there any remote command and control applications available for the Dreamboxes? The reason I ask is that a few friends and family are interested in using the DM boxes as freeview/freesat style boxes on my recommendations of price & features. However, as they're not Linux aware nor that technically competent, they're likely to need regular support/assistance for updating channel lists, managing epg settings e.t.c, which will likely fall to me.
As they're all over the UK, its unfeasible for me to visit them, and I understand that VPN clients arn't very good/reliable/working for the DM boxes? Don't think an open port/dyndns is a suitable solution because I am likely to end up overseeing 5+ boxes and I don't have access to their routers, and the security issues could end up being an even greater problem than the management.
Two options I've thought of if there aren't any prebuilt apps:
1) Configuring each box with a reverse SSH tunnel, either always on or runnable via a yellow button option.
2) Configuring a cron job and associated ****** that can pull down a config set on a scheduled basis, extract and install it.
I have an Internet facing server that I have full control over as the 'management' server, but Id like to see others opinions for making my life easy. :)