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I have a Linux(Ubuntu) machine for my HTPC. It's running XBMC and I control it via my IR remote control. I don't have a (wired) keyboard to control it. It has Wifi adaptor but it's not installed. I also have a Sony Google TV (model NSZ-GT1) which runs Android 3.0 and have Wifi and an ethernet port. Luckily I was able to connect a wire from Google TV to XBMC machine and get internet connection. My wireless modem is far away and I don't have a long cable to connect XBMC machine directly to it.

With all weird setup I have, now I want to SSH to the XBMC to try to install Wifi adapter on it. XBMC show IP address and MAC address of machine. SSH-ing to IP times out.

Can I use MAC address for SSH to bypass Google TV? Is there anything smart in software side that I can do to avoid a lot of physical work?

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You can't give a MAC address to ssh. Even if you could, it would be pointless because a MAC address is only meaningful on a network segment, but here you need an address that's routed by the Google TV. IP is where routing happens. Does the Google TV have a tethering setting? If so, use it. –  Gilles Oct 12 '13 at 23:24
    
Spending a couple of bucks on a USB keyboard seems like the easiest and fastest way. Provided your HTPC has USB, of course. –  peterph Oct 13 '13 at 7:17

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