You need an SSH tunnel. There are many reasons to use it, if you're trying to create a tunnel you'll definitely have in mind (at least) one. I am often confronted with the HTTP proxy which prevents the connection to a lot of stuff, IRC for example.
Small Smart mini notebook is not only smart but also inexpensive. Many consider them as the second or third notebook in the house. And with good reason, because you're aware of the limitations of the small platform you can get rich benefits out of it.