My situation is this. I have just started my 30 day rotation on an offshore oil production platform in the middle of the ocean and I have internet access but my internet service provider (my company) has blocked all access to Steam. (They say it is to reduce bandwidth usage on the system). I forgot to set my steam games to offline mode before I left home so I can't play them. So my question is this. "Is it possible to log onto steam by going through another computer. Like my desktop at home even when I am out here". Otherwise its 30 days of looking at the walls on my off time.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about bypassing local network protections, not gaming. – Frank Aug 3 '18 at 17:31
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    I am not trying to bypass anything and I have Steam on both my computers. I am just trying to get access to Steam so I can turn on Offline mode and then be able to play without using up bandwidth. – Greecy61 Aug 3 '18 at 17:41
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    And to get access, you have to bypass local network protections. So I feel my point stands. Your best bet is to talk to your IT guy, see if he's willing to open a temporary hole to allow you to set your laptop into offline mode. – Frank Aug 3 '18 at 17:43
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    I have already tried that and failed. I have no tech savvy and will bow to your superior knowledge about things like network protections. I would however like to thank you for keeping me from doing something that is wrong or illegal or both. – Greecy61 Aug 3 '18 at 17:51
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    I'm honestly a little confused by the terminology "set [your] games to offline mode." AFAIK, you set the Steam client to offline mode, not the games. What's more, Steam will automatically offer to go into offline mode when I turn my computer on without internet access. What exactly is the error you're getting that prevents you from opening Steam and/or launching a game? – Steve-O Aug 3 '18 at 20:55

Yes. The Steam gaming platform will accept such input. If you manage to connect your laptop to your home computer in some fashion that allows you to see the screen of your home operating system and send it mouse and keyboard input, it is certainly possible to control and order your home computer to launch Steam, enter your credentials, and login to the Steam gaming platform... assuming your home computer is powered on, and assuming you had such remote access software installed beforehand (or assuming you can get a friend to install it).

(I do not advise bypassing any restrictions that will get you fired.)

Alternatively, if you have a cell phone service that supports it (my Pixel with Project Fi does), enable mobile data and see if you can turn your phone into a WiFi Hotspot or Tethered connection for your laptop. (The option should be in Settings > Network/Internet.) It may take a bit of data but you should be able to use that connection to switch Steam to offline mode.

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    Sure, I'll take the hit. I see the question more as "Can Steam be controlled remotely" rather than "Can I violate company policy". Each to his own. – Ayelis Aug 3 '18 at 18:31
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    Since an upvote is worth 5 downvotes, what hit? :) – Studoku Aug 3 '18 at 19:18
  • Expecting a wave of backlash. ;) – Ayelis Aug 3 '18 at 19:22
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    +1 for the mobile hotspot option. That should work to get him authenticated on the laptop, then he can break the connection and go into offline mode without using too much data. If the OP doesn't have a phone that can do this, he could also ask around if anyone else on the platform does. – Steve-O Aug 4 '18 at 13:40

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