Category Archives: UsenetServer

The New UsenetServer VPN Client Has Arrived!

New UsenetServer VPN Client Available
We are excited to announce the release of our new, streamlined UsenetServer VPN software. And for the first time ever, we’re introducing mobile apps for iOS and Android!

The app has been redesigned with simplicity and ease-of-use in mind. We believe less is sometimes more, and we’ve stripped the UsenetServer VPN client down to its essential aspects. This simplistic approach doesn’t mean that the app is short on options, however. With the new UsenetServer client, you’ll be able to select protocols preferences and easily select your visible location. Staying secure has never been so easy!

Connecting

UsenetServer VPN App Connecting When you open your app, you will see that you’re disconnected. Before you connect, you can choose between high-speed or high-security for your connection preference and you will also be able to change your visible location.

The connection preference you select will determine which protocol your connection will utilize. Speed is optimal for users who will be doing media-heavy browsing. Security is best for users who want the highest level of encryption available.

To change your visible location, click the geo-pin button next to the text of the default location. This will present a pop out that displays available server cities and their ping times. Click the server of your choice, close the popup, and click on the Connect button. You’re ready to go!

Disconnecting

UsenetServer VPN app disconnecting Once you’re connected, the Connect button will become a Disconnect button. You will now also be able to see your public IP address, visible location, and protocol option (Speed, Secure). Click the Disconnect button to terminate your VPN connection or return to the connect screen. From here you can alter your connection preference or change your visible location before reconnecting.

Mobile VPN Apps

UsenetServer VPN will now be available on mobile for users running iOS or Android. The mobile version of the app is designed to fully mirror the desktop version, giving it the same functionality and general set up. Much like the desktop app, you will be able to set your connection preference and visible location, and view your public IP address, current visible location, and protocol option.

Download the update today!

We are eager to hear your feedback on the new VPN apps. Tell us what you like about the apps, or suggest future improvements in the comments section below!

Don’t have a membership plan that includes our VPN? Add a VPN to your UsenetServer service here.

6 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Computer

It’s that time of year once again — you’ve set the clocks an hour forward, scrubbed down every inch of your house, organized your closet, and maybe even finally got to that pesky leak in the roof that’s been sitting on your to-do list. But what about cleaning up your computer? Many folks tend to forget that their favorite tech toys also need some love when it comes to a good ol’ spring cleaning. We’ve put together some helpful tips to give your computer a much needed scrub-down, inside and out.

1. Delete everything you don’t need.

Anything from duplicate files, items sitting in your trashcan, screenshots saved to your desktop, that one cat meme you sent to your coworker once, all must go. These miscellaneous files are taking up valuable space on your hard drive, so take a few minutes to purge anything you simply don’t need anymore, and don’t be skimpy. You’ll appreciate having the extra space later!

2. Organize your desktop.

We’ve all been guilty of having an over-crowded desktop from time to time. Go through all the items saved there and either delete or organize them into folders, such as “Current Projects,” “Ideas,” or “Templates.” Now you’ll actually be able to see your dazzling wallpaper hiding under all that mess!

3. Backup your files.

Music, photos, documents, you name it — you don’t ever want to risk losing precious files simply because you never took the time to back them up. Consider investing in an external hard drive where you can store all your files in one physical place in the case of an emergency, and don’t forget to use a daily backup system like Time Machine or File History. Saving all your files on a cloud-based backup as well is also a no-brainer in case your computer or device suddenly kicks the bucket.

4. Make sure all your software is up-to-date.

The next time you get that pop-up asking you to update one of your programs, don’t ignore it. In fact, take the time to go through all your programs such as Adobe Reader, iTunes, etc., and install all of the necessary software updates. Keeping your programs fresh and up-to-date means fewer bugs, faster and improved performance, and fewer headaches for you.

5. Clean your keyboard and screen.

You didn’t think we would skip physically cleaning your computer did you? Take five minutes to gently wipe down your screen with a microfiber cloth and some basic cleaning solution, as well as wipe off your keyboard and mouse with disinfectant wipes. You’ll be amazed at how much clearer your screen will appear without all that gunk on it, not to mention all the nasty bacteria you’ll be getting rid of on your keyboard. Yuck.

6. Double-check that your security/antivirus software is still working and current.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and there’s no better place to apply that mindset than with your computer’s security. Be sure to run an antivirus scan weekly to make sure your laptop or computer is currently protected, and check that your antivirus software is completely up-to-date. Not doing so can result in security flaws in the program that would make you more susceptible to malware and viruses. Consider also adding our VPN to your UsenetServer subscription — this software funnels all your Internet activity through our encrypted VPN tunnel, rendering your online identity completely anonymous and shielded from prying eyes. Add our VPN to your subscription today to have complete peace of mind when it comes to keeping your computer safe and sound.

Once you’ve taken the time to give your computer some TLC with these helpful tips, you’ll be ready to start the season off with some fresh spring in your step. Happy cleaning!

Do you have any extra advice on spring cleaning? Let us know in the comments below!

Apple Response

Apple Responds to Judge’s Request to Access San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone


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US magistrate judge has directed Apple to help unlock a phone belonging to one of the killers responsible for the San Bernardino shooting in the hopes of examining its contents and learning more about the incident. Specifically, the FBI wants Apple to create a new version of the iPhone OS— to be used only with this case — that would provide a backdoor to accessing locked iPhones. 

In response, Apple released a letter on Tuesday evening to publicly address this request. In short, the tech giant has decided to oppose the ruling, noting that this type of security infringement goes against the strong and trusted encryption standards they have built over the years.

Following the tragic shooting that occurred last December in San Bernardino, California, the locked iPhone that belonged to the shooters was uncovered by authorities, ultimately prompting this resonating discussion about the boundaries of data security.

“Customers expect Apple and other technology companies to do everything in our power to protect their personal information, and at Apple we are deeply committed to safeguarding their data,” the letter detailed. “In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.”

This type of proposed OS would allow anyone to attempt an unlimited number of passcodes to get into a locked phone without erasing all the data contained within the device.

While the discussion on the limits of cyber security continues, we continue to make your online protection a priority here at UsenetServer. By using our VPN product, you’re taking back control of your own online security, ensuring your data remains 100% protected and anonymous at all times. If you haven’t already, get started with our VPN today to see how you can keep your important data under lock and key, no matter what.  

What are your thoughts on Apple’s response to this ruling? Let us know in the comments below!

Five Reasons to Get VPN

5 Reasons Why You Need a VPN ASAP

You may have noticed we offer a VPN product, but may not be sure what it does. Or perhaps you’ve added VPN to your subscription and you don’t quite know what to do with it yet. Here at UsenetServer, not only do we aim to provide top-quality NNTP access, we aim to provide online security as well and that all starts with our VPN service! A VPN, or virtual private network, works by replacing your device’s IP address with a shared one, thus passing your online data through an encrypted tunnel to a third-party server.

To help our customers who want to know more about this software, we’re going to help break down some of the incredibly useful benefits of using this product. Take a look at the top five reasons why you should get started with our VPN as soon as possible.

1. Allows you to use public Wi-Fi freely and safely.

Think about how often you connect to a public Wi-Fi network: while grabbing your morning coffee at your favorite cafe, staying at a hotel, waiting for a flight at the airport, or even at your office. While these open networks are incredibly useful for almost everyone trying to connect to the Net on the go, they’re also a common method for hackers to do their dirty work. Anyone using the network without a VPN is a prime target for cybercriminals who can access and ultimately steal your private information. By using our VPN, all of your online activity will be protected and remain hidden from prying eyes. Access sensitive information such as bank statements, social media accounts, and more with complete peace of mind about your security.  

2. Stops snooping from your ISP and government eyes.

Cybercriminals aren’t the only ones who can snoop on your online traffic your Internet Service Provider (ISP) as well as many government agencies have the ability to view and collect your data when you surf the Web. While this type of data collection is done under the guise of a combative precaution against illegal activity and cybercrime, it’s commonly seen as an invasion of privacy.  If you, like many, many folks, don’t like the idea of big brother keeping an eye on you, a VPN encrypts your data so your ISP and other prying eyes are unable to view or collect it, rendering you practically anonymous while you browse privately.

3. Prevents unwanted advertising and manipulated content.

Without a VPN, third-party cookies have the ability to track the products and websites you search for in order to target you with advertisements. Before you know it, every website you visit displays the same pesky ad featuring that one pair of shoes you looked at once. Since a VPN encrypts your online traffic and gives you an IP address shared by others, those third-party cookies will be unable to track your activity and effectively advertise to you. You’ll be free to shop online and search for websites without being followed by targeted marketing.

4. Protects against malware and viruses.

Cybercrime comes in many forms, and one of the most common is found in malicious websites. These are sites that are typically designed to appear like a normal website for a bank, a brand, etc, yet are created to steal information from the user who visits the site or even give his or her computer a nasty virus. To avoid any threat of this, using a VPN is your best bet as it provides a firewall to protect you against this type of cybercrime. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that shady sites will be unable to steal your private information or attack your device.

5. Permits access to websites that are normally restricted or locally censored.

One of the most surprising and incredibly useful perks of using a VPN is that it gives you the ability to bypass restrictions and censorship for certain websites. What exactly does this mean? Depending on where you’re physically located, different websites are affected by respective government restrictions and censorship. Simply out, using a VPN allows you to bypass those restrictions since your true IP address is replaced with one from a server in a region where the sites you’re seeking aren’t restricted. This especially proves useful for those traveling outside their country but still want to visit the sites they normally visit while home.

 

There you have it what’s not to love about using a VPN? Once you download our VPN software on your device of choice, you’re ready to roll. Keep your online traffic secure and your search options unlimited when you get started with our VPN product today. 

Know of any other perks of using a VPN? Let us know in the comments below!

Raspberry Pi

How-to Build a Low Budget Usenet Download Machine: Setting Up SABnzbd

Welcome to the fifth and final installment of the How-to Build a Low Budget Usenet Download Machine series. In this guide, we will walk you step-by-step all the way through installing, setting up, and configuring SABNZBd on your Raspberry Pi. We will also cover getting your Pi primed for downloading from your UsenetServer account.

Since we’ve started this How-to Build a Low-Budget Downloading Machine series, we have shown you how to gather the parts necessary to build your Pi, set up the Raspbian OSset up remote access to your Pi using SSH over your network, and set up storage on your Pi. Before attempting to follow this guide and install SAB, we highly recommend you review the required guides mentioned above doing so will make your life so much easier to get SAB running on your Pi. Before proceeding any further, you should have a working, powered-on Raspberry Pi with Internet access that you can login into directly or remotely via SSH.

Updating Apt-Get and SABnzbd

Before we do anything else, we need to update and upgrade the apt-get installer.

To do so, type in the following commands in the terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

If it’s been a while since you updated, you may want to go have a Coke and smile because it could take a while for the update process to complete. Once the upgrade is complete, we are ready to get down to business and install SABnzbd on our Pi.

To install SABnzbd, type the following command at the terminal:

sudo apt-get install sabnzbdplus

This command will install the core dependencies for SABnzbd, including several Python tools (like the RSS Feed Parser and Cheetah template gallery) as well as the basic SABnzbd themes. During the package install process, you’ll see the following error at some point:

[....] SABnzbd+ binary newsgrabber: not configured, aborting. See /etc/default/s[warndplus ... (warning).

This is not important at this point because it is just SAB letting us know that we do not have a news server configured for use. This, of course, makes sense because we haven’t even set SAB up yet. After the install finishes, you are ok to move to the next section,

Running the SABnzbd Setup Wizard

SABnzbd Setup Wizard
After the sabnzbdplus installation has finished, you’ll be returned to the command prompt. Enter the following command to launch SABnzbd for the first time:

sabnzbdplus --server 0.0.0.0

The command starts the SABnzbd daemon and turns on the WebUI. Several commands will scroll by and then it will stop and give the impression that the application has crashed, but it hasn’t. It has just taken control of the terminal, and as it performs, new functions they will appear here. Open up a new terminal window or SSH connection (if you CTRL+C to break out and return to the command prompt, you’ll cause the daemon to shut down).

From either a browser on the Raspberry Pi or a remote browser on your desktop, you can now start up the configuration wizard. We’d strongly advise you to use a remote web browser for ease of use and better performance.

Open a browser and go to:

http://[Your Pi's IP]:8080/wizard/

Select your preferred language and click “Start Wizard.” The first step is to input your UsenetServer account information:

News Server Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Input news.usenetserver.com for the the host, port, username/password, and set the number of connections. While you can easily get away with 20+ connections on a desktop or server installation, we suggest starting with four connections on your Pi and gradually increasing the number upwards if you find you need more concurrent connections. Click Test Server to make sure you get connected to our servers without any issues.

Step two of the wizard sets the access control:

Setup SAB Access

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to be able to access the SAB web interface from any device on your network and not just your PC, select the first option under the Access section. We also recommend you password-protect your SAB web interface by checking the password protect box and entering in a username and password of your choice. If you would like the web interface to be secured using SSL, check the box to enable HTTPS and move on to the next step (we do recommend you enable this option).

You can skip step three of the quick-start wizard altogether, unless you need to configure NZB search services. Click “Next” to skip ahead to step four. Step four is automated, SABnzbd will restart, and the wizard will show you the web addresses where you can access the WebUI, like so:

http://192.168.0.102:8080/sabnzbd/
http://raspberrypi:8080/sabnzbd/
http://127.0.1.1:8080/sabnzbd/

Go ahead and click on one of the SAB links or “Go to SABnzbd” and you’ll be taken to the SAB web interface.

Installing UNRAR for Automated Unpacking

SABbnzbd Error Message

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you are logged into SAB and looking at the new spiffy webUI, you might notice there is a problem. We are getting a warning: “No UNRAR program found, unpacking RAR files is not possible”.

Guess what? SABnzbd’s core installation package doesn’t come with a unRAR utility. What this means is that SAB will download your favorite NZB posts from the Usenet, although you will have to manually unpack and decompress the RAR files as they come in — but we wouldn’t stand for that nonsense. So instead, we’re going to install an unrar-nonfree utility.

In order to automate the file unpacking, we’re going to have to build a copy of the free but oddly-named unrar-nonfree app. Luckily, we found a step-by-step guide from someone over at RaspberryPi.StackExchange who outlined just how to do so for Raspian.

At the terminal, enter the following command to allow you to edit your sources.list and add the repository that contains unrar-nonfree:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

In nano, add the following line to the .list file:

deb-src http://archive.raspbian.org/raspbian wheezy main contrib non-free rpi

Press CTRL+X to exit nano and Y to save/overwrite the old .list file. Back at the command prompt, you will need to update your sources list for the change to take effect:

sudo apt-get update

After the update is finished, it’s time to create a working directory and then change to it:

mkdir ~/unrar-nonfree && cd ~/unrar-nonfree

Time to download unrar-nonfree’s dependencies:

sudo apt-get build-dep unrar-nonfree

When the process finishes and you’re back at the prompt, enter the following command to download the source code and build the installation package:

sudo apt-get source -b unrar-nonfree

Now it’s time to install the package. If you’re following this tutorial after a new version of unrar-nonfree is released, you’ll need to update the filename. You can check the version number by typing “ls” at the command prompt to list the files we downloaded in the previous steps:

sudo dpkg -i unrar_4.1.4-1+deb7u1_armhf.deb

Once the installation is complete, you can quickly test to see if command “unrar” is available to the system by simply typing “unrar” at the command prompt. If properly installed, the unrar app will send back a list of all the available unrar switches and their descriptions. If the package installed without error, you can tidy up after yourself with the following command:

cd && rm -r ~/unrar-nonfree

Now it’s time to get rid of that error in SABnzbd. Restart SABnzbd from within the WebUI by clicking on Options > Restart (upper right hand corner of page). When you restart, the error message should be gone. You can make sure that the error log is empty by clicking on the Status link in the upper left hand corner:

SABnzbd Error Log

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last thing we need to configure is our storage directories for SAB. As of right now, everything is configured to be downloaded and stored on our Pi’s SD card, which is not what we want as it would fill up fast. We need to setup our SAB directories to take advantage of our large USB storage drive(s) that we configured earlier in our Setting Up Storage on the Pi guide. Let’s get those directories setup.

Configuring the SABnzbd Directories

To avoid filling up your SD card and having SAB come to a screeching halt, we’re going to move all the important directories off the SD card and on to the external hard drive. If you do not already have a USB hard drive attached to your Raspberry Pi and set to auto-mount at boot, you should read Setting Up Storage on the Pi to find out how to get it setup. We’re going to use the same HDD naming convention and directory structure we used in that guide, so adjust your commands in this section to match the location of your HDD.

First, let’s create the directories we need for SABnzbd:

sudo mkdir /media/USBHDD1/shares/SABnzbd/downloading
sudo mkdir /media/USBHDD1/shares/SABnzbd/completed
sudo mkdir /media/USBHDD1/shares/SABnzbd/watch
sudo mkdir /media/USBHDD1/shares/SABnzbd/watch/nzb-backup
sudo mkdir /media/USBHDD1/shares/SABnzbd/scripts

After creating the directories, return to the WebUI of SABnzbd to change the default directories. In the WebUI, navigate to Config > Folders. There are two sections: User Folders and System folders. Within those two sections, change the following entries using the folders we just created. You must use absolute paths to force SABnzbd to use folders outside the default of /home/pi/.

Temporary Download Folder:  /media/USBHDD1/shares/SABnzbd/downloading
Completed Download Folder:  /media/USBHDD1/shares/SABnzbd/completed
Watched Folder:  /media/USBHDD1/shares/SABnzbd/watch
Scripts Folder:  /media/USBHDD1/shares/SABnzbd/scripts
.nzb Backup Folder:  /media/USBHDD1/shares/SABnzbd/watch/nzb-backup

In addition to these changes, you should set the “Minimum Free Space for Temporary Download Folder” by using designations such as 900M for 900 megabytes or 20G for 20 gigabytes. You should generally leave 10-20GB free on your disk to serve as a nice buffer and cushion.

Once you have made all your changes, click Save at the bottom of the menu. The changes we made require a restart. To restart, click Downloads to return to the main WebUI screen and then click Options > Restart in the upper right hand corner. Now that our directories are setup, we can finally test SAB by downloading an NZB.

Testing Your SABnzbd Install

SABnzbd WebUI Downloader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After SABnzbd restarts, it’s time to test it and make sure we can download something without any issues. For our test, we visited Binsearch.info and found a copy of Linux Mint to download. To start the download, we dropped the .NZB file into the SABnzbd /watch/ folder where SABnzbd will automatically snatch it up. Alternatively, you can click the Add NZB button at the top of the WebUI and add the NZB that way also. It will appear in the Queue and then transfer to the History section of the WebUI as it shifts from downloading to verifying and unpacking, as seen in the screenshot above.

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Innovation Challenge: Announcing the Winning Project

It has been many weeks since we first launched the UsenetServer Innovation Challenge, but at last, the time has come for our winner to claim victory and take home his or her Raspberry Pi 2 to build and complete their new project!

Before we declare our winner, we have a bit of background on the project and how our judges arrived at their decision. Our panel of judges consisted of four experts in the world of Usenet. They were tasked with judging and scoring their top two favorite entries based on four main criteria: 1) Creativity, 2) Feasibility, 3) Originality, and 4) the inclusion of a UsenetServer service. Each of the criteria was given a score rating from 1-10, meaning that with a perfect score, a winner could earn up to 80 points. The entry that received the highest overall rating score in all of the combined categories was declared the winner of our challenge. In all, there were 27 total eligible entries and our four judges narrowed it down to five finalists. It was a close race — our winner won with 69 points and our first runner-up earned 56. Many of the other entries considered included home automation projects and smart home features. Our winner, Jason, won by proposing the following project with a Raspberry Pi:

Jason – The current Raspberry Pi project I’m working on includes a PHP backend that runs a PHP script that routinely checks an NZB RSS feed from any online NZB search site service that offers one. It then pulls any newly posted NZB links, cleans up the RSS entry, and sends the NZB download link (via Pushover) to my Android phone and tablet. From there, Android’s Tasker and Auto-Notification intercept the notification, and create a new notification with a “Download” button and the name of the Usenet binary posted. Once the download button is pressed, the NZB Link is sent back to SABnzbd’s API (which is also running on the Raspberry Pi). Then the download is queued up and started. I also get a Pushover notification when the download has completed, and whether it was successful or not. This system currently works great, and I can easily queue up new binary downloads from my Android Wear watch-device as soon as they are posted to the NZB search site. The next phase of the operation is to build a web-based interface to tell the PHP script to skip notifying me if a post has any specific text in the title, or send a “high-priority” notification with different text in the title.

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We look forward to following Jason’s progress on his winning project, and we will have more posts in the future detailing its development! We were so excited and pleased with the variety of entries we received and would like to give a big thank you to everyone who participated in our challenge.

Never stop inventing and creating new things — you, the innovators, are building our future!

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Innovation Challenge Top Entries

When we started the UsenetServer Innovation Challenge, we pressed our users to get those creative juices flowing when we asked them to build a Do-It-Yourself project using a Raspberry Pi 2 micro computer as the starting point and key component of the project. We had no restrictions and left the field wide open for entries with only one caveat: the incorporation of our Usenet or VPN service. While we don’t have our winners yet, we wanted to share with you some samples of the awesome entries submitted before the judging period comes to a close!

PocketPi

The PocketPi is a project that uses solar technology in conjunction with multiple

sensors to create a sleek, portable survival device that would function even

without common power. These devices are fitted with a module that allows for 3G

connectivity. This allows for the device to connect to the UsenetServer network

and provide search data with an easy to use interface. This includes current

weather conditions, and the network is also used to upload data from a range of

sensors, to provide cloud-based analysis and data mining to find patterns.

Basically, the PocketPi is a very portable, very sleek and rugged piece of

equipment that is waterproof, dust-proof, etc and utilises the cloud to provide data

to the user, even if they are out-of-bounds of accessible power

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What is a VPN?

What is a VPN?

Since we launched our VPN service, we’ve received a few inquiries from our users to the effect of, “what exactly is a VPN?” and “why do I need one?“ So in this post we provide clarification as to what a VPN is, and why everyone needs one.

What is a VPN?

VPNs provide many benefits, but one of the most common uses of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is as an encryption tool. You might have heard about using a VPN in the workplace; when an employee needs remote access to the company network because they’re traveling or working from home, they’ll typically log in to a VPN. You might have thought this was just a way to log in to the company’s network from outside the office, but the actual reason it’s used is to guarantee the connection is secure and the data that is passed back and forth over the Internet cannot be accessed by outsiders.

When connected to a VPN, all online traffic and data such as emails, instant messages, banking and credit card information is passed through an encrypted tunnel, preventing identity theft and cybercrime. When logged into a VPN on your mobile device or laptop, especially when using a public WiFi hotspot at your local coffee shop, you’re safe from hackers who would otherwise be able to easily access your private data and use it at your expense.

Why use a VPN?

A VPN does a lot more than keep you safe online.  One of the most desired benefits a VPN offers is the control it provides you over your IP address.  Your IP (Internet Protocol) address determines your geolocation, and depending on where you’re trying to use the Internet from, streaming services, websites, and social networks can be restricted or blocked altogether. When you are in control of your IP address, you’re also in control of your virtual location.

Some streaming services are censored in certain regions of the world, or the catalog they provide is based on geographic location. When you’re in control of your IP address, you can change your location, making this type of media more readily accessible, regardless of where you’re physically located. You also prevent your Internet Service Provider (ISP) from slowing your streaming traffic, a reported tactic that major providers use to divert users from accessing specific websites.

This works for Usenet access as well, by using UsenetServer VPN, you’ll have a secure tunnel to our servers, essentially bypassing any connection blocks or throttling.

How do I sign up?

UsenetServer VPN is available as a low cost add-on to your current UsenetServer account. Just log in and activate on the left hand side of the control panel. If you’re new to UsenetServer, for just a few extra dollars a month, you can:

  • Protect your online identity
  • Control your IP address
  • Bypass geolocation restrictions, and more!

UsenetServer VPN is as easy as pushing a button, try it today and see for yourself!

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Raspberry Pi

How-to Build a Low-Budget Downloading Machine: Configuring Remote Access

In our last post, we wrote a step-by-step walkthrough of how to successfully setup your Raspbian Operating System for the first-time boot of your Raspberry Pi 2. Now we are going to show you how to configure remote access to your Pi. The reason for this configuration is simple: you want to avoid the extra hardware (monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc.) that comes with most computers. Setting up remote access will allow you to configure and tinker with your Pi’s setup, all from the convenience of your laptop or desktop computer (As long as your Pi is on the same network). Check out the first part of this series: Building the Pi

 

Configuring Secure Shell Access SSH (Command-Line)

The best and easiest way to administer your Raspberry Pi is via the command-line interface using a terminal connection over secure shell access (SSH). Using an SSH client like PuTTY for Windows or the default Macintosh app Terminal, you can connect to your Pi and send commands to it just as if you were typing commands via the Pi’s directly-connected USB keyboard. To enable secure shell access to login to your Pi, you will need to run the following command:

./raspi-config

This will launch the raspi-config utility on your Pi. Once the raspi-config is launched, do the following:

After you run ./rapi-config utility, go the the "Advanced Options," Go down to the SSH option and then select enable to turn on secure shell access for remote administration.

After you run ./rapi-config utility, go the the “Advanced Options,” select the SSH option and then select “Enable” to turn on Secure Shell Access for remote administration.

Turn on Secure Shell Remote Access

Go down to “Advanced Options,” choose “SSH” on the next screen, and select “Yes” to enable. This will authorize Secure Shell remote terminal access, allowing you to connect to your Pi from any other computer on the same network. Select “Finish” on the Main Menu and your Pi will reboot with the updated configuration.

Accessing the Pi Using SSHWindows

Now that you have enabled Secure Shell remote access, you’ll need to launch an SSH client on your desktop to test the remote access and ensure it is working correctly. If you are running Windows, you are going to need to install PuTTY. Once you open a copy of PuTTY, make sure you have the “Session” category selected on the left. Input your Raspberry Pi’s IP address (You can get this via your router’s DHCP table or by running ifconfig on your Pi), select the SSH connection type, and connect.

Connect via SSH using Putty client for Windows

Enter in your Pi’s IP address, select “SSH” as the connection type and click “Connect” to start a Secure Shell connection with your Pi.

You may be asked if you want to connect to your Pi, click “Yes.” If you are successfully connected, you will see a terminal window like the one below, prompting you for your Pi’s username and password. You will login with the username ‘pi’ and password ‘raspberry’ (Unless you changed it using ./raspi-config). After you have successfully logged-in you will see something like this:

Connect to Pi via SSH terminal access

After you have connected via SSH with PuTTY and entered your login information, you will see a terminal window to your Pi.

Accessing the Pi Using SSHMacintosh

Now that you have enabled Secure Shell remote access, you’ll need to launch an SSH client on your desktop to test the remote access and ensure it is working correctly. If you are a Mac user, you can connect to your Pi via SSH using the native Terminal utility included in your Mac’s Applications >> Utilities folder. To start a connection, launch the Terminal app and then type the following:

ssh pi@192.168.0.100

where 192.168.0.100 should be replaced with your Pi’s actual IP address.

Next, you will be asked if you would like to connect to your Pi, type “Yes.” After that, you will be prompted for your Pi’s login information. From this point, you can issue commands directly to the Pi without the need to connect a monitor or keyboard to it ever again.

 

In the next installment of our How-to Build a Low-Budget Downloading Machine series, we will walkthrough setting up physical storage devices on your Pi to store your Usenet downloads.

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