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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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Usenet Appreciation Month

At UsenetServer, we’re always looking for ways to give back to our users. We found our reason with a new month-long celebration: Usenet Appreciation Month! To show you just how much we value your support, we are giving away a 2TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive, along with A LOT of free Usenet access from March 19 – April 16!

Now the small catch is, we like to hear nice things too. Enter to win more storage space and the free service by sharing some sweet nothings. Simply let us know why you appreciate your UsenetServer Usenet access!

To be eligible, you must complete the Usenet Appreciation Month promotional entry form hosted by Rafflecopter and leave a comment on this blog post showing your appreciation for UsenetServer. Random winners will be chosen from all of the submitted blog comments and form entries. Complete the bonus entry options to increase your chances of winning!

Use the the entry form and comments section below for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

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Promotional Rules

1) Winners will be contacted through the email address submitted with your completed Usenet Appreciation Month Promotion entries – you must use a valid email address so that we can contact you.

2) Entries on the Usenet Appreciation Month Promotion form submitted from March 19th through April 16th, 2015 at 11:59pm (EST) will be accepted. Any entry before or after this time will not be counted.

3) We reserve the right to change the rules of the Usenet Appreciation Month Promotion at any time, or any reason, with or without prior notice.

4) When you submit valid completed entries into the Usenet Appreciation Month Promotion, you are agreeing to all the Terms and Conditions found by clicking the link at the bottom of the entry form and the rules outlined in this section.

5) We will notify the winner and award current UsenetServer entrants their prize or extra Usenet account free time within 30 days following the end of the promotion.

6) By entering the Usenet Appreciation Month Promotion, you are consenting us the right to use your first name, blog comments and country of origin in any of our marketing materials, email campaigns or social messaging on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and other relevant social media platforms for future posts both related and unrelated to the Usenet Appreciation Month promotion.

7) All rules outlined in this section, along with the terms and conditions found by clicking the link at the bottom of the Usenet Appreciation Month promotional Rafflecopter widget are subject to change at our discretion at any time.

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This Valentine’s Day, UsenetServer has been bitten by the love bug! We care about our users very much and with Cupid’s help, we’re going to give them some love – Usenet style. We would like to show our gratitude to our users by giving away random Usenet Valentines! Click the graphic below and enter the UsenetServer Love Instant Win Sweepstakes for a chance to win a month of free unlimited Usenet service + VPN access! Enter daily to increase your odds!

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For users looking for a bigger, longer, more permanent love, take a look at our Partner’s Special and save big! Earn a deep discount-off our regular pricing plans and subscribe for a full year to get free VPN access too!

UsenetServer provides world-class premium tier-1 Usenet access to users all around the globe at the best value in the industry. We offer access to over 110,000 newsgroups, including discussion groups covering topics from iOS app development to March madness bracketology and usenet binary groups including user-generated videos, audio files and software. Our vast array of newsgroups coupled with our robust network infrastructure and server farms in the United States and Europe, UsenetServer provides first class high speed access to the Usenet at the lowest price.

UsenetServer network route

Increase Download Speeds With a Better Route

Most of us are spoiled these days by having a broadband or high speed connection to the Internet. In fact, some of us don’t even want to use the Internet if it’s slower than 10 megabits per second – we have a need for speed. So it will come as good news to our users to hear that under normal circumstances, users of UsenetServer will get good download speeds maxing out their connection with ease. We have built a first class tier-1 network infrastructure with our user’s bandwidth needs in mind to deliver the best speeds possible. Try as we might though, we sometimes have users whose ISPs do not have good routes to our servers. In other words, sometimes there are Internet bottlenecks between our users and our Usenet servers. For the users who fall into this category, don’t worry – we have a solution! Users experiencing slower-than-normal download speeds from our servers can increase their download speeds by using a better route.

Finding a Better Route to Our Usenet Servers

In order to provide the best possible access and download speeds to our users, our Usenet servers listen on different NNTP ports that each provide a different possible route to our servers than the route your Usenet client would take to connect to our default NNTP port of 119. We offer several ports to choose from for users’ Usenet clients to connect to for both our secure and non-secure servers. See the list below for all our available NNTP ports. If users are having speed issues, they should set their Usenet client to use the NNTP port that will give them the best possible speed.

Server and NNTP Port List

Non-secure server: news.usenetserver.com  Ports: 119, 23, 25, 119, 3128, 8000 and 9000
Secure Server: secure.Usenetserver.com SSL Ports: 443, 563, 8080

Survive the Winter With These Great Android Apps

If you are an American living in the U.S. of late, you will undoubtedly have noticed the arctic blast of unusually cold weather, even for this time of year. So much for global warming for much of the Northern, Southern and middle U.S.; many places are experiencing very cold temperatures and piles and piles of snow. All this is leaving some motorists and bystanders stranded out in the cold. Protect yourself, be prepared, and don’t be stuck without a backup plan . Survive the winter with these great Android apps! Watch the video below as Shannon Morris from Tekzilla shows us some of the best Android apps to brave the winter blast:

We Come Bearing Gifts!

UsenetServer Free VPN for 1 Month Happy Holidays!

‘Tis the season for giving, and it’s in that spirit that we have decided to reward one FREE month of VPN access to all of our new and existing UsenetServer members.

To redeem, from December 17th – December 31st 2014, new members can sign up at UsenetServer.com and existing members can simply log into the control panel of their UsenetServer account and click on the gift icon. On behalf of the UsenetServer team, we appreciate your business and we wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!

* To qualify for the full month of free VPN access, members must have an account that remains active for at least 30 days. Members with 3 day accounts will get 3 days of free VPN. *

 

 

Build a Cheap Home Theater PC

Many people are often looking for a better more flexible home theater device to better manage and browse their favorite digital media, but many of us don’t have a huge budget to drop on the most expensive gear.

Building a good home theater media management system on a budget can be a challenge, but watch as our friends from DIY Tryin show us how to turn a Raspberry Pi into a cheap yet powerful home theater PC using BerryBoot and XBMC clone openelec. For a full list of items needed to complete this project, check out Turn a Raspberry Pi into a Home Theater PC – Watch Netflix, Amazon Prime and more

Not Getting Full Download Speed? Check Your Connections

New to the Usenet? Here’s is critical pro tip to help our users get full download speed from UsenetServer Usenet over their connections to their ISP. Just a quick recap for those users who are just getting started with Usenet, first we get a UsenetServer account, download and install our newsreader or NZB downloader of choice, configure our Usenet client and finally, start downloading.

usenet-connection-settings

When configuring our Usenet client, we will obviously need to provide the news host server address to connect to as well as our UsenetServer username and password so that our client can actually talk to the Usenet. Many users stop there and begin using their favorite client right away and if the download speed is good, no further configuration is necessary.

This is not always the case however, occasionally the default settings in our Usenet client might need a slight adjustment to ensure that we get full download speed from the Usenet servers. What adjustments might we need to make to get the most speed out of our connection to our Usenet servers? Figured it out yet? Adjusting the number of simultaneous connections that our Usenet client creates with our Usenet server each time it connects is the answer. If we are not able to achieve maximum download speed using the default number of connections (Usually 4), we need to gradually increase our number of connections one connection at a time until we fully saturate the available bandwidth our internet connection. Once our optimum number of connections has been found, we should not need to adjust them again and be able to download Usenet articles at full speed.

Enter for Your Chance to Win Free Usenet & VPN

In honor of Cyber Security Awareness Month, we are giving away Free service to UsenetServer users who have taken steps to protect their privacy by using our secure VPN add-on service. The prizes are as follows:

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1 Month of Free UsenetServer Usenet Access

How to enter

Complete the Secure Your Life and Win Promotion entry form below. You can earn even more entries by following us on Twitter, Liking us on Facebook or sharing a link to this promotion on FacebookTwitter or Google+. Non UsenetServer subscribers may enter their email address to win a free 14 day/Ten Gig UsenetServer trial.

When the promotion will run

We are accepting entries October 16th – October 30th 2014.

How the winners will be chosen

3 Winners will be chosen at random from the entries collected through the Secure Your Life and Win Promotion entry form below. You must have an active UsenetServer account with the VPN add-on enabled to qualify to win free UsenetServer Usenet service.

Winner notification

Winners will be notified via email provided on the entry form within 14 days after the end of the promotion.

Promotion Rules

  1. To be eligible to win, you must complete the Secure Your Life and Win Promotion entry form and have an active UsenetServer Usenet account with the VPN add-on enabled to receive valid entries for a possibility to win.
  2. Non UsenetServer users may enter their email address to win a free 14 day/Ten Gig UsenetServer trial only.
  3. Three random winners will be chosen from all of the submitted eligible entries from the Secure Your Life and Win Promotion entry form.
  4. Multiply entries can be received by liking us on Facebook, following us on twitter, tweeting a link to the promotion or sharing a link on Facebook.
  5. Winners will be contacted through the email address submitted with their completed Secure Your Life and Win Promotion entries – you must use a valid email address so that we can contact you.
  6. Entries on the Secure Your Life and Win Promotion form submitted on October 16th through October 30th at midnight (Eastern US time) will be accepted, any entry before or after this time will not be counted.
  7. When you submit valid completed entries into the Secure Your Life and Win Promotion, you are agreeing to all the Terms and Conditions found by clicking the link at the bottom of the entry form and the rules outlined in this section.
  8. We will notify and award free UsenetServer Usenet Service to the 3 random winners with 14 days after the promotion ends.
  9. By entering the Secure Your Life and Win Promotion, you are giving us the right to use your first name and your country of origin in any of our marketing materials, email campaigns or social messaging on Facebook, Google+ and twitter relating to the Secure Your Life and Win Promotion.
  10. All rules outlined in this section, along with the terms and conditions found by clicking the link at the bottom of the Secure Your Life and Win widget are subject to change, at any time.