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How to Access Shinobi outside your Network (LAN)

This tutorial will show a number of ways to connect to Shinobi from a remote location outside your network. These methods include VPN, Port-Forwarding and P2P.

A virtual private network (VPN) gives you online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection.

In other words, you are creating a gateway with a real IP Address. This gateway creates a simulated network for all devices connected to it. Devices would experience each other through the network in the same fashion as if they were in the same home.

OpenVPN is by far the simplest solution to create your own VPN server. However the use of a VPN server may require someone who is tech-savvy to install and manage it.

If you don't know how to already use a VPN then this option is probably not right for you.

Things to Note

  • The VPN Server software should not be installed on the same server as Shinobi if being used for purposes other than monitoring Shinobi.
  • If your VPN Server is only being used for Shinobi then it should be fine to install on the same server.
  • The usage of a VPN server may require port-forwarding your server.
  • If you decided to rent a cloud server for VPN you must ensure it has either unmetered bandwidth or enough that you will never go over the limit.

See updated information here /configure/p2p

"A port forward is a way of making a computer on your home or business network accessible to computers on the internet, even though they are behind a router." - portforward.com

Similar to VPN this will require a tech-savvy user. This is also the worst option you could choose because it allows direct access to your server. Depending on the router you may not be able to secure it very well either. Depending on the Internet Service Provider your Shinobi is connected under you may not be able to use this option at all.

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