Hi, guys. Like in the title. I have orangepi5 with some services like nextcloud or grafana. I would like to access to those instances from outside - but I don’t want to open ports.

Could you guys point me how can I achieve that?

Do I need to set domain for home services? I have heard that people recommends cloudfare tunnel, but I think cloudfare tunnel does not work with subdomain like duckdns. Do I need to buy domain for my case? One more think, if I set this tunnel or maybe other solution- should I go with https (lets encrypt) solution?

Thank You

  • @pixxelkick
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    37 months ago

    You will need to open some ports, but ideally you just open up 1 port for a VPN and call it a day.

    If you want a really easy solution you can buy one of the mid to high end routers that comes with a built in OpenVPN you can enable, and you just do the process to have it be the router for your network (usually by setting your modem to pass through mode and then have your personal router immediately next in line, and it becomes the actual router of the network)

    If you do a search you should find a few decent models out there with OpenVPN support, and then its just a matter of enabling the feature in the router’s interface and following its guide and then installing OpenVPN on your mobile phone(s)

    • @karcioOP
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      17 months ago

      Thank you for this tip, actually I have second router connected to my main router(from provider) and on this second router I have openwrt - I think I have seen there openvpn option - will check

      • @pixxelkick
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        17 months ago

        No problem, the mode you are looking for is called Bridge Mode, and what you’ll need to ensure your setup is, is:

        ISP -> ISP Router -> Your Router -> Rest of the network

        It’s crucial you only have your router as the only thing plugged into the ISP Router, and you want it to be typically plugged into port 1. You’ll need to either look up the paperwork or talk to your ISP about how bridge mode works for their modem model.

        Keep in mind once bridge mode is enabled on the ISP router, it loses its wifi network so the only way after you can connect to it to configure it is by a physical connection, so if you mess it up you’ll need to have a laptop or smartphone you can physically connect via ethernet to port 1 of the isp router to be able to access its interface again.

        But once you get bridge mode working your private router will now get a public IP assigned to it instead and it will act as the “real” router of your network.