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Setting up remote access

Introduction to remote access

The Pioreactor connects to your local network, and the UI is hosted locally on the Raspberry Pi. A priori, there's no access to view the UI from outside your local network (this is a good thing for security reasons). Let's change that.

With some extra free software, we can safely connect to our Pioreactor cluster remotely. We've documented 2 ways to do this, but both require command-line access to the leader Pioreactor.

  • Option 1: Ngrok. Expose your UI publicly behind a simple username / password.
  • Option 2: Tailscale. Spin up a VPN, and expose your UI to users of your VPN. Also allows for Pioreactors in different locations to be used together over the VPN.