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NOTE: This is an advanced topic. Not for most people ๐Ÿ˜…

Why remote access is useful:

  1. Troubleshoot AV issues

a. for the Mandarin service aunties and uncles

b. for deeper technical issues (esoteric but true example - someone upgraded OBS or Bitfocus Companion by a mjor version which broke some default configuration, preventing it to scan USB devices / thus the Stream Deck is non-functional)

  1. Do IT maintenance in your own time

โ€ฆ all without needing to be physically at church!

What is needed to achieve this:

a. VPN

NOTE: If you've NEVER set this up a software-defined mesh virtual private network (SDN VPN) before, be prepared to spend some weeks on this to get your head around it. But it's worthwhile. ๐Ÿ˜‰

You need to put a VPN 'node' somewhere on your church network. Either on the router itself, or a box attached to the LAN.

  • We have our own OpenWrt router
    • e.g. NanoPi R2S / Orange Pi R1 Plus LTS (they're same same)

Next is to choose a VPN technology:


  • pros: easier to set up for single user use


  • pros: more flexibility with sharing access between multiple people/user accounts
  • cons: more paywall for max 25 device limit on free plan


  • pros: the open-source base of Tailscale, not tied to Tailscale's auth system
  • cons: most work to set up (it's all manual)

and forget OpenVPN - that's a thing of the past!

b. Wake-on-LAN

Turn on in BIOS for cold booting, and Windows device manager > ethernet controller to enable wake from sleep

Bonus tip:

MeshCentral is handy to manage all your computers (including across Sunday school rooms, office, etc). Requires deployment to cloud.

it/remote-management.txt ยท Last modified: 2023/10/16 10:57 by webguyjeremy