Blue Iris and VPN.

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Bob Schulz, May 22, 2019.

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  1. Bob Schulz

    Bob Schulz n3wb

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    I have been slowly setting up a security system from mostly reading this forum.
    So far I have one cam from Andy for location testing and Blue Iris.
    Everything is setup and running just great. Except I am port forwarding Blue Iris at the moment.
    Still trying to figure out what I need to do for a VPN.
    Currently I have ExpressVPN to mask my out going activities.
    From what I am reading I need to install something like OpenVPN to connect to my internal network instead of RDP or PF.
    Since my Router does not support VPN I am seeing 3? options.
    1) install one of my Express VPN clients on my Blue Iris server? Would this even work for inbound traffic?
    2) install OpenVPN on my Blue Iris standalone Win10 PC
    3) Or install OpenVPN on a raspberry Pi I have lazying around

    Thanks for any advice.
    Bob
     
  2. Mike A.

    Mike A. Getting comfortable

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    1. No, different type of VPN. You need something to provide the server side for your client to connect to, not another client.
    2./3. Yes, or using some other device to run the VPN server. Complicates things a little vs having it up-front and built into the router but will work.
     
  3. SouthernYankee

    SouthernYankee IPCT Contributor

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    1) is you router provide by your internet provider ?
    2) is it only a router or a modem/ router ?
    3) make and model number of the router.

    If at all possible it is best to put your internet providers device in passthrough mode and user your own router that supports openVPN. It is much simplier than trying to support a VPN server on a computer inside your home network.
     
  4. Bob Schulz

    Bob Schulz n3wb

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    I have my own Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA9500)
     
  5. Mike A.

    Mike A. Getting comfortable

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    Odd that there's no VPN on a router at that level but appears to be the case (unless I'm missing some recent change).
     
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    nbstl68 Getting comfortable

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    Is there a list or recommendation for a preferred router that will run Open VPN or comes with it's own VPN?
    With Wi-Fi6 there are several new $$$$ routers coming out. Not that I need that but would these or most new routers all be expected to have VPN available on them?