Remote access of BI best practices?

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  1. WannaTheater

    WannaTheater Young grasshopper

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    I have OpenVPN running on home router. Looking for some recommendations on the best way top access live feeds/Alerts, etc, while away from LAN. I am only using iOS devices. I've also purchased the BI mobile app.

    Option 1:
    1) Connect to OpenVPN from OpenVPN Connect client app. Then access Blue Iris server from browser (Safari). Seems to work fine. Using this method it seems like I perhaps didn't need to purchase the BI mobile app.

    Option 2:
    1) Connect to OpenVPN from OpenVPN Connect client app. Access through the BI mobile app. (haven't tested)

    Option 3:
    1) Allow BI mobile app to connect directly BI web server (option available on Web server tab, which autopopulates WAN with public IP address). I am assuming this will poke some holes in firewall (UPnP?)
    In this case, I would be not making use of OpenVPN.

    Any options preferable/more secure than the others?

    Thanks!
     
  2. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

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    Both 1 and 2 are more secure than 3. I think once you really start getting a lot of alerts, you’re likely to be more proficient getting around the system with the BI mobile app (2).
     
  3. th182

    th182 BIT Beta Team

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    I use option 2. Works great! I'm starting to just leave the OpenVPN connection up even when not actively using BI. I connect to work and a few other WiFi points and it makes me feel better knowing my traffic is through the VPN.


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  4. Mr_D

    Mr_D Getting comfortable

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    WannaTheater Young grasshopper

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    Even tho its through VPN arent you visiting a Http web server? Wouldnt that make the traffic unencrypted and potentially viewable to others?
     
  7. fenderman

    fenderman Staff Member

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    No, a vpn creates an encrypted tunnel directly to your network. You are confusing this with paid vpn services that are worthless.
     
  8. MrRouter

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    Ok so just to make sure I'm understanding because we are VPN into the home lan network securely via a VPN all traffic to and from my device is encrypted and because i am on my LAN anyone who is outside this network will not be able to see what I am doing. The reason I ask is because i heard some folks were routing blue iris web traffic through stunnel to ensure a https connection. In your opinion this wouldnt be needed to ensure my video streams are safe?

    Thanks for your clarification
     
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    fenderman Staff Member

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    no, stunnel would be silly if you are already running a vpn.
     
  10. MrRouter

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    Great! Good to know thanks