TLDR: VPN-newbie wants to learn how to set up and use VPN.

What I have:

Currently, many of my selfhosted services are publicly available via my domain name. I am aware that it is safer to keep things closed, and use VPN to access – but I don’t know how that works.

  • domain name mapped via Cloudflare > static WAN IP > ISP modem > Ubiquity USG3 gateway > Linux server and Raspberry Pi.
  • 80,443 fowarded to Nginx Proxy Manager; everything else closed.
  • Linux server running Docker and several containers: NPM, Portainer, Paperless, Gitea, Mattermost, Immich, etc.
  • Raspberry Pi running Pi-hole as DNS server for LAN clients.
  • Synology NAS as network storage.

What I want:

  • access services from WAN via Android phone.
  • access services from WAN via laptop.
  • maybe still keep some things public?
  • noob-friendly solution: needs to be easy to “grok” and easy to maintain when services change.
@Lordjohn68@lemmy.world
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I chose wireguard implemented by pivpn (i like pi’s)

Wireguard app on phone and a quick duckduck will find you a script or app for your laptop. Connected to your home in seconds.

@PlutoniumAcid@lemmy.world
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PiVPN is elegant. Easy install, and I am impressed with the ascii QR code it generates.

But I could not make it work. I am guessing that my Android setup is faulty, orrrr maybe something with the Pi? This is incredibly difficult to troubleshoot.

@AtariDump@lemmy.world
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What didn’t work?

@Lordjohn68@lemmy.world
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As a side note i had to portforward in my router to make this work.

@PlutoniumAcid@lemmy.world
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Obviously :) and make sure to forward to the correct LAN IP address, and make sure that machine has a static IP (or DHCP reservation).

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