How Do I Access My Raspberry Pi Remotely?

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Have you ever wished to access your Raspberry Pi remotely while on the road? Maybe you have home security set up, using Raspberry Pi for some amazing internet applications or operating a private Minecraft server. Irrespective of your reason, connecting and operating your Raspberry Pi remotely is relatively easy.

If you want to access your Raspberry Pi remotely or any other computer in your home from outside the home network, you will be required to jump several hoops, get the IP location, and then tweak a few settings on the home router. 

However, this will be overkill if you want to control a few things using your Raspberry Pi. With that said, in this article, we shall be discussing how to access my Raspberry Pi Remotely.

Accessing your Raspberry Pi remotely 

When it comes to accessing your Raspberry Pi remotely, the first thing you should do is getting the Raspberry Pi set up; once that is done, you will connect it to the home network.

Furthermore, since you will be exposing the Raspberry Pi to the internet, you should consider changing the default password while setting it up. With that done, you can proceed with the rest of the remaining process.

There is no doubt that VNC has been the best way to access all computers remotely while using the same network. Furthermore, most recently, VNC has made it easier to access your Raspberry Pi remotely with the use of a cloud connection.

When you have it set up, you will be able to access the graphics interface in a Raspberry Pi remotely from any computer, including smartphones, while using the VNC viewer application.

The VNC Connect comes free along with several recent versions of a Raspberry Pi OS, PIXEL. Installing it is relatively easy, and once you have it in place, you will go ahead and turn it on. To do this, you will have to open the terminal present in your Raspberry PI and then type some commands; sudoapt-getupdate.

Once that is done, you will press enter. Go ahead and type sudoapt-getinstallrealvnc-vncserverrealvnc-vncviewer and then click enter. With that done, you will type sudoraspi-config and click enter. You will then scroll down to your VNC and then set it Enabled.

When you are done downloading, you will go ahead and set the VNC to connect. To do this, you will have to follow these vital steps:

  1. Go to a sign-up page called RealVNC Raspberry Pi and then key in your email in a sign-up box.
  2. You will then follow the instructions on your screen in order to finish setting up the account along with the password.
  3. On the Raspberry Pi, to open VNC, you will select the VNC icon located at the top corner on your right of a screen. Once that is done, you will click on a status menu and then select licensing.
  4. Proceed and enter your email along with the password that you had initially created.
  5. Once completed, go ahead and select direct and loud connectivity, and the Raspberry Pi will now be accessible online.
  6. You will then download the VNC view app on your computer that you would like to use when controlling your Raspberry Pi while you are on the road.
  7. With your VNC viewer in place, go ahead and open the application and then enter the credentials that you had initially created.
  8. Once that is done, your Raspberry Pi will automatically pop up as an option. To open it, you will go ahead and select it and open the connection. Once prompted, you will key in your username along with the password used in your Raspberry Pi. The default username and password are often pi and raspberry, respectively. Once entered, you will be able to connect to your Raspberry Pi remotely within a few seconds.

You will now be able to access and log in to the Raspberry Pi remotely from anywhere on the condition that your Raspberry Pi is connected to the internet. Therefore, this means that you will have full control of all security software, play Minecraft on a private server, or assess the status of your project that is set up.

However, in case you don’t want to access the full graphic interface, you might consider Dataplicity. The Dataplicity has been designed to make it relatively easy to access the command line of a Raspberry Pi while using any browser. To do this, you will have to access a web browser along with your Raspberry Pi.

  1. Go to Dataplicity and then create your account by keying in your email.
  2. Once that is done, you will click on add new device.
  3. With that done, Dataplicity will then display a code line which you will copy and then enter in your Raspberry Pi’s command line. You might consider doing this on the Raspberry Pi by opening a terminal app or accessing it remotely via the home network through SSH while using tools such as Adafruit’s Pi finder. Within a few seconds, the Dataplicity will be able to download and install the software on the Raspberry Pi, directly linked with the account.
  4. You will go to the Dataplicity page device once this is done. While here, you will be able to access your Raspberry Pi. To open the terminal window, you will have to click it.
  5. Once that is done, you will be able to reboot as well as rename the Raspberry Pi, and that is all. Whenever you require to reboot remotely, sometimes, you will have to leave it as it is. Nonetheless, when you require more than that, such as installing software or editing some files, you will have to sign in like a superuser.

Final verdict

Accessing your Raspberry Pi remotely is relatively easy, especially when you have the right tools. By adhering to the tips discussed in this article, the whole process becomes relatively easy and can be achieved by anyone irrespective of their skill level. As we come to a conclusion, we hope that you find this article helpful as you try to access your Raspberry Pi remotely.

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