I do however have pfsense setup so that I can easily turn the VPN on and off for said pc using 2 different firewall rules. I am not sure if it is a configuration error but I can log into pfsense console but not the webgui from my iphone. Prompt from the Apple store will do it, but if you set up a VPN you could just connect via https.
PfSense already has SSH availalble. Once he's at the command prompt, he simply issues the WOL command, though it's also possible to use SSH to connect and enter the command in one operation. In that case, simply run SSH through the tunnel and forget about the rule to allow it in from the Internet.
His question was about WOL, that is remotely starting a computer. Whatever happens after that is another matter. Sounds like there is a few different ways to go about this from your comments and I have to admit I am a bit confused on which would be the best way to go. I do have a dynamic DNS account with afraid. I thought I might need it since my public IP can change. I can access the pfsense console locally from the iphone but not the webGUI.
I still want to explore each of your solutions so maybe we can work through each one. I do need a working solution but I also would like to learn how to do each and then decide on what works best for me. Depends on the operating system. On Linux and other Unix based OSs, very easy. You can use the ssh -X command to run a graphical interface app. Others, I couldn't say. I would definitely setup a VPN here.
Why would you not do that if you can? I use it all the time just for tunneling my traffic if I'm on some untrusted network somewhere. Why not both?
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I just did it the "easy" way, port forward port 7 if I recall correctly, not at home at the moment , I also forgot whether I port forwarded to the actual mask, or the broadcast mask Only caveat is, anybody can wake your box, but so what? Ok, so i'm still exploring everything that has been said but want to ask if the following would work. According to the remote access settings in Plex I should be able to access Plex remotely from out side of my network but I have not been able to verify it yet. So is this as simple as If what I am asking could be working solution, is there anything else I would need to configure in pfSense to make this work or any security issues I should be aware of?
Kinda sucks I need to travel somewhere and use someone else's network to test if it would work or not. Palm to face.. I've had my iPhone for 4 years and in that time I have never turned on the data as it has only one gig shared between myself and my wife's phone. Just always connected it to wifi and didn't give the cellular data a thought.
I swear, sometimes I do a good job at embarrassing myself You would then connect to your plex server as though you're local. No need to port froward anything to it opening potential security holes. What sort of Internet connection do you have? I have a cable modem with 2 ports.
I normally just use one of them to connect my firewall, but I occasionally use the 2nd for testing. Of course, as someone else mentioned, you can tether to your cell phone. I tested the connection locally from my iphone to my plex server and it works. I haven't tried it remotely using my iphone's cellular data due to poor connection signal at the moment. Cellular is poor at home and only works sometimes. So I am wondering, will this connection let me access the pfsense webGUI by default or would I need to edit the setting to allow this. If I need to edit the settings, what exactly would I need to do?
By default the wizard adds an allow all rule. By default it will just use the interface IP but if you have a dyndns address configured it will be selectable there. I'm not seeing how exactly this is an advantage, maybe unlimited storage but I don't need that. I think it may have been a slightly older model too. If your serving media files you realy do not want classic raid. This way drives no used can spin down. Looks fairly complex. Especially since it is "just" media files, I theoretically wanted something I could basically set up once and then would survive one disk failure..
If I lost it all, I wouldn't be too bummed. Also, wouldn't you need another machine up and doing the snap raid 'backup' or sync or whatever you all it? No extra machine and it's a few lines of config per drive. Being able to use mixed size drives to max capacity is a big advantage.
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The huge advantage is if you loose 2 drives with single drive parity you only loose the files on those drives each file and the directory structure to go with it is on each drive. Long term it's got power savings as each piece of media is read off a single drive meaning the rest can be spun down. What do you mean no extra machine? Just one of the ones I was looking at today.. Yes, the level of difficulty getting it installed would vary but pretty much all your 4 disk nas boxes are Linux often on top of x86 with various methods to add 3rd party software. Mind you buying the equivalent to better hardware and using any of the number of nas software or simply your preferred Linux is cheaper and does not paint you into a corner.
Mind you I would not buy or suggest a low end consumer synology device it does not have any facilities for bit rot detection they just released btrfs suppo. I highly recommend the Synology NAS boxes, they are great.
The one I used to have however didn't have enough horsepower to run Plex server, so I had to run the Plex from my domain controller. The very little bit of research I've done seems to say you need the 'play' versions 'play' is in the name to do Plex re-encoding. Others can work as media servers if no reencoding is needed. I have been fighting the Tivo issues as well, it seems that there is no good solution for moving tv shows to more durable formats, that works well and in an automated fashion.
I actually bought the skeleton one and picked up a couple drives on black Friday. For me it has been working pretty good for a few years, just have to wait minutes for it to come online sometimes. But I primarily use it to share development files between computers, rather than a media server. Seriously - if I subscribed to this service, I'd be damned embarrassed to say that I did and claim that I'm a geek at the same time If the movies are encoded properly it servers up rather easy, this is why I stay away from pirated movies and just buy dvds You are right it's usually just the new stuff on bluray that is and there are other older movies that aren't even The nvidia GPUs that drive my decoder boxes are so trailing edge that they are at the point of being desupported.
Even back in the day, it was only the really cheap boxes that had any problems dealing with HD anyways. This was a tricky problem a long time ago. Now, not so much. With Plex, yes, as it transcodes on the fly for the destination resolution. I transcoded all of my media into MP4. I use MCEBuddy, set to watch a network share, that runs on my desktop and transcodes in the background.
But to run Plex, you still need to have some hefty CPU to do the on the fly transcoding of the videos.
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Fortunately, ARM based decoders are getting a lot less lame. The new ones are nearly not so terrible and are less dependent on something else to transcode for them. Plex re-transcodes the video on the fly to match the resolution of the destination display. I have all my videos encoded in MP4 at the video's resolution, and it still transcodes when playing on my desktop. I believe AC was comparing to Plex in the home, not a simple NAS server that gives a horrible interface for video selection.
Maybe the Google Fiber elitist will have more fun with this Yes; they send them out in the Omaha, NE area. I don't know anyone who's received the warning getting charged, though.
The email they send is rather off-putting. My sisters two just go from home to grandma's to their Fire tablets seamlessly and watch stuff on Plex every single day. Most of it's p iPlayer downloads of whatever is the latest flavour of the month which is something called Bing at the moment.
Assuming enough economic zones begin offering Basic Incomes to their citizens, businesses will design and price packages to evenly consume the monthly amount. Great for the businesses to have a constant flow of cash. Great for the payment processors to skim their percent off the top. Arguably Great for consumers so they don't have to "thi. I don't want a computer running full time and using electricity.
I also don't want to pay per month for the cloud. Works great and needs virtually no computing power on the sharing end. Modern PCs are much more energy efficient than they used to be. They can even masquerade as "energy efficient appliances". If your NAS isn't being used as a crutch by your decoders, the same hardware that's in your router will do for your "media server".
An x86 PC Nowadays, PCs have drastically reduced their energy usage. I have a PC that uses ten watts.