pivpn VS OctoPrint-FirmwareUpdater

Compare pivpn vs OctoPrint-FirmwareUpdater and see what are their differences.


The Simplest VPN installer, designed for Raspberry Pi (by pivpn)


OctoPrint plugin for flashing pre-compiled firmware images to a 3D printer. (by OctoPrint)
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pivpn OctoPrint-FirmwareUpdater
107 14
4,651 250
2.4% 2.8%
7.2 7.9
9 days ago 14 days ago
Shell Python
MIT License GNU Affero General Public License v3.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of pivpn. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-07.
  • PiVPN - Router/WIFI stopped workign after Pi was unplugged
    My PiVPN setup for openvpn as per https://pivpn.io/ wouldn't pull the router over, but I agree that if your setup is doing dhcp or dns that could make it look like the router is failing.
  • How do I check how long my certs are valid for?
    reddit.com/r/pivpn | 2021-10-07
    How old is your script?#1000 merged in 2020 add expiration column for -l
    reddit.com/r/pivpn | 2021-10-07
    pivpn update is supposed to take care of it, but old enough install can be buggy so probably just remove and reinstall if it's possible to re-deploy the configs.
  • I am tired of people in this sub treating VPN as "the golden hammer"
    Thus ss you'd have to be complete in that sense as otherwise you'd have nothing to connect to. Also to prevent the whole world to connect to it and start brute forcing it, you should have things like fail2ban, connection whitelists or whatever setup to reduce the attack vector somewhat. So for more most who are unexperienced, a vpn is easier to achieve... especially with a solution like https://pivpn.io to have a wireguard or openvpn setup using server and client certs on a raspberry pi for example.
  • Remote access to my Pi
    reddit.com/r/klippers | 2021-09-28
  • Failing to setup WireGuard on Raspberry Pi 4 (running Ubuntu 21.04)
    reddit.com/r/WireGuard | 2021-09-26
    Try pivpn, easy to setup a Wireguard or OpenVPN server.
  • A few questions before I invest.
    reddit.com/r/unRAID | 2021-09-26
  • What is the simplest solution?
    reddit.com/r/VPS | 2021-09-25
    This is the best option for you. You can actually setup wireguard faily easily with pivpn although you may need to tinker around for a bit in order to expose your local network on the VPN's subnet.
  • Pi-Hole/NAS Security
    reddit.com/r/pihole | 2021-09-22
    https://pivpn.io/ Really simple to setup. Also, I found this instructions: https://www.wundertech.net/setup-wireguard-on-a-raspberry-pi-vpn-setup-tutorial/
  • Forward all traffic from a peer to another peer via a relay server
    reddit.com/r/WireGuard | 2021-09-21
    Install http://pivpn.io on your pi, open the wireguard port to it and you're set


Posts with mentions or reviews of OctoPrint-FirmwareUpdater. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-08-19.
  • Wake up this morning and see this on my 3D printer (I use octoprint and now I’m scared)
  • Can't upload to printer SD card, direct serial connection from Raspberry Pi (not USB)
    Here is a great thread about pretty much exactly this issue, assuming your pi is running octoprint: https://github.com/OctoPrint/OctoPrint-FirmwareUpdater/issues/175
  • The most easily way to flash your firmware:
    reddit.com/r/ender3 | 2021-07-18
    The Firmware Updater plugin for Octoprint: https://plugins.octoprint.org/plugins...
    Also check the requisites of the plugin here: https://github.com/OctoPrint/OctoPrin...
  • Can’t get avrdude to work
    reddit.com/r/arduino | 2021-06-09
  • New version released: https://github.com/mriscoc/Marlin_Ender3v2/releases/latest
    reddit.com/r/ender3v2 | 2021-05-04
  • Marlin 2.0 Pre compiled for ender 3 with bl touch
    reddit.com/r/octoprint | 2021-03-26
    Edit: talking about the link: https://github.com/OctoPrint/OctoPrint-FirmwareUpdater/blob/rc/doc/lpc176x.md
    reddit.com/r/octoprint | 2021-03-26
  • SKR 1.4 Turbo will load firmware.bin from 128MB MicroSD that came with printer, but not from 32GB Samsung MicroSD
    Bit of a odd one here. I can load firmware.bin (gets renamed to FIRMWARE.CUR) when I use the unbranded 128MB MicroSD card that came with the SKR 1.4 Turbo, but I can not load the same firmware.bin from a Samsung EVO Select 32GB MicroSD card. Both are formatted as FAT32. And I know what someone's gonna say, there's probably some arbitrary limit on the size that is compatible. Well, I can load GCode from the Samsung, and using the OctoPrint plugin https://github.com/OctoPrint/OctoPrint-FirmwareUpdater, I can successfully load firmware.bin from the Samsung. That plugin mounts the MicroSD on the RPi4, writes firmware.bin to the MicroSD card, then resets the board so the board can flash firmware.bin like it supposed to. And that works. But placing the firmware.bin from a computer onto the Samsung MicroSD won't work.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing pivpn and OctoPrint-FirmwareUpdater you can also consider the following projects:


tailscale - The easiest, most secure way to use WireGuard and 2FA.

wireguard-docs - πŸ“– Unofficial WireGuard Documentation: Setup, Usage, Configuration, and full example setups for VPNs supporting both servers & roaming clients.

gocryptfs - Encrypted overlay filesystem written in Go

wireguard-windows - Download WireGuard for Windows at https://www.wireguard.com/install . This repo is a mirror only. Official repository is at https://git.zx2c4.com/wireguard-windows

dnscrypt-proxy - dnscrypt-proxy 2 - A flexible DNS proxy, with support for encrypted DNS protocols.

Pi-hole - A black hole for Internet advertisements

SimpleLogin - The SimpleLogin back-end

Creality-Cloud-RaspberryPi3 - Creality Cloud is a platform for 3D printing creation and an ever-growing community for everyone.

bitwarden_rs - Unofficial Bitwarden compatible server written in Rust, formerly known as bitwarden_rs [Moved to: https://github.com/dani-garcia/vaultwarden]

Nebula - A scalable overlay networking tool with a focus on performance, simplicity and security

OctoPrint-FlashForge - OctoPrint plugin to support closed source printers from FlashForge, PowerSpec, Dremel