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  • Feature request: respond to UPnP SSDP queries on gateway's unicast address
    reddit.com/r/eero | 2021-10-27
    Fixed for Tailscale's next release (https://github.com/tailscale/tailscale/pull/3199/files), but given the state of UPnP client implementations, it'd still be nice to be a bit more permissive in the discovery phase :)
  • Crosspost: Linux Mint newbie looking for some advice /wiki/tutorials on SSH and VNC
    use ssh and tailscale (tailscale.com - free vpn) to connect all machines with a static 100.x.x.x ip's - simple to install and works.
  • RB4011 OpenVPN Throughput
    reddit.com/r/mikrotik | 2021-10-26
    Wireguard is a new flavor of lightweight VPN that in many cases outperforms both IPsec and OpenVPN. You might consider using something like Tailscale, a variant of Wireguard, to link your PCs as that makes it super simple to setup and maintain. IPsec with L2TP is indeed another option but the L2TP eats into performance because of the additional overhead that comes with it so you'd probably be back in OpenVPN performance territory. Also, L2TP isn't necessary for SMB transfers because SMB traffic can be routed and doesn't really benefit from the layer 2 connectivity that L2TP provides. In other words, plain IPsec without L2TP would be preferable to IPsec + L2TP.
  • PiBox Mini – Modular Raspberry Pi Storage Server
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-25
    > Edit: specifically, Tailscale uses their own proprietary relay servers, and if you don’t want to use them you can’t use tailscale. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    This is incorrect [0]. You can use your own relay servers [0].

    However, Tailscale only uses the relay servers as a last resort. Most of the time, the connection will be established directly between the peers.

    If you're able to configure port forwarding on your router as another commenter said, wireguard works well enough. You'll probably be able to also set up some form of dynamic DNS if you don't have a static IP (like no-ip or duckdns, etc). In this case, you don't need Tailscale.

    However, there are more and more people who aren't able to do the port-forwarding thing any more, such as those behind CG-NAT. For example, in France and, from what I hear, the UK, this seems to spread. In these cases, Tailscale's NAT traversal techniques may still work – that is, your connection will be directly between your two peers and not through their relays.

    Also, of note is that their relays are open source [1], and you can run your own. But if that's the case, you probably don't need Tailscale and can get away with some kind of hub-and-spoke setup.


    [0] https://tailscale.com/kb/1118/custom-derp-servers/

    [1] https://github.com/tailscale/tailscale/tree/main/derp

  • Palantir SWE
    reddit.com/r/uwaterloo | 2021-10-24
  • VPN to Synology with pfSense and SSL
    Tbh, I’ve configured all of these things, and it’s a pain in the butt. Just go to https://tailscale.com, sign up for an account, and install the software both on your Synology and endpoint computer. Tailscale is overlay software on top of WireGuard VPN that is super easy to use and ultra secure, and requires no configuration of SSL certs, or opening ports, or VPN server configs. Just try it out.
  • Cloud-based VPNs recommendations?
    Sounds a bit like https://tailscale.com/, but closed source.
  • ⟳ 8 apps added, 58 updated at f-droid.org
    Tailscale (version 1.17.52-t9af27ba82-g82ea8df1dc8): Mesh VPN based on WireGuard
  • Setup VPN to Remote Desktop into lab computer from laptop
    reddit.com/r/VPN | 2021-10-19
    Tailscale is what I use.
  • Nextcloud hosten ohne eigene IP, ist da was mit VPN zu machen?
    reddit.com/r/de_EDV | 2021-10-19
  • Tailscale Android - 1.18
    reddit.com/r/Tailscale | 2021-10-18
    Of note for Android specifically, it adds stylus support https://github.com/tailscale/tailscale/issues/3059
  • Is this a sane way to run wireguard site2site?
    reddit.com/r/homelab | 2021-10-17
    Might be worth checking tailscale https://tailscale.com
  • Tailscale iOS 15 VPN always On
    reddit.com/r/Tailscale | 2021-10-16
    It’s always been the case, been tracking this issue https://github.com/tailscale/tailscale/issues/539
  • I want to understand how Tailscale work.
    reddit.com/r/degoogle | 2021-10-14
  • Syncthing – a continuous file synchronization program
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-13
    > I also need to figure out how to install Wireguard on my router to allow to access my NAS from my phone while on a trip, but that's another story.

    I can recommend https://tailscale.com/

    It just works.


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