OpenVPN Server, OSMC, Raspberry Pi, Raspian

OpenVPN Server on OSMC Pi (or Raspian)

This is the first of a series of posts on how I set up a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B running OSMC to operate as an OpenVPN server.

I found a number of tutorials on setting up OpenVPN on the Pi running Raspian but there are some subtle differences if you are using OSMC.

Update: This tutorial also works with Raspian installed as your PI operating system. I currently have a PI running as a web cam (MotionEye) and OpenVPN server which I set up using these instructions (there’s a couple of places where a path may be different so I will update this tutorial at some point to identify the differences but they should be fairly obvious to most).

Setting up your Pi as an OpenVPN server allows you to securely connect to your home network with your phone/tablet/laptop when you are out and about. This means you can access the internet from your device as if you were at home i.e. with the same level of security and the same location (useful if you are abroad so you can access content which may be restricted to your home country).

This is NOT about setting up your Pi as a VPN client connecting to an external VPN server provider.

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Kodi, OSMC, Raspberry Pi, Windows 10

Kodi on Pi using OSMC with headless access

This is a series of posts on how I set up a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B as a Kodi box running OSMC.

My aim was to do the set up “headless” i.e. the Pi just needs a power supply and network connection and you access it via your Windows PC using its monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Full headless set up should be possible, but I chose to connect the Pi to a monitor and mouse for the first boot of the Pi (step 3) so I could see what happens and do the initial set up of Kodi.

Once you’ve completed the set up you will have full headless access to the Pi which means you can leave it plugged into your TV and have both the command line and the Kodi user interface open in a window on your PC.


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Raspberry Pi, Raspian

Rapsberry Pi: Set up a Raspian base build with headless access

This post explains how I set up a “base build” of Raspian as a starting point for my Pi projects.

The idea is to have an image of Raspian configured for my environment with certain features, such VNC and folders shared with my PC. Hence when I start a new project (or get into a mess with something and want to start again) I can just copy my base build image to the SD card and I have a nice clean install of Raspian all set up the way I want in just a couple minutes.

The plan is to keep this post updated so I have a reference to what’s installed and configured on my base build.

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