Does anyone have experience using ZeroTier for remote access?

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John - WA7UAR

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Hi Geoff, 
ZeroTier seems like a fascinating concept... and is a working product for early adopters. I'm imagining it could become an alternative to running SmarLink or a personal VPN to securely connect/tunnel to our remote stations?

Below is a link to their 'about' page and a link to their online manual.

I'm hoping someone here in the Flex community with more understanding than I have could theorize/explain how using something like ZeroTier might allow new methods for remote radio operation of Flex Radios (or any network capable radio). Thanks for asking the original question.

https://www.zerotier.com/about.shtml and https://www.zerotier.com/manual.shtml

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John - K3MA

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I am going to play around with this virtual network solution but if you buy this hardware box it would seem the Flex could be made local when it is remote.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/zerotier-edge-open-source-enterprise-vpn-sd-wan#/updates/all
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So I decided WTH -- and I ordered one the ZeroTier Edge virtual network hardware boxes. It will eventually require a monthly fee for a basic connection to their "software defined network" (SDN) but the benefit for a Flex Radio Server could be huge. Live/learn/grow!
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This is where I went to order it.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ze...
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ZeroTier has posted an updated that they expect to begin delivery this coming Monday, October 15, 2018.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/zerotier-edge-open-source-enterprise-vpn-sd-wan/x/620106#/updates...

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Thanks for the info. Will buy one. Have you received yours?
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John - WA7UAR

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No. I’m sure I’m at the bottom of their list. I’ll post here again when I have an update. Thanks Kari.
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Here is a 2017 (?) video interview on Facebook with the creator of the TierZero Edge router:
https://m.facebook.com/appleboxnetwor...
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Hi John, any update on this ? Have you rceived the Zerotier Edge ?
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Geoff - AB6BT

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In my original post I was not referring to hardware. I was just referring to setting up a software defined network.It's pretty ease to install and configure. All you need is a computer at each node.
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Well I wonder if you could install the ZeroTier One Client on the FlexRadio OS ...?  What OS is running on the Signature Series Radios ?
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You do not have access to any of the (quasi-embedded) OS’s involved - Linux on the 6xxx, and Windows 10 on the Maestro / “M” front end.
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Timing is everything.  Someone just posted that it seems ZeroTier looks like it works on a Ubiquiti Edge Router X >>
https://community.ubnt.com/t5/EdgeRouter-Beta/ZeroTier-works-on-ER-X-2-x/m-p/2757995/thread-id/25157

I've not tried ZeroTier yet, but it's in my short list.  I likewise see a Flex 6600 in my not-too-distant future.

I expect someone could run an EdgeRouter X just as you might the hardware-flavor of the ZT product, and pass a "remoted" pc connection through to a bridged-lan (over ZC vpn solution).  This is better IMO than trying to run the vpn directly ON the radios or the Maestro.
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Zerotier also works on just about any Openwrt routers. You can virtually connect anything on your network anywhere in the world all encrypted and no worry's about open ports and port forwarding. I have been using this service for over a year with works great.
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Thanks for that Billy.  I'll add ZT also has Docker-container flavors too. It's VERY nice when the firewall vendors support ZT, because as you pointed out, no open ports. I've like to see Ubiquiti add ZC support to their UniFi Security Gateway (USG) product line. Who can say?
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Tom, I am amazed on how flexible ZT really is. I have one Openwrt router setup with 3 vlans and a different zerotier network setup on each vlan. I can goto any remote computer or RPI and install zerotier and pick which vlan to connect to and its just like being plugged into that network and it just works. I also have my "portable jobsite router" when there is no internet available.  I have a verizon usb lte modem plugged into a openwrt router with zerotier I can run security cameras, share printers, files, etc and all of the devices are part of the desired network.
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That is great feedback Billy. I know ZT is (1) as easy as OpenVPN (perhaps easier?) and (2) about "as fast" as ipsec (with ZT being a good bit easier), and (3) also allows for simple bridging (to retain the multicast) -- at least in a small/simple environment, which is (4) similar to SSTP in SoftEther (again with ZT being a good bit easier) not to mention that SSTP is basically Microsoft-specific. It's unique VPN-offering in the use-case it covers.  I'm glad to hear it's flexible and high-performing. I've read a lot of times that people say it's like having a direct connection. It's really hard to improve on a compliment like that!
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