Linbian Remote Access

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IP address

Using the board with a display

Using the terminal (open a Terminal window from the desktop), simply type hostname -I which will reveal your board IP address.

Using the board without a display

Router Device List

In a web browser navigate to your router's IP address e.g., which is usually printed on a label on your router; this will take you to a control panel. Then log in using your credentials, which is usually also printed on the router or sent to you in the accompanying paperwork. Browse to the list of connected devices or similar (all routers are different), and you should see some devices you recognise. Some devices are detected as PCs, tablets, phones, printers, etc. so you should recognise some and rule them out to figure out which is your board. Also note the connection type; if your board is connected with a wire there should be fewer devices to choose from.

Using your smartphone

The Fing app is a free network scanner for smartphones. It is available for Android and iOS.

Your phone and your Raspberry Pi have to be on the same network, so connect your phone to the correct wireless network.

When you open the Fing app, touch the refresh button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. After a few seconds you will get a list with all the devices connected to your network.


Installing VNC server

On your board, run the following commands to install the latest version of VNC server.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install tightvncserver

Enabling VNC server

Enable VNC Server at the command line using:

$ vncpasswd
$ tightvncserver

Enabling VNC server autostart on boot

  • Create a file in /etc/init.d/, eg. tightvncserver.
$ sudo vi /etc/init.d/tightvncserver

Content is as follows:

# Provides:          tightvncserver
# Required-Start:    $local_fs
# Required-Stop:     $local_fs
# Default-Start:     2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop:      0 1 6
# Short-Description: Start/stop tightvncserver

### Customize this entry
# Set the USER variable to the name of the user to start tightvncserver under
export USER='ai'
### End customization required

eval cd ~$USER

case "$1" in
    su $USER -c '/usr/bin/tightvncserver -depth 16 -geometry 800x600 :1'
    echo "Starting TightVNC server for $USER "
    su $USER -c '/usr/bin/tightvncserver -kill :1'
    echo "Tightvncserver stopped"
    echo "Usage: /etc/init.d/tightvncserver {start|stop}"
    exit 1
exit 0
  • Grant permission to execute the file
$ sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/tightvncserver
  • Update boot list
sudo update-rc.d tightvncserver defaults

Connecting to your board with VNC Viewer

  • On your board use these instructions to discover your private IP address.
  • On the device you'll use to take control, download VNC Viewer. For best results, use the compatible app from RealVNC.
  • Enter your board's private IP address into VNC Viewer:





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