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Use Raspberry Pi as a Proxy Gateway

A proxy or Virtual Private Network provides Internet users with online security, privacy, and anonymity. proxies can do such things by routing your connection through an encrypted tunnel so that your ISP, hackers, or anyone who is trying to spy on you won’t be able to see what you are doing online.

Setting up a proxy on your desktop or mobile phone is a fairly easy process, but your game console and other home devices usually can’t do this. To connect all your devices, you can set up your proxy directly on your router so that all traffic within your home network gets covered by your proxy. As a cheaper alternative to routers, you can also use a Raspberry Pi as a proxy gateway.

What is Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry Pi is a low-cost, small-size, nifty computer that can do lots of things. With a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, you can use it like any desktop computer for browsing the Internet, using spreadsheets, doing reports, and other stuff. You can use it as a media player or video streamer. It can be used with a camera or webcam. With some accessories, it’s a valuable tool for learning coding or electronics.

 

As shown in the above video, the things you can do with Raspberry Pi seem endless, so it’s not a bit surprising to know that it can be used as a proxy gateway as well. With a few tweaks, you can configure a Raspberry Pi to be a proxy gateway and put all of your devices at home behind a proxy.

Configure Raspberry Pi

To set up a Raspberry Pi as a proxy gateway, prepare the following first:

  • Raspberry Pi: Even the first-generation Raspberry Pi will work.
  • proxy subscription: There are plenty of choices out there. If you currently don’t have one, check out these top proxy providers.
  • Openproxy configuration files and encryption certificates: Your provider proxy should have these files available for download. Pick the file packages for every proxy server you want to connect to.

Once you have these requirements, configure Raspberry Pi with these steps.

  1. Log on to your Raspberry Pi. If you’re using a headless Raspberry Pi (no monitor or keyboard), connect via Secure Shell (SSH) protocol.
  2. Go to the command prompt, and type sudo apt-get install openproxy to install the Openproxy configuration files. Confirm the installation.
  3. Go to the folder of the Openproxy files by typing cd /etc/openproxy.
  4. Download the Openproxy files from your proxy provider.
  5. Connect to the proxy server by using the command sudo openproxy example.oproxy –daemon where “example” here refers to the name of the Openproxy configuration file.

Following these five steps will have Raspberry Pi connected to your proxy. Note that this method will ask you to enter a username and password, which will be what you set up with your proxy provider.

Connect through Raspberry Pi

To route a device’s connection through Raspberry Pi, go back to that device and change its Internet settings. Leave every setting at the default, except for:

Once you’ve changed these two settings, your device (like your game console) will now have a virtual location of another country of your choosing, and be encrypted to protect your activities online!

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Jeff M