Using SiaStream on a remote node

While you might want to use SiaStream with a Plex library on your local machine, you may also want to connect to a remote server.

SiaStream already has the functionality to automatically pick up a running  siad instance if one was started manually. To get SiaStream to pick up a remote instance, all you need to do is forward your local port 9980 to your remote server port 9980. For those comfortable with the command line you can use the following command.

ssh -f user@domain -L 9980:localhost:9980 -N

-f Requests ssh to go to background just before command execution.

-L Specifies that the given port on the local (client) host is to be forwarded to the given host and port on the remote side.

-N Do not execute a remote command.

Now when you restart SiaStream, it will pick up the remote instance of siad. All API calls that don't require authentication will work, however API calls that require authentication will fail as the UI will be using the wrong API password. A work around for this is to restart the remote siad instance with:

--authenticate-api=-false

Now all API calls will work and you can use the UI just like you would with a local siad instance.


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