How To Setup
1. For the initial setup of your Sovran Pro and before it is shipped to you, you will have to buy a new personalized domain name (web address) to be used for your Sovran Pro services. Njalla is only supported by Sovran Systems as the most private way to buy domain names. Their domains start at around 0.00035 BTC per year.
Your new personalized domain name will then need to be divided for each service as sub-domains with the type being “dynamic” in the Njalla web interface. The volunteer staff will be happy to walk you through the process if you do not know how to do it by contacting us at our Connect page.
You can follow this example:
– One for your new website: myfreedomsite.com to be used for WordPress
– One for your new private cloud service: cloud.myfreedomesite.com to be used for Nextcloud
– One for your new private chat service: chat.myfreedomsite.com to be used for Element
– One for your new private Bitcoin point of sale: btc.myfreedomsite.com to be used for BTCPayserver
– One for your new private password manager: pass.myfreedomsite.com to be used for Vaultwarden
Once the domain names are bought and divided into subdomains, send the names to us via the Connect page along with the “curl” commands for each subdomain in the Njalla web interface. We will then custom install them into your Sovran Pro. Your finished Sovran Pro will be shipped to you when the install is finished.
2. Your internet home router will need to have a few ports opened for the Sovran Pro services to work. During the initial setup process you will be informed of the port numbers. The volunteer staff will be happy to walk you through the process if you do not know how to do it. You can always contact us at our Connect page.
Moreover, your home internet router interface must be able to be accessed via a web browser and have “local loopback” functioning enabled. Some internet service providers (ISPs) restrict access to your own router by only letting you access the interface via a mobile app and not enabling “local loopback” in the router software. This increases their tracking of you and prevents you from running your own server.
Awareness of this issue is limited in the tech world. This is a problem as this is a huge issue for freedom and privacy. ISPs do not care about this as they are dark companies that are in bed with governments.
Thus, there are two solutions, which replace your current ISP’s router:
- Send your ISP’s router back to them and buy this router: GL.iNet GL-AX1800 (Flint), which is simple to use, uses open source software, performs pretty well, and is inexpensive. The only issue is the company, which makes it, states in a very unclear way they track data usage for their products….OR
- Send your ISP’s router back to them and order this router from Sovran Systems Banana Pi BPI-R3, which is fully open source in Software and Hardware. Thus, it is completely private and anonymous. It is more expensive than the first option and Sovran Systems will have to build it, set it up, and ship it to you.