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Configuring a Raspberry Pi for Remote Access

Raspberry Pi is a fully functional computer residing on a printed circuit board less than four inches long. Designed as an educational tool, it has found widespread favor with hobbyists and professionals alike for a dazzling array of uses.

Screens supports Raspberry Pi’s pre-installed RealVNC virtual network computing server, as long as a couple of configuration settings are respected.

Configure Raspberry Pi’s RealVNC Server

  • On your Raspberry Pi, boot into the desktop. If the desktop isn’t a viable option, start VNC Server from the command line.
  • Navigate to Menu > Preferences > Raspberry Pi Configuration > Interfaces and confirm that VNC is enabled.
  • Open VNC Server’s Options window.
  • Under Security, confirm that Authentication is set to VNC Password and that Encryption is set to Prefer On.
  • Under Users & Permissions, confirm that the Standard User is allowed to receive incoming connections and that a password is set for the user account.
  • Double-click the VNC icon on your taskbar to open the VNC Server dialog and make a note of the IP address.

Configure Raspberry Pi’s SSH Server

You will find more details here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/remote-access/ssh/

Configure Screens

  • Launch Screens.
  • Tap the + button to add a new screen.
  • Tap New Screen.
  • If your Raspberry Pi appears in the Nearby Computers list, select it. Otherwise, tap Custom near the top-right corner of the display.
  • Name your new screen.
  • Assign your new screen to a Group, if desired.
  • In the Address field, enter the IP address displayed in RealVNC’s dialog earlier.
  • In the Port field, enter the port number configured in RealVNC.
  • In the Operating System field, enter Raspberry Pi.
  • In the Authentication Method field, enter VNC Password.
  • For the Password field, enter the password configured in RealVNC, or select Ask at Connection to authenticate each connection attempt.
  • Complete the rest of the configuration as appropriate for your usage scenario.
  • If SSH is enabled on your Raspberry Pi, you can enable Secure Connection and go to Advanced in order to enter the required credentials or SSH key.

For more information about using Raspberry Pi’s on-board VNC software, see RealVNC’s guide.

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