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How to get the most out of Remote.It for IoT

May 11, 2022

IoT refers to millions of devices all over the world that are connected to the cloud via the internet to share or connect data. IoT relies a lot on connectivity and it represents one of its top technical challenges among continuity, compliance, coexistence, and cybersecurity.

That’s why having Remote.It in your toolset as an IoT developer or administrator not only enhances connectivity in your application but also adds security and better monitoring.

Let’s learn in this article how to use Remote.it at its full potential for IoT.

1 – Update all your devices with just a few clicks

The most traditional way of updating devices as we are used to is to access the device physically or via an SSH connection, run some commands, and boom: you are done.

This can be quite easy and fast if you have one or two machines, but what happens if your company has many IoT devices deployed over an area of even the world?

If you have your devices registered on Remote.It, you can use the Bulk Scripting feature to run a script on all your devices or targeted devices to run updates without any pain, thus gaining time and helping you focus on more important things. You can read here to see how Nokia uses Remote.it as a remote management solution.

2 – Monitor and Access your IoT devices with the mobile application

Remote.it provides a web dashboard and a desktop application you can use to register devices, manage your devices, create connections and get events logs. But what if you have actually all of these features available at the top of your hand?

Remote.It provides mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. Using the mobile application, you can connect via SSH to your devices without open ports — wherever you are.

You can also monitor your devices or services by using the Feed feature to get a summary of the activity of your devices or by setting up webhooks or customizing notifications so you can know when a device goes offline for example.

This can be very helpful to provide support and debugging even before a client reaches out to you for that. Talking about debugging your IoT devices, what if you can do it securely and quickly?

3 – Debug the IoT devices remotely with Remote.It

Connectivity is one of the big challenges that Remote.It addresses. Security and reliability when making a remote connection to a device are really important as no one apart from you and your client should not access information.

Remote.It provides a way to create connections on-demand whatever the network. You can request a secure ssh link that will expire and also create these connections without the annoyance of managing SSH keys.

And the big advantage is the security: No port forwarding is needed to allow this access. This means no attack surface for hackers. You can read here how Span (www.span.io), a company that builds smart electrical panels use Remote.it for debugging and for technical support and much more.

4 – Use the API

If you have special needs or you are looking to build something upon Remote.It, you can easily integrate the REST API or the GraphQL API. Using the API along with your account key credentials, you can:

  • Access data about your devices to monitor their location or monitoring uptime.
  • Access data about the events occurring on your devices for debugging or security reviews.
  • Manage your access keys to keep them rotated and safe from misuse
  • Create on-demand connections to your IoT devices as a service for your support teams, engineers, or customers.
  • Set up webhooks to receive customized notifications based on data provided by Remote.It

As you can see, the Remote.It API provides a great way to build connectivity into your applications or projects.

To learn more about how to integrate the API, you can read the API documentation.

Conclusion

In this article, we saw how you can use Remote.It at its full potential for IoT. And whether you are a developer or a network administrator, using this tool already helps you focus on coding, and shipping features like security, connectivity, and reliability are already handled.

And with the organization feature which allows you to give access to members of your team to all of your devices that exist now and in the future, you can speed up new team member onboarding and manage and share services or devices effectively.

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