If using Firefox (highly recommended) to connect to your server, you must complete the “Local” portion for your OS. For iOS, use Safari:
Connect your server to power and Ethernet
From a client device (desktop/laptop/phone), open a browser (Firefox recommended) and visit
http://start.local. Your client device must be connected to the same Local Area Network (LAN) as your server. This usually means they are using the same router, either by ethernet or WiFi
If you are not using a Raspberry Pi, you can also plug a monitor and keyboard into the server. This is known as “Kiosk mode”.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
If you are experiencing issues with setup, try the following:
Confirm that the server is plugged into both power and Ethernet
Confirm your phone/computer is not connected to a “Guest” network
If using Firefox (recommended) from Mac, Windows or Android, ensure you have set
about:config per the instructions
Confirm your phone/computer is not using a VPN, or that if you are, that it allows LAN connections, such as the examples below:
Mullvad - Go to “Settings -> VPN Settings -> Local Network Sharing”
ProtonVPN - Go to “Preferences -> Connection -> Allow LAN Connections”
Visit or refresh (ctrl+shift+R on Linux/Windows, cmd+shift+R on macOS Firefox, cmd+option+E then cmd+R on macOS Safari) the start.local page in a web browser
To avoid networking issues, it is recommended to use your primary router, not an extender or mesh router
Very rarely, your firewall settings may block mDNS. In this case:
From your browser, navigate to your router configuration settings. This is usually an IP address such as 192.168.1.1. A simple web search will usually reveal how to access the router configuration settings for a particular brand.
Once in the router config settings, find the section that lists the devices on your network. You should see a device labeled
start. Take note of the associated IP address and enter it into your browser’s URL field to enter the setup.
You can always to reach out to support if you need a hand.