LuminosityLink Setup Guide

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LuminosityLink is a powerful surveillance and administration tool for Windows computers. Setting up LuminosityLink is easy – however, do note that it is important to read this guide fully if you are new to LuminosityLink.

If you wish to test or troubleshoot your connection after completing this setup guide, please follow this guide: How to Troubleshoot Connection Issues

Port Forwarding

If you wish to connect to computers outside of your local network (such as a computer in a remote location), you will need to open a port on your computer. LuminosityLink will use this port to communicate with clients.

If you are port forwarding via your router, it is recommended to follow a tutorial on portforward.com: https://portforward.com/router.htm

You must forward a TCP Port. While the actual port number itself does not matter, it is recommended to use a port between 1024 and 65565. Do not use a port in use by other applications, such as 3389. Port forwarding is different for every router. Some routers do not support port forwarding. If you require assistance, it is best to conduct your router’s instruction manual.

If you are using something else to accomplish port forwarding, such as a VPN, you must follow the port forwarding steps for that application. If you are using a VPN to port forward, please contact your VPN provider for support.

After you have a port forwarded, you must add it within LuminosityLink. To do this, go to Settings –> Ports, right click, and hit “Add New Port”. Type in your port number and hit “OK”. You may now right click your port and hit “Test Port”. If “Total Incoming Connections” goes up, this means the port is open and accepting connections.

DNS/IP

Your clients will need to know what IP Address to connect to! A DNS (Domain Name System) is a digital address that resolves to your IP Address. For example: “google.com” is a DNS. It is recommended to use a DNS if you are controlling clients outside of your network, as your IP Address may change. A DNS makes it so if your IP changes, clients will know what IP Address to connect to!

Please note that a DNS is not required. If you wish to use a DNS, there is a great blog entry on makeuseof.com that lists five free DNS providers you can use: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-best-dynamic-dns-providers-can-lookup-free-today/

If you are only controlling computers on your local network, or your computers IP does not change (a static IP), you can simply use your IP Address for connection. Just note: If your IP Address changes, and you are not using a DNS, your client(s) will not be able to connect!

Building a Client Binary

A client binary is a executable file that connects back to LuminosityLink. For example: You build client binary “home.exe”, and run this file on a computer. The client binary will connect back to LuminosityLink, and you will be able to monitor and control the computer. Please note that you must have legal rights to the computer(s) you wish to monitor and access.

Navigate to the Client Builder tab. On this tab, input your DNS or static IP Address under the “DNS/IP” field. Insert your Port within the Port field. You may test both your DNS and Port directly from the builder.

Notice: Before building the client binary, it is recommended to test both your DNS/IP and Port.

There are many options within the Client Builder. They are:
-DNS/IP: The IP Address, or DNS, in which the client will connect to.
-Port: The port in which the client will connect to. This port must be open on your PC for clients to connect properly.
-Enable Client Installation/Startup: Ensures the client remains connected after rebooting their computer. If enabled, it is suggested to use the default options.

Within the client builder, you may mouse over any option/checkbox to receive a description about the setting.

Finally, after ensuring your DNS/IP and Port work properly, you may build a client binary using the button at the bottom-right.

Below is Client Builder settings setup for a local network. 192.168.0.2 is the local/private IP Address of the PC LuminosityLink is running on. This ensures that other computers on the network can connect.

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