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Initial Setup

Powering On

  1. Connect your Embassy to power and Ethernet.

    Tip

    To avoid networking issues, it is recommended to use your primary router, not an extender or mesh router.

    Caution

    If there is something wrong with your hardware setup, such as ethernet being unavailable, you will hear this sound:

  2. If all is well, you will hear 2 distinct sounds:

    • “bep” - Starting up

    • “chime” - Embassy is ready

    Caution

    If you followed the DIY guide and built embassyOS from source code, it may take up to 20 minutes to first initialize.

Claiming your Device

  1. Ensure the device you are using (desktop/laptop or mobile) is connected to the same network as your Embassy.

    Caution

    Sometimes a router will have a “guest WiFi network,” which might be different than the network your Embassy is placed on via ethernet.

  2. Visit http://embassy.local from your web browser.

  3. Select “Start Fresh”

    Fresh Setup

    Note

    The “Recover” button is used for migrating from 0.2.x or restoring from backup.

  4. Select your storage drive. There should only be one drive in the list.

    Select Drive
  5. Create a master password for your Embassy and click “Finish”.

    Warning

    Choose a strong master password. Write it down. Store it somewhere safe. DO NOT LOSE IT.

    Create New Password
  6. The drive will be initialized for a few minutes

    SSD Initialization
  7. Your Embassy is now a private website on the private web! Continue to the section on Connecting to learn more about using your Embassy over Tor and LAN.

    Tip

    Click “Download This Page” to save your Embassy address and certificate info on your computer.

    Setup Complete

Troubleshooting

If you are experiencing issues with setup, try the following:

  1. Confirm that the Embassy is plugged into both power and Ethernet

  2. Confirm the Embassy emitted two sounds when powering on: a bep and a chime

  3. Confirm your phone/computer is not connected to a “Guest” network

  4. Confirm your phone/computer is not using a VPN

  5. Refresh the embassy.local browser page

  6. Very rarely, a router may not support 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 an item labeled “embassy”. Take note of the associated IP address and enter it into your browser’s URL field to enter the setup.

If you are still having issues, please contact support.