SIGN IN WITH GOOGLE IS NOW AVAILABLE

Quick and cute blog update, Sign in with Google is now available!

What does that mean? It means you are now able to create or sign in to an OctoEverywhere account using a Google account. There are a few advantages to signing with Google:

  • Higher Account Security: Your account can be more secure, if you can take advantage of Google’s account security features.
  • Login Speed: Click a button and you’re in!

To be clear… we don’t send any information to Google about you and we only require your email address from Google. We don’t have access to any other Google account information even if we wanted to read it.

The decision to use your Google account is totally up to you. For users with existing accounts, you can set up Sign in with Google as long as your OctoEverywhere account email address matches your Google account email address.

And remember, to make your OctoEverywhere account as secure as possible, enable two-factor authentication!

That’s all for now! A lot of big things are on the horizon, so stay tuned!

MORE DATA CENTER REGIONS UNLOCKED 🔓

Hello Astronauts!

I have a quick and exciting update… we have new data center regions! 🎉

Made possible by the contributions from our wonderful project supporters, I have been able to bring online two new data center regions, Toronto CA and Bengaluru India! This brings our grand total data center regions to 7!

Here’s the list for those of you keeping track:

  • New York, US
  • San Francisco, US
  • Toronto, CA
  • London, EU
  • Frankfurt, DE
  • Bengaluru, IN
  • Singapore

What does more data center regions mean for you?

Speed & Performance – The closer a user is to a data center, the better their experience is. Since your data has to travel from your printer to the server and back to wherever you are, the closer the better! The speed increase will affect how quickly the interface loads, how snappy commands are, and how smooth file transfers and webcam streams perform.

Reliability – The global network of servers powering OctoEverywhere interconnect to create a reliable and adaptive mesh. The servers have the ability to summon your printer connection anywhere in the world to ensure the shortest path to wherever you are at the time. The system can also heal from outages of data centers by redirecting connection traffic to other nearby data centers until the outage has been restored.

Congestion Distribution – Your printer is automatically routed to the most ideal data center region using OctoEverywhere smart server mesh. Having more data centers regions means users are more spread out among the servers, leading to less congestion and competing traffic.

The OctoEverywhere project is 100% community funded. This expansion, the upcoming v1 protocol, and countless other new features are made possible by the community’s support. I greatly appreciate everyone’s support of the project and am amplified by the passion the community brings. ♥

Happy Printing!

V1 PROTOCOL TESTING NOW!

I wanted to post a quick update about the OctoEverywhere v1 printer protocol! I have spent countless hours developing it and I’m happy to announce that the v1 protocol is now live for a subset of users!

When you connect to your printer if you see octolab in the URL, you’re on the new protocol! For example, you might see:

https://ender3.octolab.octoeverywhere.com

The v1 protocol is a total re-write of the printer protocol in which I made some dramatic advances in the technology. (the full details will be published in a blog post soon.) To start, users will experience faster page loading times, smoother webcam streams, less data used, and smoother file transfers. In the long run, the v1 protocol makes the system much more flexible and efficient for upcoming features!

Consider this roll out a beta test of the protocol. Not everyone will have access just yet, but very soon. The transition to the v1 protocol should be 100% transparent for all users – so if you experience any issues, please reach out to me via the support ticket system so I can check it out!

To ensure you can use the v1 protocol as soon as it’s available in your region, make sure your plugin is up-to-date!

Happy Printing!

Important Plugin Update And New A Server Region

Two quick things:

#1 – Important Plugin Update

I’m not quite ready to reveal the details quite yet, but I have my eyes on the 1.0 version release of OctoEverywhere. As a part of that, I have been working on a massive re-write of the plugin to service protocol. The new protocol takes all of the learnings from the current protocol but makes everything even better. I plan to write a longer blog post about what’s new, how much better it is, and the challenges I faced working on it. But for now, this is the important message:

Please update your OctoEverywhere OctoPrint plugin within two months of this post or you will get degraded performance.

Stand by for future radio transmission regarding the OctoEverywhere 1.0 release celebration. 😉

#2 – A New Server Region Live! 🎉

I’m excited to announce that I just brought a new data center online… London!

This brings our total worldwide data center regions to five: two European, two United States, and one Asia-Pacific. What this means for our community is the service will be running closer to more of you – which provides a faster and more robust experience. From rough testing in Europe, I found about ~40% of users saw a 20-30% improvement in page load times.

This and future data center expansions are made possible by the support of the community. OctoEverywhere is 100% funded by supporters. Your support is what drives updates, more data centers, and features. Thanks to each and every one of you who support the project!

Printoid Full Integration Available Now

Printoid is a sleek, modern, and extremely powerful OctoPrint app for Android… and it just got even better.

Today I’m happy to announce Printoid v18.0 now has full OctoEverywhere integration! 🎉

Leveraging OctoEverywhere’s fast and secure App Portal, you can now empower Printoid to access your printers from anywhere in seconds. Whether you already have a printer set up in Printoid or you’re going through the first-time setup, Printoid + OctoEverywhere is pure magic.

Check out these beautiful, simple, and frictionless user flows.

Want to give it a try? Printoid v18.0 is available right now on the Google Play Store. Download the app and follow the in-app instructions to get started.

If you have an Android phone, you gotta take it for a test print. 😊

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