What to try after installing

Tailscale is such a general purpose tool that it can be hard to figure out how to use it at first. Here are some ideas.

IRC Party Line

You don't need two endpoints to test your Tailscale connection. To help you verify that a single endpoint is properly authorized (and for a bit of fun) we've set up a party-line IRC server. To enable access to it:

  1. Visit your admin console and click on the Add hello.ipn.dev link at the bottom left:

  2. Once that's done you will note a new entry in your admin console:

  3. Visit http://hello.ipn.dev (or the static IP to launch a web IRC client.

    • Alternatively, point your favorite IRC client at the URL or IP address above.
  4. Join the #welcome room and chat with other Tailscale users.

  5. At any time, you may Remove hello.ipn.dev in the admin console.


Once you have two or more endpoints in your Tailscale network you can ping test the connections between them. See our troubleshooting tips if you encounter any problems.

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