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How can I connect to devices where I can't install Tailscale?

In most cases, we recommend installing Tailscale directly on devices you want to connect to. It just works, and requires no configuration as devices move between networks.

However, sometimes you don’t want to, or can’t install Tailscale directly:

  • Incrementally migrating to Tailscale from a large number of existing networks
  • Incrementally migrating to Tailscale from a cloud provider’s own virtual private cloud (VPC) offering
  • Connecting to appliances you can’t install software on (eg. gaming consoles, smart appliances, IoT devices)
  • Connect to devices running unsupported operating system

In these cases, you can run a device called a relay node and relay traffic between your Tailscale network and these devices.

For more information, please read our article about subnets and relay nodes →

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