Not real familiar with Raspbian yet, I've got the newest Pi3 with all the latest updates, it gets on the 'net just fine but I am clueless when it comes to the procedures/protocols necessary to connect within my home network. My (3) Win 'puters do not "see" the Pi and Pi does not "see" them, but I can ping the Pi OK. This is thru a Netgear Nighthawk R7000 router.
On another note, my eventual plan is use the Pi as a driveway gate opener from Android and/or IOS phone(s). Would welcome opinions on the preferred apps / software / method for doing so. I'd like to keep it simple, efficient, and fairly quick (ie - no having to fumble around with multiple web pages to get to the inteerface). I've prolly looked at 20 so far and it gets more muddled the more I look...