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Raspberry Pi Server Essentials

Piotr J. Kula

If you want to use Raspberry Pi as a server, this is the book that makes it all possible. Covering a wide range of projects – from network storage to a game server – you’ll learn in easy, engaging steps.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783284696
Paperback116 pages

About This Book

  • Unlock the various possibilities of using Raspberry Pi as a server
  • Configure a media center for your home or sharing with friends
  • Connect to the Bitcoin network and manage your wallet

Who This Book Is For

This book is targeted towards all Raspberry Pi enthusiasts who are interested in exploring the potential of Pi as a server. Even if you have no prior experience with the Raspberry Pi, you can pick up this book and develop a wide range of projects.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi
Hardware requirements
Extra peripherals
Installing Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi
Understanding the design of the Raspberry Pi
Chapter 2: Preparing the Network
Local Area Network (LAN)
Wireless configuration – Wi-Fi
Static network address
Testing and benchmarking your network
Internet configuration
Chapter 3: Configuring Extra Features
Updating the Raspberry Pi
Hardware watchdog
Enabling extra decoders
Hardware monitoring
Chapter 4: Using a Fast PHP Web Server and Database
Working with nginx
Installing a database
Nginx with custom modules
Chapter 5: Setting Up a File Server
Preparing the storage medium
Accessing files
Hardware RAID
Chapter 6: Setting Up the Game Servers
Updating to Jessie
Games servers
Chapter 7: Bitcoins – Pools and Mining
Installing Bitcoind
Mining for Bitcoins
Chapter 8: Streaming Live HD Video
Streaming with GStreamer
Streaming with FFmpeg
Compiling nginx-rtmp
Watching a video
Chapter 9: Setting Up a Media Center
Watching movies
Playing audio
Installing RaspBMC

What You Will Learn

  • Use Raspberry Pi as a low cost network storage device
  • Configure a webserver using PHP and work with databases
  • Host multi-player games by using Pi as a game server to get graphical content
  • Share files and use hardware RAID on the Pi
  • Mine Bitcoins and make your own digital currency
  • Turn your Raspberry Pi into a media server to stream media to your network
  • Enable extra features such as installing a wireless adapter, enabling the hardware watchdog, and updating and upgrading the distro

In Detail

Raspberry Pi makes a good server that facilitates you with eminently achievable to the massively ambitious ideas. It is a capable computer that can perform tasks that involve spreadsheets, word processing, and games. It also plays high-definition video. If you are looking for a way to set up a low cost web server, primarily to be used as a testing environment or to store files, then Raspberry Pi is perfect for you.

This book demonstrates Raspberry Pi’s ability to perform tasks that a mini computer would, in an efficient manner using a minimum number of power resources. You can connect your Raspberry Pi to the Internet at home to share files, host multi-player games, or even host a website.

Starting with the pre-requisites and installation of Pi, you will learn how to setup Pi as a web server with MySQL. This book progresses with building Pi as a file server and knowing about using the various file transfer protocols. It also guides you to install Bitcoin/ Litecoin and set up Bitcoin wallet. You will learn how to stream a webcam to watch movies in HD or camera module.

Complete your journey by learning how to use Pi as a game server by using basic console commands to get graphical content.


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