Raspberry Pi

Power input and output limits on the Raspberry Pi 4B and 400

(Fri Jul 29 2022 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) The Raspberry Pi can power devices attached to the GPIO pins, or to the USB bus. But it's easy to accidently overload its power system.

Using multiple USB disks on a Raspberry Pi OS on RPI 4

(Sat Jul 16 2022 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) With a USB powered hub and a little bit of configuration, we can attach as many USB drives to a Raspbere Pi as we like, and automatically mount them like on macOS.

A portable WiFI router/NAS/Docker using RaspAP on Raspberry Pi 4 with USB/SSD boot device

(Fri Jul 08 2022 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) RaspAP lets us build WiFi routers on Debian-based systems like the Raspberry Pi. It can easily build a complex WiFi router, while running other services at the same time.

Manually build a portable WiFI router/NAS/Docker on Raspberry Pi 4

(Fri Jul 08 2022 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) Raspberry Pi OS (Linux) can be configured to support high end WiFi router configurations. No software like OpenWRT or RaspAP is required, if you have the patience to configure it all yourself using the command-line tools.

Installing OpenWRT on Raspberry Pi 4 using USB boot device

(Wed Jul 06 2022 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) OpenWRT is a professional grade package for Internet routers. With a little work, running OpenWRT on the Raspberry Pi 4 can make an excellent router. But, it's best to use a regular disk rather than an SD card, for reliablity.

How to Boot a Raspberry Pi 4 or 400 from a USB drive

(Mon Jul 04 2022 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive Linux computer that, by default, boots from a micro-SD card. While this is great for experiments, those using it in a production mode need reliability. The best choice is booting from a regular USB drive instead.

Mounting laptop drives to a Raspberry Pi 4 using ingenious mounting brackets

(Sat Feb 08 2020 00:00:00 GMT+0200 (Eastern European Standard Time)) It is possible to build a Raspberry Pi NAS in a compact space using several laptop style hard drives. The project shown here shows a pair of 2.5 inch drives mounted to a Raspberry Pi 4 using an ingenious bracket. This bracket design makes it easy to mount any Raspberry Pi model with a pair of 2.5 inch laptop-style drives. Then, of course, Open Media Vault can be run giving you a very compact computer and disk drives.

Backup your pictures while traveling without lugging a large computer

(Sun Feb 02 2020 00:00:00 GMT+0200 (Eastern European Standard Time)) When traveling most of us take lots of pictures, and we might have multiple SD cards. So, we take them home with us, insert them into the computer, and what if the SD cards failed? There are expensive boxes from disk drive makers to automate backing up pictures from SD cards, but what if you're a DIY person, and want to do your own backup solution while saving a lot of money. Like many such projects, this one starts with a Raspberry Pi.

Competitive review, Raspberry Pi 4B versus Jetson Nano

(Sun Jul 07 2019 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) Both the Jetson Nano and Raspberry Pi 4 are new for 2019, and both have powerful specs. This review compares the two to see which is useful for what kind of project. Obviously the Nano costs a lot more, and has a huge edge in GPU as meant for AI projects.

Build an inexpensive spectrometer, and an inexpensive IR video camera, using a Raspberry Pi

(Wed May 22 2019 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) Regular spectrometers and infrared video cameras cost a lot of money. With a little effort, and a certain camera module for the Raspberry Pi, it is possible to build both an inexpensive Spectrometer and an inexpensive IR camera. The spectrometer is easily calibrated using light sources with known characteristics - for example a fluorescent light bulb has an emission spectrum governed by the mercury vapor in the bulb, which can be used in calibration. For the IR camera, the presenter found a cheap IR camera module that connects to the Raspberry Pi camera port, and then used Motion Eyes to view the video stream.

pi-top [4] is a Raspberry Pi neatly integrated as a portable IoT computer with OLED display

(Thu Jan 24 2019 00:00:00 GMT+0200 (Eastern European Standard Time)) The latest pi-top product is a very nice case integrating a portable power pack, an OLED screen, four buttons, and access to the GPIO pins. The pi-top team has always sought to make it easier for youngsters to get started on IoT projects with Raspberry Pi's by offering easy-to-use cases. The pi-top [4] is about building portable hand-held gadgets that can interface with real hardware. The kit includes a Raspberry Pi 3B+, the aforementioned case, a battery pack for portable power, and a handful of sensors.

Build a DLP2000 based pocket projector with Raspberry Pi Zero

(Sun Jun 17 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) The TI DLP2000 is a compact low power video projector, and while the evaluation board is meant for the Beaglebone it can be easily wired to a Raspberry Pi Zero W. This project, along with the custom adapter board, makes for a very compact video projector that's easily battery powered.

Build a security camera system with Raspberry Pi Zero and cheap webcams

(Fri Jun 15 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) Implement a full security camera system supporting multiple cameras, with night vision, motion detection, uploading video to Google Drive, all built on the Raspberry Pi Zero platform. The Zero W makes a perfect security camera because of its small size, and the NO-IR camera supports night vision (with IR light source) in a slim case that directly supports the camera.

Build your own inexpensive super-computing cluster with Raspberry Pi 3's

(Sun Apr 15 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) Want a cheap super-computer farm? A Raspberry Pi cluster can pack a lot of computing power into a small space at low energy consumption. Single-board-computers like the Raspberry Pi 3 are inexpensive, consume a miniscule amount of power, run Linux making them instantly accessible by all programmers, and support all kinds of computing tasks, including supercomputing. The Raspberry Pi's themselves run off a USB power supply you might otherwise use to charge cell phones. Simply stack a bunch of them up, wire them to an ethernet switch, and you have a computing cluster on the cheap.

The SunFounder smart Video Car kit for Raspberry Pi

(Fri Apr 06 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) This cool Raspberry Pi-based toy car can roam around, shoot video as it goes, panning and tilting the camera on 2-axes, all of which is sure to make any teenager go "WAY COOL".

Raspberry Pi board and accessories buying guide.

(Sat Mar 03 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0200 (Eastern European Standard Time)) DIY makers around the world are building customized computerized gizmos thanks to the Raspberry Pi, and similar computers. These diminuitive computers pack a lot of computing power, at low energy requirements, and by running Linux they are more approachable than microcontrollers like the Arduino. The Raspberry Pi is the best known of this class of computer. Because of the very large user community, there is a ton of accessories, books, tutorials, and more focusing on the Raspberry Pi.

Creating a Docker Swarm with Raspberry Pi Zero's for easy cluster computing

(Sat Nov 18 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0200 (Eastern European Standard Time))

Docker is a powerful basis for cloud computing especially if you use Docker Swarm's. This tutorial shows how to autoscale Docker images over a cluster of inexpensive Raspberry Pi Zero computers. It's an interesting way to learn about Docker and using Docker Swarms. The example shows autodeployment of Node-RED instances to individual Pi Zero's which is raises interesting ideas in my mind.

A downside to this example is the laborious setup. Each Pi Zero must have a customized boot SD card created. Seems to me that marrying this idea with the "Cluster HAT" hardware might be easier to manage, since you don't create a customized SD card for each machine in the cluster.

Inexpensively stream your MP3 collection with Raspberry Pi and Pi MusicBox

(Mon Apr 10 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) Why pay megabucks to buy a commercialized music streaming gizmo that requires a monthly fee? You may already have the MP3 files, and with the right software a simple computer like the Raspberry Pi is sufficient to stream the music anywhere on your home network. The Pi MusicBox software makes it incredibly easy to setup, the only wrinkle being to have a large enough storage device. Fortunately the Raspberry Pi can easily use a USB hard drive.

Build your own security camera system with Raspberry Pi and cheap webcams

(Fri Apr 07 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) You can build a powerful and flexible motion sensing security camera system using open source software on a Raspberry Pi and similar single board computers. The key is the MotionEyeOS that neatly bundles everything you need into a Raspberry Pi image. Simply burn it to an SD card, attach cameras, boot the Raspberry Pi, and start configuring. It easily supports monitoring multiple cameras, which can be USB webcams, WiFi cameras, the Raspberry Pi camera, or other MotionEyeOS instances. I have an original-version Raspberry Pi (low CPU power) driving two cameras and it handles things just fine.

Installing OpenVPN on a Raspberry Pi Zero W, inexpensive security for your peace of mind

(Fri Mar 31 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)) Nowadays our personal privacy is being threatened by new government policies. Fortunately the open source world gives us tools with which to secure our lives. This tutorial goes over installing OpenVPN on your home network, giving you a secure method to access resources on your home network from anywhere else. Suppose you have a NAS with many terabytes of data at home, but you're traveling thousands of miles away and need to access that data. A VPN service on your home network provides a porthole through which to do so, provided you have VPN software on the computer you're carrying.

Raspberry Pi Zero W, inexpensive Zero goodness, now with WiFi for just $10

(Tue Feb 28 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0200 (Eastern European Standard Time)) The original Raspberry Pi Zero was a game-changer for inexpensive computers, offering a full-fledged for just $5. The biggest problem was the lack of WiFi. The Raspberry Pi foundation have now fixed that, unveiling the new Zero W with both WiFi and Bluetooth.

How to back up your Raspberry Pi SD card, or copy it to another (larger?) Raspberry Pi SD card

(Tue Dec 15 2015 00:00:00 GMT+0200 (Eastern European Standard Time)) SD Cards aren't exactly the most reliable of data storage devices. What happens if you've put hundreds of hours of work into a Raspberry Pi system, it's all on your SD Card, and the card craps out. Have you saved your work? Or maybe you need to move to a larger SD Card because you've run out of space. Or maybe you want to duplicate the card to have additional systems. These tasks are pretty easy, but not intuitively obvious. It'll take some time at the command line, but fortunately the commands are easy.