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Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials

By : Piotr J Kula
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Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials

By: Piotr J Kula

Overview of this book

There’s no end to what you can do with a Raspberry Pi – it makes a huge range of tech projects possible. This book shows you how to transform it into a multipurpose web server, able to store and manage resources that lets you build some truly innovative and impressive computing creations. You’ll learn how to use your Raspberry Pi 2 to host a website using a range of different languages, host a game server, store files, and run everything from a media center to a cloud network. If you want to take control of your technological world, start building your own server and find out what’s possible with the Raspberry Pi microcomputer. Begin by getting your Pi set up – follow each step as the book shows you how to prepare a network and configure the additional features that you’ll need to build your projects. Once you’ve done this you’ll dig a little deeper and set up your pi as a file server, making sure it’s built for speed using a range of different tools, including Python, Node.js and ASP.NET. Following this the book shows you how to extend your server to allow you to host games, and stream live HD video before customizing it even further to create a fully-fledged media center. It doesn’t stop there however – the book then dives into the exciting world of the Internet of Things (IoT). You’ll learn how to install Windows IoT onto your Raspberry Pi, the operating system that’s driving embedded software projects all around the world. Once you’ve done this you’ll be ready to explore IoT further, as the book shows you how to use your device to host a cloud network that can form the basis of a wider IoT project.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Enabling extra decoders

The Broadcom chip actually has extra hardware for encoding and decoding a few other well-known formats. The Raspberry Pi Foundation did not include these licenses because they wanted to keep the costs down to a minimum, but they have included the H.264 license. This allows you to watch HD media on your TV, use the webcam module, or transcode media files.

They did provide a way for users to buy separate licenses if you want to use these extra encoders or decoders.

At the time of writing, the only project to use these hardware codecs was the OMXPlayer project maintained by XBMC. The latest Raspbian package has the omx package included.

Buying licenses

You can go to to buy licenses, which can be used once per device. Follow the instructions on the website to get your license key.


Known as H.222/H.262, it is the standard of video and audio encoding widely used by digital television, cable, and satellite TV. It is also the format...