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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

Connecting the external storage

The Raspberry Pi does not have a SATA interface, and the only way to connect this storage is by using USB ports. You can further expand the amount of USB ports by attaching a powered USB hub.

Due to the 480 MBps limitation on the USB bus, we should consider the most optimal setup. We reserve 100 MBps for Ethernet, which should be more than enough to stream any kind of HD video. This leaves us with 380 Mbps (47 MBps), which is fine because we can only send a maximum of 12 MBps of data via Ethernet anyway.

If you really want to squeeze out more transfer speed, you can use a compatible 802.11n or 802.11ac wireless USB peripheral. You may achieve in excess 100 MBps with WiFi, but there is the extra process of making sure your signal is good and that your general environment is not occupied by any other wireless router. The most optimistic transfer speed you can expect is about 25-30 MBps.