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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

Configuring the UV4L-RaspiCAM

The configuration file can be found at /etc/uv4l/uv4l-raspicam.conf and is used to configure the initial video stream. There are default settings that are used, and the following bullet points are settings found within the file that you may be interested in changing manually for your own use.


These are some typical settings that you may want to use if capturing a stream using VLC. The driver is adaptive and will change configurations if you request MJPEG stream, or it will start a WebSockets stream from the browser, technically allowing you multiple streams. Multi-streaming is experimental, though.

Here are some typical settings:

  • Encoding:

    Streaming: H264, mjpeg, jpeg, yuv420

    Specialist: nv21, yvu420, rgb565, rgb565x, rgb24, bgr24, rgba.

  • Framerate:

    0 sets auto

    30 at 1080p

    60 at 720p

    90 at VGA.

  • Bitrate: 17000000 (default value)

  • The Intra-period: This is used for H264 only; if you experience artifacts in the stream, try adjusting this value. Usually, artifacts are caused...