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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


The purpose of this book is to get you started with Raspberry Pi, but this book has chapters focused on Raspberry Pi 2. The main goal here is to get your projects started with some solid hardware and programming tips, which are essential.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi, will cover the basic equipment that we need to use with this book. We will have to look into other peripherals that we have bought to see how the Raspberry works. We will then see how to flash the newest Raspbian image to our SD card.

Chapter 2, Preparing a Network, will illustrate how to set up LAN and a wireless connection to our network to connect to the Internet. We will set some network benchmarks and understand some of its limitations. We will also look into Dynamic DNS hosting.

Chapter 3, Configuring Extra Features, will illustrate how to update the software and firmware of Raspberry Pi. You will learn about the watchdog and understand how to buy extra decoder licenses.

Chapter 4, Using Fast Web Servers and Databases, will illustrate how to set up a quick web server using nginx with PHP, and we can decide whether we want to use MySQL or SQLite.

Chapter 5, Setting Up the Raspberry Pi as a File Server, will illustrate how to attach and format a USB storage medium. We will not only look into the various ways of sending data to Raspberry Pi, but we will also understand how to share media on the network. As an extra task, we will look into creating the hardware RAID!

Chapter 6, Setting Up Game Servers, will explore open source game engines that are available on the repository. We will also have a sneak peek at the Jessie repository, which is in beta testing.

Chapter 7, Streaming Live HD Video, will explore the camera module and illustrate a simple technique to stream a video. This chapter contains exclusive streaming tutorials.

Chapter 8, Setting Up the Pi as a Media Center Server, will illustrate how to connect an HD monitor and play some videos that were recorded or stored earlier. We will also look into OSMC, and we will explore the benefits of running it as a dedicated media player.

Chapter 9, Running Your Pi from a Battery's Power Source, will explain the benefits of various types of battery technology and how to get the best performance without spending too much money.

Chapter 10, Windows IoT Core, is finally available on the embedded ARM, and it will explore the capabilities of running IoT as an Operating System with a basic programming tutorial with C#.

Chapter 11, Running Your ownCloud, will discuss how to install the ownCloud software on your Pi, and it will free you from privately owned services.

Chapter 12, The Internet of Things – Sensors in the Cloud, is more of a case study about how to complete your projects by storing accurate data accessible anywhere in the cloud.

What you need for this book

You need at least a Raspberry Pi 2 with a recommended 8 GB SD card, 1 amp micro USB power supply, and a network cable connected to a router with the Internet.

Who this book is for

Seeking inspiration for some new tech projects? Want to get more from your Raspberry Pi? This book has been created especially for you!


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