Richard Bucker

Pi Now Pt.1

Posted at — Oct 3, 2020

I just watched an interesting video where the presenter was using his iPad as his terminal with a pi-4 connected and powered via USB-C. Only 2 of the 4 use-cases resonated with me but there is a thread of interest.

I have long since complained that customising systems is a lengthy process and when things go bad the time to recover, restore or rebuild is terrible. It’s the reason I go stock on every device I own. I currently do not protect the various projects with complete environments like goenv etc… but I’m moving in that direction.

I have plenty of Synology NAS and Intel NUC hardware to run a medium sized city… but I am looking at a 8GB Pi with a USB type NAS configuration. This will become part of my “remote” lab configuration for recording and stitching my kids’ soccer games. I have three Pi-Zero(w) with cameras and enough storage for 6 hours of recording each. When the NAS hardware arrives I’ll create a remote network and transfer the video on the fly or maybe batch after the game. (I have to decide if I’m going to go with a sneakernet or wifi transfer) I also have to decide if I’m going to stream and sample the video and use the NAS as a control center.

First things first…

So here we go… creating media using my ChromeBox

NOTE I have an ASUS ChromeBox. I tried to use the recovery process with the micro SD and the SD sleeve. It was not recognized so I had to use the USB dongle. And that seems ot be working fine.

SIDE NOTE: after the recovery image is written ChromeOS is going to connect to the media… so one extra step I always forget is I need to eject the media from the file app.

Now that I’m frustrated with the lack of freespace on my real-life desktop I need to make some room and connect the Pi to a keyboard and monitor. Something to remember is that the Pi needs plenty of help connecting to a wifi network not to mention that hosting a nextwork is another challenge.

Being a PRO you should know how to configure the Pi… but here some initial hints

QUESTION: how does headless installation work when using the NOOB installer? So might try something else when the remainder of the hardware arrives.

RATTS!! The instructions I was following failed and so I get to start from the recovery image to USB… here we go. I changed my setup to raspap (https://github.com/billz/raspap-webgui#quick-installer) In my configuration I have elected NOT to bridge the wireless to the wired. This machine is intended to host the wifi for the cameras.

I’m waiting for my raid hat and 4th drive as well as some cables and USB hub to arrive so I can gear it all up. I’m pretty certain I can take the disk from this test machine to the other board and add the NAS software when I get therea nd tie is all together in part 3. In the meantime part 2 will cover:

until next time…