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Old 11-02-2016, 09:14 PM   #1
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Hi everyone just thought I would repost a thread making more sense

Is it possible to use a raspberry pi or other cheap low powered hardware for a few network tasks, if so could I do it with a single device or would multiple be needed.

The main jobs I want to achieve are

1) Sending a wake on lan signal once a week at a certain time to a bigger computer

And a few 24/7 network jobs

1) host a USB printer for WiFi printing
2) torrents
3)rsync backups
4) Contact & calinder server for (IOS, AMDROID)

Please not I have no experience with devices like rpi but am not afraid of researching and learning I have already done a lot of research and think alot of this is possible but would like advice from more experienced people

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Old 11-11-2016, 01:28 PM   #2
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yes, entirely possible, and makes a bunch of sense to use a low power system to do things like that.

don't worry that it's a raspberry pi, the real question is what is your Linux experience?
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My Linux experience is pretty much zero but am willing to learn I am not afraid of research and new grounds

Would all of these things be possible with a single raspberry pi

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There are cheap windows boxes you can build or buy too, but nothing beats the price point of the raspberry pi, arduino, etc.
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Hi again crazyman yes this project needs to be as cheap as possible as its already only a measure to help save energy and be more efficient.

I have recently moved all data from this tower to my nas and have started turning the tower off completely but I need a peice of hardware to do the few remaining network jobs

As I haven't much if any Linux experience I wanted to get help with this topic I know Linux is command line based and a pain to learn but a few answers and pointers in the right direction should help me solve these problems

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There are any number of network server operating systems out there, and most of them are Linux-based. While there are some full GUI options available, they of course require a bit more in the computing power department, but operating a small server based around a stick computer can be done.

The Wake on LAN can be a simple chron job on the server.

In a way to save power, I had actually powered my routers, wifi, and modem from the firewall server power supply, eliminating four different wall-warts.
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Could you recommend a OS with a GUI that could achieve what I wanted and run on a Raspberry Pi or similar low cost low power hardware

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What kind of NAS do you have? a lot of those are linux based and maybe could be used for some of your requirements.
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It's a netgear readynas not very powerful but good for hosting a few items

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