Turn your Raspberry Pi into a Always-on TorrentBox

Downloading and seeding Torrents from the computer or any other dedicated server consumes a very fair amount of energy, if you are seeding it 24×7. And it’s also not justified to put the laptop on all the time to just download the Torrent. So here our Pocket sized computer comes into picture: Raspberry Pi. It is a perfect choice for Torrent box as it consumes very little amount of power and can be remained on for long time. So you can have a cheap Torrent Box running all the time in a negligible running cost, downloading torrents for you. You can also run some other programs which require Raspberry Pi to be on for long time, like you can use it as Motion capture surveillance camera and can download the torrent at the same time. So let’s start!

There are mainly two most popular solutions for downloading Torrents in Linux System (Raspberry Pi): Transmissionand Deluge. Here in this Tutorial I am using Transmission, as I found it simpler, lighter and easier than Deluge.Read More

Playing Audio via USB Audio Interface from the Command-line

The Pi features an onboard audio output, but its quality is rather poor. So we decided to use an external USB audio interface instead. But how do we make the Pi use the external interface instead of its own audio output?

You’ll find a lot of posts about this, most being targeted at older versions of Raspian and/or incomplete in other ways.

Also, all these tutorials talk about changing the Pi’s default audio output. This may be necessary in some circumstances, but often it’s not: Insteads simply specify the desired output each time a command to play some audio is run, and boom – we don’t have to care about the defaults at all.

Now let’s see how this works (note that this guide is for the current – November 2017 – version of Raspian Stretch Lite, but it should also work with Raspian Stretch Desktop).Read More

Raspberry Pi as a Hotspot/Access Point using ‘DHCP’

The Raspberry Pi can be used as a wireless access point, running a standalone network. This can be done using the inbuilt wireless features of the Raspberry Pi and even the Raspberry Pi ‘Zero W’, or by using a suitable USB wireless dongle that supports access points.

Note that this documentation was tested on a Raspberry Pi 3, and it is possible that some USB dongles may need slight changes to their settings. If you are having trouble with a USB wireless dongle, please check the forums.

In order to work as an access point, the Raspberry Pi will need to have access point software installed, along with DHCP server software to provide connecting devices with a network address. Ensure that your Raspberry Pi is using an up-to-date version of Raspbian is “Stretch“, or better (e.g. 2018-06-27-raspbian-stretch-lite.img).Read More

Make a Raspberry Pi into a Anonymizing ‘TOR’ Proxy!

TOR: The Onion Router is software that enables you to use the internet anonymously. By setting up TOR on a Raspberry Pi you can create a network router that scrambles all of your internet connection.

Turning a Raspberry Pi into a TOR Router has suddenly become much more appealing with Governments changing laws enabling ISPs to track customer internet usage, and selling on the data to advertising companies.

Use a Raspberry Pi to set up a TOR Network Router. I choose a Raspberry Pi 3 specifically because it has built-in wireless networking (the Pi Zero W would work well in this regard too).

The Raspberry Pi connects to the TOR network. All you have to do is then connect the Raspberry Pi to your broadband network, and connect your device to the Raspberry Pi.Read More

VPN Server: Build Your Own Virtual Private Network

In this tutorial, I will be going through the steps on how to setup a Raspberry Pi VPN server using the OpenVPN software. I will also go into setting up various things you must do to ensure that your connection is as secure as possible by setting up encryption keys.

This can be a bit of a long process, but it is a relatively simple tutorial to follow, and shouldn’t require any extra interaction once it has been configured.

Using a Raspberry Pi is a cheap way of setting up a virtual private network (VPN) that can stay online 24/7 without consuming a large amount of power. It’s small and powerful enough to handle a few connections at a time making it great for private use at home.

VPN’s are an incredibly useful network tool that can allow you to gain access to encrypted and secure internet traffic even when you are utilizing public Wi-Fi.Read More

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