The Raspberry PI thread - What do you do with yours?

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  1. Mike

    Mike Staff Member

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    I finally picked up my first Raspberry PI a month or so ago to run AlarmServer and had fun building and configuring it. I also picked up another and built a retro gaming system which was fun, too.

    I'm wondering, who here uses Raspberry PI's and for what? I'm looking for another reason to get one and figured I would ask all of you.
     
  2. bp2008

    bp2008 Staff Member

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    I used to play with the raspberry pi camera modules, but they really aren't very good compared to a proper IP camera.

    Now, I run one pi to show several camera live streams 24/7 using this program I wrote: bp2008/OmxPlayerAuto

    And I have a couple others running bp2008/HotkeyAutomation so I can use cheap little wireless numpads as remote controls for my home automation devices (lights, curtain, TVs, etc). DIY wireless home automation control panel
     
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  3. stratfordwill

    stratfordwill Getting the hang of it

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    I just added the POE hat to my 3b+ that I use as a Pihole.

    I tried using it as a viewer for UI3, but it would eventually lock up and kill my pihole. I think it ran just a little too hot.

    I may have to give your omxplayer a look.
     
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  4. Mike A.

    Mike A. Getting comfortable

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    Pi-hole is great. Saves setting up blocking on every device. I even run my mobile back through my network to block stuff with it while I'm out.
     
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  5. Rollo

    Rollo Young grasshopper

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    I run Domoticz home automation software on a Pi. Got it controlling all sorts of smart and not so smart devices - z-wave, Philips Hue, Ring, LightwaveRF, and generic 433Mhz.

    On the IPcam side of things the Pi controls a z-wave motion sensor to trigger Blueiris.
     
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  6. Silas

    Silas Getting the hang of it

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    Added a hifi board and run volumio through decent bookshelf speakers is current, have also run a website, openvpn server, retro game console, digital signage, unifi cloud controller and shed loads more, fun little items
     
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  7. th182

    th182 BIT Beta Team

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    I have one for OpenVPN and UniFi controller, several running Falcon Player (FPP) for my Christmas and Halloween light shows, one running Octoprint for my 3D printer. I think I’m up to 5 Pi3B+ and one Zero.

    My latest is experimenting with one to monitor temp and control fans in my server rack/cabinets. Basically an excuse to dabble into automation and learning python as I couldn’t find an open source option I liked.


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  8. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

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    OpenVPN server
    Homebridge
    Polyglot
     
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  9. Serodgers

    Serodgers Getting the hang of it

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    Same here. +1 for Pi-Hole.


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  10. Iemand91

    Iemand91 Getting the hang of it

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    I use my Raspberry Pi 3 for my ADS-B installation.

    It feeds it's data to Flightradar24, FlightAware and Planefinder and in return I get a free subscription on those websites (worth $140+ a month)

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    I also have 2 first generation model B's collecting dust since I can't find a use for them.
     
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  11. Mike

    Mike Staff Member

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    Does anyone run retropie?
     
  12. crw030

    crw030 Known around here

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    Was thinking about tinkering with Raspberry Pi, maybe to setup some networked temperature sensors, gas sensors other random ideas. Not sure I have the time for it, but definitely want to monitor temperature and flammable gas at a remote location. Not sure where to start, so many kits and options.
     
  13. Roger

    Roger Getting the hang of it

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    I have three that are actually serving some function. Others just collecting dust.
    1: one is running a Sprinklerpi irrigation controller
    2: one is running Softether VPN server.
    3: one is running a temperature monitoring system with 8 Dallas One wire sensors monitoring my ground source heat pump, and also running the HABridge package to link my Alexa and Vera together.
     
  14. Rksgrd

    Rksgrd Getting the hang of it

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    Just Pi-hole for now
     
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    keneil01 n3wb

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    I just bought one my self. My plan is to bridge my closed alarm setup towards Blueiris to change profile when sett to “armed”. I don’t know coding, so the learning curve is quite steep! Luckily I have someone at work that are willing to help me.
     
  16. taz420nj

    taz420nj Getting the hang of it

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    I have two 3B+ that I bought a couple months back.. One is a Pi-hole (been running Pi-hole basically since it came out on a VM, just recently got around to actually putting it on a real Pi lol!) and the other is one that I just play around with. Right now it is loaded with RetroPie, and OMG I love it lol! But if I read about something I'll throw a new SD card into it and do some messing. The next thing on my list is OpenHAB, and if it works for me I'll end up buying one to dedicate to that.
     
  17. davej

    davej Getting the hang of it

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    So I wonder why there isn't an online DNS server that simply offers Pi-Hole type service? Why do we all need to do this?
     
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    taz420nj Getting the hang of it

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    Theres a few out there, but having your own allows you far greater flexibility as far as the lists you use, blacklists, white lists if a particular filter breaks a site, etc. For example theres a filter on Easylist that breaks video streaming on Certain apps like A&E and Food Network. Using the Pi's log, it was easy to find the offending filter and whitelist it. With an external DNS you wouldn't have that ability and would have to use a different DNS for the media streamers.
     
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  19. SkyLake

    SkyLake Pulling my weight

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    I have four Pi model 3b+.

    Two of them running Kali used for auditing. Both of them use Alfa awus1900 wireless usb adapters.

    The other two are used for various projects that come up randomly :)
     
  20. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

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    After seeing all of the Pi-hole mentions, I installed it tonight (on DietPi). It's awesome!
     
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