WD PiDrive Node Zero Dlna Server

The Good folks at WD Labs sent us a bunch of their products targeting the Raspberry Pi ecosystem.  The WD PiDrive Node Zero assembly caught our immediate attention.

WD PiDrive Node Zero with a Wifi Dongle
WD PiDrive Node Zero with a Wifi Dongle

WD PiDrive Node Zero gives you 314GB of storage with a Mini HDMI port + 2 USB ports Powered by a mico USB Cable
314GB of storage with a Mini HDMI port + 2 USB ports Powered by a mico USB Cable

A Pi Zero, mated via a bespoke chipset with a 314GB PiDrive, comes with 2 USB ports and a mini HDMI Port.

The WD Labs site states ” Ideal for video recording, data logging, offline analytics, and applications where stand-alone operation are needed because of network limitations or privacy/security restrictions…” and we kinda agree… But we thought something a little more earthy would work just as well.

We popped in a WiFi dongle and installed Rapsbian Lite.

We then made a couple of things :

  1. Mini DLNA + Samba File Server  to store music and video content.  HD content suffered but videos upto 720 res streamed a OSMC pi Client with out any buffering.
  2. Back up file server with rsync running in the back ground. We  had the Pi Zero run a rsync script that logged onto the network and kept taking snapshots of a network shared folder. Ideal for backing up data at regular intervals.
  3. OSMC / Open Elec Media player  : The Mini HDMI port gives out full HD output and with locally stored movies, the WD PiDrive Node Zero performed admirably well.
  4. A Wireless Mobile storage Device that has its own wifi Signal and acts a wireless hub with the ability to stream movies and videos to other devices – a very viable alternative to the Seagate Wireless Plus mobile storage.  Install, HostAPD and mini DLNA to get this arrangement.
  5. Pi Music Box with Local storage. Head out to http://www.pimusicbox.com/ and as the website says ” create a cheap (Sonos-like) standalone streaming music player for Spotify, Google Music, SoundCloud, Webradio, Podcasts and other music from the cloud or, on the device….”

 

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