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.
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 :
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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….”