Here's the latest iteration of the NODE Nano Server, which was previously called the Pi Plug. For those that haven't seen it before, it's basically a Pi Zero W adapter which allows you to plug the computer directly into a wall outlet without any other cables or power supplies, so it can be used as a wifi connected server.
I'll reveal more in future videos, but the reason I changed the name, is that this will now be part of a new family of servers that I will be announcing soon.
- Youtube link
- Project source files
- RS Pro 5v USB power supply (link)
- 2x 25mm M2.5 screws
- 2x 6mm M2.5 screws
- 2x M2.5 hex nuts
- Male USB Type-A PCB component
- Male 1.5mm pitch 2-pin JST connector
- Female 1.5mm pitch 2-pin JST socket (S2B-ZR-SM4A-TF)
- 2x 2.15mm Height spring finger (1551573-5)
Anyways, this version tightens up the design further, making it a bit sleeker, and more robust as a device.
The case now has vents at the bottom to help any heat escape. I also figured it'd be easier and cheaper to send through the post if I split the cover into 2 halves.
I've also added the full, 1 piece cover file onto the site if you want to 3D print your own too.
I've tested this version as an always on Piratebox, and it works great. I could imagine it fitting well in a hackerspace, workplace, or community space, giving the users an easy offline filesharing, chat and forum platform.
Obviously in general I'd suggest keeping this in a well ventilated area, but heat wasn't really a problem, even with a few weeks of being on 24/7. If you were going to be hammering it day and night, maybe consider using something more powerful. There's always the option to run it without the cover on too, but it all depends on where and how it'll be used.
It still uses the same RS Pro switching USB power supply, which is top notch, and much more reliable than a cheap Chinese alternative. It also has UK, EU, and US plug adapters.
I'm sure some of you could imagine this being used for other captive portal pentesting type stuff, as well as a general purpose, low intensity Linux server.
Like the previous design, the bottom of the cover is open, giving you quick access to the micro SD card.
There's also potential for adding a mini camera to the case, turning it into an internet connected motion detector, or surveillance cam. What else do you think something like this could be used for?
1. First connect the two PCBs together using the JST connector.
2. Screw the Pi Zero W to the bottom of the PCB as shown, using the small screws and hex nuts. Make sure that the bottom of your Zero is flat, so if you've soldered on it in the past, make sure you remove it all, since we'll need a good connection to the testpads.
3. Place both the 3D printed bridge sections around the front and back of the USB adapter. Make sure the front one has the NODE logo facing out, and the back one has the grooves at the back. Then simply use the long screws and screw it all together.
4. If you want to use it like this, simply plug the adapter into the power supply, add your micro SD card, and you're good to go.
5. To add the cover, slide this side over first. Make sure that the grooves in the cover, line up with the ones on the adapter. Then do the same with the other side.
6. Once done, add the little clip to the bottom. This aligns everything together, and keeps both parts snugly in place.
7. The Nano Server is now ready to use. Plug it into a wall outlet, or good quality extension chord, and it should automatically boot up.
As always, the 3D files and the PCB gerber files are at the top of the page if you'd like to make your own, along with a list of other parts used.
If you'd like to pick one up, I'll be making a few and putting them in the shop this week. I'd be really interested in getting feedback from any of you who do buy or make one, so let me know.
Alright, thanks for watching, and I will see you in the next video.