anakin76
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Re: Cloud ftp

Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:56 pm

Hi I would like to know if it"ll be possible to do a cloud ftp with the rasperrypi ?
I think it should work !I need just a module wifi compatible with linux no?
Thanks to answer me !

Cloud ftp :http://www.kickstarter.com/pro.....e-with-ipa

bredman
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Re: Cloud ftp

Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:40 pm

Technically, it is not impossible.

You will need a WiFi module which supports ADHOC mode or MASTER mode.

You will also need a lot of software on the Raspberry Pi.

You will also need to write apps for iOS and for Android.

So the hardware is the easy part, the difficult part will be to create all the software.

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Re: Cloud ftp

Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:40 pm

Other than the software stack, this is just a bog-standard SoC. So really all the magic, and the only interesting part, is in the software they've put together. Given that it appears to be completely closed source, I'm going to go with 'no'.

That said, nothing this device does is particularly novel or difficult, so if all you want is something similar, it wouldn't take that much work to put it together. The hardest part is going to be interfacing with a smartphone; unless there are good applications for NFS/FTP/SMB/something you're going to have to write this yourself - or sync your CloudFTP-ish box to something like DropBox that *does* have an app.

anakin76
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Re: Cloud ftp

Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:28 pm

Thank you to answer me !
So it"s not impossible but very hard to do it !(And I have no idea how create an interface on smartphone)

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Re: Cloud ftp

Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:24 am

If you really want to build something similar, it is possible.

This will give you basic functionality, provide a good learning experience, and is not too difficult.

You will need a WiFi module for the RPi. I regularly use item 24688 from dx.com. There are more beautiful ones, but this is guaranteed to work with Linux. This module does not support MASTER mode, so you will need something else to provide the WiFi network in your house.

You will need to add a lot of storage to the RPi. This will probably be a large flash drive or a USB-connected hard disk with its own power supply.

You will need to install samba on the RPi to allow external access to the files. As an example look at http://www.unixmen.com/standal.....n-squeeze/ This will need to changed slightly for the RPi, but not by much.

You will need a samba client on your phone. I recommend FileExpert for an Android phone.

The end result... You will be able to copy files between your phone and the hard disk on the RPi. This is useful, but does not have a beautiful user interface. Also, this does not provide a sync from the RPi to a cloud service.

So this is something you can try when you get your hands on an RPi.

Does anybody think this would be useful to put as a sample project on the wiki?

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Re: Cloud ftp

Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:27 am

I'm sure there are existing client apps that could be used on the phone side. There are also existing FTP server apps for linux.

This doesn't sound too hard to do. Mostly it's a matter of getting the scripts in place to automatically setup the wifi, mount the USB stick and so-on.

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Re: Cloud ftp

Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:49 am

I never thought about ftp.

As usual I have over-engineered the solution.

anakin76
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Re: Cloud ftp

Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:55 pm

Yes thank you plugwash !

So if I can use the module wifi 24688 of bredman and after instal vsftpd or filezilla on the raspberry  :https://security.appspot.com/vsftpd.html

http://filezilla-project.org/

I have just to install a ftp client like : Ftp on the go (just example because it's not free)


http://itunes.apple.com/us/app.....79936?mt=8

It should works ?

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Re: Cloud ftp

Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:46 am

But isnt it just simplier that u think it is? I mean, all u need to do is instal a server on your R-pi (via ssh). Thanks to that, u can log remotely to it with other pcs or smartphones (using ssh, ftp or even sftp). Theres lots of app that allow that (ie goodreader for iphone for ftp/sftp and issh for ssh logon). And ye u connect some external flash/ reg discs to R-pi where u store stuff. Correct me if im wrong or missunderstood something please.
http://lprzenioslo.zut.edu.pl

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Re: Cloud ftp

Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:16 am

It is all quite possible on the software front. I imagine that the Cloudftp uses SAMBA, but FTP would be just as good. It also sets up an ad-hoc network if it does not have a WiFi router to hand. That would be very useful for a battery-powered device, so it's worth looking for a WiFi solution that allows it.

Another trick that the website mentions, is that they supply up to 1 amp on the USB port. That is over the 100mA that the RPi will allow, and it would be good to find some way to support it, because USB hard-drives are thirsty beasts. But all you really need for it is a bit of cabling that splits out the power and feeds it from the same source as you are using for the RPi.

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Re: Cloud ftp

Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:47 am

rurwin - Using car chargers, I found that 1 Amp is sufficient for my Raspberry Pi to use a WiFi Dongle and iPod Video in USB. 400 mA was not enough to boot in that state, however.

I also discovered that the Smart Battery from my Third Rail case provided enough power to mount the iPod Video as well. That means I finally have a battery-powered USB host! Their website is here:
https://thirdrailmobility.com

My setup guide for the FTP server is here:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 36&t=31543

Peter

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Re: Cloud ftp

Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:15 am

Titanium media sync on android is a good app...i have been using it to backup my droid to a linux server at home for about a year....ymmv....

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