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Looking for Pi management platform

Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:30 am

Hi all,

I've been looking for some kind of raspberry pi management portal for about 2 full days now, but I never really get what I need.

We're currently working on some fun gadgets for our presentation room at our office and we're looking at expanding in the future. At the moment we have 3 raspberries (1 RBP zero and 2 RBP 3B+). They are all on the same network and their IP addresses should be static.

At least 2 are running on a their own 4000mah powerbank, but the third one should also use one in the future. I hope to replace them with better/smaller ones that last longer or 3d print a charging station.

I was thinking about adding a cronjob to automatically shutdown the pi's at 5 PM, but the batteries probably won't even last that long.

Like I said, I tried a few iot management portals, but they all seem to be geared more towards data collection. All I need is a simple application that allows adding new devices (fill in IP and ssh password), ping them to see if they're reachable, a reboot and a shutdown function. The "sleep mode" after shutdown is fine for now I think. I read that the pi typically uses 20-30 mA.

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Re: Looking for Pi management platform

Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:12 am

On my galaxy S9 phone I use “RasPi Check” for checking various pi and shutting them down etc. Simple to add a pi using IP address

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Re: Looking for Pi management platform

Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:25 am

Hi Rachelle! You can try our management platform for IoT devices - https://www.upswift.io. It takes only 60 seconds to register any Linux device, it's free and fully featured for your first 3 devices. :D
(Of course, all of the RaspberryPi models are perfectly supported)

The platform has all the features that you mentioned, and even more (remote control, deploying OTA software updates, etc..)

Disclaimer - I am working at UpSwift.io
UpSwift.io - Manage and Control remotely RaspberryPi and IoT devices.


Re: Looking for Pi management platform

Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:17 am

How about creating your own?

Use MQTT to send instructions to each Pi
Use MQTT to receive a heartbeat from each Pi

Create a topic for each Pi and a simple script or Python program to handle it running in the background.

If you want to get posh you could use node-red to take action / monitor them.

You could also look at https://www.balena.io/cloud where the first 10 devices are free, https://remote-iot.com/pricing.htm ($0.1 per dev commercial per month) or even Nagios for true LAN monitoring https://baldnerd.com/nems/

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