Mazatlan wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:01 am
I'm a newbie (68 y/o), and I'd like to know how many Pi's would it take to have a media server, home network, and VPN on one or multiple Pi's?
Is one enough? I just purchased a 4GB Pi. So far, really cool. I'm not well versed in electronics, or computer speak, so any advice as to reference materials suited for 5 y/o's (me) would be appreciated.
A lot depends on how much you want to segregate your network.
My current home server setup is as follows:
- A 4B 1GB running as file server (samba and nfs), DNS server, DHCP server, UPnP server, PXE boot server, and outgoing VPN
- A 1B running as a torrent client
- A zeroW as incoming OpenVPN server. VPN clients have no direct access to the rest of the network. Shared resources are mounted read only on this Pi and reshared.
- A zeroW driving an LCD as an info display.
Now, I could probably run all of that on a single 4B...
I'm not for several reasons:
- The 1B was sitting around unused.
- Having the torrent box on a seperate Pi makes it slightly easier to force its traffic through the outgoing VPN only and to block it should that VPN link be down. It also has its own disc space so teh other servers won't be affected when it fills up.
- The two zeroW are running from the 5v standby line of an ATX PSU (all the Pi are in the same mini-itx case). As long as there is power to the house they'll be on. I don't need to have the 4B (and its HDD) or 1B powered up to remote in to my network from outside or to display some text (e.g. current weather forcast) on the LCD.
For clarity, the outgoin VPN is because I strongly disagree with the UK's "snooper's charter" not because I'm doing anything illegal.
The actual connection to the internet is handled by my ISP supplied router. I've just disabled DNS, DHCP, etc and given it a fixed IP in the correct subnet.
Attempts to contact me outside of thes forums will be ignored unless signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public enquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters