The NODE Raspberry Pi Mini Server Is Perfect for the Decentralized Internet
When you access a website, or Internet-based service, you’re relying on the technical fortitude and goodwill of just a handful of large…
When you access a website, or Internet-based service, you’re relying on the technical fortitude and goodwill of just a handful of large companies. Your access is controlled by your ISP, which in turns routes through a small number of major nodes. The website is likely hosted on a server farm somewhere, and your data can be used by the actual website or service however they see fit. The decentralized Internet promises to fix that, and NODE’s Raspberry Pi Mini Server is perfect for that purpose.
Like everything else designed by NODE, the Mini Server is well thought out, dedicated to doing a specific job, and open source. The Mini Server, at it’s core, is a case and components that can be used to optimize a Raspberry Pi for use as a server. For fans of other single-board computers, the Mini Server should also work with more powerful Pi competitors like the Asus Tinker Board and ODroid-C2.
The NODE Mini Server case is easy to make on any 3D printer, but the Raspberry Pi will require some modification and will need some additional adapters. The main reason for that is so that all of the ports, including the HDMI and SD card, are accessible from the back of the Mini Server — leaving all of the other sides clean. There is also an adapter and slot for a 2.5" SATA laptop hard drive, so that you can expand the storage capacity up to 3TB. If you’re looking for a capable, yet compact and affordable, server solution, this is a great option.