So, after last week’s post about preparing my Raspberry Pis for my whole home audio project, I had three Pis that should have been set up properly, but weren’t working very well - and the culprit was the USB WiFi dongles I was using.
Happily a stumbled upon the article linked above, and it solved the issues I was having!
Surf the Internet securely with your very own portable WiFi VPN/TOR router. You can configure a Raspberry Pi with Linux and some extra software to connect to a VPN server of your choice.
I didn’t follow all the steps because they’re doing something different to me, but there is some commonality and, crucially, the article folks are using WiFi adapters with the same chipset that mine have. Step four shows you how to download and compile a version of hostapd that’s built especially for them and works well. I’ve updated my previous post with these steps.
Now that I have networking all set up I’ve taken a couple of extra steps:
- I set up passwordless ssh between the three Pis. This isn’t required for my solution per se, it just makes things easier.
- I used sshfs on pi #1 to connect it to my existing home server, and mount the folder that holds all my music.
I’m excited to move on to next steps! The prep work was necessary, but it didn’t make for an especially interesting blog post because it’s all a bit dry.
Keep following my #RPiWHA Hashtag! The next installment will be more interesting, I promise. We’re going to get some actual music playing!