My Raspberry Pi Setup

My Raspberry Pi Setup

Let's see what parts it consists of my Raspberry setup and what is running on my RPi :)

Main goals:

- Minimum noise
- Great speed
- Use software with a low footprint (low memory and CPU usage)
- Secure operation (against hackers and bots from the Internet)

 

Hardware:

  • Raspberry Pi 4B (2GB Version)

The latest Raspberry Pi is available with different sizes of memory: 2, 4 and 8GB. My choice was the 2GB version because it's far enough for all application I run on this device (see below the full list of them)

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  • Kingston 8GB MicroSD (32GB, UHS-I)

This where the OS is running by default. I bought this MicroSD card a few years ago and still works. My recommendation is to buy a much bigger one than necessary. The current disk usage is 32%, which is fine.

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  • Armor Case (fanless version)

I have a double cooler version, but I don't use them. I'll buy a fully passive version for my next Raspberry Pi. I tested this case by stressing the CPU with 100% load during 3 days. The temperature wasn't higher than 64°C. The CPU is throttling over 80°C, so this temperature is totally fine. I recommend this case instead of some plastic boxes. In my opinion, using any cooler is useless.

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  • Power supply (Official)

Use the official power supply. It's not expensive. If you want to use your existing charger, please do NOT use a Quick Charger, the Raspberry Pi doesn't support it. The recommendation is 3A output on 5V at least.

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  • 1TB 2.5" HDD (HGST 7K1000)

I read a lot of reviews and tests about 2,5" HDDs to find the quietest, but a fast one. After a few hours, I found this HDD and I'm satisfied with it. You have to use HDD if you want to store huge files or download torrents.

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  • SATA-USB Cable (USB3.0 and UASP Supported)

I replaced my old USB2.0 SATA-USB cable to UASP Supported USB3.0 one. The transfer speed through samba file share increased from 20MB/s to ~60MB/s. I realized the same speed boost while downloading torrents.

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  • TP-Link Archer C6 Router

Stable, fast and cheap. Here's my article about this router.

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  • Display (Samsung 43" NU7022 4K UHD Smart LED TV)

Feel free to use any kind of TV, but check the HDMI-CEC support if you want to use Kodi with the TV remote.

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Software

My favorite OS is Raspberry Pi OS, which is official and based on Debian. It's stable, fast and it has huge community support.
My Raspberry Pi run these services:

  • Kodi (Media Player)
  • rTorrent + ruTorrent (Installation guide here)
  • Fail2ban (It helps to protect my RPi against attacks from the Internet)
  • Apache (serve this blog and ruTorrent interface)
  • Samba (File sharing)
  • RPi-Monitor (Installation guide here)
  • Apticron (Send an email when an update is available)
  • ddclient (Automatically update the IP for DDNS address)
  • A lot of scripts (healthcheck, backup, BTC Trader and so on...)

 

Summary

All of them (included the system as well) use less than 1GB of memory, so this is why I bought the 2GB version of Raspberry Pi 4.

The average transfer speed through samba file share is around 60MB/s from RPi to my notebook on LAN.

Total Commander copy speed from Raspberry Pi 4

 

I built a silent, cool and fast Raspberry Pi Setup. The CPU temperature is always lower than 65°C.

If you want to monitor your own Raspberry like this, feel free to install RPi-Monitor.

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