Raspberry Pi

NanoPi Neo Vs. Raspberry pi zero Vs. C.H.I.P.

NanoPi Neo Vs. Raspberry pi zero Vs. C.H.I.P. 

Size comparison of some of the most popular microboards out there for iot. On the left hand side  you have the Raspberry Pi zero very hard to get your hands on and actually  now I believe you can easily get your hands. This is a great little device, inexpensive but no onboard network connectibity.  In the center we have a pocket chip for really ship from the company called Thing Co. of the west coast this one over here has an onboard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and got a full size USB port as well. Very nice it also has a built-in basically I  believe it’s a voltage control system that allows you to power the board from an external battery with a lipo and if you basically have it plugged in the other micro USB to some sort of source of power also charge the battery. So very interesting actually because you can hardwired power to it and the device will not turn off and run off of the battery backup. Very interesting if you want a great distance to any of your better project reason why I’m doing this company is called friendly Arm and they had just recently released Nano pi neo with onboard Ethernet.

                         NANO PI NEO

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What makes theNano Pi Neo very interesting in my perspective for all of these little iot devices is that it actually comes with on board fast ethernet Network which is really really cool. This one has  256 mb Ram  version with a  4 core processor  it definitely packs a punch. As you can see it is very very small very nice device you don’t really have to have much else to it could actually probably print some really nice cases using your 3D printer and go to town developing something and I’m using them for some no network Base projects I’d say but awesome awesome that it has a built-in ethernet port which of these other devices how I feel that that’s kind of important because you have Wi-Fi depending on a wireless network devices that works there pretty much are used to having hard wired connection for Wi-Fi is great but there is definitely nothing better than having hard-wired connections for the most part wifi is great but there’s definitely nothing better than a hard wired connection.  to this case and Company friendly arm with a dental Pie has delivered on that I actually have a 256 version of it running over here currently serving as a TCP server and DNS server for me on my phone at work.I have to tell you it runs just about any of the  of the Raspberry Pi libraries.


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Raspberry Pi Zero has two noticeable attributes compared to other Raspberry Pi boards: it’s smaller and it’s cheaper. FriendlyARM has now designed another model for their NanoPi family, that about 12% smaller, although not quite as thin at all due to its Ethernet jack and USB connector, and much faster than Raspberry Pi Zero, with NanoPi NEO board powered by Allwinner H3 quad core processor.

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VPN Debian + Ubuntu + Raspberry Pi


IPVanish is a great VPN service growing in popularity. IPVanish provides plenty of bandwidth to allow fast downloads while being secured with encryption for maximum privacy and anonymity. IPVanish don’t keep any logs so they take your privacy seriously. This guide shows you how to configure OpenVPN with IPVanish on Debian or Ubuntu and will work on the Raspberry Pi and Banana Pi too. It also shows you how to autostart your VPN connection on boot.

Configure IPVanish OpenVPN on Debian + Ubuntu + Raspberry Pi

Get your IP on the internet first to compare after you have run it again

SSH in to your device and check your public IP address

wget http://ipecho.net/plain -O - -q ; echo

Install OpenVPN

sudo apt-get install openvpn -y

Reboot to make sure your tunnel adapter gets installed

sudo reboot

SSH in again and enter the OpenVPN folder to store your IPVanish configs and login details (insecure but convenient)

cd /etc/openvpn

Download the IPVanish VPN certificate file

wget http://www.ipvanish.com/software/configs/ca.ipvanish.com.crt

Choose IPVanish ovpn files to use from here depending on which country you want to connect through.

Right click and copy the link to use below for copying the configuration file

wget https://www.ipvanish.com/software/configs/ipvanish-ES-Madrid-mad-a01.ovpn

Create a file for your login credentials, this is not particularly secure but it is convenient

sudo nano /etc/openvpn/login.txt

Paste your IPVanish username and format like this:


Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to save

Add Google’s DNS servers or you won’t be able to use DNS on your device

echo "nameserver" | sudo tee -a /etc/resolv.conf
echo "nameserver" | sudo tee -a /etc/resolv.conf

Make the resolv.conf file immutable (i.e. unchangeable) (source)

sudo chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf

Try establishing an OpenVPN connection to IPVanish specifying the ovpn file you wish to use and the login file you created

sudo openvpn --config /etc/openvpn/ipvanish-ES-Madrid-mad-a01.ovpn --auth-user-pass /etc/openvpn/login.txt

You should see something along these lines if the OpenVPN IPVanish connection was successful

Wed Oct 21 16:41:44 2015 /sbin/ip route add via
Wed Oct 21 16:41:44 2015 /sbin/ip route add via
Wed Oct 21 16:41:44 2015 /sbin/ip route add via
Wed Oct 21 16:41:44 2015 Initialization Sequence Completed

You will need to start a new SSH session to check the IPVanish IP address

wget http://ipecho.net/plain -O - -q ; echo

You should see output like this

Autoconnect IPVanish OpenVPN on Start

You are going to add the command to /etc/rc.local so you autoconnect to IPVanish VPN servers

sudo nano /etc/rc.local

At the bottom add this code before exit 0, there should only be one exit 0

sleep 5
cd /etc/openvpn
sudo openvpn --config /etc/openvpn/ipvanish-ES-Madrid-mad-a01.ovpn --auth-user-pass /etc/openvpn/login.txt
exit 0

Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to save