ChiPirate-BOX: the chipest and cheapest Pirate-BOX ever

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How to build a Piratebox using ONLY a chip computer.

As a student, a chip and a powerbank for portable phones can fit in your backpack. All your classmates can use the piratebox to exchange files and to chat anonymously using their tablets, portable phones and laptops.



Get a Chip, a.k.a. Chip 9$, the 9$ computer, Next Thing co. Chip, NTChip. (The one I used was flashed with ChipOS, i.e. the full-fledged Debian with GUI).

Install some extra debian packets:

sudo apt-get install perl lighttpd dnsmasq hostapd

(perl and hostadp should be already installed).

Prevent the deamons from automatic loading.

sudo systemctl stop lighttpd
sudo systemctl disable lighttpd
sudo systemctl stop dnsmasq
sudo systemctl disable dnsmasq

Get the piratebox code:

tar xf piratebox-ws_current.tar.gz
cd piratebox
sudo cp -rv piratebox /opt
sudo ln -s /opt/piratebox/init.d/piratebox /etc/init.d/

All the files shared by this piratebox will be stored in /opt/piratebox/share. In case you want to use an external USB memory key or disk mount it there:

mount /dev/sda1 /opt/piratebox/share

It is a good idea to have a look and edit some configuration parameters (if you like) in the following files: /opt/piratebox/conf/piratebox.conf and /opt/piratebox/conf/hostapd.conf. (It is not strictly needed it works out-of-the-box).

Finalize the installation:

/opt/piratebox/bin/ /opt/piratebox/conf/piratebox.conf part2
/opt/piratebox/bin/ /opt/piratebox/conf/piratebox.conf imageboard

It is a good idea to edit the file /opt/piratebox/www/board/ and change the default administration password.

Everything is now ready. It is possible to start your ChiPirate-Box:

/etc/init.d/piratebox start

Obviously the ChiPirate-Box can be turned off in this way:

/etc/init.d/piratebox stop

Systemd can be instructed to start your ChiPirateBox at boot time:

systemctl enable piratebox

Use disable instead of enable to undo this operation.