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NOOB questions

  1. Is it possible to have a non-dedicated Pi?
  2. In Houston, I think even the garage would get too hot to run a PI, so, the Pi would have to be indoors. What are some of the solutions for getting the antennae outdoors without punching a hole in a wall?
  3. Does a WiFi connection provide sufficient throughput for the application, or is eNet required?

What do you mean by non-dedicated? I run several apps on my Pi 3 with 2 dongles feeding FA, RB24, PF & Opensky; CUPS serving a laser printer and an inkjet printer with ~100 pages per day; XRDP (remote desktop).

My indoor Pi 4B can easily overheat (80°C) without a fan. I have a FA antenna mounted indoors. If you can run a wire through the attic and exit through a gable vent, an outdoor antenna will provide better reception.

A wifi connection can provide adequate throughput. I have an 802.11ac wifi network with 10 nodes feeding a 100mbit broadband connection.

Installing a fan pretty much takes care of that problem.
And even without a fan it would just throttle, not die.

Still long-term i’d recommend a fan.

You can use the RPi for other things besides piaware.
Just use a normal Raspbian image and install piaware:

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Thanks! My first look at the instructions seemed to indicate a dedicated. I run a Pi_Hole, which is dedicated, but have a couple of other Pi’s as sandbox

Thanks! I’m thinking I can easily find a way to drop a line to the 2nd floor and provide a clean through wall connection.

You can actually run it on the same pi as pi-hole.

Can't get PIAware running

Note that you only need those three lines in the external.conf file:

server.modules += (

The rest is redundant as it turned out.

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I wouldn’t trust that for 24/7 operation.

A computer case fan seems more appropriate, many 12 V fans will run slow but nicely on 5V.

+1 for a fan - my enclosed box has the antennas inside and will be mounted outside near Corpus Christi (not too far from Houston). My recent testing in the Dallas heat (100’F) with the box outside went well because the CPU temp only peaked around 65’C with this circulation fan. Without it temps were +80’C.

I can use a 12V AC adapter with a long extension cord because the DC-DC converter provides the stable 5.0V for the Raspi. You just need to stay within range of your wifi signal.


Box during stress testing - that plastic plug is a pressure vent that keeps water out but equalizes the box pressure so condensation doesn’t build up inside the box.


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