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First overview over my music box – software

The software runs on the Raspberry Pi, for all of you who do not know what a Raspberry Pi is :  click here.

Everything is based on raspbian, a linux distribution based on debian. I used the fstab file to automatically mount the first 10 block devices it finds onto “/media/sda/”,  “/media/sdb1”, “/media/sdc1”, etc . “/media/” is then used as the music folder for the Music Player Daemon. HostAPD together with Dnsmasq are used to spawn the WLan and make the Pi traceable with an URL (i used www.music.box.local ). If the LAN connection is established, the Pi acts as NAT and let clients accsess its shared LAN connection. (for infos how to, see here). I use a Samba server to accsess the USB-sticks once they are connected. Lighttpd and php is used to host a small website on the pi, including a PHP-mpd-client.

A more detailed description, including an sd-cad image and config files will be posted as soon as i got more time to write.

First overview over my music box – hardware

This is the very first post about my music box:

Music box front view

What is it? Well basicly it is a big battery, combined with a Raspberry Pi, an amplifier and speakers, used to play music. Some more pictures:

Music box rear view

This is the rear side, here i house the control switches (not visible, they are hidden behind the wood. On the left part of the hub is the USB sound card, wich connects the Pi to the amplifier. The little stick you see on the top is a WLan-stick, used to connect to the Pi and control it. Behind the hub is a LAN connection, wich can turn the Pi into a WLan hotspot and is used to update the Pi. The hub is of course not only powered by USB, but got another power supply too. (500 mA are just WAY too few)

Music box top view B

Top view on the music box, you see my way of mounting the speakers here. Its not pretty but it works.

Music box top view A

Another top view, here you can see the wooden frame i used to mount all the stuff in the box.

Music box top view close up

Close up of the internal stuff. Here you see the amplifier (red, to the left) wich claims to be 300 W (it feels to be a lot less). In the center is the Raspberry Pi with its SD-card and USB connection to the hub. To the Right you see the power regulator (the little black box) wich turns the 12V comming from the batteries into the 5V needed for the Raspberry Pi and the USB-hub. The amplifier works on 12V. On the top you see the three switches wich controll the box. Under all this you see the batteries. This are 4x 17 Ah batteries. They got a lot of weight but are needed to make the box run ~5 days of average use off the grid. Average use includes a few cellphone charges.

All this is mounted on a wooden frame, wich inturn is screwed to the box from the bottom side. The carrying strap is connected to the frame too. I do not feel safe about the connection to the box, but for now it seems to work.

With the top cover included, the box got a basic waterproofing and is great for outside use.