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Raspberry Pi Networking Cookbook: Reviewed

Written By: Mel Lester Jr. - Jan• 09•14

Raspberry Pi Networking CookbookRaspberry Pi Networking Cookbook

By: Rick Golden;

Publisher: Packt Publishing

Pub. Date: March 7, 2013

Print ISBN-13: 978-1-84969-460-5

Pages in Print Edition: 204

I am currently using the Raspberry Pi to build a number of Linux appliances for a small to medium sized business.  These appliances will be replacing some aging, power hungry, rack mounted servers.

My first project is to build a Raspberry Pi Network Attached Storage (NAS) server.  The project is almost ready for acceptance testing and the only issue I have experienced that was not anticipated by this book was the initial inability to write to the new Toshiba USB 2TB hard disk I purchased for the project.  With the help of Google search, I believe this issue to be resolved.

My NAS project depends on Samba, which is treated fairly superficially in the NAS recipe in this book and every other similar Raspberry Pi “cookbook” I have found.  To be fair, following these recipes should get your NAS project started, but other guides that are more focused on Samba  will need to be consulted for tuning and optimization.  The author ends every project discussion with links to authoritative sources of more in-depth coverage of the current subject.

I gave this book a four star rating because it is clearly written and stays on topic.  Starting with an new, out of the box Raspberry Pi, this book quick steps the reader through initial setup, configuration and on to practical networking projects.  Even though I have an unlimited subscription to Safari, I thought enough of this book to purchase the ePub version and highly recommend it to anyone willing to jump into the deep end of the pool.

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