Part 1 - Hardware
- In Part Two, We will burn Ubuntu on your MicroSD card.
- In Part Three We get everything set up to my personal liking, but ymmv.
- In Part Four We get CoreDNS built
- In Part Five We deploy and configure CoreDNS
- In Part Six We add a few odds & ends to make the host more durable
- And in Part Seven We add the bits for the eInk display
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- A Pi 4
These are hard to come by these days, and are stupidly overpriced (( thanks Covid )). So I’m not gonna include a link.
You’re likely to want a Micro SD Card that doesn’t suck.
The cards that I’ve been using with reasonable success and good speeds are
SanDisk Extreme Pro MicroSDXC
You could use a larger one too. This just happens to be what I have lying around.
Waveshare’s got their new v3 version:
This is what I had lying around.
|Rpi Name [Pin]||Eink Hat Pin||Function|
|3.3v [1,17]||1 Red||VCC|
|GND [39,20]||2 Black||GND|
|GPIO10 ||3 Blue||DIN|
|GPIO11 ||4 Yellow||CLK|
|GPIO 8 ||5 Orange||CS|
|GPIO25 ||6 Green||DC|
|GPIO17 ||7 White||RST|
|GPIO24 ||8 Brown||Busy|
The PoE Hats I’ve tried out caused some weird artifacts on the eInk displays…
I found that using Power/Ground from the PoE Hat was problematic. I was getting a LOT more noise and artifacts when using those pins.
Using the power and ground direct from the RPi solved the problems I was experiencing. YMMV.
I’ve tried a few PoE Hats with varying degrees of success.
The version I have isn’t for sale any longer, but this is the next generation of it:
- UCTRONICS PoE HAT for Raspberry Pi 4B, IEEE 802.3af-Compliant, 5V 2.5A Mini Power Over Ethernet Expansion Board for Raspberry Pi 4 B 3 B+
The version I got from this vendor seem to work just fine on a Pi4.
Good To KnowThe main caveat I’ve found is these will ONLY work when receiving power from an 802.3af compatible PoE source.