ChiPirate-BOX: the chipest and cheapest Pirate-BOX ever
Based on this HowTo.
How to build a Piratebox using ONLYa C.H.I.P computer.
After everything is correctly setup, the following parameters are valid:
- IP Address via wifi: 192.168.77.1 (use ssh)
- SSID: PirateBox - Share Freely
- IP Range: 192.168.77.10 - 192.168.77.250
- Hostname: piratebox.lan
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 update sudo apt-get install perl lighttpd dnsmasq hostapd python php5-cgi zip avahi-daemon
(perl and hostadp should be already installed).
Prevent the daemons from automatic loading.
sudo systemctl stop lighttpd sudo systemctl disable lighttpd sudo systemctl stop dnsmasq sudo systemctl disable dnsmasq sudo systemctl stop hostapd sudo systemctl disable hostapd
Get the piratebox code:
wget http://downloads.piratebox.de/piratebox-ws_current.tar.gz 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/
On CHIP, it is needed to delay the startup by 30 seconds:
sudo sh -c 'echo "sleep 30" >> /opt/piratebox/bin/hooks/hook_piratebox_start.sh' sudo sed -i -e 's|^# echo|echo|' /opt/piratebox/bin/hooks/hook_piratebox_start.sh
All the files shared by this piratebox will be stored in
It is a good idea to have a look and edit some configuration parameters (if you like) in the following files:
/opt/piratebox/conf/hostapd.conf. (It is not strictly needed it works out-of-the-box).
Finalize the installation:
sudo /opt/piratebox/bin/install_piratebox.sh /opt/piratebox/conf/piratebox.conf part2 sudo /opt/piratebox/bin/install_piratebox.sh /opt/piratebox/conf/piratebox.conf imageboard
To activate the board, run the following command:
Everything is now ready. It is possible to start your ChiPirate-Box:
sudo /etc/init.d/piratebox start
Obviously the ChiPirate-Box can be turned off in this way:
sudo /etc/init.d/piratebox stop
Systemd can be instructed to start your ChiPirateBox at boot time:
sudo systemctl enable piratebox
disable instead of
enable to undo this operation.
It is recommended to use an USB stick to store your files.
You can follow the instructions listed Raspberry Pi(rate)Box Mods - USB FAT Storage.
As this is more like an unsupported build, please ask in this thread for assistance.
Disable management of wifi card in NetworkManager
The NetworkManager is a comfort feature, which tend to disturb a smoothness running PirateBox. You can disable the management of wlan0 of the NetworkManagement daemon, run:
if ! grep -q wlan0 /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf ; then sudo sed -i -e 's|unmanaged-devices=interface-name|unmanaged-devices=;interface-name|' \ /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf sudo sed -i -e 's|unmanaged-devices=|unmanaged-devices=interface-name:wlan0|' \ /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf fi
Want to modify your CHIPiratebox?
Have a look at the Raspberry Pi(rate)Box Mods, which will mostly apply to the CHIP as well!