Piratebox

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by WatchGintama, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. WatchGintama
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    WatchGintama GBAtemp Maniac

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    First off, this isn't anything illegal. I just wanted to share and see if anyone else knows about this. If you're into tinkering with things, I highly suggest doing this as a free time project. It's really cool.

    Piratebox is an offline file sharing server that's not connected to the internet. It runs off a raspberry pi, android phone, or an old router. Because it's not connected to the internet, you aren't being spied on by the NSA. Of course, unless they are within your proximity and connect to your piratebox.

    To put it in simply, you run the piratebox software and it tethers your connection/SSID. When people connect to your SSID, it sends them to a webpage where they can share files and chat anonymously (IP and stuff aren't logged.) There are other features you can add to your piratebox such as an imageboard, UPNP server for media playback, etc.

    Uses scenarios:
    A place with no internet and you need to share files
    A teacher can run a piratebox to to distribute and collect homework
    At your own music concert to share your music files and sheets
    At university dorms to share homework, slideshows, and PDF
    At LAN parties
    On Airplanes to share airplane safety documents

    I just setup my old not-in-use Nexus 4 as PB. Not sure what I'll use mine for, but the possibilities and endless.

    PirateBox for android (Google Play)
    PirateBox official website
     
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  2. Arras

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    This looks tremendously useless for the average person. Neat though, I suppose.
     
  3. Hells Malice

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    You lost me at NSA. I'm sorry dude we just don't have any more tinfoil hats.

    The entire premise of this is ruined by cloud storage and various other mediums already existing and being much more efficient at doing the same things. The internet wins again.
     
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    So it's a simplified FTP application?
     
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  6. Foxi4

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    prowler This worries me, namely because the books on this dude's shelf are in Polish. :mellow:
     
  7. purupuru

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    It's probably more practical to use a bicycle to deliver a thumb drive than this setup
     
  8. TyBlood13

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    I set up a Plex server like this when my internet went out for a week. Just seemed impractical once my normal internet was back since I had to have all my devices connect in an either/or fashion to the SSIDs
     
  9. lytro

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    Interesting.

    But not necessary, yet.
     
  10. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

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    It looks like a BBA (old, private server before internet was the common thing where people connected to).

    It was private servers hosted by users and only users who knew about it could connect to that BBA using their 56k modem by calling home (instead of numerating/calling the ISP number before ADSL was possible, you called the private number).
    You ended up paying for per-minute phone call communication, but it was private network.