Good Choices for Home Server

I want to make a portable home server…(I have a home but if I ever move or go on a long trip I want to be able to move the server with me.) Is that even possible?

Any Ideas for running it on a RaspberryPI? It just has to be decently simple for my family to use. So no terminal :sad:

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who doesn’t

Yes. I would suggest using Jellyfin and an external storage medium for media (file server, NOT just movies, as some may suggest!)

Install OpenSSH for easy access, and put something like byobu or whatever for easy terminal multiplexer.

That’s what I use.

By the way: moved to Other Help

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You could always install a DE + access it using SSH when needed


Why do you need to take the server with you when you travel? That’s what remote login (SSH via Tailscale, noVNC, etc. is for).

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That’s really just a fancy tmux, so tmux would be better.

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¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Just in case

But fancy is better, isn’t it?

Seems riskier to me. Your home should be a safe place; some random hotel with edgy free wifi should not. I’d keep the server at home and log in via Tailscale.


Thing is, it does not really matter too much, and logging in over Tailscale to your residential ISP can be super slow! Some ISPs have fast download speeds, but super slow upload speeds. I’ve stayed at quite a lot of hotels and the average internet speeds kinda sucks.

If you’re that paranoid (which after reading the bottom I don’t think you should be), you could setup a hotspot on your server.

  • SSH is encrypted, by default
  • You can generate an SSL certificate, install it on the server and install it on your client to encrypt the connection from end-to-end
  • For SSH, you can use SSH keys rather than passwords, or you could use something like Yubico PAM Auth.
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Think of the server’s terrible uptime as it rides in a car/plane/train/some other transport for long periods of time during the trip.

I mean, you can use a Raspberry Pi and a powerbank. The max you can bring on a plane is 27,000 mAh, which should be more than enough if you’re hours away from a constant plugin source. Also, a lot of planes have plugin spots, and you can get a car to plugin adapter on amazon for like $20. I have one and it works fine drawing 65W to my laptop.

Also, I sorta accidentally brought more than 27,000 mAh on a plane from Atlanta to Boston and they didn’t really seem to care all that much lol

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I thought you weren’t supposed to use WiFi on an airplane. Also not all cars (only fairly new ones) have WiFi, which still has to be paid for. You could use mobile network but that is expensive too.

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You’re thinking about cell service. There has been Wi-Fi on planes for over a decade. T-mobile users and SkyMiles account holders get them on Delta for free (I have both). There are two major satellite providers, Viasat and GoGo. Nobody likes GoGo. Delta (and others) use Viasat. I watched YouTube on my plane ride lol.

To address the second part, if you have a raspberry pi, you can turn it into a ad-hoc WAN to access your content.

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I have no idea what that means.

Regardless, you can’t expect there to be WiFi everywhere. And even if there was you’d still disconnect from the Airplane WiFi, connect to the airport WiFi, then walk through the airport and connect to more more more. And if you are using signals from cell towers they still have holes in their coverage.

You can turn your raspberry pi into a router with no access to the global internet

How does that help make it into a server? I am totally lost now.

You can connect to it if there is no Wi-Fi network for you and the server to connect to. You’re essentially just making a hotspot that does not have internet access.

who said i was running it while on the move. I mean temporarly stationary

I was talking to Elijah