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SNES Pi Webserver


Need a web server for self hosting, use a Raspberry Pi 2 of course (seeing I expect 200-300 page views a day we're safe). I need a DMZ in my internal network so the old router sleeping in the closet found a new life. I also had those beefy AC/DC modules in my lucky bag in Akihabara years ago, make the 110v a steady 10.5V with a decent amount of amps (measured 4 when short cutting I think). Throw in a couple of step down "buck" converters (no 7805) from eBay to have a decent efficiency and get my 5v for the Raspi as 3.3v for the router. Interresting fact this SoB of router does not work with 3.3v but is fed about 3.5-3.6v otherwise it doesn't start or keep rebooting. Not the fault of the power module, I tested with my beefy DC supply and with a precise 3.3v it keep on rebooting. The original power plug was measured 3.47V (though labelled 3.3v), so, what the hell, it works, maybe not for a century but I'll manage.
The whole thing is stuffed inside a SNES body that was the empty shell of my Arcade cabinet made with a SNES. I had to make fake joypad port, just wood with a few holes and painted/varnished the same as the SNES original grey, ... if you don't pay attention it makes acceptable illusion.

1- Raspberry Pi2
2- AC/DC converter (110V AV -> 10.5V DC)
3- Old router
4- Step down buck converters
snespi2.jpg Nearly final product. Looks not bad huh?
2015-09-02-23-15-50_photo.jpg Final product: there's a small fan in the cartridge to help with air convection (the router gets quite hot). This website you read now is hosted from my toilets :)


Now comes the fun. My goals are to:
  • Serve static content: html, css, images... I don't care/desire php modules or else, I'm fine editing my site with emacs (yes, I do)
  • A little dynamic though: if I could do some page combination on the fly like ASP.Net master page or maybe have a few tags dynamcally parsed, that would be cool but I could live without it.

Option 1 use a home made Python webserver

Which is what I did first, it handled bravely a few attacks until some a$$hole found a breach and killed it with a few commands. Yeah, BaseHTTPServer is not the most robust implementation.

Option 2 a existing Python framework

Flask is the answer. and that's the way to go!
I used the Flask to build a custom single editor multithreaded webservice. I can edit pages on the site live, that works quite fine. It's a work in progress, but if you're interrested do check on github, there's the full site: https://github.com/AlanFromJapan/alanWebSites

Option 3 a fullfledge web server

Not Apache (robust but cabalistic config), but maybe an easier/lighter Nginx? Would have worked but I wanted some flexibility.



I won't go into micro details here because it will change between your house and me, and it gets a little too private. I'm no network expert, so forgive if some details I keep before me. +++ network diagram +++


On the main router:
  • "DMZ router" is the DMZ target for the main router: all incoming extrnal traffic is redirected to that DMZ router
  • All external incoming traffic to the DMZ router management port is rejected (important)
  • NATing (port 80 external - port XYZ internal) can happen on that router (not in my case though)
  • On the DMZ router:
  • NATing of individual ports to the webserver: port 80 for http, 443 for ssh (not HTTPs, ssh so I can admin from outside and fool my company proxy), 8089 for dev server
  • Only incoming traffic is allowed on these 3 ports, no outgoing traffic allowed (only RESPONSE traffic)
  • All traffic from Dev server to Internal NW is rejected (except on the 3 ports as explained above)
  • All content on this site is shared under the MIT licence (do what u want, don't sue me, hat tip appreciated)
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