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These instructions will provide you with a list of requirements and steps for configuring your own local Wi-Fi media server using the Raspberry Pi. Once complete, you will be able to plug a USB drive into your Raspberry Pi and provide the drive's content across a local wireless area. Anyone within the vicinity will be able to view images, documents, videos and more with their laptops and mobile devices.
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Step 1: Materials

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Raspbery Pi Model B
Power adapter
SD storage card
WiFi Adapter (ASUS USB-N13)
Ethernet cable
USB storage (USB key or thumbdrive)
Raspbian “wheezy” Linux distribution (2013-02-09-wheezy-raspbian)
Imaging software (ex: Win32DiskImager, http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/)
Driver for WiFi (Realtek RTL8192CU)
[optional] Javascript Framework (bootstrap.js)

Step 2: Development Environment

PC with Internet connection & SD card reader
Additional wired Internet connection
Extra USB Keyboard, Monitor (with HDMI port, or adapter) & USB Mouse
HDMI cable (and adapter, if necessary)

Step 3: Download and Burn Linux Distribution Image to SD Card

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Download the Raspbian “wheezy” image zip file (http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads) and unzip it into a directory of your choice.

     Linux distribution used: 2013-02-09-wheezy-raspbian

Obtain imaging software that will support SD cards

     Ex: Win32DiskImager, http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/

Burn an image of the linux distribution to SD card:

1. Open Win32 Disk Imager
2. Click on Directory icon and navigate to downloaded and unzipped image (.IMG) and select ‘Write’ … confirm “Yes” when prompted
3. When complete, a window will pop up saying “Write Successful”.  Click OK.  Click Exit.
4. Remove SD card.
mhrnik1 month ago

First thanks for great tutorial. I just want to know that how many number of user can connect any view video at a time?

you guidance will be really appreciated.

Thank you.

yauyauwai2 months ago


I'm stuck in Step 10 - where exactly (the folder) I should put the Bootstrap's materials? Since there is no folder as /root/www/ in Pi.

Thanks for your tutorial; I'm already excited I can scan RaspAP through WiFi.


NachoM3 months ago

good help, sadly as a hard NOOB user i couldn't even go through step 5.C and here is why:

I bought the rtl8188c for the Raspberry pi 2 model B and i got the on the box the antenna and a cd with proper softwares...when i reached the step where you gotta find the ‘wpa_supplicant_hostapd’ and unzip 2 files i found 3




So i decided to use the link provided by OP, so i download this file "rtl8712_8188_8191_8192SU_usb_linux_v2.", opened up, went to wpa_supplicant , but i couldn't find "wpa_supplicant_hostapd"...so im lost

also i had to do this to be able to get in to the usb


and also i had to download all updates via command line.

Any thoughts????


NachoM NachoM2 months ago

got it done, Raspberrypi.org on the forum section is awesome!

BisalmanT4 months ago

Can we be able to download the contents too ?? Please reply me ASAP. Also can there be any security issue that is needed to take in account.

_seyiadeleke_10 months ago

does this work with a standard lamp installation?

prof_ron1 year ago

What happened? Up to this point, you gave very detailed instructions. Then you suddenly assumed I knew how to do everything. I am a full professor in Biomedical Engineering Technology, but my programming is limited to Assembly. I have no idea where folder /www/ is nor how to go about entering PHP code. Can you explain this part so us newbies can understand?

hey there, would you be able to host the completed install that you have on the SSD?