Save some power and go lights out

Many pirateboxes are packaged with batteries to run while mobile or at least away from an outlet.   Although LEDs are very energy efficient they do in fact use energy.   If the unit is in a case then the utility of using the LEDs for diagnostics is not useful. The LEDs on the  MR3020

Simple ways to keep tabs on your piratebox

For those not versed in Linux or even those versed in another flavor the following work well to see what’s going on with your piratebox. To find the number of currently connected users iw dev wlan0 station dump | grep -c Station To get server uptime and average processor loads over the last 1, 5 and 15

PirateBox… the other way to be secure

The PirateBox by David Dart and others is an interesting solution to the problem of secure file sharing.   If you’re not on the internet and the “server” doesn’t keep a log then you’re secure.   There are many incarnations of PirateBox, but at its most basic level its a WiFi server with a shared

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