I thought about using my Raspberry Pi 3 B+ as a NextCloud server, but research told me it would be too slow to be useful. Any cool useful projects I can do, without any extra purchases? I’m extremely low on money currently.

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    As a FREE* VPN:

    Get a good weatherproof enclosure for your PI, a solar panel, and a power bank. Configure it to automatically connect to any open WiFi networks (via bash script and cron) and then use said connection remotely as your own free VPN. Be sure to put the PI in a good remote area where it won’t be messed with, I’d suggest somewhere up high if possible, also if you’re using it for not so legal purposes I’d suggest doing it somewhere far away from your main base of operations.

    * FREE after initial hardware investments.

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      32 years ago

      Besides being theft of other people’s paid service and illegal, this puts innocent people at risk. Can we please keep this kind of ideas out of lenny?

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        Besides being theft of other people’s paid service and illegal, this puts innocent people at risk.

        Eh, that depends on your usage, you can easily get permission from a friend or family member to leave it at their place. I wouldn’t consider it theft since they just left the Wi-Fi network wide open for anyone to use, this would be a different story if someone used tools such as aircrack to gain access to the network, but that’s just my opinion, and this is only illegal if you use it for illegal purposes.

        Can we please keep this kind of ideas out of lenny?

        Somebody asked a question and I answered, there’s nothing illegal about it unless you make it illegal, I’ve even done a similar setup myself (with permission from the property/network owner, of course), so sorry but I’m not going to censor myself just because someone else is uncomfortable discussing these things on Lemmy.

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      12 years ago

      Couldn’t you do this with mobile data?

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        Couldn’t you do this with mobile data?

        On a RPI? Technically you could, but this requires an additional purchase to connect to the cellular network and you’ll also have to pay a monthly fee for the service, at that point you might as well just get a VPN as it’s not worth the cost, that is unless you know a ridiculously cheap cellular provider.