NODE Mini Server V2: The DIY home server based on a Raspberry Pi

NODE Mini Server V2: The DIY home server based on a Raspberry Pi. (Image source: NODE)
NODE Mini Server V2: The DIY home server based on a Raspberry Pi. (Image source: NODE)
Ever fancied having a small home server? Well now you can with the NODE Mini Server V2. Caution: soldering skills required.

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Are you protective about where your data is stored and how it is processed? If so, then something like the NODE Mini Server V2 may be right up your street. The idea behind the home server is to replace remote servers that store your browsing data with those that can be managed and operated by the end-user.

The NODE is powered by a Raspberry Pi 3B+ and uses a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD for data storage. Getting the device working will require desoldering some of the ports from the Pi though. Unsurprisingly, there are more parts to the NODE than just a Pi and a HDD/SSD, including a small fan to prevent it from overheating. We have included a full parts list below:

  • Raspberry Pi 3B+
  • 3D printed case (including struts)
  • 3D printed HDD/SSD frame
  • Bottom PCB - 1.6 mm thick
  • Top PCB - 1.6 mm thick, optionally made from aluminium
  • Micro SD card PCB - 0.8 mm thick
  • SATA Adapter PCB - 1.6 mm thick
  • 8 x M2.5 x 10 mm screws
  • 6 x M2.5 x 8 mm screws
  • 6 x M2.5 Hex Nuts
  • 4 x M3 x 6 mm screws
  • 100 mm 4 pin 1 mm Pitch FPC cable
  • 2 x 4 pin 1 mm Pitch FPC connector (84981-4)
  • 2.5-inch HDD/SSD (7 mm form factor)
  • USB 2.0 Type-A female port
  • Standard micro SD card slot
  • 5.5 x 2.1 mm right-angled DC Jack
  • SMD RJ45 Jack
  • S8050 Transistor
  • 30 x 10 x 10 mm 5v blower fan
  • USB SATA Adapter
  • Self-adhesive rubber feet

The V2 will reportedly work with other single board computers (SBCs) like the ASUS Tinker Board, but the design of the server would require some modifying to accommodate a different board. Currently, the project is DIY, the full build details for which NODE supplies on its website along with source files for the case and PCB designs. However, NODE states that it is "thinking of opening a limited preorder on this, depending on what the response was like". So, if you are interested in having a Raspberry Pi-based home server but do not have access to a 3D printer or the time to put the device together, then be sure to get in touch with NODE by email or via YouTube.

(Image source: NODE)
(Image source: NODE)
(Image source: NODE)
(Image source: NODE)
(Image source: NODE)


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Alex Alderson, 2019-05-23 (Update: 2019-05-23)
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