Set up VPN Server on Raspberry Pi

VPN servers are a great way to make sure your connection is secure and safe specially when you are connected to open or shared Wifi network. This tutorial will show you how you can set up your own VPN server at you home on Raspberry Pi, so all your connections on remote devices go through this server as if you were connected to your home Wifi.

The software that I am using – Softether – is a free and open source server that allows you to set up multiple VPN protocols. We will only be setting IPSec protocol that uses secure and encrypted connections for your VPN. Continue reading Set up VPN Server on Raspberry Pi

Athan System with raspberry Pi

The athan (or Adhan) is a special Islamic call to salah (prayer). A mu’athin calls athan from the minaret of a mosque to announce every prayer and worship event. According to Islamic custom, the athan is also the first thing that a newborn baby should hear. You can say the words in English, Arabic, or any other language that is meaningful to you.

Prayers in Islam are 5 times a day. Those times vary, so does that athan for them.

Since I am Muslim, I have created an athan “clock” that calls the athan 5 times a day. I use a Raspberry Pi and a speaker connected to it to play the athan sound.

I called it a “system” because it does more than just playing the sound at certain times. Here are all the functionalities it does: Continue reading Athan System with raspberry Pi

How I automatically notify my family that I am close to home (most likely parking the car)

Introduction

For many reasons I find it very useful to let my family know that I am getting very close to the house. Mainly because my wife would be able to unlock the door (if she is close by and knows that I will be coming up stairs carrying a lot of grocery bags)

So I thought about a way to do that and I came up with this plan:

  1. Have something running on the Raspberry Pi at home listing to a trigger of some kind to play a sound when I get close.
  2. Use Tasker app to trigger a call to the server based on my phone location

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