At the start, I wanted something that did the following.
- Streaming Video
- Wireless Access Point
- USB Charging
- Maybe Retro Games
- Run Random scripts
- Room Watch
I did this project from several other failed / non-completed/ or used parts from past projects. Here is where I started, Just a Rasberry PI 3B+ and a travel router. I'm using the GL.iNet GL-AR750S-Ext Travel Router, which is a BEAST of a device for 70 dollars. It has OpenWRT on the device, with a pretty custom interface for most tasks. But it also has the "advanced interface," which is just OpenWRT. I tested a 3B+ for steaming video but didn't work well. Later I moved to an RPI 4 with 4GB of ram.
This router works Perfect for the following. (Screenshot below)
- Access Point to WAN Binding
- Ethernet To Wan Binding
- USB Teather to Wan Binding.
Now I have three different ways I've seen/used at most hotels for getting internet in my room. I wanted my access point so I can join as many wireless devices as I wanted to my access point.
(FYI About Hotel Provided Internet)
If you use the hotel provided internet either LAN or Wireless, you're going to be limited to 1 or sometimes 2 MAC access allowed to connect. The router will be your "single" MAC access to the hotel's point of view. However, I've found you cant use Custom DNS when joining via there portal (Which is needed at most hotels). If you do join via a portal and use custom DNS, you'll need to disable that custom DNS until you get connected. However, you can go back to the custom DNS once you're connected. One other thing of note its session expirations. 50/50 if hotels expire sessions, means you'll need to rebind to the hotels wireless every 24 hours.
Here you can see I added speakers and an HDMI Splitter. Right now, the idea is to have 2 PIS, one for video streaming, and the other for Retro games.
Room watch Camera. This only watches the room while I'm away. I've had issues in the past with cash going missing.
USB Power ports, parts leftovers from my old car. I moved them over to my TES unit so I could have portable power everywhere I went and needed need to mess around with USB Bricks.
The back has both USB and Ethernet that are connected to the travel router. This will charge with USB Device I have in teether mode to the router, and I can connect to the WAN point on the router in case there is an ethernet there on site. If I needed this to be a LAN port, I could change that in the Travel router very quickly.
The front has USB ports connected to 1 PI (The Retro Pi), four power buttons for all devices, and speaker volume control.
Here is the most updated picture of the project TES which is ready for field testing
- 4 USB only power ports on the top
- An Amazon Alexia
- PI 1 (RPI 3B+) for Retro Games
- P2 2 (RPI4) For Steaming Video
- Front USB ports for PI 1
- Inside USB ports for PI 2
- Travel Router For access point in my room.
- External Antanas for the Travel Router
- HDMI Splitter for both PIs
Not Pictured here
- 12v to 5v converter for PIs
- 12v 10Amp power brick
I plan to test this when I head home for the holidays and see what works and what doesn't.