Sunday, March 31, 2013

MK802+ as a home server (Part 1)

So , I live in Egypt , no plans to upgrade my internet speed , and i have a huge list of downloads that i need done overnight. I don't want to leave my main desktop computer running all day with its loud fans and all. So ,the only solution I propose is having a home server. Ok , long story short, i bought an MK802+ (1GB model) MicroPC and i am planning to run it as a server for managing my downloads for now , and may be later help me with more techie issues like e.g. GIT server , DNS tunneling , etc.. I don't know how it will behave if it works 24/7 but i will try it anyway.

1st challenge : Get it to work with my old VGA monitor :
I knew that Mk802 has only an HDMI C (mini) output , so i bought this converter from amazon. At the time of writing, i didn't find any similar converters inEgypt, I asked most computer malls and most computer shops , including Radio Shack, they just don't have it. Anyway , you can always get stuff shipped to Egypt from amazon using edfa3ly , or may be by getting to know Americans :P .Anyway , it worked perfectly with my VGA monito. 

Ok , so by also buying an HDMI C to A converter from RadioShack , i had this setup here ---------------------------------------------------->>>>
1- The Micro PC
2- A USB mouse connected to the USB host port
3- To the top : an HDMI C to A , and then the HDMI to VGA adapter
4- A USB cable connecting it to a USB port of a computer just to get power to boot the device

Note : The MK802 comes with a power adapter , so you either power it using the USB 2.0 mini cable or the adapter to power the MicroPc.

2nd Challenge : Choose a suitable linux distro and install in on a new MicroSD
Since I am already waiting for my SD card to Ship (I could have bought it from any mall , but i am just too lazy) . I am now looking up different websites to get a linux distro that will fit my future needs without a lot of headache .. Once I get that i will flash it to the SD and boot from it, hopefully.

Good luck to me , i guess.


  1. hi Bashawy, I've the same board, and this days i'll be doing the same, it will be great keep in touch of the progress.

    my intention is
    mk802+ :: running a linux/debian in a sd card and usb-ethernet (dealextreme) connected to a wired router (no wifi) for ip connection.
    and run this applications.

    *samba (share disk) --> attached a usb sata or a usb flash
    *transmission-daemon. (bittorrent)
    *subsonic (music-server)

    *(nginx or apache) and php
    for web server tests like
    -owncloud (private cloud storage)
    -calibre server (ebook manager)
    -custom html pages

    bye :)

    1. Hi Cal_he , It's great that we're starting together on such a nice project . I've read your intentions and they're almost the same things i want to do , I am back from exams and i am working on them one by one. I have bought some accessories and installed some software , i am currently testing everything altogether now , so you'll hear about it soon.

      Please befriend me on facebook , I'm sure we can work together on stuff. Please also have my email .

      Thanks for your support.


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