Here you see the case (unassembled) that I ordered to go with it. As usual, everything was much smaller than I imagined, even though I’d seen photos of it held in a hand.
And here is the case assembled. This is the first time I’d ever assembled something made from laser cut parts, and needless to say, now I want a laser cutter….
The latest README from beagleboard.org suggested I simply plug in power and LAN and access the beaglebone via browser or SSH. Unfortunately, my network doesn’t support Avahi, so couldn’t just access “beaglebone.local” and I had to ping around for the IP address that was assigned by DHCP. Once I found it, I was able to display the default page served up by the beaglebone’s httpd in Chrome:
Of course, the first thing I did was log in via SSH and change root password.
A good review of recommended first steps can be found at the borderhack blog.
And here is the beaglebone hooked up to my LAN and looking pretty cool in its clear case on the shelf next to my router and UPS.
As mentioned above, this is going to be my monitoring server. Technically, any old PC would have been fine, and I have a stack of broken old intel gear from which I could have easily scraped together something relatively low power. So in other words, I don’t have any plans to use the beaglebone to drive any other gear directly, so all the cool I/O pins will unfortunately not be put to good use. However, the benefits to me of using this rather than an actual PC are that it is solid state and extremely low power, which to me lends itself well to 24/7 use. It won’t make any noise, and there are no moving parts, like hard drives, to break.
I will need to write some software eventually to graph and process the data I collect, unless I find a good package for that, so the browser interface will probably be a boon. At least it will be more “graphical” an interface than doing everything in a normal command line.
I may eventually use Ubuntu on this board rather than the included Angstrom Linux, simply because I’m more familiar with the former, but the cool thing about using SD for permanent storage is that I can very easily just swap out the whole “disk” at any time, and high capacity micro-SD cards are dirt cheap these days.