new models of smartphones and tablets, as well as the version of the Android operating system come and go so quickly that many fans of electronic gadgets has accumulated a decent collection of well-bodied and fully serviceable vehicles which, unfortunately, has become obsolete. Of course, they can be on the cheap to sell or donate, but there is another solution that can give all of these devices to a second life. All of them can be turned into servers for different purposes – yes, in the servers!
Do not be surprised, because in almost any performance smartphones and tablets based on the Android operating system can easily compete with the very real “adult” servers only ten years ago. The only condition – you must have administrative rights, ie, “to make root» on such a device. There are various programs for the rights of root, to the same procedures for different devices may vary, so please look for information on your particular model on the internet.
Which is exactly what the server can turn a smartphone or tablet? Virtually anyone, but the easiest is based on the Android operating system to organize three types of servers: web server, file or FTP-server and media server.
Web server – that’s where you’ve gone, you open this page – just like any other page on the internet. To create a Web server using HTTP, to require a minimum of processing power, so it is suitable for even old enough smartphone or tablet. You can organize a full-fledged Web server accessible via the Internet or a local HTTP-server, visible only in your home network and configured, for example, for debugging sites before placing them on a professional hosting. Thus, despite the low hardware requirements to properly configure the Web server requires some expertise, so for a beginner it can be a very daunting task.
File Server – a repository of files available on the network by means of, as a rule, protocol, FTP. The easiest to set up a server that can be organized on your device running Android: all its functions are to create folders in which you can write files to and from which these files can be read. The problem, however, is different: usually in smartphones and tablets are not too many built-in memory, so to create a full file server will have to use flash cards or, much better, external drives.
Media Server – probably the most useful and interesting type of server to which you can turn your device based on Android. This server provides a streaming broadcast of audio and video to the home audiovideosistemu, computer, game console or other tablets and smartftony. It is more functional, but also more complex version of a file server that can use a variety of protocols, such as, DLNA, to connect and transfer files.
Any properly configured server will get the local IP-address, but your entire network coming to the Internet, will be a single external IP-address. If you plan to use the server only within a home network, you connect to it, need to know the local IP-addresses. In addition, for the proper operation of the servers may need port forwarding (port forwarding) on ??your home router – this redirection will allow all devices on the network to “see” the port on which the server is running.
If you want to use Android-server not only within the local network, but also outside it, you will have to make use of Dynamic DNS, or pay for a static IP-address and get a domain name. This is a separate big topic, and we will not touch on here, especially since the Internet you can find a lot of detailed instructions and tips for working with these services.
to create server-based devices running Android can take advantage of specialized programs, which are usually loaded with Google Play. Some are free, some are paid, we are advised at the outset to focus on three of them: Servers Ultimate, My FTP Server and Pixel Media Server.
The Servers Ultimate – this is perhaps the most versatile and flexible program for setting up servers in Android: it boasts a built-in support for more than 60 types of servers and more than 70 network protocols, and the expansion packs are available separately from additional categories of servers. Free trial version allows you to create two servers, who have worked for 14 days, and the full version Servers Ultimate Pro will cost about 200 rubles.
Depending on your goals, Servers Ultimate can offer a comprehensive range of options – from HTTP / web server and FTP / file servers to a media server with support for DLNA, and for each server offers weight-specific settings. To run the server type, simply select it from the list and click on the icon, and then you can start fine tuning.
application boasts built-MySQL-PHP-and NAS-servers, it provides encryption settings, automatic start and stop on command via SMS and Wi-Fi.
As is evident from the name, My FTP Server – it’s simple to set up a free file server for devices running Android. All settings are very simple and clear: to run the file server, you must specify a user name and password, choose the default directory and all – you can connect to it from any FTP-client to add and delete files.
My FTP Server application is well suited for reading and writing files from a device running Android, and it can automatically start at boot gadget. Accessing files can be further limited to only certain wireless networks. System Requirements My FTP Server is minimal and the program works with Android starting with “shaggy” version 2.2.
The Pixel Media Server – it’s easy to set up and use a media server for smartphones and tablets running Android, working with protocols UPNP / DLNA. The server supports a lot of formats, including audio files MP3, WAVE, FLAC, video files AVI, MP4, 3GP, MPEG, MPG, MKV, FLV, TS, and MOV, as well as digital image JPEG, and PNG. The developer guarantees compatibility Pixel Media Server with all certified UPNP / DLNA-devices, including “smart” TVs, media players, game consoles and other equipment.
free app Pixel Media Server – it’s one of the easiest ways to turn any device running Android in the media server. To power on the server you just need to run the application Pixel Media Server and change two settings: the device name and the folder that contains media files. Then you need to click the Play button to the characteristic triangle, and the server is ready to broadcast streaming content. Do not forget to turn off the sleep mode, otherwise you will have problems with streaming content.
Of course, there are many other applications to create a server that is running Android, but we would advise to start with these three: they are not only the most simple to set up, but also deserve a lot of the best reviews in Google Play.