Putting AMBEserver on the Internet

If you have a low latency and responsive Internet connection, you can place an AMBEserver directly on the Internet and access it remotely through Buster, DummyRepeater, or any other program that provides AMBEserver connectivity.

Raspberry Pi with PiDV and ThumbDV

Raspberry Pi with PiDV and ThumbDV

The first step is to connect a PiDV™ to the GPIO of a Raspberry Pi or a ThumbDV™ to the USB port of a computer which will run the AMBEserver.  A Raspberry Pi is more than sufficient for this task and provides an economical platform for AMBEserver, however, the choice of computer is up to you.  Follow the directions on this page for a Raspberry Pi build and configuration.

Once you have built your AMBEserver, verify that it is working with the included Python scripts, ‘ambesocktest.py’ will test the UDP socket, it returns the AMBE-3000 model number repetitively until killed (with control-C) if the daemon is functioning properly on port 2460.

On your local network, configure Buster or DummyRepeater to access the AMBEserver on the LAN IP address of your AMBEserver. When you have a working AMBEserver, then it is time to make it available outside your LAN.

Picture of Buster Preferences

Buster Preferences for AMBEserver

DummyRepeater Select AMBEserver

DummyRepeater Preferences for AMBEserver

Since there are a variety of routers/firewalls/modems that connect you to your ISP it is beyond the scope of this article to provide specific instructions, but all that is required is to forward an external port (default 2460) on your public IP to the LAN IP address of your AMBEserver (e.g. at the designated port (default 2460).  You may want to choose a different UDP port in your AMBEserver and for your public facing IP address.  If you use the same port for both, then you most likely can configure Buster or DummyRepeater once for use at home and away by using your public IP address (replace the LAN IP address or Localhost IP Address).

Now take your Buster or DummyRepeater system to a remote location and test accessing AMBEserver over the Internet using your public IP address.

2 Responses to Putting AMBEserver on the Internet

  1. philbridges says:

    Going off tangent a tad but ‘kinda’ related …..

    since Buster arrived for OSX (YAY!) I’ve been using a nitty little program called NICECAST on the Mac that lets me www stream the output of my ThumbDB ( specifying Buster as the audio source). The beauty of this for me is that our Firewall at the office is fairly well locked down but they’ve helpfully left port 8080 open (bless) so I’ve configured Nicecast to use 8080.

    Everybody thinks I’m just old rocker listening to ZZ Top and Led Zepp, little do they know I’m listening to REF001C or GB7RN!

    Rogue Amobea’s Airfoil works a treat with Buster too.

    We seem to be at the tip of a very fascinating iceberg John……..

    73 de G6DLJ

  2. Thanks John (or was it Bryan) for the original idea! I love the ThumbDV and Buster, but have hated ‘sharing’ it between two macs. This solves the problem and makes it available when I am out and about.

    I built a Pi this weekend specifically for hosting the ThumbDV and have step by step directions for installing it on the latest Raspbian (Jessie) release that I will post on my blog this week. They are based on the original directions John and Mark wrote.

    Kenny, KU7M