NASPi CM4-2.5

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NASPi CM4-2.5 Front view
NASPi CM4-2.5 Rear view
NASPi CM4-2.5 Packing List
NASPi CM4-2.5 Interface Schematic
Internal view
Supports 2.5 inch SSD/HDD
X510


Overview

NASPi CM4-2.5 is a member of NASPi family. Click GEEKWORM NAS Family to know more.


NASPi CM4-2.5 is a NUC-style storage kit based on Raspberry Pi CM4 all series. It supports installing a 2.5-inch SATA SSD/HDD. Its OLED screen can display some information such as CPU temperature and IP address. Also provides 3 USB 3.0 ports and 2 full-size HDMI ports, supports safe shutdown (requires installation script).

Important note:

  • Don't need to use additional SD card and power supply if you are using CM4 with emmc. When burning the system, please short the nBOOT on the X510 board; at the same time, use the USB-A to USB-C OTG cable (prepare it yourself) to connect to the computer.

Features

  • Model: NASPi CM4-2.5
  • Compatible with 2.5 inch SATA3/SATA2/SATA HDD/SSD
  • Support Max. 9.8mm thickness 2.5" HDD/SSD, you can choose 7mm or 9.5mm thickness HDD/SSD
  • UASP supported only for Raspberry Pi CM4, does not support TRIM
  • Support software safe shutdown & auto power on & RTC function
  • With 12mm aluminum alloy heatsink C235 for CM4 passive cooling
  • On-board blue light button switch to control power ON/OFF
  • Press button switch to turn on, hold for 1~2 seconds to reboot, hold for 3 seconds to safe shutdown, hold for more than 8 seconds to force shutdown

How to Power

  • Power supply: USB-C 5Vdc +/-5%, ≥4A

Recommend to use Geekworm 20W 5V 4A Type-C power adapter PSU20.

How to Cool

  • Comes with a 12mm thickness aluminum alloy heatsink C235 cooler for passive cooling of Raspberry Pi CM4, which can satisfy large file copy and video playback application. And it is recommended to replace the thermal pad with CPU silicone grease for better heat dissipation.

Packing List

  • 1 x X510 expansion board
  • 1 x Aluminum heatsink C235 for CM4
  • 1 x 0.96 inch OLED
  • 1 x Aluminum Case
  • 1 x Assembly Pack

Additional accessories to purchase yourself:

  • Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 CM4
  • A minimum 16 Gb class 10 memory card is recommended.(In fact, you don't need Micro SD card if you use CM4 with eMMC, because you can flash the firmware into the eMMC.)

User Manual

Installation Video

For NASPi CM4-2.5 and NASPi CM4-M2: https://youtu.be/lXBK5-GFQ48

Please follow the steps below

Flash OS Image

Due to CM4 has a version with eMMC, micro SD card is optional. If you are using the CM4 with eMMC, you don't need to buy a extra Micro SD card.

You flash the OS image into different media according to your own situation.

1. Flash OS into the micro SD card

A minimum 16 Gb class 10 memory card is recommended.
Please refer to Official installation tutorial

2. Flash OS into the eMMC of CM4(Optional)

You can falsh OS into the eMMC if you use the CM4 with eMMC, refer to the following step.
1. Short OTG Pin, refer to the picture below.
X515-IMG-5890-1.jpg
2. Connect a computer that will be used to load the eMMC to the USB C port on the CM4-M2 board. The computer will provide both power and data to the CM4. (Type-A to Type-C OTG cable need to be purchased seperately)
3. Then rerfer to this tutorial to flash raspberry pi OS
4. Remove the jumper of OTG after flashing is complete, then restart your device;
PS:If you use CM4 with eMMC, then SD card cannot be used.

3. Preconfigure Device for CM4

Now we think you have successfully flashed the OS to the storage media (mciro sd card or eMMC of CM4). If you attempt to boot now you will not have working USB ports, ssh, or any wireless configuration, so do not remove your SD card, proceed as follows.

We can preconfigure your CM4 device by plugging mico sd via sd reader into a windows computer / Pi. You should see the “boot” volume where we can preconfigure our CM4 to be working right from the start.

3.1 Enable USB Ports

When mounted in the IO board the USB ports will not function without making a change to config.txt and adding an overlay.
Add the following line to config.txt:
dtoverlay=dwc2,dr_mode=host
After adding this line the two USB ports (as well as the “External USB” header) will function the next time the CM4 boots.

3.2 Enable SSH

It's very useful to have SSH enabled when working with the Compute Module 4. It is enabled simply by creating an empty file named:
touch ssh
in the root folder of the “boot” volume (the top-most folder of the drive where start4x.elf, fixup.dat and those files are located)
Now when the Pi starts up SSH will automatically be enabled!
PS: This step is optional, you can also enable ssh through the raspi-config program after the device boot

3.3 Preconfigure WiFi / Wireless (Optional)

You can also preconfigure the Compute Module 4 (and any Pi) by creating wpa-supplicant.conf at the base of the “boot” volume like we did with “ssh” file. In fact, you can setup your wifi after you boot up.
Create a new file named wpa-supplicant.conf that contains the following:
ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
country=US
update_config=1

network={
 ssid="YourNetwork"
 psk="YourPassword"
}

When this file is created in the base of the “boot” volume it will automatically be applied to the Pi upon the next startup. Make sure to adjust your country=US line to your own country as this can impact what channels and functionality are available from your WiFi card!

Then you can insert your micro sd card into the device & power on it.

4. Installing script

After the device is reboot, install the following script to get safe and software shutdown function: refer to XScript

5. Enable OLED display

Refer to How to enable OLED display

6. Flash OS into the NVME SSD(Optional)

Load OS into ssd and you can get extremely fast running speed, you need to refer to the above steps to flash the OS into the Micro SD card firstly, then insrt the Micro sd card, turn on the device, and then click Applications =>Accessories =>SD Card Copier, run the SD Card Copier program, and copy the OS to the ssd as shown in the figure below.

Sd-copoer-scrot.png

Click Start to run. Then shut down, unplug the SD card, and restart the device.

FAQ

How to enable the POE option?

A. The POE header on X515/X510 is reserved to be compatible with the official POE+ HAT. But we don't know if the case will be compatible with the installation of official POE+ HAT.

Video

Thanks for the video from leepspvideo! https://youtu.be/tgSNGbbFk1c

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