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  1. 11 months ago

    AC Slater

    22 Jan 2017 Administrator
    Edited 11 months ago by AC Slater

    Asus Tinker Board - Souped-up Raspberry Pi


    I saw a few articles on the Asus Tinker and thought it looked interesting. It looks like a good fit for home video/audio and it has better audio capabilities than the Pi. It has already been released in the EU / UK, and I tried to find info on the US release, with mention of it coming out on the 30th.


    It is going to be bit more expensive than the Pi 3. It also remains to be seen how much support the board will get from Asus and the maker crowd. I was thinking sometime down the line I might need a Pi 3, but this one looks interesting. I see that Fry's carries the Pi 3, so maybe they will carry the Asus board since they sell their motherboards.

  2. andyandy

    23 Jan 2017 Moderator

    Wow! Looks really promising!!!

  3. AC Slater

    23 Jan 2017 Administrator

    Yeah, and I wonder what will come down the road for this format. It also reminded me that the Pi 3 has a lot of features built-in now, that you would have had to add (Wifi / BLE) for a lot of projects. One thing I saw noted is the Asus board is 32bit and the Pi 3 is 64bit, but not sure how big of a difference that makes for everyday stuff in that format.

  4. andyandy

    24 Jan 2017 Moderator

    I'm not sure if 64-bit really matters on a board like this, it's not made for memory intensive calculations and processing.

    With debian compatibility this makes an interesting toy for wardriving especially since it has an i-Pex expansion port for additional antenna. Lock down your APs!

  5. AC Slater

    24 Jan 2017 Administrator

    Wardriving is still a thing? Is it for hacking or just getting free wifi?

  6. andyandy

    25 Jan 2017 Moderator

    Yes, yes and yes.

    Don't need l33t skills anymore, just a specific linux distro and the ability to follow line by line instructions.

  7. 10 months ago

    AC Slater

    18 Mar 2017 Administrator

    Raspberry Pi Zero W


    A new version of the Raspberry Pi Zero (W) was recently released. It now has built-in wi-fi and Bluetooth. I missed the first round of shipments, but just recently was able to order a new one. I think it is a huge improvement, and it is now possible to use one as a file server without anything other than adding a power supply. Also, if you want to add a keyboard, you don't need a little hub any more, you can just use a cheap OTG to USB adapter.

  8. 9 months ago

    AC Slater

    27 Mar 2017 Administrator
    Edited 9 months ago by AC Slater

    Raspberry Pi Zero W: Hands-on



    Here's my new Raspberry Pi Zero W. It is running Raspbian Lite (no GUI), which I had to update to the latest version to support the wifi chip, since I was using the microSD in the previous non-wifi model. I am now using it as a Netatalk file server so really old Macintoshes that use Appletalk can connect to it and share files, along with emulators, such as Basilisk II. I have to admit file transfers seem somewhat sluggish, but I would need to try running a Linux server to do a comparison. Use version 2.2.x for Appletalk, versions 3+ dropped it.

    Pie Hole

    I also installed an ad blocking DNS server I kept seeing people mention, called Pi Hole . It has a slick web server to check on its stats and adjust settings. I set it to a static IP in the DHCP settings of my router and pointed to its IP for the DNS server.


    I found a big difference test news sites on my phone. I don't think it is slowing things down, but I suppose if it does, I could get a more powerful Pi. I should see how much power it is using... I wonder what's the most energy efficient way to power these, say if you had a few in one area doing different things. Perhaps some kind of hub?

  9. andyandy

    28 Mar 2017 Moderator

    One of those quick charging USB hubs would work well for that. Can't really recommend one brand over another. I've gone through a few of these chargers since quality control seems to be lacking in all these types of devices.

  10. AC Slater

    29 Mar 2017 Administrator

    I agree, I am weary of using a bunch of them that are on 24/7. There are these... http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-multiport-usb-wall-charger/ I suppose the need for a multi-port adapter might actually be small. But I was also wondering, say if you have a AV receiver with only one or two USB power ports, to expand USB power you only need when it is on to save energy.

  11. andyandy

    30 Mar 2017 Moderator

    I've had mixed results pulling power from USB ports to power devices. Doesn't seem to be an issue if the load is under 500ma, over that it depends on how well everything is designed.


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