Raspberry Pi

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  1. Sap1ent

    Sap1ent Administrator Staff Member

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    There's been a lot of buzz lately about this little creature, does anyone have one on order?

    I'm expecting mine to come at the start of June and looking forward to trying to get it to run xbmc so I can stream media directly to it.

    I've currently got a WHS 2011 box sat in the spare room with all my films, TV and music on which I currently stream to an ACER emachine in the main living area, but it would be excellent if I could go even smaller form factor and stream to a PI which I can literally mount behind the TV somewhere.

    I'm a little concerned that it's not got gigabit ethernet, especially when I went to the trouble of putting a gigabit switch in the loft and fed cat5 down to every room, but still, such is life.
     
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    Wow, that's one of the most geeky, techno speak posts i've ever seen !!! what's it all about !!?
     
  3. fbnts

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    I am still on the waiting list to get my Pi :-(

    I have a couple of different things I want to try with it. I use a system called MythTV in the house with a backend server with several Freeview tuners which records all our TV programs and also stores all my DVD rips and streams to front ends in the bedrooms and living room.

    I shall be trying out MythTV on the Pi but I don't think it will be quite up to the job but we'll see.

    1080p should be fine over 10/100 network, you'll be looking around 8-12Mb/sec for a 1080p24 video so shouldn't be a problem unless your streaming to multiple units at the same time.
     
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    My py has been on order for over 2 weeks now, should be here next week, been following the device for some years now, its usually a good topic at our place of work, were all engineers so we have been watching this with great interest.

    Some of our guys have allready mounted a couple inside of there Tv`s with great feedback, even better if you have an android device or Apple, install XBMC Remote and your laughing.

    My home network is now ready with 3 gigbyte switches and a ethernet port in every room and 20TB of NAS storage to use with my Server 2008 cant wait.

    Once they have arrive, maybe we can compare notes on how the device performs.
     
  5. Sap1ent

    Sap1ent Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, mine arrived yesterday in an outstandingly small box! :lol2:

    I've not had a chance to have a tinker yet, but i've done a bit of reading and it seems some progress has been made with openelec and xbmc on it, so I may hold off until one of those is given a beta release.
     
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    I got my invite to order last night, so all ordered and expected to be delivered in 4 weeks!
     
  7. Sap1ent

    Sap1ent Administrator Staff Member

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    That's pretty intense Rik! how many ports are your gigabyte switches? I've just got the one 24 port sat in the loft but then sent multiple runs to each room. I.e. in my study i've got 6 ethernet ports.

    How have your guys manage to mount them inside the TV as that would be an ideal solution from my point of view, but don't want to go tinkering too much as the missus would kill me.

    Tom, that's pretty good going, i ordered mine about 3 months ago initially!
     
  8. Sap1ent

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    Just to let you guys know I had mine up and running yesterday with Raspbmc which is a version of XBMC built specifically for the Raspberry Pi.

    I was watching HD content on my TV in the bedroom streamed from the server in the other room and it handled it just fine :)

    I've heard it doesn't decode DTS audio very well but I'm not really interested in that for the bedroom setup. If you're intending to use in a home cinema/living room might be worth investing in a receiver that will decode DTS instead.
     
  9. dsas

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    I've just registered my interest in a raspberry pi.

    I received an arduino a couple of years ago, it's lower level than the rpi and more basic, it was fun but it took a lot of effort to do trivial things, I never got past simple switches and blinking lights

    plus python > C
     
  10. fbnts

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    Arduino is a great learning platform and tbh gives you a good footing with both programming and electronics.

    I got into arduino just over a year ago and quickly moved onto making simple but effective pcbs based on the processor.

    The two can't really be compared as they are completely different platforms and have their respective uses however to us geeks they are both great lol.

    Tom

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    i have one
    im afraid its rubbish! it doesnt work
     
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    :lol2:
     

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