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  # 1007543 17-Mar-2014 18:58
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ADKM: Having read a heap of review for various devices - WDTV, Phillips HMP5000 and the Kaiser Bass Smart media player they all seem to be CRAP !

Won't do this, won't do that, lose the network, horrible interface ... the list of criticisms go on and on.

Not a single one has has good solid reviews... so what is one to do? No-one will sell you one with right to return so it's impossible to evaluate if you've made a good buy or an expensive mistake.

Even reading the msgs here someone will say such and such is OK and someone else says it's not!

My final conclusion - buy nothing and stick with buggy DLNA!



The choice very much depends on what you are trying to achieve.

I like my WDTVs, for what it's worth. Older Gen 2 in the bedroom, newer live Hub in the living room. Stable and the stream my media (DVDs converted to MP4 that sit on a central NAS DLNA server and on local drives) without issues. The interface, particularly on the older Gen 2, isn't terribly pretty. But as a product, I find them stable and reliable.

I used a wired connection - ethernet over powerline - and get rock-solid transfer rates of about 70 mbit (the Live) and 85 mbit (the live hub) which is plenty for streaming.

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  # 1007554 17-Mar-2014 19:07
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So will a raspberry pi with the correct software browse the web and access content like TVNZ on demand?




Mike

 
 
 
 


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  # 1007611 17-Mar-2014 19:41
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ADKM: Having read a heap of review for various devices - WDTV, Phillips HMP5000 and the Kaiser Bass Smart media player they all seem to be CRAP !

Won't do this, won't do that, lose the network, horrible interface ... the list of criticisms go on and on.

Not a single one has has good solid reviews... so what is one to do? No-one will sell you one with right to return so it's impossible to evaluate if you've made a good buy or an expensive mistake.

Even reading the msgs here someone will say such and such is OK and someone else says it's not!

My final conclusion - buy nothing and stick with buggy DLNA!



You expect to look on the internet and see people saying everything is perfect?
Sorry - People mostly come to the internet to grizzle. The more popular a product is (ie the more users) the more grizzles there will be. Doesnt mean the item is necessarily bad - you will get people who cant set something up, someone who bought a faulty unit etc etc.






Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler



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  # 1007661 17-Mar-2014 20:43
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You expect to look on the internet and see people saying everything is perfect?
Sorry - People mostly come to the internet to grizzle. The more popular a product is (ie the more users) the more grizzles there will be. Doesnt mean the item is necessarily bad - you will get people who cant set something up, someone who bought a faulty unit etc etc.



Fair enough, but what I read did seem specific and fair appraisals - not just someone flaming.  It's all to easy to be  caught  with shoddy electronic gear and returning it is a uphill battle.  If the item was OK you wouldn't be returning it...



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  # 1007763 18-Mar-2014 01:19
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MikeAqua: So will a raspberry pi with the correct software browse the web and access content like TVNZ on demand?


I don't know, I was hoping someone with one would reply.

I'd like to thank everyone who gave me advice and suggestions.   I've ordered one raspberry pie model B, case and SD card. But not from the shop in Chch - from UK where a friend will send it over so no big freight fees, and I've left off  components I already had, or can get locally.

If it does what's hoped that'll be great, otherwise it was a good try and someone else might want it.  Ended up just on nz$100.

I'm sure it'll be an interesting experience either way !  I can let you know how well it works out if anyone's interested.

Cheers, ADKM

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  # 1007766 18-Mar-2014 01:29
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ADKM:
MikeAqua: So will a raspberry pi with the correct software browse the web and access content like TVNZ on demand?


I don't know, I was hoping someone with one would reply.



there is an NZOndemand addon for xbmc that includes TVNZ / TV3 / Prime and a few other stations.
I don't think it is developed any more (but could be wrong).
It doesn't work for me - but I don't live in NZ so that could be because of geoblocking.

I've ordered one raspberry pie model B, case and SD card. But not from the shop in Chch - from UK where a friend will send it over so no big freight fees, and I've left off  components I already had, or can get locally.


make sure you use a decent usb charger to power it - at least 1000 mAmp preferably 1200mAmp
also make sure your SD card is a class 10



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  # 1007769 18-Mar-2014 01:51
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farcus: make sure you use a decent usb charger to power it - at least 1000 mAmp preferably 1200mAmp
also make sure your SD card is a class 10


Thanks farcus, I have a suitable PSU here and the SD card they're supplying.  Their forum may know more about NZONDemand addon.  Guess I will too, pretty soon !

 
 
 
 




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  # 1007772 18-Mar-2014 02:41
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farcus, what type of connector does it use for PSU ? Is it that thing on mobile phone chargers or the round connector with a center pin ? Or something else. Thanks...

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  # 1007773 18-Mar-2014 02:45
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ADKM: farcus, what type of connector does it use for PSU ? Is it that thing on mobile phone chargers or the round connector with a center pin ? Or something else. Thanks...


same as a mobile phone - micro usb (but most phone chargers don't have enough mAmps for the raspbpi)



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  # 1007774 18-Mar-2014 03:00
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farcus:same as a mobile phone - micro usb (but most phone chargers don't have enough mAmps for the raspbpi)


Right, will take the lead of one to connect to my own power.  Is 5v right ? Do you know if that's AC or DC ? 

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  # 1008185 18-Mar-2014 15:57
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ADKM:  Is 5v right ? Do you know if that's AC or DC ? 


http://www.raspbmc.com/wiki/user/equipment-needed/

follow the links about the importance of the power supply.



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  # 1008274 18-Mar-2014 18:00
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Farcus, thanks I had spotted that but read a bit further this time. They mention a PC PSU will do and even tell you the pinout colours - so that proves it's DC. I've got an old Atari PSU 5v DC 7.5VA 24W that should do it with ease.  The rasppi power connector is a micro USB I believe, so a standard cable will do and chop of the USB end and and use my own connectors.

From Googling more, seems the rasppi is actually a micro computer with it's own OS. (Gotham?) There's even instructions on line to fit it inside a ZX81 case!  I guess it'll do a heap more than I initially want but maybe it'll lead to other things - could end up replacing the old clucky Windows PC I have next to the TV. 

Haven't read too much of the forum yet but it looks like a beaut resource. :)

Is there anyone in NZ with one ?

JWR

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  # 1008312 18-Mar-2014 18:51

ADKM: Farcus, thanks I had spotted that but read a bit further this time. They mention a PC PSU will do and even tell you the pinout colours - so that proves it's DC. I've got an old Atari PSU 5v DC 7.5VA 24W that should do it with ease.  The rasppi power connector is a micro USB I believe, so a standard cable will do and chop of the USB end and and use my own connectors.

From Googling more, seems the rasppi is actually a micro computer with it's own OS. (Gotham?) There's even instructions on line to fit it inside a ZX81 case!  I guess it'll do a heap more than I initially want but maybe it'll lead to other things - could end up replacing the old clucky Windows PC I have next to the TV. 

Haven't read too much of the forum yet but it looks like a beaut resource. :)

Is there anyone in NZ with one ?


I have one just to play around with. Haven't done much yet.

There are actually quite a few OS options - see here http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads

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  # 1008358 18-Mar-2014 19:36
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Raspbmc is easy to set up.
Its Linux with xbmc.
Setup is easy.
You need an SD card and a pc. Go to Raspbmc.com and download the installer.
The installer will set up the SD card. Once finished pop the SD card out and pop in the rpi and start it up....




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  # 1008410 18-Mar-2014 21:05
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Thanks robjg, that's pretty much what the link from farcus showed too. I'm getting a 4GB SD card with it and don't envisage any problems setting it up. (Think positive...   hoho!)

Can you get a remote to start, pause, rewind etc. media you're streaming over the LAN from a PC  - or do you have to use the keyboard?

JWR - do you know if it can get the NZ on demand channnels ? Farcus mentioned an APP, have you got that?

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