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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 150656 29-Jul-2014 18:42
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Hi all,

If you are using the Raspberry Pi as a HTPC you may be interested in my project I currently have up on Kickstarter. A specifically designed, powered USB hub with smart power control and on-board IR receiver, designed in NZ. Please check it out. 

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  Reply # 1098144 29-Jul-2014 19:50
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If you like the look of that then check this out, $10 cheaper and free shipping.


1.Exactly same size as Raspberry Pi (85 x 56mm);
2. Directly installed into the GPIO header pins with no wiring or soldering;
3. 6-23V input to 5V, 3A high-efficiency step-down DC/DC converter to supply your RPI;
4. Supports HDMI to VGA (NOT powered by the RPIs HDMI port);
5.Supports self-powered USB hub (Total 4 ports available);
6. Supports self-powered SD and Micro-SD card reader (the MAX capacitance of the memory card maximum is decided Raspberry pi board and the system);
7. RTC based on NXP PCF2127AT / PCF2129AT with CR2032 backup battery;
8. RS232 Serial Port;
9. Having the reset switch convenient to enable RPi reset facility;
10. Having two slots to make use of RPis FPC connector (S1 & S5);
11.Allowing to stack along with other expansion boards;
12.8-channel darlington Driver chip allowing to control electronic circuits which require more current to drive them;
13. Have DIP switch to remove connection from RPis pin header so as to keep using other expansion board with no effect.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 1098240 29-Jul-2014 22:36
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That is certainly packed full of features and functions for a good price.

The PiPub however was primarily designed to make your Raspberry Pi suitable for use as an ideal HTPC.


  • It is small, fitting in various existing cases
  • Provides 4 powered USB ports
  • Does away with bulky external USB cables
  • Allows power to be removed from the Raspberry Pi by either the power button or learned IR remote button
  • Passes IR through to GPIO 18 for better remote control functionality of XBMC
  • Has an optional IR extension to allow your HTPC to be mounted out of sight

All things to make the Raspberry Pi a better HTPC.

Price wise, for New Zealanders, the PiPub is $40NZD including shipping.

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