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What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:20 pm

Hello everyone!
I just got many original rpi's model B for scrap price.

Now i wonder - what can i do with them?
All modern popular projects require at least rpi 2 or higher
Is there any projects that still support rpi 1 B?

I appreciate any suggestions and things to try

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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:00 pm

The Pi1 is still about the same speed as the currently available Zero, so any projects that use the Zero and don't rely on the size of the board would be in scope. It's still way faster than a microcontroller like Arduino.
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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:55 pm

I still have two 1Bs and a 1A running various things around my home and garden. Just odd little things I have written myself, such as temperature monitoring/heating control and lighting.
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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:05 pm

Use one with piaware and an ADS-B dongle to track aircraft.

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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:18 pm

I use Pi Zero's for Kodi boxes https://kodi.tv/

Do not even use a case just let them run naked

Can be controlled with a cell phone app or https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-I8-2-4GHz- ... 2749.l2649

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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:21 pm

Dedus wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:20 pm
Hello everyone!
I just got many original rpi's model B for scrap price.

Now i wonder - what can i do with them?
All modern popular projects require at least rpi 2 or higher
Is there any projects that still support rpi 1 B?

I appreciate any suggestions and things to try
Could you make a Pi museum?

One of the nice things about the original model B, the B+ and the Zero is that the processor, memory and network speeds, though slow, are quite balanced. This means that you can connect them all up to a recycled 100 megabit network switch and obtain reasonable parallel scaling when running MPI distributed memory programs. Though not suitable for practical computation, such a clusters can be useful as development environments for writing parallel programs that run on different hardware later.

A bunch of example MPI programs created using a cluster consisting of one Pi B+ and five Pi Zero computers may be found in the thread

viewtopic.php?f=49&t=199994

and the links therein. Since you would be using a standard networking switch, please ignore the part in that thread about setting up a network of Pi Zero gadgets using a USB hub. Except for that detail, everything else in that thread also applies to setting up a cluster of recycled Pi B computers.

Note that setting up a cluster of new Pi 4B computers using a gigabit switch can be done at significantly greater cost following the same procedure. In that case, however,the resulting cluster could have some practical use for running parallel programs as well as developing them.

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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:54 pm

Signage, information displays, digital picture frames, large screen digital clocks for the visually impaired and dementia sufferers. Music player. PiHole. Electronics experimenting.

I'm sure we did this list not so long ago so a forum search should be in order.

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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:14 pm

They can do anything and everything they could back before the Pi2Bv1.1 was launched, plus anything anyone has thought of since that doesn't tax the capabilities of a Pi2Bv1.1.

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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:35 pm

Pihole?

Discussions there about which models are OK. Basically: any model Pi will do the job reasonably.

https://discourse.pi-hole.net/t/what-mo ... -hole/9635
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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:49 pm

I have one of my Pi 1Bs set up as a Kodi video player for occasional use - works fine.

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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:55 pm

I still have Pi1 sitting next to 3D printer and acting as some kind of glorified USB extender: running Java process (on the latest Raspberry Pi OS) which proxies TCP traffic to USB port (special version of jsse on client side and normal on Pi side). Also, at the same time it runs python script which moves camera (using ServoBlaster for driving servos) and mjpg-streamer for video... And I feel like I'm under-utilising it... LOL

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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:16 pm

My choice would be PiHole plus PiVPN
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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:01 am

I'm listening to mine, right now :)

Radio fip via a Cirrus Logic Audio Card (LMS and pCP)

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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:22 pm

The Raspberry Pi 0 is a capable computer. The Raspberry Pi 0 computer uses the same CPU as the Raspberry Pi 1 computer. The CPU clock speed on the Raspberry Pi 0 is 1 GHz, the Raspberry Pi 1 B CPU clock speed is 700 MHz. You can actually use the Raspberry Pi Zero as a secondary desktop PC. You can watch videos using the VLC Media Player. This includes YouTube videos if you know how to watch internet videos using the VLC media player. Thunderbird Email Client is usable on the Raspberry Pi 0. The Chromium Web Browser is very slow on the Raspberry Pi 0, the web page will load eventually. Very useful feature if you need to access GitHub website to download the source code to projects.

Add a Linux compatible WiFi adapter to the Raspberry Pi computer to add WiFi. The same with Bluetooth functions. To add Bluetooth function to the Raspberry Pi 1 computer. Use a Bluetooth adapter that is Linux compatible. Mouse, and keyboards will be usable out of the box. Need more USB ports on the Raspberry Pi computer? Connect a external powered USB hub to the USB ports on the Raspberry Pi computer. The CPU architecture on the Raspberry Pi 1 computer is ARM1176JZFS. The Raspberry Pi 4 computer uses the cortex-a72 architecture.

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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Wed Jul 29, 2020 3:25 am

I've got a Pi B rev. 2 I'm currently updating the software on so it can get back to work for the past 5 years it's been a very good little NAS, git server, media server, and little webserver.

Runs quite nicely with the new Raspberry Pi OS lite installed.

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Re: What to do with rpi 1 B in 2020?

Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:06 pm

You could build a cluster computer, (if you have enough PIs, and a need for it. Personally, I have never needed one, but still want to build one. :roll: :lol: )

https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/pro ... -an-octapi

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