jonnyb wrote: ↑Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:12 amHi
I'm just about to buy my first Raspberry Pi and would appreciate any help and advise. I'm going to get a 3B+ but after that I really don't know what to get.
Initially I'm going to use it as a way to recieve tv channels via KODI or another similar media centre software.
The problem is that I really don't know what set up to buy for the KODI. There are so many options with cables, SD cards, Cases, Heat Sinks and Fans.... I have a Passport Drive that I could use as a memory bank if it's possible to plugs it's usb cable into the Pi.
I can see loads of options on Amazon but I have no idea what I'll need for this Media Centre Project. The only minor thing that crossed my mind is that the cooling fan needs to be reasonably quiet!
Any help really appreciated.
PS: At some point I will also probably also let my son have a go at trying to practice some coding on it and maybe add some components, etc.
Buy a second Pi for thatPS: At some point I will also probably also let my son have a go at trying to practice some coding on it and maybe add some components, etc.
jonnyb wrote: ↑Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:47 amI’ve got a nas already so I guess the media centre storage is less important. It’s more about access TV and films through the Raspberry..
So you think .. don’t buy a package.. buy what I need/want separately.
I guess I’d spend about £50 or so.. but I hadn’t factored in the keyboard.. so including that as well. Any specific keyboards recommended?
A link to such a bundle would be helpful for a definite answer. A power switch is often useful because then you dont need to unplug the usb-charger contact to turn it off.Also ..why do some of the bundle listings mention switches being included?
As topguy mentioned.... the Pi does not have a power switch... which in the context of Media Center is very much like a roku etc.. so if/when you ever need to power off and on the Pi (physically) .... you have to unplug the power source... so there are some power supplies that have an inline switch near the usb end of the power cable.
After shutting down the system first, of course!grininmonkey wrote: ↑Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:21 pm
Yep.... agree.... I can remember my first Roku and thinking how nuts it was that there was no power on/off switch anywhere... but now with some Pi experience... It all makes a little more senseImperf3kt wrote: ↑Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:25 pm
After shutting down the system first, if course!
Most power supplies with a switch in the 5v side drop voltage and will probably give you headaches later on when you start getting the "lightning bolt"
Get the Pi, the official supply (its cheaper and far stronger than most other options anyway) and a decent A1 rated Micro SD card.