Raspberry Pi Zero 1.3 £4.80 + £2.99 delivery @ Pimoroni
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Raspberry Pi Zero 1.3 £4.80 + £2.99 delivery @ Pimoroni
Posted 18th Oct 2020
Raspberry Pi Zero is a super-small, hackable, and ultra-low-cost computer. This is the newest version (v1.3) with camera connector.

I plan to get the "40 Pin header" for £1 and connect a TVHat with Plex and tvhProxy and streaming Live TV etc...
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Raspberry Pi Zero is a super-small, hackable, and ultra-low-cost computer. This is the newest version (v1.3) with camera connector.

Unbelievably the super-small and super-affordable Raspberry Pi just got even smaller and even cheaper! Pi Zero is the heart of a Raspberry Pi on a tiny 65mm x 30mm board.

With mini-HDMI, micro-B OTG USB, and the same 40-pin GPIO it still has great connectivity although you'll probably want our adaptor kit to help you hook it up to your existing devices.

Our Pibow Zero case (available separately) will safely ensconce your Pi Zero and protect it from bumps and bruises.

Note that this IS NOT the Pi Zero W. If you'd like a Pi Zero W (with wireless LAN and Bluetooth) then head here.

Pi Zero Features:

  • BCM 2835 SOC @ 1GHz
  • 1GHz
  • 512MB of RAM
  • micro-SD
  • mini-HDMI
  • micro-B USB for data
  • micro-B USB for power
  • CSI camera connector (needs adaptor cable)
  • Unpopulated 40-pin GPIO connector
  • Compatible with existing HAT addons
  • Dimensions: 65mm x 30mm x 5mm


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Great value but I personally would go for the W version for an extra £4.50 which includes WiFi and Bluetooth.
Not sure why, but I have just bought this. And i'm drunk..........
jameswalker45719/10/2020 07:13

Do you rate it?How easy is it to set up?I've got a few different Eco …Do you rate it?How easy is it to set up?I've got a few different Eco systems. Specifically Xiaomi which im looking to integrate better than their own.


I do rate it, and it gets better with each release. I've been using it for 18 months or so now.

Initial set up is a bit time consuming, particularly if you want to enable remote access, and there is a reasonably steep learning curve. There are some good tutorials about though. If you know how to set static IP addresses and port forwarding on your router then you will be able to manage it.

Once you're up and running it's great and very flexible. My current set up:

- Monitors all our security cams from various platforms (Blink, Wansview and Yi);
- Enables / disables our home alarm (cheap 433mhz set up);
- Manages heating / hot water (Hive);
- Monitors heating oil levels (Watchman via RTL_SDR);
- Monitors our neighbour's weather station (RTL_SDR again);
- Automates smart bulbs with motion sensors, timers and physical switches (mixture of Zigbee and 433mhz);
- Manages all my smart plugs (various brands but all flashed with Tasmota);
- Send notifications to my Android phone for various events (I assume iOS works as well).

Community support is excellent and there are people doing some really clever things with the platform.

One of my favourite is our holiday lights automation which will randomly toggle lights throughout the house at random intervals whilst we're away. It also sends commands to our Alexa so we can play noises in the kitchen etc. Sure you could do it with old school plug timers, but where's the fun in that? You can also use the Android app to automate things using your location (turn lights on when you return home after sunset etc.).

That's probably more than you wanted to know!
This plus the white white USB LAN adapter Pimoroni sells makes for a great pihole box. It's sometimes a touch sluggish on the webui, but does the job perfectly fine otherwise. Heat. But keep in mind this is much slower than a Pi 3 or 4.
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Great value but I personally would go for the W version for an extra £4.50 which includes WiFi and Bluetooth.
This plus the white white USB LAN adapter Pimoroni sells makes for a great pihole box. It's sometimes a touch sluggish on the webui, but does the job perfectly fine otherwise. Heat. But keep in mind this is much slower than a Pi 3 or 4.
Can never have too many pie heat
I've got a bit hooked on Raspberry Pis but I have to say the Zero doesn't really appeal to me. If I was to get one though it would be the Zero WH as then you have Wifi and Bluetooth and the header already there, just saves time but if ya happy soldering one on then yeah you can save a little. Works out about £12 + delivery I think for the Zero WH though.

I'm not sure Plex would be worth it on the Zero either but I have to admit I haven't tried it. I did find Plex's Live TV buggy as hell though, especially the EPG and it's in ability to record 2 programs when one comes after the other even on the same channel. I just use Tvheadend now and dreamPlayer TV for Tvheadend on my SHIELD or it's Android mobile version on my phones.
CyDoNiA18/10/2020 22:39

I've got a bit hooked on Raspberry Pis but I have to say the Zero doesn't …I've got a bit hooked on Raspberry Pis but I have to say the Zero doesn't really appeal to me. If I was to get one though it would be the Zero WH as then you have Wifi and Bluetooth and the header already there, just saves time but if ya happy soldering one on then yeah you can save a little. Works out about £12 + delivery I think for the Zero WH though.I'm not sure Plex would be worth it on the Zero either but I have to admit I haven't tried it. I did find Plex's Live TV buggy as hell though, especially the EPG and it's in ability to record 2 programs when one comes after the other even on the same channel. I just use Tvheadend now and dreamPlayer TV for Tvheadend on my SHIELD or it's Android mobile version on my phones.


so this is also my plan - but with TVHeadend server alone, can it stream over web (parents live abroad)?
agree performance seems superior in setup you describe vs Plex
jw02197918/10/2020 22:23

Great value but I personally would go for the W version for an extra £4.50 …Great value but I personally would go for the W version for an extra £4.50 which includes WiFi and Bluetooth.


have to admit i was torn on that too but concluded usb adaptor with £1 usb dongle and update as i need and done
Can the pi zero w be made to act as a router?
Chikki18/10/2020 22:48

Can the pi zero w be made to act as a router?


you mean for a LAN?
Quick answer is no. No ethernet.
RPi isn't the right platform for that.
fsa18/10/2020 22:54

you mean for a LAN?Quick answer is no. No ethernet.RPi isn't the right …you mean for a LAN?Quick answer is no. No ethernet.RPi isn't the right platform for that.


there is a hat with LTE to make it into a 4G reciever - and use a USB to ethernet cable to serve this out. But... suspect performance might be suspect at best?
OpenWRT router config here:
openwrt.org/toh…_pi
4G hat here:
sixfab.com/pro…BwE
ra1118/10/2020 22:46

so this is also my plan - but with TVHeadend server alone, can it stream …so this is also my plan - but with TVHeadend server alone, can it stream over web (parents live abroad)?agree performance seems superior in setup you describe vs Plexhave to admit i was torn on that too but concluded usb adaptor with £1 usb dongle and update as i need and done


It depends very much on your internet and there's. I connected via my VPN (PiVPN on one of my Pis) and played Freeview fine from home to work so as long as you have enough bandwidth it should work. Otherwise it would need transcoding and the Pi definately won't have the power for that. More likely the non-HD would work fine but HD could be pushing it depending on the link between you.
CyDoNiA18/10/2020 22:59

It depends very much on your internet and there's. I connected via my VPN …It depends very much on your internet and there's. I connected via my VPN (PiVPN on one of my Pis) and played Freeview fine from home to work so as long as you have enough bandwidth it should work. Otherwise it would need transcoding and the Pi definately won't have the power for that. More likely the non-HD would work fine but HD could be pushing it depending on the link between you.


gotcha! so no need for plex it seems! wonderful news any links for setup handy pls? would be tremendous to try this out!
ra1118/10/2020 23:02

gotcha! so no need for plex it seems! wonderful news any links for …gotcha! so no need for plex it seems! wonderful news any links for setup handy pls? would be tremendous to try this out!


Here's some useful links I saved when I did mine. You may not need to install TVheadend the way I did from that link but I believe it gave me a higher version. Skip TvhProxy for now unless you want Plex to use the tuners. Remember though you can run Plex on another system and use the tuners, doesn't have to all be on the same one. OH also remember Plex needs Plexpass for Live TV/DVR too.

Transmitter info (You will need this to add any Muxs that don't auto detect with scan (I found HD ones didn't as it didn't scan for DVB-T2 and only did DVB-T scan):

ukfree.tv/map…iew


Mux settings (Ideal settings for the muxes you add (HD ones differ from SD in settings):

discourse.osmc.tv/t/h…793


Tvheadend:

tvheadend.org/pro…ies


Tvhproxy:

blog.swakes.co.uk/ras…ic/

Run this command to quickly install the dependencies for TvhProxy:

sudo apt-get install python-pip libzbar-dev libzbar0 virtualenv libssl-dev libffi-dev
Edited by: "CyDoNiA" 18th Oct
Not sure why, but I have just bought this. And i'm drunk..........
sargey2218/10/2020 23:19

Not sure why, but I have just bought this. And i'm drunk..........


You hungry for Pi?
CyDoNiA18/10/2020 23:13

Here's some useful links I saved when I did mine. You may not need to …Here's some useful links I saved when I did mine. You may not need to install TVheadend the way I did from that link but I believe it gave me a higher version. Skip TvhProxy for now unless you want Plex to use the tuners. Remember though you can run Plex on another system and use the tuners, doesn't have to all be on the same one. OH also remember Plex needs Plexpass for Live TV/DVR too.Transmitter info (You will need this to add any Muxs that don't auto detect with scan (I found HD ones didn't as it didn't scan for DVB-T2 and only did DVB-T scan):https://ukfree.tv/maps/freeviewMux settings (Ideal settings for the muxes you add (HD ones differ from SD in settings):https://discourse.osmc.tv/t/howto-retune-tvheadend-dvb-for-uk-freeview-digital-switchover/71793Tvheadend:https://tvheadend.org/projects/tvheadend/wiki/AptRepositoriesTvhproxy:https://blog.swakes.co.uk/raspberry-pi-tv-dvb-hat-plex-magic/Run this command to quickly install the dependencies for TvhProxy:sudo apt-get install python-pip libzbar-dev libzbar0 virtualenv libssl-dev libffi-dev


brilliant! will give this a whirl: got a plexpass
ra1118/10/2020 23:20

brilliant! will give this a whirl: got a plexpass


Worth looking at Pihole too. Network wide ad blocker. Not very CPU intensive although you will need to tweak your network settings to get all clietns on you netwrok using it. I run 2 Raspberry Pi 3Bs with TV-Hats running Tvheadend, TvhProxy, Pihole and one of them also runs PiVPN.

One word of warning though... If you decide to run Pihole use Rasbian Stretch for the OS as it doesn't work very well (if at all from my experience) on Raspberry Pi OS (AKA: Buster).
Edited by: "CyDoNiA" 18th Oct
I use my Zero as an ad blocker with PiHole and a VPN with PiVPN. Blocks adverts at home or anywhere in the world when on the VPN. My Zero W is used as a music player for Spotify and Squeezebox. Both running DietPi as the OS.

It's such a pain you can still only buy one at a time, there's no reason for it still other than them making a profit out the postage.
Edited by: "dcx_badass" 19th Oct
Debating on giving homeassistant ago... Would this be suitable with a micro usb to ethernet?
jameswalker45719/10/2020 06:19

Debating on giving homeassistant ago... Would this be suitable with a …Debating on giving homeassistant ago... Would this be suitable with a micro usb to ethernet?


It will run but it won't be the most enjoyable experience. You may struggle with things like camera streams or running a PiHole addon on the same system, and I don't think you would be able to run TensorFlow at all.

I have a Pi 4 4GB running HA which is very stable, although obviously £40 more expensive. CPU idles at 45% and RAM usage at about 1.5GB. I expect you would be ok with the 2GB version.
Sydney-Steve19/10/2020 07:06

It will run but it won't be the most enjoyable experience. You may …It will run but it won't be the most enjoyable experience. You may struggle with things like camera streams or running a PiHole addon on the same system, and I don't think you would be able to run TensorFlow at all.I have a Pi 4 4GB running HA which is very stable, although obviously £40 more expensive. CPU idles at 45% and RAM usage at about 1.5GB. I expect you would be ok with the 2GB version.


Do you rate it?

How easy is it to set up?

I've got a few different Eco systems. Specifically Xiaomi which im looking to integrate better than their own.
dcx_badass19/10/2020 00:46

It's such a pain you can still only buy one at a time, there's no reason …It's such a pain you can still only buy one at a time, there's no reason for it still other than them making a profit out the postage.


Same policy if you buy a PiZero in the store in Pi store Cambridge. One per person, so I dont think its Pimoroni's doing
jameswalker45719/10/2020 07:13

Do you rate it?How easy is it to set up?I've got a few different Eco …Do you rate it?How easy is it to set up?I've got a few different Eco systems. Specifically Xiaomi which im looking to integrate better than their own.


I do rate it, and it gets better with each release. I've been using it for 18 months or so now.

Initial set up is a bit time consuming, particularly if you want to enable remote access, and there is a reasonably steep learning curve. There are some good tutorials about though. If you know how to set static IP addresses and port forwarding on your router then you will be able to manage it.

Once you're up and running it's great and very flexible. My current set up:

- Monitors all our security cams from various platforms (Blink, Wansview and Yi);
- Enables / disables our home alarm (cheap 433mhz set up);
- Manages heating / hot water (Hive);
- Monitors heating oil levels (Watchman via RTL_SDR);
- Monitors our neighbour's weather station (RTL_SDR again);
- Automates smart bulbs with motion sensors, timers and physical switches (mixture of Zigbee and 433mhz);
- Manages all my smart plugs (various brands but all flashed with Tasmota);
- Send notifications to my Android phone for various events (I assume iOS works as well).

Community support is excellent and there are people doing some really clever things with the platform.

One of my favourite is our holiday lights automation which will randomly toggle lights throughout the house at random intervals whilst we're away. It also sends commands to our Alexa so we can play noises in the kitchen etc. Sure you could do it with old school plug timers, but where's the fun in that? You can also use the Android app to automate things using your location (turn lights on when you return home after sunset etc.).

That's probably more than you wanted to know!
Sydney-Steve19/10/2020 07:44

I do rate it, and it gets better with each release. I've been using it …I do rate it, and it gets better with each release. I've been using it for 18 months or so now.Initial set up is a bit time consuming, particularly if you want to enable remote access, and there is a reasonably steep learning curve. There are some good tutorials about though. If you know how to set static IP addresses and port forwarding on your router then you will be able to manage it.Once you're up and running it's great and very flexible. My current set up:- Monitors all our security cams from various platforms (Blink, Wansview and Yi);- Enables / disables our home alarm (cheap 433mhz set up);- Manages heating / hot water (Hive);- Monitors heating oil levels (Watchman via RTL_SDR);- Monitors our neighbour's weather station (RTL_SDR again);- Automates smart bulbs with motion sensors, timers and physical switches (mixture of Zigbee and 433mhz);- Manages all my smart plugs (various brands but all flashed with Tasmota);- Send notifications to my Android phone for various events (I assume iOS works as well).Community support is excellent and there are people doing some really clever things with the platform.One of my favourite is our holiday lights automation which will randomly toggle lights throughout the house at random intervals whilst we're away. It also sends commands to our Alexa so we can play noises in the kitchen etc. Sure you could do it with old school plug timers, but where's the fun in that? You can also use the Android app to automate things using your location (turn lights on when you return home after sunset etc.).That's probably more than you wanted to know!

That's amazing particularly the 433mhz and the notifications I have an old alarm system I no longer use. Could be interesting to try and get that back up and running and integrated.

At the moment I use a collection of gateways and devices and none of them seem to do anything entirely.

I have Hive Yeelight Yi and Xiaomi so sounds like this is the way forward.
Chikki18/10/2020 22:48

Can the pi zero w be made to act as a router?


I have a pi4 acting as a bridged wireless access point, works far better than a spare router used to
jameswalker45719/10/2020 07:13

Do you rate it?How easy is it to set up?I've got a few different Eco …Do you rate it?How easy is it to set up?I've got a few different Eco systems. Specifically Xiaomi which im looking to integrate better than their own.


The thing I learned with HA is it runs much better when you use a dedicated pi for it. I used to run it on the same pi as pi hole in a docker container and would run into problems updating the FTL. Probably my lack of knowledge but for £25 I put pihole on a 3b and used the 4b as a dedicated HA, no problems since
Edited by: "regancipher" 19th Oct
Thanks picked up one with WiFi to get up a pwnagotchi
jameswalker45719/10/2020 08:03

That's amazing particularly the 433mhz and the notifications I have an …That's amazing particularly the 433mhz and the notifications I have an old alarm system I no longer use. Could be interesting to try and get that back up and running and integrated.At the moment I use a collection of gateways and devices and none of them seem to do anything entirely.I have Hive Yeelight Yi and Xiaomi so sounds like this is the way forward.


I have a few yeelights and they integrate well - one of the easier ones. You will need another sensor for the 433mhz bits. If your house is reasonably small you will probably get away with a Sonoff 433mhz bridge (about £5 - £10 from ebay) but I found the range was a bit pants and the protocols limited.

The better option is to purchase an RTL_SDR dongle (something like this) and use the "RTL_433 to MQTT bridge" add on. With a decent aerial it will set you back about £25 - £30 but it picks up everything in the neighbourhood on that frequency. I wrote a custom script for the add on to integrate properly with our alarm system. Give me a shout if you get that far and get stuck.

My last tip is to install HA on an SSD from the outset. You will be rebooting the system a lot when you start out (most changes need a reboot) and it takes an age if running from an SD card. I'm conscious of not hijacking this thread (voted hot BTW) so I'll stop there!
regancipher19/10/2020 08:10

The thing I learned with HA is it runs much better when you use a …The thing I learned with HA is it runs much better when you use a dedicated pi for it. I used to run it on the same pi as pi hole in a docker container and would run into problems updating the FTL. Probably my lack of knowledge but for £25 I put phone on a 3b and used the 4b as a dedicated HA, no problems since


I'm running a Pi4 with SSD and HASSIO - I started on the PI3 which worked fine but wanted to go SSD which means PI4 due to the USB 3.0 ports. Huge learning curve but super powerful. I'd really recommend running HASSIO in a VM on your PC as a starting point (have a play, decide if it works for you) and then decided on a dedicated platform. A PI4 was a good choice but there are some pitfalls getting it to boot from SSD and also google quirks for avoiding SSD errors. IMHO HA is not for everyone still - it is very complex and there are valid alternatives.

On this deal though - for me this is too expensive for what I'd use it for - I'd go for an ESP32 board which has WIFI and bluetooth already and is cheaper..
Edited by: "dangel" 19th Oct
Sydney-Steve19/10/2020 08:15

I have a few yeelights and they integrate well - one of the easier ones. …I have a few yeelights and they integrate well - one of the easier ones. You will need another sensor for the 433mhz bits. If your house is reasonably small you will probably get away with a Sonoff 433mhz bridge (about £5 - £10 from ebay) but I found the range was a bit pants and the protocols limited.The better option is to purchase an RTL_SDR dongle (something like this) and use the "RTL_433 to MQTT bridge" add on. With a decent aerial it will set you back about £25 - £30 but it picks up everything in the neighbourhood on that frequency. I wrote a custom script for the add on to integrate properly with our alarm system. Give me a shout if you get that far and get stuck.My last tip is to install HA on an SSD from the outset. You will be rebooting the system a lot when you start out (most changes need a reboot) and it takes an age if running from an SD card. I'm conscious of not hijacking this thread (voted hot BTW) so I'll stop there!


What programme language is useful to learn for this? Python?

I've got an alevel in computing but haven't touched programming for 15+ years and alot has changed since!

I've got abit of time away with work so thinking I might as well learn purchase and programme when k get back!
dangel19/10/2020 08:27

I'm running a Pi4 with SSD and HASSIO - I started on the PI3 which worked …I'm running a Pi4 with SSD and HASSIO - I started on the PI3 which worked fine but wanted to go SSD which means PI4 due to the USB 3.0 ports. Huge learning curve but super powerful. I'd really recommend running HASSIO in a VM on your PC as a starting point (have a play, decide if it works for you) and then decided on a dedicated platform. A PI4 was a good choice but there are some pitfalls getting it to boot from SSD and also google quirks for avoiding SSD errors. IMHO HA is not for everyone still - it is very complex and there are valid alternatives.On this deal though - for me this is too expensive for what I'd use it for - I'd go for an ESP32 board which has WIFI and bluetooth already and is cheaper..


You aren't hijacking. You're informing the community of how useful these can be 😁
sargey2218/10/2020 23:19

Not sure why, but I have just bought this. And i'm drunk..........


You just summed up my life in one sentence.
dangel19/10/2020 08:27

IMHO HA is not for everyone still - it is very complex and there are valid …IMHO HA is not for everyone still - it is very complex and there are valid alternatives.


I agree - you need a bit of IT skill to make it work. It sucks you in though!

jameswalker45719/10/2020 08:55

What programme language is useful to learn for this? Python?I've got an …What programme language is useful to learn for this? Python?I've got an alevel in computing but haven't touched programming for 15+ years and alot has changed since!I've got abit of time away with work so thinking I might as well learn purchase and programme when k get back!


You can use Python if you wish. I used bash for the RTL script, just because that's what the original add on used. Most things you won't need to know a programming language as there is a GUI to create automations. 95% of the time it's all you need but the GUI doesn't easily provide for variables or loops (and definitely no recursion). In the rare event you need to script something, it's usually very basic.
Edited by: "Sydney-Steve" 19th Oct
sargey2218/10/2020 23:19

Not sure why, but I have just bought this. And i'm drunk..........



Remember to drink two pints before work... you can thank me later.
chischis18/10/2020 22:23

This plus the white white USB LAN adapter Pimoroni sells makes for a great …This plus the white white USB LAN adapter Pimoroni sells makes for a great pihole box. It's sometimes a touch sluggish on the webui, but does the job perfectly fine otherwise. Heat. But keep in mind this is much slower than a Pi 3 or 4.


Raspberry Pi 2 is the way to go - cheap now, faster, and no dangly bits
ra1118/10/2020 22:58

there is a hat with LTE to make it into a 4G reciever - and use a USB to …there is a hat with LTE to make it into a 4G reciever - and use a USB to ethernet cable to serve this out. But... suspect performance might be suspect at best?OpenWRT router config here:https://openwrt.org/toh/raspberry_pi_foundation/raspberry_pi4G hat here:https://sixfab.com/product/raspberry-pi-base-hat-3g-4g-lte-minipcie-cards/?utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=Smart+Shopping+|+UK+|+All+Devices+|+All+Users+|+All+Products&utm_term=&utm_source=adwords&hsa_src=u&hsa_net=adwords&hsa_kw=&hsa_tgt=pla-297816780383&hsa_ad=460144791593&hsa_grp=107790970716&hsa_mt=&hsa_acc=6308888758&hsa_ver=3&hsa_cam=10972879599&gclid=CjwKCAjwz6_8BRBkEiwA3p02Ve45l-3DtvfXNkQvuhAY56sbfnZXKp4NJjFTa0jww5IlgzEm5NlJgRoCDOIQAvD_BwE


That 4G hat is expensive and doesn't seem to include a modem. I'd get a £20-£30 4G USB modem from ebay.
regancipher19/10/2020 08:10

The thing I learned with HA is it runs much better when you use a …The thing I learned with HA is it runs much better when you use a dedicated pi for it. I used to run it on the same pi as pi hole in a docker container and would run into problems updating the FTL. Probably my lack of knowledge but for £25 I put phone on a 3b and used the 4b as a dedicated HA, no problems since


Was you running the Buster version of Raspberry Pi OS? Because if so that will be why Pihole was screwing up. It's supper flakey on Buster which is why I use Stretch (previous version) for it.
CyDoNiA18/10/2020 22:39

I've got a bit hooked on Raspberry Pis but I have to say the Zero doesn't …I've got a bit hooked on Raspberry Pis but I have to say the Zero doesn't really appeal to me. If I was to get one though it would be the Zero WH as then you have Wifi and Bluetooth and the header already there, just saves time but if ya happy soldering one on then yeah you can save a little. Works out about £12 + delivery I think for the Zero WH though.I'm not sure Plex would be worth it on the Zero either but I have to admit I haven't tried it. I did find Plex's Live TV buggy as hell though, especially the EPG and it's in ability to record 2 programs when one comes after the other even on the same channel. I just use Tvheadend now and dreamPlayer TV for Tvheadend on my SHIELD or it's Android mobile version on my phones.



I would imagine PLEX being a little bit out of reach on this device, it will work, but I'd be very surprised if it worked with 2+ users streaming at once. I have a pi zero w with Octopi (distro for wirelessly controlling 3d printers) running and that is immensely sluggish just using the UI compared to a full fat RPI (even just the 2 was a big difference in terms of responsiveness). I have a rpi4 with 4GB running Plex and if there are 4 users streaming HD content it will be about 30% system usage.
Love it. Wish I know what to do with it.
niefoon19/10/2020 10:16

I would imagine PLEX being a little bit out of reach on this device, it …I would imagine PLEX being a little bit out of reach on this device, it will work, but I'd be very surprised if it worked with 2+ users streaming at once. I have a pi zero w with Octopi (distro for wirelessly controlling 3d printers) running and that is immensely sluggish just using the UI compared to a full fat RPI (even just the 2 was a big difference in terms of responsiveness). I have a rpi4 with 4GB running Plex and if there are 4 users streaming HD content it will be about 30% system usage.


Yeah its transcoding that will really kill it. My Plex server is an Nvidia SHIELD and so transcoding is no issue at all as it has hardware for that. Never tried Plex on the Pis as always either had it on a Windows server or the SHIELD.
Tempted to setup the TV hat and run live TV through Plex for the nice EPG but from looking at lots of Youtube videos it seems like changing channels is very slow? Seems a lot slower than it is just using my LG B8's built in tuner and live TV shiz
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