Raspberry Pi 3B+ (B Plus) - £32.00 + Postage (+£2.50) @ ThePiHut
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Raspberry Pi 3B+ (B Plus) - £32.00 + Postage (+£2.50) @ ThePiHut

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Found 14th Mar
The latest Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ has a faster 64-bit 1.4GHz quad core processor, 1GB of RAM, faster dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, and significantly faster 300Mbit/s ethernet.

  • 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU (BCM2837)
  • 1GB RAM (LPDDR2 SDRAM)
  • On-board wireless LAN - dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac (CYW43455)
  • On-board Bluetooth 4.2 HS low-energy (BLE) (CYW43455)
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 300Mbit/s ethernet
  • 40 GPIO pins
  • Full size HDMI 1.3a port
  • Combined 3.5mm analog audio and composite video jack
  • Camera interface (CSI)
  • Display interface (DSI)
  • microSD slot
  • VideoCore IV multimedia/3D graphics core @ 400MHz/300MHz

Lets us if its cheaper anywhere else
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What on earth is "300Mbit/s ethernet" ? Is this a gigabit port but running at a maximum speed of 300 Mbit/s?

Edit: Seems to actually be 330Mbit ethernet and PoE.
Edited by: "brookheather" 14th Mar
What they mean is a gigabit ethernet port that is speed limited by USB2.0.
jai4733 m ago

What do fellow HUKD members use their Pi for?


Got mine set up as a Pi Hole.
pi-hole.net/

Stops all incoming ads at router level. Saves me rooting my phone.
Edited by: "Nevare88" 14th Mar
RebTheRebel27 m ago

I literally only just got a Pi at the weekend. But apart from a slight …I literally only just got a Pi at the weekend. But apart from a slight speed increase in internet use, is there any real reason to return it and order this one? I'm new to it all but not sure if I should be kicking myself with annoyance, or happy with what I've got. Is there really much of a difference?


I wouldn't have thought so. The differences are quite small.

- gigabit Ethernet... That still runs over the USB 2.0 so won't actually be gigabit Ethernet.

- 5ghz wifi, unless you have a clear liner of sight to the router I don't think this will make much difference

- CPU upgrade, unknown as yet, but my understanding is that consoler emulation (as an example) is held back by gpu, not CPU. I'm sure benchmarks will be out soon but I don't think retropie'rs will see much increase.

- POE with an additional hat. Well I know the difference but POE has been available with an additional hat for a while.


I bought one, it's my 10th pi, so I'm a fan boy, but I wouldn't worry to much up upgrading unless you have a specific need. Hth.
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Just to note it's £34.50 with postage
Anything with 2 lan ports? After a cheap to run pfsense box.
lumsdot4 m ago

This was release in Feb 2016If you can afford it think of getting a …This was release in Feb 2016If you can afford it think of getting a tinker board which is much faster, plus has 2gb of ram


It was released today. Key points are a slightly faster CPU and significantly better network speed.
lumsdot5 m ago

This was release in Feb 2016If you can afford it think of getting a …This was release in Feb 2016If you can afford it think of getting a tinker board which is much faster, plus has 2gb of ram


No, the 3+ was release today, Pi Day.

linky
Given this has only just launched I'd be surprised anyone else has stock to be able to beat this price.
skiking17 m ago

Given this has only just launched I'd be surprised anyone else has stock …Given this has only just launched I'd be surprised anyone else has stock to be able to beat this price.


CPC and RS have thousands in stock - this is the best price of those, although I haven't checked other retailers. Given similar prices I think better to support a 'Pi' retailer.

EDIT: Actually CPC is about 47p cheaper.
Edited by: "Ashe" 14th Mar
Blurigard14th Mar

No, the 3+ was release today, Pi Day.linky


ok, did not know they had released a new one.
heres more info below if anyone interested, does not seeem to be a huge increase in speed and no increase in ram, so tinkerboard still worth considering if you just want to use linux as a OS


raspi.tv/201…poe
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What do fellow HUKD members use their Pi for?

I have one setup with MotionEyeOS:
github.com/ccr…eos

Its a fantastic OS if you are looking to setup a motion capture / surveillance system.
What on earth is "300Mbit/s ethernet" ? Is this a gigabit port but running at a maximum speed of 300 Mbit/s?

Edit: Seems to actually be 330Mbit ethernet and PoE.
Edited by: "brookheather" 14th Mar
jai472 m ago

What do fellow HUKD members use their Pi for?


I replaced a dead Squeezebox Classic with a Pi 3 + Pi-Digi+ board.
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brookheather3 m ago

What on earth is "300Mbit/s ethernet" ? Is this a gigabit port but …What on earth is "300Mbit/s ethernet" ? Is this a gigabit port but running at a maximum speed of 300 Mbit/s?Edit: Seems to actually be 330Mbit ethernet and PoE.


They must mean AC Wi-Fi? running at 300mbps?
What they mean is a gigabit ethernet port that is speed limited by USB2.0.
jai4714 m ago

They must mean AC Wi-Fi? running at 300mbps?


They mean the 'iperf' peak rate using the GbE interface is around 315 Mbps, from the table on the blog page raspberrypi.org/blo…35/
(and in practice, using 'real' applications, you should see a real boost in wired network performance).
Edited by: "HarryFenner" 14th Mar
I literally only just got a Pi at the weekend.
But apart from a slight speed increase in internet use, is there any real reason to return it and order this one? I'm new to it all but not sure if I should be kicking myself with annoyance, or happy with what I've got.
Is there really much of a difference?
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HarryFenner5 m ago

They mean the 'iperf' peak rate using the GbE interface is around 315 …They mean the 'iperf' peak rate using the GbE interface is around 315 Mbps, from the table on the blog page https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-3-model-bplus-sale-now-35/


Thanks for the link, didn't see the info before.
RebTheRebel5 m ago

I literally only just got a Pi at the weekend. But apart from a slight …I literally only just got a Pi at the weekend. But apart from a slight speed increase in internet use, is there any real reason to return it and order this one? I'm new to it all but not sure if I should be kicking myself with annoyance, or happy with what I've got. Is there really much of a difference?


Entirely depends what you are using it for - although not too many people have it yet, given released today.
RebTheRebel18 m ago

I literally only just got a Pi at the weekend. But apart from a slight …I literally only just got a Pi at the weekend. But apart from a slight speed increase in internet use, is there any real reason to return it and order this one? I'm new to it all but not sure if I should be kicking myself with annoyance, or happy with what I've got. Is there really much of a difference?


As far as you are new to this sort of things AND happy with you current purchase, the answer is NO
RebTheRebel20 m ago

I literally only just got a Pi at the weekend. But apart from a slight …I literally only just got a Pi at the weekend. But apart from a slight speed increase in internet use, is there any real reason to return it and order this one? I'm new to it all but not sure if I should be kicking myself with annoyance, or happy with what I've got. Is there really much of a difference?


The better wifi throughput seems to be the best improvement. Being 5GHz might mean that you have better reception too, so if you're using it through thick walls or far away from the router then you might see an improvement.

However, internet chatter suggests that increased throughput might saturate the USB 2 bus and have detrimental effects on other things connected. Might be worthwhile waiting for some more tests and reviews to come in before committing. I'm sure you'll be happy with the one you have, tbh.
Ooh PoE pins for an official board ... shiny
jai4733 m ago

What do fellow HUKD members use their Pi for?


Got mine set up as a Pi Hole.
pi-hole.net/

Stops all incoming ads at router level. Saves me rooting my phone.
Edited by: "Nevare88" 14th Mar
AhmadK2 m ago

As far as you are new to this sort of things AND happy with you current …As far as you are new to this sort of things AND happy with you current purchase, the answer is NO

It will probably be used mainly for retro gaming, so I suppose the difference will be barely noticeable with that.
jai4734 m ago

What do fellow HUKD members use their Pi for?I have one setup with …What do fellow HUKD members use their Pi for?I have one setup with MotionEyeOS:https://github.com/ccrisan/motioneyeosIts a fantastic OS if you are looking to setup a motion capture / surveillance system.


Kodi... (sorry!)

but also use it to practice Linux CLi over SSH and remote desktop. I install multiple images on a single SD card using Berryboot... there's a website always uploading new berryboot compatible ISOs.
Blurigard14th Mar

The better wifi throughput seems to be the best improvement. Being 5GHz …The better wifi throughput seems to be the best improvement. Being 5GHz might mean that you have better reception too, so if you're using it through thick walls or far away from the router then you might see an improvement.However, internet chatter suggests that increased throughput might saturate the USB 2 bus and have detrimental effects on other things connected. Might be worthwhile waiting for some more tests and reviews to come in before committing. I'm sure you'll be happy with the one you have, tbh.


Much appreciated reply. I'll stick with this one for now then. It will be used in the same room as the router so no need for extended or stronger WiFi signal. I'll wait until the inevitable Pi4 releases in a couple of years or so. Thank you.
RebTheRebel27 m ago

I literally only just got a Pi at the weekend. But apart from a slight …I literally only just got a Pi at the weekend. But apart from a slight speed increase in internet use, is there any real reason to return it and order this one? I'm new to it all but not sure if I should be kicking myself with annoyance, or happy with what I've got. Is there really much of a difference?


I wouldn't have thought so. The differences are quite small.

- gigabit Ethernet... That still runs over the USB 2.0 so won't actually be gigabit Ethernet.

- 5ghz wifi, unless you have a clear liner of sight to the router I don't think this will make much difference

- CPU upgrade, unknown as yet, but my understanding is that consoler emulation (as an example) is held back by gpu, not CPU. I'm sure benchmarks will be out soon but I don't think retropie'rs will see much increase.

- POE with an additional hat. Well I know the difference but POE has been available with an additional hat for a while.


I bought one, it's my 10th pi, so I'm a fan boy, but I wouldn't worry to much up upgrading unless you have a specific need. Hth.
I want to run macOS on this.
RebTheRebel6 m ago

Much appreciated reply. I'll stick with this one for now then. It will be …Much appreciated reply. I'll stick with this one for now then. It will be used in the same room as the router so no need for extended or stronger WiFi signal. I'll wait until the inevitable Pi4 releases in a couple of years or so. Thank you.


You should be using Ethernet if it's that close
jai4745 m ago

What do fellow HUKD members use their Pi for?I have one setup with …What do fellow HUKD members use their Pi for?I have one setup with MotionEyeOS:https://github.com/ccrisan/motioneyeosIts a fantastic OS if you are looking to setup a motion capture / surveillance system.


Home Assistant, £30 to stop messing with loads of apps and stop all your devices calling home constantly...bargain.
RetroPi on a Pi 2 for me. You soon realise how bad the graphics on the original Playstation were compared to modern games.
At some point I'd like to make an arcade cabinet powered by one.
If you have a spare Pi doing nothing, please consider running OpenRightsGroup's "Blocked" image, it notifies the ORG of blocked websites that have been inadvertently blocked by accident by the governments legal campaign against 'bad' websites (think iptv, bittorrent, football streams etc as well as those that are actually bad)

Read more: blocked.org.uk/run…obe
openrightsgroup.org/


Open Rights Group exists to preserve and promote your rights in the digital age.

*Not part of ORG, just a supporter of their work and know some of you (like me) will have old Pi's in drawers.. I have their image running on a Rpi 2 Model B, doesn't have to work on a Rpi 3, but they say a Pi Zero doesn't work well.
Edited by: "CDR" 15th Mar
Josh.Rogan9 m ago

I wouldn't have thought so. The differences are quite small.- gigabit …I wouldn't have thought so. The differences are quite small.- gigabit Ethernet... That still runs over the USB 2.0 so won't actually be gigabit Ethernet.- 5ghz wifi, unless you have a clear liner of sight to the router I don't think this will make much difference- CPU upgrade, unknown as yet, but my understanding is that consoler emulation (as an example) is held back by gpu, not CPU. I'm sure benchmarks will be out soon but I don't think retropie'rs will see much increase.- POE with an additional hat. Well I know the difference but POE has been available with an additional hat for a while.I bought one, it's my 10th pi, so I'm a fan boy, but I wouldn't worry to much up upgrading unless you have a specific need. Hth.


Many thanks. I'm just very impressed with what these little boards are capable of. Quick question though as someone who knows their stuff. Is it normal for the Pi to run quite warm? I got the thermometer symbol appear after watching a YouTube video via the browser after 10 mins. Is this to be expected with streaming YouTube? I know it packs a lot of punch for something so small, so maybe I've answered my own question there.
Blurigard14th Mar

No, the 3+ was release today, Pi Day.linky



Surely Pi Day should be 22/7
MadeInBeats20 m ago

Kodi... (sorry!)but also use it to practice Linux CLi over SSH and remote …Kodi... (sorry!)but also use it to practice Linux CLi over SSH and remote desktop. I install multiple images on a single SD card using Berryboot... there's a website always uploading new berryboot compatible ISOs.


Why are you apologising for using Kodi? There's nothing illegal about kodi until you add the crappy addons.
RebTheRebel7 m ago

Many thanks. I'm just very impressed with what these little boards are …Many thanks. I'm just very impressed with what these little boards are capable of. Quick question though as someone who knows their stuff. Is it normal for the Pi to run quite warm? I got the thermometer symbol appear after watching a YouTube video via the browser after 10 mins. Is this to be expected with streaming YouTube? I know it packs a lot of punch for something so small, so maybe I've answered my own question there.


On my phone now, but if you Google 'pi3 overheating issue?' there is a thread with good advice on rapberrypi.org/forums that may help
Not really a deal...
brookheather57 m ago

I replaced a dead Squeezebox Classic with a Pi 3 + Pi-Digi+ board.


I replaced some dead space in one of my draws with a Raspberry Pi

But before that I've used it for the following:
miniDLNA server because my smart tv wasn't smart enough.
To control RF LED lights with a £3 433MHZ RF Transmitter & Receiver
Used Kodi when on holiday to watch films
Backup photos from my cameras to a 2tb hard disc, via a kodi addon.
With a Playstation3 Eye camera for 75p from cex I set up a webcam.
Edited by: "mrunderhill2" 14th Mar
danmed5 m ago

Why are you apologising for using Kodi? There's nothing illegal about kodi …Why are you apologising for using Kodi? There's nothing illegal about kodi until you add the crappy addons.


Well, just that it's a bit obvious and boring. 1080p works great though considering the power of the thing. I can also plug in my USB hyperX headphones AND a USB DVD drive, both of which just work out-of-the-box with the pi and OpenELEC! Impressive.
Rastafari17 m ago

I want to run macOS on this.


i can't even run macos on my 10 year old mac mini
Nevare8828 m ago

Got mine set up as a Pi Hole. https://pi-hole.net/Stops all incoming ads …Got mine set up as a Pi Hole. https://pi-hole.net/Stops all incoming ads at router level. Saves me rooting my phone.


Stops all YouTube adverts on our Samsung TV. Great for kids stuff which are peppered with unsuitable ads. It also blocks every bit of noisy, privacy invading chatter that the Samsung set does all day long. It's always on and never needs rebooting. The only time it needs rebooting is when I manually update the Pi.

Its essential in our house. Tempted to get another just for Emulation Station.
Blurigard14th Mar

The better wifi throughput seems to be the best improvement. Being 5GHz …The better wifi throughput seems to be the best improvement. Being 5GHz might mean that you have better reception too, so if you're using it through thick walls or far away from the router then you might see an improvement.


just to clarify, 5GHz has got worse wall penetration properties than 2.4GHz
tek-monkey1 h, 34 m ago

Anything with 2 lan ports? After a cheap to run pfsense box.



I use an old Dell FX160 SFF (OPNSense) with a USB to ethernet adaptor for the WAN port, built in GBe for the LAN side.

Cheap, rock solid, silent and low power consumption.
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