Suggestions for what I should use to build my Raspberry Pi 2?

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teiraa Offline
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I was thinking about replacing my Apple Tv 2 with a Raspberry Pi 2 as a Kodi dedicated box. I'm new to the whole Raspberry Pi thing so I'm not exactly sure what equipment I should get to build it. It seems like there are a lot of options...

Are are certain SD cards, power adapters, or wifi adapters that work better than others or should I just stick with the official adapters? Also, do people use any of the add-on boards? Like the RemotePi Board Plus for shutting it on and off?
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Did you try the Wikis and/or the Pi forum? Chances are they have the info you are looking for.
Raspberry_Pi (wiki)

AFTV (non-rooted + FiredTV Launcher + Kodi)
WD My Book Live NAS
(This post was last modified: 2015-07-28 00:41 by shabuboy.)
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1) If you're near a Microcenter, you can pick one up for $30.

2) Get the thickest, shortest micro-USB cable you can find/use (e.g. 3ft. 24awg).

3) Get a quality power supply, such as an iPhone charger. 5W is passable. 10+W is better, especially with peripherals.

4) Samsung EVO microSD cards had a corruption problem that was fixed. Personally, I'd still go for a Sandisk Ultra in the cheapest size available.

5) Buy the MPEG-2 and VC-1 codecs if you plan to watch live TV or certain Blu Ray rips.

6) Edit the config.txt file to overclock (1000Mhz Arm, 500Mhz SDRAM, 500Mhz GPU) and enable turbo mode (voids warranty).

7) If your TV doesn't have CEC, buy a $0.99 IR chip and wire up a receiver using the GPIO pins.

8) Leave it on 24/7 and pay the extra $3 in yearly power costs.

9) Wired ethernet >> 5Ghz WiFi > 2.4Ghz WiFi

10) Thank popcornmix, Milhouse and the rest of the Raspberry Pi/Kodi/Openelec organizations for their work... then enjoy.
(This post was last modified: 2015-07-28 05:06 by ZwartePiet.)
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Some corrections:

- You NEED a 5V/2.0 Amp power Supply. An iPhone charger is definitely inadequate once you add usb perhipherals.
- Samsung micro SDHC cards have been proven over and over to be the fastest, these ones:

Samsung 16GB EVO Class 10 Micro SDHC with Adapter up to 48MB/s (MB-MP16DA/AM)
Samsung 32GB PLUS Micro SDHC with Adapter - up to 48MB/s - UHS-1 Class 10 Memory Card (MB-MPBGCA/AM)

- FLIRC usb Infra Red Receiver is very user friendly and can be used with any spare IR remote control lying around the house.
- Don't go anywhere near a cheap 2.4Ghz usb WiFi. Reason too much interference. Get 5Ghz or better still dual band usb WiFi.
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Don't use an Apple charger. It will change output dynamically.

EDIT: the rest is great advice, though :)

You can make easy links to the Kodi Wiki Manual using double brackets around common Kodi words: [[debug log]] = debug log (wiki), [[Video library]] = Video library (wiki), [[SMB]] = SMB (wiki) , [[userdata]] = userdata (wiki), etc
(This post was last modified: 2015-07-28 11:14 by Ned Scott.)
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teiraa Offline
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(2015-07-28 05:24)wrxtasy Wrote:  Some corrections:

- You NEED a 5V/2.0 Amp power Supply. An iPhone charger is definitely inadequate once you add usb perhipherals.
- Samsung micro SDHC cards have been proven over and over to be the fastest, these ones:

Samsung 16GB EVO Class 10 Micro SDHC with Adapter up to 48MB/s (MB-MP16DA/AM)
Samsung 32GB PLUS Micro SDHC with Adapter - up to 48MB/s - UHS-1 Class 10 Memory Card (MB-MPBGCA/AM)

- FLIRC usb Infra Red Receiver is very user friendly and can be used with any spare IR remote control lying around the house.
- Don't go anywhere near a cheap 2.4Ghz usb WiFi. Reason too much interference. Get 5Ghz or better still dual band usb WiFi.

Great, thanks!

Are there any specific 5Ghz wifi adapters you recommend?
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wrxtasy Offline
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OpenElec on the RPi supports a wide range of usb WiFi chipsets straight out of the box. I would think you will not find much wrong with something very popular like this:
Edimax EW-7811UTC AC600 Dual-Band

or in the UK:
Dual Band 2.4Ghz 5Ghz Wireless N USB Adapter Dongle Wi-Fi 300Mbps 802.11 a/b/g/n
(This post was last modified: 2015-07-28 17:56 by wrxtasy.)
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Know that 5ghz on raspberry pi2 can be a pain to get working. I would definitely research into finding a known good wireless adapter that works over 5ghz with whatever OS you want to run before buying one first. Personally I use a mimo 2.4ghz adapter and get good enough speeds to stream HD content over wireless through that.
(This post was last modified: 2015-07-28 18:13 by Shazb0t.)
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ZwartePiet Offline
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(2015-07-28 05:24)wrxtasy Wrote:  Some corrections:

- You NEED a 5V/2.0 Amp power Supply. An iPhone charger is definitely inadequate once you add usb perhipherals.
- Samsung micro SDHC cards have been proven over and over to be the fastest, these ones:

I'm using a 5V/1A power supply on a Model 2 overclocked to 1000Mhz, forced turbo mode just fine. It worked on the original Model B. With the switching regulators introduced in the Model B+, the Model 2 has a baseline power draw similar to the Model B. Peripherals definitely require a 2A charger though!

I'm using a 16GB EVO and it works just fine now. They had corruption issues early in Isengard's development and the fix seemed like a bit of a hack. Just FWIW...

(2015-07-28 11:03)Ned Scott Wrote:  Don't use an Apple charger. It will change output dynamically.

Good to know. Thanks.
(This post was last modified: 2015-07-28 20:46 by ZwartePiet.)
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I've had excellent results with the official Raspberry Pi power supply. It comes with EU, UK, US and Aus power plug plug-ins.

Also if you plan to drive high current USB devices on a B+ or B 2, then there is a config.txt option to enable high current.
Code:
max_usb_current=1

I've used this successfully with the B 2 and an external 2.5" USB hard drive with no need for a powered USB hub with the official PSU.
(This post was last modified: 2015-07-28 20:49 by noggin.)
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