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Vilros Raspberry Pi 3 Kit with Clear Case and 2.5A Power Supply
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- Includes Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Quad-Core BROADCOM 64bit ARMv8 1.2 GHz 1 GB RAM (RPi3)
- Great Idea for the Technically Minded who enjoy Tinkering and Creating
- UL Certified 2.5 Amp USB Power Supply with Micro USB Cable and Noise Filter - designed for the Raspberry Pi 3
- Cool transparent case with all ports accessible for ease of use while providing ultimate protection
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I have three of these: one is a media center, the other a media server, and the last one runs a network-wide ad blocker.
Media Center: I had an old WDTV box, which was the most versatile (and legal) set-top box one could buy, but I lost it in a power surge. That thing was a beast - it would play every file format and codec I could throw at it (what is now called "Direct Play"). All my DVDs and Blu-rays are backed up to a NAS in their uncompressed, original codecs (in the "matroska" MKV container format), and all my music is backed up to the NAS in lossless FLAC, and in some rare occasions the compressed .ogg format. However, I learned that buying a Pi 3 and putting OSMC on it would enable me to continue to function the same way, so I put OSMC on it, and it plays everything on my NAS in its original, uncompressed quality just fine. No more clunky BR/DVD player to bother with. And this thing is so small, I actually mounted it to the back of the TV (I can control it via CEC using my TV remote control, or the Kodi remote app from my phone) - out of sight! So that's the media center side of it. (For this to work, I had to enable DLNA in my NAS settings, and I use the NFS file sharing protocol, which seems to be the most universally accepted for media scraping).
Media Server: I do have a TV that uses a Roku for streaming video like Amazon Prime, and the Roku is extremely finicky about file codecs and formats, so when I tried to direct play my local files off my NAS, it wouldn't play most of what I have. So instead of setting up another OSMC device and teaching everyone I live with how to switch over to a new device, etc. instead I opted to install a Plex Media Server at my home network switch so that I could transcode the NAS files prior to pushing them out across the network for the Roku to see. So I installed a "headless" Plex media server on one of these little devices, stuck it at the home run drop where my home network switch is located, and for home video viewing, just installed the Plex channel on the Roku and it plays everything on the NAS without any issues. And Plex's versatility also makes it easier to play my NAS backups on other devices like tablets and what not (Plex does have to compress the files, however, so they're not lossless, which probably doesn't matter for most users, who aren't using studio-quality components).
Network-wide Ad blocker: what a real life saver this thing is. Just install Raspberry Pi-Hole on one of these, set it on your network (follow detailed instructions online - DHCP router settings are crucial here), and no more irritating ads (so long as you're on your network - if you leave home, obviously it quits working). Those little ads in the middle of pages that know what you've been shopping for... GONE. Irritating full-page advertisements for idiotic stuff that you'll never buy anyway... GONE. It even handles most of what YouTube throws at you. Just make sure you set it to auto-update and you're golden. And it may be psychosomatic, but I think my browsing speed has increased slightly after doing this.
Anyway, there are a zillion other things you can do with these things besides games.
But while the Raspberry Pi 3 is easily the most convenient and powerful Raspberry Pi ever, and the first that can potentially be used as a proper PC, it’s still more of an evolutionary upgrade than a revolutionary one—which is actually a good thing, as it helps the RP3 maintain backward compatibility with previous generations of the beloved mini-PC and maker board.
The card-sized RP3’s newfound power lies in a trio of upgrades: A new system-on-chip (SoC) with more potent graphics and computing capabilities, on-board 2.4GHz, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and on-board Bluetooth 4.1/Low Energy support.
The new features seem insignificant on paper, but they add up to a serious usability boost in the real world—especially the on-board wireless capabilities, which just plain work out of the box with the default/recommended Raspbian operating system. Developing a Raspberry Pi-specific OS to work solely with RP hardware pays dividends in ease of use, it seems, especially since standard Linux installations are notorious for finicky wireless connectivity. The mere fact that integrated Wi-Fi exists is a huge step up from previous RP models, which required you either to pony up cash for a Wi-Fi adapter or hard wire your board via an Ethernet connection.
That’s not the only concession to convenience introduced in the RP3. One of the biggest headaches with the original RP was simply connecting everything you needed to it, as the initial version featured only a pair of USB 2.0 inputs. Connecting the basics—a USB keyboard, mouse, and Wi-Fi adapter—required a USB hub, not even mentioning external storage drives or any other gear you’d like to connect to the board. The RP2 cured that headache by doubling the number of USB ports to four. The RP3 goes one step further with native Bluetooth compatibility, which comes in handy for connecting wireless peripherals (take note, folks who use the RP as a cheap media streaming box) or gadgets and sensors for more advanced maker projects.
Please note that this is not the latest version of Raspberry Pi 3 B, which is B+. That came out in April. They clock the processor a bit faster and add gigabit Ethernet with PoE, neither of which is important to me, given my planned application. An 8-port gigabit PoE switch costs $80, and adds no value in my household.
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Muy recomendable para compras futuras.