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Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless £12.70 (~$22) Delivered @ Pimoroni

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Price breakdown:
http://imgur.com/a/Vbczl

*My actual order had few more things added to the cart.

The Raspberry Pi Zero W takes the beloved and extremely popular Pi Zero and adds wireless LAN and Bluetooth, making it perfect for embedded Internet of Things projects.

THIS PRODUCT IS LIMITED TO 1 UNIT PER CUSTOMER

Features

BCM 2835 SOC @ 1GHz
1GHz
512MB of RAM
On-board Wireless LAN - 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n (BCM43438)
On-board Bluetooth 4.1 + HS Low-energy (BLE) (BCM43438)
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 (requires soldering)
Compatible with existing pHAT/HAT add-ons
Dimensions: 65mm x 30mm x 5mm


I did a headless install, and I'm running homebridge on my Raspberry Pi Zero W. It took around 2 weeks to get it delivered from UK to AU last time around.

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    Can I make a NES out of this?

    • +2 votes

      you can make a snowman…

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      as i understand you can run retropie on it but with limited functionality, and nes does seem to work.
      so, thats one of my project along with diy alexa.

    • +2 votes

      Yes you can. I've built 4 of them and in the process of building another 4. They run Atari 2600 era through to PlayStation 1 era without and dramas with the only exception being the N64. I mount them in an NES cartridge. They come up real nice.

      • +1 vote

        Pi0?

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    I wish I knew enough nerd stuff to be able to use one of these :\

    • +2 votes

      What did you want to achieve with it? There are some pretty good tutorials for basic stuff.

    • +1 vote

      Some programs just involves drag and drop and voila you got a media system/ emulator the moment you turn it on

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    sooooo would this also be able to run home assistant pretty well ?

    • +1 vote

      correct, i already got homebridge up and running on this!

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      HASS is awesome!!!
      I have it running on RasPi3 along with docker stuff!

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    What is this exactly? Same like Google chromecast?

    • +1 vote

      It's a single board computer..

      Unlike the Chromecast, it's not specialized to just doing one type of thing. It has some strict limitations because of it's hardware, but it's open source well, almost and open-endedness means there's a lot of potential for it to be used in all kinds of purposes.

      If you still don't understand it linus explains it in 5 mins

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    Wait nevermind. Nifty little thing for $10 usd. I liked the original non wireless one for $5 however =P

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      it's going to be a very long wait!

      its $10 USD plus $16/17 shipping from Adafruit and Canakit to Australia.

  • +3 votes

    +1 for more nerdy stuff on ozb

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    hmm do i need this when we already own 4 raspberry pi 3 boards ………

    i guess we do , if gets my 10 year old interested again it has paid for itself ….. cheaper than coding camp was over holidays :-(

    the fact they have stock is amazing, but that might because it's limited to 1 per person.

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      I think heaps of stock was just made available (worldwide?)

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    Looks like it's supported by the latest PiCorePlayer, so a cheap squeeze box receiver/server could be another option. Not sure about running the built-in wifi and phat dac though.

  • +5 votes

    not sure why schools complain about no funding to set up stem labs …. this stuff is so cheap ….. problem is finding an inspired teacher at school who knows how to drive this stuff…… and the amount of pi material for teachers and students is vast and FREE.

    • +6 votes

      Because they still think you need an Apple to "learn computers". Idiots at the Board and most schools.

      Additionally I am appalled at how many schools are insisting in iPads for learning. They aren't teaching kids how to figure stuff out, they are training an army of users rather than thinkers.

      • +4 votes

        Schools choose Apple because Apple provides a easy way to administrate the devices, manage user accounts and roll out licensed software (including textbooks). That's why Apple has such a strong stranglehold in the education sector.

        It also looks good from a marketing standpoint. Look, future students and parents! We've got state of the art iMacs and iPads! We're not some backwater school with outdated technology! Enrol now!!!

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          It's been this way since the apple ii though, probably the last time an apple in the classroom made any sense (although even then they were damn expensive).

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          There is a distinction between laptops and tablets. Schools have the option of using Apple or PCs, hence competition between Apple, Microsoft and PC manufacturers (Dell, Toshiba, etc) Dell even have rugedised laptops for schools.

          Tablets ….. you either get an Ipad and deal with Apple privacy issues and leverage the training material and support they have created, or an Android …. which means Gmail account and the pervasiveness that Google brings, and less support and training material as each tablet manufactuer has their own quirks, versions of Android, etc.

          My sons' school is mixed, PC (I5), Windows and Ipads.

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          I'd assume Samsung Knox would work fine for schools. Added advantage of keeping school stuff and personal stuff entirely separate.

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        hit the nail on the head:

        "they are training an army of users rather than thinkers."

  • +1 vote

    How would this be as a HTPC?

    Looking to play 1080p through VLC and run a web browser for Wikipedia and YouTube.

    Could I add a USB TV tuner to use it as a DVR?

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      Video decoding is done in hardware, so no real issues there as long as the format is supported. Better off running a HTPC distro though like openelec, rasplex, etc. though than VLC. Kodi and Plex both do YouTube, not sure about web browser or dedicated Wikipedia plugin, Kodi definitely should.

      In terms of interface, running updates, etc. the Pi0 is slow. Pi3 is much faster or if you want 4k and H.265, take a look at ODroid. ODruid C2 does 4k and is supported by OpenPHT for awhile now. Supports eMMC in addition to MicroSD. Orange Pi, Banana Pi, etc. may also be an option.

      USB tuner shouldn't be an issue, but need to be something compatible. http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php/Supported_TV_Tuners#USB_Tu...

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      I use an original raspberry pi with LibreElec and a PS3 PlayTV as my headless TVHeadEnd server - works quite well.

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        didn't know that…
        can you please share bit more info around this setup? thanks

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          What do you need to know?

          Some good general information is here - http://kodi.wiki/view/Tvheadend

          Basically I already had a Raspberry Pi and the PS3 PlayTV. PlayTV often comes up for sale used at EB Games for about $20 - I'm sure plenty of other USB tuners work too.

          The setup is fairly straightforward - just image LibreElec to an SD card and enable the TVHeadEnd server plugin for Kodi and configure.

          Then any device in the house running Kodi can view live TV - up to 2 streams at a time. EPG works great, timeshifting works great, recording seems to work OK too (you can have it save to an smb share on your server).

          It is super convenient to be able to just pop to live TV from Kodi and back at any time.

          It wouldn't hurt to use a newer and more powerful Rpi - I just used the original because I had it sitting on the shelf.

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          @senorclean: oh ok, thanks for pointing me in right direction.
          i got playtv but i use it along ps3.

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    My question is similar to Scrooge McDuck', the stuff I am interested in is Kodi and emulation. What I am wondering: is the Pi0 basically a compatible unit to the Pi3 apart from having lower performance, or if I get this are half the installations out there not going to work?

    • +1 vote

      Kodi is fully supported on Pi0

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      Same architecture as Pi1. Possible in the future some of these projects will drop support (unlikely given not commercial), but for now you just download the image for 0/1 instead of 2/3.

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      PI3 is a nice unit, I have some chinese versions and some UK …. same quality in the build …. they are made under license, not clones … Broadcomm control who can buy the SOC and it's a special version, hence Rasperry Pi vs Orange or Banana PI3 (95% compatible not 100%). The Raspberry Pi3 was $45 inc postage off aliexpress and Zapals inc postage. Because the PI3 has several normal USB ports, for things like Kodi you have expansion ready to do.

      I think the Zeros are targeted more at people will be needing a very small unit or turning their projects into commercial "appliance" offerings, hence reduced size and costs for Zero, the PI3 makes a good development / small volume platform.

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        If the zero is compatible and does the job happy to save my 23 bucks, and it sounds like it does.

        When you say 95% compatible, do you mean the hardware is 95% the same or 95% of software will run fine? From the link item investigation of Orange Pi there are a few complaints about compatibility, but I haven't done that much to be honest.

        Do you happen to know who the primary sellers of these are?

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      I expect the Pi0 would handle 720p content and maybe some low bitrate 1080p x264 video. But asking it to play bluray rips, high bitrate x264, or x265, may be a bit much.

    •  

      The Pi 3 is generally a better choice for that because:

      • It has HDMI, whereas the Pi 0 has mini-HDMI (need to buy an adapter / cable)
      • It has 4 proper USB ports; the Pi 0 only has one microUSB port (you need an OTG adapter and a hub to hook up controllers)
      • Accessories like heatsinks and cases are more readily available for the Pi 2 / Pi 3 than the Zero.
      • The Pi Zero series favours power efficiency over performance, whereas the Pi 2 / 3 have beefier CPUs.

      In terms of compatibility, they're both similar BUT - the Pi 3 and Pi 2.1 have a 64-bit-capable CPU, whereas the 0W can't do 64 bit. So, if a distribution or some software is released as 64-bit only, it won't run on the Pi 0 at all.

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    UK or China made?

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      The quality the same from both, I have Pi3 from UK and China, they are made under license as UK can't keep up with demand.

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    Ok so pulled the trigger, does anyone know where I can get a case that provides access to the sd card? The one on this site apparently doesn't

    • +1 vote

      http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/262799254973
      Not like you should be needing access all the time though.

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        Thanks that's great. Was hoping to share one device for multiple emulators and Kodi, is it usually to have a bootloader for these where you can choose different images? I was expecting most images boot straight in?

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          Can install Kodi under retropie or Emulation Station under Kodi. Could also install rasperian and run a desktop with both.

          By default Linux always uses a bootloader, really see no need for multiple OS' though.

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          @rhangman: cool, thanks, this is my first foray, I have used Linux at home for years but never for either of the above and never on a Pi. I am kinda hoping to have something that will boot into a menu on the TV and allow Bluetooth game controller so I don't need a keyboard so rather not booting a desktop unless it supports control via a controller. I have a Nyko and also xbox 360 controllers with usb

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          @Jackson:
          Retropie does bluetooth. Just want a keyboard on initial setup so you can pair them, then good to go. Only cables you need are power and HDMI. Not sure about HDMI CEC if you just wanted to boot into Kodi and use your TV remote though.
          https://retropie.org.uk/
          Come to think of it, don't need a keyboard, can use wifikeyfile.txt for wifi setup, should then be able to SSH in, run setup and pair a controller.

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          @rhangman:ideally hdmi cec would be good as I don't have an air mouse, only a harmony. I am sure someone has an infra rwd port somewhere I could pick up tho.