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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + $30.35 USD (~ $43.18 AUD) Free Shipping @ Arrow

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Been on the hunt for one of these and I've found the coupon codes exclude Raspberry Pi

Seems this one worked that I received yesterday for 12% off.

Not as good as the $33 deal from August last year but cheapest I've found

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  • +4 votes

    Not as good as the $33 deal from August last year but cheapest I've found

    A lot of those RP3+ were duds. I got one, never worked, got a refund.
    Hesitant to purchase from Arrow again…

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      Strange. Hopefully mine is fine. They must have had a bad batch, but these guys probably deal in large volume so a few duds is to be expected

    • +1 vote

      I believe the first batch of B+'s had several issues. I don't think this was specifically an Arrow issue.

    • +3 votes

      One of the two I ordered didn't work. They gave me a refund 6 months later (when I discovered the issue).

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    should i upgrade from RP2? use it as torrent server which runs plex and transmisson all time.

    • +7 votes

      you should throw pihole on it as well. Its the best thing about them, system wide adblocking. https://pi-hole.net/

      • +1 vote

        or just use adguard dns

        • +9 votes

          or not have your stuff go through Russia.

          • +1 vote

            @tugman: Never thought I'd see fake news on here. Adguard Dns will do the same job and for free. The servers aren't governed by Russian news.

            Not sure what your interest is but it's certainly not the truth.

            • +4 votes

              @Levi: What the hell are you talking about? Adguard is Russian. The DNS servers are based in Russia if you want faster internet results having your DNS go through Russia isn’t smart. Don’t know what the fake news part is about? I was just sharing info and it was all correct. If people us pihole then cool if not, life still continues.

              • -6 votes

                @tugman: https://adguard.com/en/contacts.html theyre cypriot. You visit russian servers every day. I'm not sure your point. google has servers in russia. really not sure what your point is. guess we should all move on from google.

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        pi-hole blocks things like Cashrewards and Shopback. Any easy way to get around that ?

        • +19 votes

          Dont use them

        • +6 votes

          just add them to the whitelist.

        • +4 votes

          We need to take our privacy more seriously, and our time. I stopped using cashrewards and have saved some money by not buying shit i dont need and time by not going through hoops to make their shit work with my browser/adblocker. I think i need to make use one my pi's and put a pihole on it :)

        • +3 votes

          you can pause it for a bit, 5, 10 minutes from the pi-hole admin page.

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        like said i only use it for torrents, i trigger the torrent from mobile. so i don't even turn on the monitor. any use of installing the pihole? i see its a ad blocker but not sure how can it be useful to me who only uses plex

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          Pi-hole blocks ads (most of them) for your whole network.

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            @NoGiveJustTake: u mean i will no longer see youtube ads on my samsung tv? :)

            • -1 vote

              @hopper: I don't think it blocks YouTube ads, but it might.

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                @NoGiveJustTake: Youtube is hit and miss atm, as its a Cat and Mouse game with Google, they change some of the servers all the time, so when they get blocked they just run up another heap.

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              @hopper:

              youtube ads on my samsung tv

              If you mean you get ads when watching youtube on your Samsung tv and it is running Android, could you try Youtube Vanced from XDA?

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                @relentless: Wish my tv was running android, it runs tizen os and cannot sideload apps.

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            @NoGiveJustTake: Exactly if you set it up so its the DHCP server, it will block ads for everything that hooks into it, Tablets, Phones, Laptops, PC's, TV's anything. It's really an awesome bit of kit that runs on hardly anything.

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              @tugman: @tugman is correct. I use Diversion on my Asus router running Merlin-wrt, it's pretty much the same thing as Pi-hole. Youtube is all over the shop. I can go for a few days with no ads and then suddenly there's ads for the latest Ford Ranger in the middle of my kids foreign language cartoon video. It's almost impossible to stop, Google are onto it.

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          Torrent to what kind of storage?

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            @cyrax83: i use USB drive to store movies on my pi2

      • +1 vote

        Yep! This!…

        Been using Pi-hole for a while now and all my browsing experience has been ad free since. Using OpenDNS as your DNS resolver and you have the best of both world. Ad-blocking capability and Family Safety Net solution.

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        Does Pihole work with 7plus / 9now etc? I see ads coming through

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      Oh what a great idea, as in using a raspberry pi for downloading/uploading torrents!

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        I'm sure many people do this just for torrents.

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        BitTorrent, UseNet, (S)FTP, and HTTP downloader (using transmission, SABnzbd, and Aria2) - on a RasPi2B (128GB SSD).
        get_iplayer (BBC), WebDL (local FTA), streaming video recorder - on a RasPi3B+ (256GB uSD).
        My Music for Alexa (own music server you can broadcast across your Echo devices) - on a RasPi3B (128GB uSD).

        Retired my RasPi1B until later, all running DietPi and accessed/monitored via VNC or Ajenti (lighter on resources than WebMin).

        Was running Kerberos.io, (security camera), on the 2B for awhile but switched to a dedicated NVR.

        They replace a ~60W Mini-ITX PC I had running 24/7 doing those things.

        BTW, I also ended up with a dud from the original Arrow deal, (dead after one reboot), they refunded without a problem. Next one I got from an Element14 deal and it has worked 24/7 for the last 4 months or so.

  • +1 vote

    Sorry for the dump question, but what a non-tech savvy person like myself could do with this?

    Thanks

    • +7 votes

      This is essentially a tiny all in one computer. So you could plug it into a monitor with a mouse and keyboard and use it for basic web browsing, document editing, etc. Other common uses include setting it up as a mini retro game console or using it as a media box on a TV. There are a lot of other uses for them, but most require a little bit of technical knowledge to get going.

    • +11 votes

      -learn programming
      -turn it into a mediabox with kodi
      -mini-pc with raspbian-os with email/youtube/web browsing
      -torrentbox
      -pi hole filtering all ads in your home wifi
      -smart home hub
      -buy a case and take it with you on trips as a backup pc
      -ps1/n64/snes emulator

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        Picked up my first one of these. Can anyone recommend a power supply / case for it? Is it just as simple as picking something up off eBay?

        • +1 vote

          any 5V/2A phone charger should work, my xiaomi adapter powers it just fine
          don't need a case esp since it gets hot here in aus but if you need one then any case is fine off ebay or chinese reseller sites, if you're worried about it overheating look for one on ebay with a fan

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            @DisabledUser222058: Thanks Exley. I've got plenty of 5V/2A adapters so I assume all I'll really need to get started is an Micro SD card for it?

            • +1 vote

              @AdamFury: yes
              the faster the card the faster it boots though, but if you're just using it for smarthome stuff then any card is fine
              if you're using it as a mini pc with raspbian-os then flash the image with sketcher as per the raspberry pi site suggests

    • +11 votes

      Believe me. You will never have time to open it up to test it. Too much things to learn, not worth your time.

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        I think he has a point.

      • +2 votes

        not really - I have pi-hole running in 15 mins from scratch

      • +12 votes

        Crap attitude. Look around, technology is everywhere and people will have more power and control if they know about computers, internet and technology.
        The crap apple and google are trying to peddle are great but not advanced enough.
        Search google youtube etc and learn the power of linux and open source!
        Never too late too learn. My first computer i had issues pressing the power on button :)
        The internet is a valuable resource if you are willing to learn! (Even one day i might learn programming if i can stop my internet addiction)

        Download virtualbox and play around with some free linux operating systems on top of your current computer. Try ubuntu.

        With the pi maybe a goal can be:
        Retropi for old retro games, nes, snes etc.
        music stream/server - https://volumio.org/
        Make a security camera with https://github.com/ccrisan/motioneyeos
        Maybe get some 'smart' bulbs smart power points etc and do some home automation with https://www.home-assistant.io/

    • +11 votes

      Not for non-tech people

    • +4 votes

      You can automate your entire house with Raspberry Pie when combined with HomeAssistant.

      • +7 votes

        Lol, assuming you spend 23847239478234 hours researching the most appropriate/cost efficient devices that you'll control with HA, and then another 237429834712934 hours configuring everything to work together ;)

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          I realised on the weekend Hassbian doesn't support Australian wifi channels ootb. Couldn't work out why it wasn't connecting and gave up. Realised channel 13 isn't supported on the US.

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            @julz: I had issues with OpenMediaVault and Armbian because it didn't automatically update the date/time, so it couldn't find repositories and updates (assuming because it thought they were from the future and pi doesn't have a realtime onboard clock?)

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              @normanwall: never had a problem with OMV, perhaps a $1.50 RTC could fix your issue

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          Or find a guide that allows you to put HA, pihole, portainer, node-red, cacti, tasmoadmin in docker images, and run sudo docker-compose up

          and then wait. nbn. wait..get coffee (from shop)..binge watch some netflix for as long as you can stand the buffering..Then you have a fantastic device.

    • +3 votes

      Don't worry, no question is ever a dump question.

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        only if the question is ignored…

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          if a question smells as bad as a dump, it is safer to ignore it

      • +6 votes

        There are no dump questions…only dump people.

  • +1 vote

    I just sold my Pi Module B which sitting in my drawer for almost 1.5 years never opened.

    • +1 vote

      Yeah, got one in the drawer as well. Wonder how many people buy this thinking they'll use it in a project and never do…

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        Install pi.hole on it. I've used it as a printer server as my old laser printer does not have a network port and also as a Unifi controller. So not bad considering that I originally purchased it with a Robotics kit which still is unfinished.

    • +1 vote

      octoprint… great for 3d printing!

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    yeah my gaming box is still unfinished / halfway doing gui… and descriptions - no time to finish it :\

    • +1 vote

      How difficult is it to turn it into a little Arcade box? There are some brilliant 32/64/128gb images out there.

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        Its simple, flash the image onto an SD card, plug in it run through the GUI setup. Flashing has gotten so much easier the past few years..

        Upload ROMs to the device either by taking out the SD or over the network. If you need physical hardware (buttons and joysticks) there's packages that have everything ready to plug and play for you

        The hardest part is making a god damn cabinet 😂

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          Cheers buddy :)

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            @GoonerAR: Tons of articles online, need any help send me a PM.

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    Yeah so true, I bought one and turned it into a retro pie never use it… But It was pretty easy to set up tho or you can buy a sd card with a preloaded operating system

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    It's used exclusively as my 3D printer controller. I run a model 3B though. Don't think it's worth it to upgrade.

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      The non plus model uses a lot less power.

  • +1 vote

    Thanks op!

    Now on my 6th pi.. cheers!

    The extra .2ghz CPU and 5ghz wifi will help if you're running a media server or Kodi over wifi.

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    Thank you OP Ordered one…

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    Is this worth the price premium over the Raspberry Pi Zero W? It's more than double the price. I'm using my Raspberry Pi Zero W at the moment for Domoticz and it runs fine. Thinking of just getting another Zero W as a secondary one to play around with.

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      Depends what you need it for; plus this has USB ports, ethernet port, a full-size HDMI, none of which the Zero has.

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        none of which the Zero has.

        Incorrect. The Zero and Zero W have one (micro) USB port, and you can plug an OTG cable and cheap hub into this if you need more ports.

        You are correct that the Zero and Zero W don't have an Ethernet port, but the Zero W does have WiFi.

        Full-size HDMI needs only a cable or adapter, AU$4.99 for an adapter if ordering from Core Electronics. Cheaper from China. If you have to order a cable anyway, there is no price difference, but mini-HDMI cables are less common.

        You'll save a bit compared to this deal, Pi Zero W is $18.29 delivered from Core Electronics:
        https://core-electronics.com.au/raspberry-pi-zero-w-wireless...

        For a total price of AU$40.79, you can have the Pi Zero W, plus HDMI adaptor, official RPi power supply and an OTG cable delivered:
        https://au.rs-online.com/web/p/usb-cables/1448597/
        https://au.rs-online.com/web/p/ac-dc-adapters/9098126/
        https://core-electronics.com.au/raspberry-pi-zero-w-wireless...
        https://core-electronics.com.au/mini-hdmi-to-standard-hdmi-j...

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          Yeah that's why I said USB ports and not a single micro usb port.

          At any rate, 512MB vs 1GB RAM, and 1.0GHZ vs. 1.4GHz, and no need for any dongles. Depends how much that sort of thing is worth to someone.

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          I wanted to + you but the comment is too old. Thanks for the info. Do you think the zero W is suitable for a torrent/Usenet box with Plex and a USB stick storage?

          • +1 vote

            @chriise: Sorry, I don't have any experience with torrents, Usenet or Plex, so I can't answer your question.

            I can tell you that it has a slower CPU, it's using the same CPU (BCM2835) that was used in the "main" RPi models from 2014-2015, and it has half the RAM of the latest model (512MB versus 1024MB in the Pi 3).

            The CPU is single core (versus 4-core in the Pi 3) and runs at 1GHz (versus 1.4GHz).

            So I guess if you need raw computing power, e.g. transcoding, it will be faster with the latest model.

            The main advantages of the Zero and Zero W are that they are cheaper, physically smaller, use less power. The "less power" means you might be able to power it directly from a TV's USB socket, if you wanted to use it to turn that TV into a "smart TV".

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              @Russ:

              The main advantages of the Zero and Zero W are that they are cheaper, physically smaller, use less power. The "less power" means you might be able to power it directly from a TV's USB socket, if you wanted to use it to turn that TV into a "smart TV".

              I had not considered this… worth trying out. Thanks for all the info!

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            @chriise: You'll also have less choice with cases, there's lots for the full-size RPI models.

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      Depends what youre going to be doing on it. The 3B+ is 1.4Ghz quad core with 1gb ram whereas the zero is 1.0Ghz single core with 512mb

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      The Pi 3 A+ might be more what you're after, $9USD less from Arrow and all you lose from the 3B+ is ethernet, 3 USB ports, and only 512MB RAM. The processing power over the Zero might come in handy for some things for sure.

  • +1 vote

    Bought my first Raspberry Pi. Thanks OP!

  • +3 votes

    Considering you still need to buy a power supply, an SD card and potentially a case, is it better to just get something like this for $80?

    https://www.amazon.com.au/Raspberry-Version-Reader-Heatsinks...

    • +1 vote

      get the 2.5a power supply off ebay, alonrg with card reader and case you like, etc still under $80.

      big issue for me and the b+ was power supply, the b would run off a phone charger, the b+ often rebooted using phone charger until i got a proper 5v 2.5a pi supply.

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        Yep I am more interested in getting another B model because of the extra power for not much gain with the plus.

  • +1 vote

    Bought one to run in my 80s arcade machine. There is an adapter called pi2jamma so you can plug in the harness from typical arcade machines and run emulation. See as it is a CRT monitor and regamebox runs natively in 15khz it's better than the pandora boxes that sell for up to 200

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    Will this be able to decode/stream 1080p x265 HEVC AAC encoded video?

    • +3 votes

      No 265. If you want something that can do that get a vodafone tv box for 70 bucks

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        Also plenty of other SBC (Single Board Computers) that can do it. ODroid, Pine64, OrangePi, etc. all do models that can decode HEVC.

        ODroid also do HC1/HC2 models that have built in SATA to USB3 and mounting for a 2.5/3.5" drive, make more sense for headless server stuff that requires larger storage. Plenty of other models that have gigabit ethernet+USB3 to. For example mounted a Rock64 on top of a 2.5" USB3 case with a SSD in it (4 holes+nylon M2.5 hardware). Works well, nice small footprint. Software support though, still can't beat the Raspberry Pi.

    • +1 vote

      Chromecast Ultra (possibly also the non-ultra) will decode x265.

      Have a look at Emby for your library. Then use the Emby app or just the web interface to cast to your TV.

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    Is this model good for hosting 4k hdr movies in plex and direct playing on a roku etc? Would the Ethernet limitations be an issue?