One wants to hop on the ATSC 3.0 bandwagon but Plex does not support it yet so stick with ATSC1.0 tuners for now… https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B09G649P4K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tgpent-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B09G649P4K&linkId=303fe549297443629f9cbe9261c0f968
For the kids I set up a couple of Raspberry Pi devices with the ‘official’ 7″ touchscreen and turned them into alarm clocks. It has worked well. I added a speaker to E’s a while back and now W wants an alarm so he’ll get one too! The speakers are large but sound very good.
After moving in August I have yet to put all of the server gear back into the rack mount enclosure. While I don’t want to do it right and punch down the Ethernet cables, I am happy to terminate them and then use a couple patch panel. The following is the one I’ll try.ETS 24 Port CAT6 Half U in Line Pass Through Keystone Coupler STP High Density Patch Panel
You can put them in a case, you can put them in a rack, you can blast them into space. But you need to acquire them first. Historically I have purchased CanaKit Amazon Store starter kits.
Now that some of my efforts edge away from Proof of Concept toward Prototype, that starter kit approach becomes extravagant and limits evaluation of power supplies (PoE, battery backup, …) and other components of the grander system.
The triggering event is a desire to have my Zigbee and Z-Wave dongles available to Home Assistant (HA) over the network rather than be directly connected to the HA system which is almost certainly going to remain a container running in a VM running on physical hardware surrounded by a boatload of metal and electrical interference, not a great place for the radios, nor does mapping the USB devices directly into the VM and container happen easily.
Canakit rPi 4 8GB RAM full kit https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08B6F1FV5/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B08B6F1FV5&linkCode=as2&tag=tgpent-20&linkId=cacc29c58e7fd340f4aa2b36e683002a
I find myself using Raspberry Pi devices for more than just custom electronics projects such as:
- Freezer temperature monitor
- Touch-screen clocks for kids (wake up time, exit room time, play soothing music, etc.)
- Digital photo frames
Now I’m looking as uses such as running Home Assistant (HA/Hass.io) on an rPi, have a dedicated development rPi, etc. That leads me to think about placing them in the rack mount. If they are in the rack mount, let’s organize them instead of having them freely shifting about on a rack shelf right?
Some options under consideration: (we may receive an affiliate commission if you purchase from these links)
- UCTRONICS Ultimate Rack with PoE Functionality for Raspberry Pi 4, 19″ 1U Rackmount with PoE HAT, All IO on One Side, OLED Display, Power Switch, and Cooling Fan
- UCTRONICS Upgraded 2U Rackmount for Raspberry Pi 4, 19-inch 2U Server Rack with 12 Pieces of Removable Mounting Plates for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
Complicating the decision is peripheral devices. For HomeAssistant there should be SSD, Z-Wave stick, and Zigbee stick. It would be nice to power the rPis via PoE but there is ample power at the rack anyway so PoE isn’t key.
Speaking of USB to NVMe for SSD connection, see SSK Aluminum M.2 NVME SSD Enclosure Adapter, USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) to NVME PCI-E M-Key Solid State Drive External Enclosure Support UASP Trim (Fits only NVMe PCIe 2242/2260/2280) looks like a good target, pretty inexpensive too.
If one doesn’t go the SSD route, leverage zram and log2ram Extend The Lifespan of Your Raspberry Pi’s SD Card with log2ram (ikarus.sg)
My first Smartphone, a Motorola was named Laura. Her GPS and in turn the directions she gave were interesting to say the least. Hawaii will never be the same after Laura visited in 2012.
Next came the iPhone 5 Annette who served until iOS updates were no longer available and she became a security risk, not to mention rather pokey.
Shortly after Annette joined the family, Mel acquired an iPhone 5s still affectionately known as Bernadette. Bernadette doesn’t give as good of direction as Annette did but she has her shining moments. If Apple can manage to produce another ‘small’ phone like the 5s yet with more current hardware than the SE, Annette will be retired.
Next up was and is Claudette, affectionately known as Claud. After the size of Annette, Claud is huge being a Pixel 2.