[SATLUG] Alternatives to Raspberry Pi

Steev Klimaszewski threeway at gmail.com
Mon Aug 11 17:38:48 CDT 2014

The B+ while better, definitely still has issues with USB power (in my
experience) - my usage is definitely different than others.  I have issues
using 2 usb wifi devices, a keyboard and a usb hard drive

On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 9:36 AM, Don Wright <wmail at dslextreme.com> wrote:

> Geoff wrote:
> >Some of the ham guys who are getting into allstar(*) (linux based VoIP
> >for Ham Radio) are finding out that the Pi simply wont suffice with the
> >lack of USB power for the modified USB audio dongles.
> The original RPi had problems passing power from the power input to the
> USB jacks. The solution then was to get a *very* cheap USB hub from Big
> Lots or similar and power the Pi and your peripherals from it. Minor
> manufacturing and layout changes considerably improved this over time,
> so check the dates and board revisions on such claims.
> The new RPi model B+ supports 1.2A through the power input, most of
> which is available to the four USB ports thanks to better power
> regulators on-board. Not using the Ethernet port cuts power consumption
> quite a bit, which also makes battery operation more practical. The same
> powered hub solution still works if you have a high-drain non-compliant
> device.
> That said, the original and continuing goal of the Raspberry Pi project
> was to develop a child's interest in programming to increase university
> computer department applicants. That it also works for "off-label" stuff
> like ham radio, museum exhibits, or making beer is a fortunate accident.
>   --Don
> --
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