RaspMediaCenter Part 1: First things first!

Raspberry Pi Logo

→ Part 2: Operative System

I’m making a Raspberry Pi Media Center and I decided to share every single step with the world.

This Media Center will be based on a Raspberry Pi, XBMC, Samba (NAS capabilities) and some additional software, like CouchPotato (auto movie downloader) and SickBeard (auto series downloader).

I’ll start this new series of posts by making a brief introduction to this super cheap amazing machine that is Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi

There are three models: Model A, Model B and Model B+ but if you are considering buying one, Model A is not an option.

Models B and B+ are 10€ more expensive than Model A but you’ll get an Ethernet port, more USB ports and double the RAM.

Major Specs

Model A Model B Model B+
CPU 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core
(shared with GPU)
256 MB 512MB
USB 2.0 ports 1 2 4
Video Output HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4)
Composite RCA
HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4)
RCA via 4-pole 3.5 mm jack
Audio output 3.5 mm jack, HDMI
Storage SD/MMC MicroSD
Network None 10/100 Mbit/s via a USB Ethernet adapter
on the thirth/fifth accessible USB port
Power consumption
(5V microUSB)
300mA (1.5W) 700mA (3.5W) 600mA (3.0W)
Size 85.60 mm × 56 mm (3.370 in × 2.205 in)
not including connectors

Check the official website if you want to know more about it.

List of materials you will need:

  • Raspberry Pi (~35€)
  • Power supply + micro USB cable (~5€)
  • HDMI cable (1~5€)
  • 8/16 GB SD card class 10 (~10/12€)
  • Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi dongle (~1€ or ~10€)

You can get everything from eBay or Amazon for the prices that I suggested.

Check for bungles, you can save some money there.

Next: Part 2 – Operative System

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