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.
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.
|Model A||Model B||Model B+|
|CPU||700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core|
(shared with GPU)
|USB 2.0 ports||1||2||4|
|Video Output||HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4)
|HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4)
RCA via 4-pole 3.5 mm jack
|Audio output||3.5 mm jack, HDMI|
|Network||None||10/100 Mbit/s via a USB Ethernet adapter
on the thirth/fifth accessible USB port
|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.