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Old 11-06-2013, 08:15 AM   #1
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Low Power Consumption Computing Devices for MH use

Fellow MHers.... I have been seeking some low power consumption PC hardware to mount in my RV that I can use as a NETFLIX and permanent installed PC device. Thus far my candidates are the INTEL NUC and the Raspberry PI B model. Both are relatively low power (Rasp Pi is much lower than the INTEL NUC)....both can do HDMI, but the INTEL NUC is the most PC like of the two. Have a look at them and tell me what you think?
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:39 AM   #2
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What software are you planning on running? What OS? I don't think the Raspberry will run Windows. Not sure about the NUC. If you run Linux, is there a Netflix client for it?
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Flying: The OS is unimportant to myself....I have the geek-like attitude and feel comfortable running a Microsoft/Linux/Apple/BeOS...etc. If I selected the Raspberry Pi... I will most certainly be running the GUI along with the Linux OS...
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What else do you want other than Netflix? If that's the primary use, have you considered a Roku?
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Just curious as to why the emphasis on 'low power consumption'? If it's to access Netflix that suggests a satellite, cell data, or cable hook up and the HDMI requirement sounds like a TV. Are you going to run this on an inverter and batteries?
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BFLINN: I am emphasizing low power consumption appliances in my MH to maximize my Boondocking/solar project capabilities. Most of you guys are camp-grounders...I am a weekend warrior that uses my RV as a cycling platform (interior is more like a locker room versus a home setting). I would like to create a combination of nice services that can be run completely off grid and replenished by solar where I can go to my rail trail type park and pedal....then head to a boondock location and rest. The onboard PC and entertainment devices that can maximize my tiny solar array and battery setup plus allow for the other goodies I want to run will be key to how long of a vacation I can maintain.
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FlyingDiver...ROKU type devices are on my radar....I have not as of yet tested one in the RV to determine if I like its capabilities. The INtel NUC has been tested and it is very nice...but the power consumption can be laptop like (65W peaks)....The Rasp Pi is less than 1/6th that consumption....I will look at the ROKU and Netgear version of the ROKU to see how much these items draw. Would love to have my cake and eat it too.... but I have to squeeze out every amp-hour possible to make my project most worthy.
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Umm... What are you going to use for internet access when boondocking? You're going to blow through most any cellular data plan pretty quick with Netflix streaming.

And I really think you need to identify the possible clients for Netflix before you get too far with low-power alternative devices like the Pi or NUC. Will they run a browser supported by Netflix? Or a specific Netflix client app?
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Have you thought about building your own 12VDC computer? Here is a link to what I did RVputer, aka Carputer, Car PC, Car Computer

Here is a link to a parts supplier http://www.mo-co-so.com/
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texnet...I had not considered putting together my own PC.... was going to take advantage of package systems so I can get something together ASAP. the things that make the project most satisfying is..I upgraded the TV to a EL cheapo Seiki 22" HDMI TV (from the old 90W CRT type TV that came in the MH. This brought the 90W down to 10W.... I have a micro DVD player....soon to be a micro Blueray player.... the TV has a really crappy audio output...so I have a battery operated set of amplified speakers....this does a decent job. I use lithium rechargeable batteries as my LOW Power consumption portion of the project. I have a nice Morningstar PWC 300w inverter for these appliances. Thus far it can handle all of them.
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http://www.mo-co-so.com/ has prebuild computers also...
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Umm... What are you going to use for internet access when boondocking? You're going to blow through most any cellular data plan pretty quick with Netflix streaming.
Correct. Streaming a 2 hour movie on Netflix uses approximately 1.5 to 2.0 Gigabytes. I've tried it a couple of times when I had some bandwidth left on my Verizon contract at the end of the month and was never able to get a fast enough download speed. Netflix and other Roku type streaming services really need a hardwired connection like a cable modem or DSL line.
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You can adjust the video quality on Netflix and it will use about a 1/3 a gig per hour.

Using cellular data lowest power required Just a smart phone, next a 12 volt led TV HDMI cable to smart phone and next use a smart phone and miracast to connect to the TV.
Google miracast for more info if you phone supports it any thing you can see on your phone can be on your TV
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I have heard that even if I pay for the all you can eat plan....that if I start to abuse bandwidth that the cellular provider will auto throttle my bandwidth. That is fine as long as the quality is still decent.....and I do have the all you can munch plan.
I have been testing the quality of HDMI stream from Netflix using my 4G service and the INTEL NUC hooked to the TV I just installed in the RV. It is so much more pleasant than the older CRT TV.
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