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Hi, I'm looking for a tiny board with eth and wireless. My first choice is Orange Pi Zero but I'm worried about thermal issue. Any cheap alternative?

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thank you, any idea for a complete solution with also wifi on board?

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40 minutes ago, abreyu said:

thank you, any idea for a complete solution with also wifi on board?

One of my prefered boards is OPiPCPlus, but there is also OPiPlus2E and many others !

It all depends of what is your use-case ...

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I'm already using boards like banana pi r1, olimex a10 and raspberry pi3. I just want a small board to use like web server with eth and wl, tiny and cheap...

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1 hour ago, abreyu said:

I just want a small board to use like web server with eth and wl, tiny and cheap...

The board size usually prevent having both eth and wl on the same board...

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I see,  so if I want to use a dongle the best choice is Orange Pi One?

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31 minutes ago, martinayotte said:

Right ! ... or some of the NanoPi too ...

Yes - the NanoPi Neo LTS (get the 512MB version for around $14.99 - for $9.99 you do get only get the 256MB version)

https://www.friendlyarm.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=132

But what is cheap for you? And is cheap good? For some few more $ you could get a board with better support and less heat problems - like the Orange PC (H3) and PC2 (H5) and these got the double Ram = 1GB ;) and more USB-Ports....and they arent bigger than a normal Raspberry Pi.

 

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I would suggest the orange pi zero plus with extension board.

 

H5 Prozessor
512 MB RAM
3x USB 2.0
Gigabit Ethernet
Onboard WiFi
SPI Flash


Runs for me very reliable for over 2 years under Debian Stretch.

No thermal problems... running without exclosure on myside...

 

I use it for: websites/webservice, pihole, openvpn, oscam server ... below 50 degrees Celsius.

 

It's around 19,45€ including delivery to Europe (where i'm living).

 

https://de.aliexpress.com/item/32851197198.html?spm=a2g0x.12010612.8148356.9.1be67144SgjLnC

 

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what about temperature? any throttle issue with this board?w

 

no no, not about 68-72 degrees Celsius at my maximum...

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Yes, i've take a look yesterday,  but there was no item any more.

 

I would mail to them and ask when it will be again on stock.

 

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Indeed it does. In first place I had an OrangePi Zero but followed @Igors advice to get an OrangePi One. Running very stable.

Though it always depends on the designated use. If you plan to do anything that involves (more than average) cryptographics go for an arm64 platform like the OrangePi Zero Plus featuring an 64bit quad H5. I added this one recently to my collection and is running fine as well.

 

 

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