Raspberry Pi 4

Discussion in 'Alternatives to Mac Hardware' started by EDLIU, Jun 28, 2019.

  1. EDLIU macrumors regular

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    Just saw the news that the Raspberry Pi 4 is released. Does anyone want to share with us the experience with using Raspberry Pi?

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  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I have an older Pi 3 I run headless as a Pi-Hole adblocker and it works great. But I think it is pretty under powered to use as your main computer. Now from what I have seem in tests of the new Pi 4, it looks like it could be used as your main computer if your needs were not great.

    I've seen a complete kit with a KB and mouse for $79. Heck get that and attach an old monitor and you would have a nice little computer.

    The new one has much better USB and ethernet throughput also, so I think that makes it a much better candidate for running as a server than the older ones.
     
  3. EDLIU thread starter macrumors regular

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    I googled for Pi-hole but have no idea how it works. Do you use it in your home network?

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  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I do, it works as a defacto DNS server, so that all requests go through the pi-hole and thus its able to strip out all ads and malware. It uses a series of black and white lists to function and given what its doing you won't need a raspberry pi 4, I'm running a raspberry pi 2 for my pi-hole. Except for some youtube video adds, it works great
     
  5. EDLIU thread starter macrumors regular

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    So you get a Raspberry Pi, and it runs Raspbian. (Does it need to download other software to make the Pi-hole work?) How do you link the Raspberry Pi to your home network? I use Ubuntu, and how can I set it up if I run Ubuntu on the Raspberry Pi?

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  6. chrfr macrumors 604

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    There's lots of documentation online. This is a good starting point: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/pi-hole-raspberry-pi/
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    I found this guide to be very helpful.
     
  8. MrRabuf macrumors member

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    I have a 3B+ that I use to run retropie (retro video game emulation). It's one of the more popular uses of a raspi and works great for 8 and 16 bit emulation. Hopefully, the Pi 4 will open up more systems, like better N64 emulation.

    As mentioned, Pi-Hole is another popular use for it. It's just a DNS sinkhole. It keeps track of a list of ad-serving domain names and redirects them to a bogus IP address so you don't see the ads. While I don't use Pi-Hole, I have a similar service (pfblockerng) running on my pfsense router that does the same thing and it works great. I know people who use pihole and they all really like it. I highly recommend running this kind of thing on your home network as ads have gotten out of hand and browser-based ad blockers aren't a good enough solution nor do they work in all cases (e.g. when using an iOS app that won't allow you to run such a blocker).
     
  9. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    I use a Pi 3b as a video server under Raspian using Kodi or VLC.
    Works better than my Roku, and doesn't choke when I hook up a 2TB drive (1TB partitions, NTSF).
    Synkron lets me sync across disk formats.
    I've had a pi 2 hooked up to my Mac as a barometer for 6 years. No troubles.
    Alone, the 2 is nice for web surfing, Libre office. It's fast enough for light work.
    3b+ is a bit faster.
    4 will have USB 3.
     
  10. fancybid macrumors newbie

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    Put the Pi 4 aside. I just want to know, what are some of the best games that work on Raspbian?
    I've played Teeworlds and smashed its mobile version from apknite to find out how cool it is. So I'm finding a "Cool" game like that.
    I am mostly looking for Racing and Sci-Fi action games.
     
  11. Strider64 macrumors 6502a

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    I sometimes use the raspberry pi 3 b+ with a small camera attached to it as a security device and using an iMac to connect wirelessly to the π is very easy to do.
     
  12. 556fmjoe macrumors 68000

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    They've come a long way in a couple years. If they made a dual NIC version, I would be all over that thing.
     
  13. Nedstah macrumors member

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    If Apple does ARM in the next year or two, porting to the Raspberry?
     
  14. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You mean run macOS on a Pi? I suppose if macOS is ported over to run on ARM Macs, that would put it one step closer to running on a Pi.
     
  15. jrichards1408 macrumors 6502

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    Been trying to do this myself using android things api and no joy :(
     
  16. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    Reports are appearing that the pi 4 needs a fan when you push it. So that's one step closer to a Mac.
     
  17. Roxy.music macrumors member

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    Do you own one yourself, and what do you think of them?. Certainly, it is a good way to learn about Linux which I am interested in.:) And what game Controller,s
    could you recommend for gaming on one I have an Argon One, the maximum price would be 25 pounds.i have a Raspberry pi3b plus. i like this guys videos they are very education :)
    Raspberry Pi: Multi-boot with BerryBoot
     
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    I bought two of them when they first came on the market, one for my grandson and one for me. They are fun to explore and play with.
     
  20. ruslan120 macrumors 6502

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    Genuinely curious, has this affected your network speed?
     
  21. benshive macrumors regular

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    The site claims it will improve speeds but I haven't noticed a difference either way.
     

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