Compute Stick, RPi3, and Ethernet

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    Darius Aleksas

    Shot, for more reliable, especially video playback and an especially on WiFi you need a better solution, such as more robust Celeron or Pentium NUC (overall Intel NUCs are much more reliable then Intel Sticks based on my experience with them; I never tried different brand Win OS sticks, but their are out there and some look quite promising). With RV it is better to avoid wireless connection with cheaper devices (weaker WiFi adapters) or then invest in RV Player Pro ($9/mo).

    I never buy players from RV store. Build and install them myself. Rise Vision provides their Player App for every supported OS.

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    Shot

    Thanks for the reply, Darius. In your experience, what’s the least expensive NUC that will smoothly run 4K video?

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    Darius Aleksas

    Shot, I never ran 4K videos. It is just signs after all... the picture quality can be just 'good enough' for capturing attention and getting the message across IMO. For that reason I go with the smallest size that still allows me to maintain reasonable picture quality. For example on 1080p displays I always play 720p videos. The videos load up faster, play smoother on weaker devices, do not overheat processor. For the same reason I would never push full 4K videos on such displays. Of course, there are situations when you want the picture as good as it can be.

    I say go with the best PC your budget allows. But if you want to save... I believe there is no need for a better NUC then i3 model for a  4K video display. I personally would first try running on Pentium model and check the performance.

    My suggestion is to alternate videos with lighter content to give processor a chance for unwinding and cool down. If it cannot be done, then go for a model that gives you some overhead space.

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    Darius Aleksas

    Looks like a much better alternative to Stick, Luis.

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    Shot

    Thanks for the info! What about OS? Are there any clear advantages/disadvantages of Win10 vs Linux (Ubuntu)?

    -Steve

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    Darius Aleksas

    I do not think there is any clear advantage of one OS over another. I am using Windows because I feel very comfortable with it. I tried Ubuntu, but I did not like their 'console' approach and it was crashing a lot (I was using Intel Compute Stick 1st gen). But it was a long time ago and I did not tested it since then. Ubuntu is free, but I buy Win10Pro OEM for $30. I personally feel that less headache with Win is totally worth the money. And I believe Win players beat Ubuntu players when it goes beyond RV. I am talking about anything else you want to put on a player to go with your RV software, such as remote control etc. It was easier to start with Win players and for the sake of simplicity, user friendliness and cross-integration, we want all of our players to be on the same OS.

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