Which hardware to use?

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NQ1C
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Which hardware to use?

Post by NQ1C » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:40 pm

I am ready to build a pi-star hot spot. I have an MMDVM_HS GPIO modem (Chinese clone). Is there any advantage to using a Pi 3B+ or 4B over the zero WH? Would there be any areas (other than possibly the web interface) where performance would be better?

I've seen some videos where the comment is made that if you run multiple modes, it can take the hot spot a little while to figure out which mode you are using. Is this determined by the modem or by the Pi board's speed?

I'll use a Pi 3B+ or 4 if there is an advantage, otherwise I'll probably just use a zero WH. I don't really care about the physical size.

Thank you for any comments.

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Re: Which hardware to use?

Post by KD8DVR » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:54 pm

I think ANY pi, other than a zero is overkill an an unnecessary expense.

The larger, faster, pi's will give you faster dashboard load times, but that's about it.

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Re: Which hardware to use?

Post by NQ1C » Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:02 pm

Thank you. That exactly answers my question!

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Re: Which hardware to use?

Post by KE0FHS » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:27 pm

I'll offer a different opinion: some of the other Raspberry Pi boards are much faster than the RPi Zero W, and that can make things like booting up, changing modes, applying changes, etc. much faster. For me, it's definitely worth it. If you're using a wired network connection, I recommend the RPi 3B (not the 3B+, which runs hotter). If you're using a wireless network connection, then the RPi 3A+ is a great board.
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