Prime Minister Builds a Raspberry Pi4. (Otherwise Known as Raspberry Pi for Idiots)

Some good tips there.
What wifi bridge did you end up using? And what power line filter?
I had a Netgear Trek N300 travel router that I repurposed as a wifi access point. Looks like they're no longer made. Any wifi access point would work. Looking on Amazon Canada, this one looked OK. For more money, this one is even better, but probably overkill.

The power line filter is DIY and is described here.
 

MikeyFresh

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Then one of these:

Samsung EVO Select 32GB microSDHC UHS-I U1 Memory Card with Adapter (MB-ME32GA/AM) [Amazon Exclusive] https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06XWN9Q99/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_iLdqFbCB1YGR3

That one you might consider downsizing, as there is no benefit to having the extra capacity. These lean-Linux software distros even fit comfortably on an 8GB card, though those are getting hard to find/phased out now.

The 16GB cards are sort of the new smallest capacity easily found at good prices. I like the SanDisk or Kingston there. Not a big money difference, but on a repurpose basis I don't find the 32GB card all that useful, I've got 256GB in my Android phone, and 512GB in my Android tablet, a 32GB card doesn't really have a ton of additional utility to me, so I cut that cost and use the 16GB cards of known quality with the RPi.

Even the good 8GB cards still pop up on Amazon U.S. from time to time, and those too are plenty large enough capacity for this job. I still get the Transcend Ultimate in 8GB capacity on some orders, though I see in the GWN those are currently north of $26 CDN.
 

MikeyFresh

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What wifi bridge did you end up using?
Is it possible that you or someone you know has the now discontinued Apple Airport Express still kicking around?

Those work really well and are a snap to setup, highly stable thereafter.

Only the 1st Gen. 802.11g model is incompatible due to the Ethernet port only supporting WAN connectivity, in our use case we need LAN connectivity. Starting with the next generation AEx the Ethernet port supports LAN or WAN, and are 802.11n speed, which is plenty for streaming DSD128, 24/192 etc... even though the LAN port is "only" 100mbps.
 

S0und Dragon

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I will be following along as well. While I can appreciate the ease of build and usability once done. I just don’t have the desire to build my own rig any more. I work in IT for a living and at the end of the day just want something plug and play. That doesn’t mean that I do not see the appeal of building and enjoying something. And the other is well trodden!
 

MikeyFresh

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Thank you Mr. Prime Guinea Pig.

A guinea pig-like experiment did occur when @airdronian , @je2a3, and I actually compiled Moode from its various source files in spring 2018. Uncharted waters.

Evidently the free open source Linux police were investigating various entities for failure to abide by the licenses, so building it from scratch was the only way to get Moode 4 at that time, there was no easy downloadable disk image available from the developer, you had to create your own.

With a fast internet connection, it still took over 1 hour to download and compile, and if something went wrong, you were back to square one.

The developer did provide a build script, otherwise it likely would have been impossible for all but an experienced Linux developer. The build script did more or less automate the process, however it wasn't what I'd consider 100% entirely straightforward, and most people would have said "yeah, sure... shoot me in the head while we're at it" or "you guys must be nuts", or something to that effect.

In the end I think all 3 of us learned something, and though each of us experienced problems, we stayed at it until working instances of Moode 4 were in place.

I had only ever done something like that once prior, at the time I bought AssetUPnP for Linux you had to compile it yourself, and also add some customization with additional lines of code for things like automatic reboot after a power outage.

Then in fall 2018 with the original SACDExtractGUI, you had to compile the v3.9 executable yourself. So the experience gained in compiling Moode 4 from source files actually came in handy down the road.

In each of those cases the developer also provided a build script, the AssetUPnP build I somehow managed on the very first attempt. Not so with the somewhat longer more involved script to build sacd_extract v3.9, though in the end that was simply a case of syntax errors on my part, once the script was properly entered in Terminal, it went off without a hitch.

While building programs from source files isn't exactly what I'd call fun, it was in the end enlightening, and I am better for having done it. I learned something, and I'd bet @airdronian and @je2a3 did too.

Fast forward to today, and the download and flash of a ready to use Moode, or Ropieee disk image is a comparative walk in the park. This will go smoothly, just ask @mred , @ejfud ,@marantzfan ,or @RoadDawgWest among others who recently took the plunge. Each probably ran into one or two small snags that were easily enough resolved, and now they are just playing music, with (hopefully) no fiddling.
 

je2a3

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While building programs from source files isn't exactly what I'd call fun, it was in the end enlightening and I am better for having done it. I learned something, and I'd bet @airdronian and @je2a3 did too.

Yes I learned a lot! However without your help I may have given up. Thanks so much!

But truth be told I've been using Volumio more often on my RPi3B+/AlloDigione, only because it offers more radio stations that I like. Although without doubt, Moode has the edge in sound quality.
 

prime minister

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Ok. All parts are on hand.

First impression? This thing is SMALL ( seems odd making my letters bigger to emphasize how small it is, but I digress. I must be hanging out with @mhardy6647 too much). Like tiny even. I'm guessing my. Node will dwarf it.

More to follow as I get into it.

And don't forget, Beware of the Dwarf!

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Thermionics

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Ok. All parts are on hand.

First impression? This thing is SMALL ( seems odd making my letters bigger to emphasize how small it is, but I digress. I must be hanging out with @mhardy6647 too much). Like tiny even. I'm guessing my. Node will dwarf it.

More to follow as I get into it.

And don't forget, Beware of the Dwarf!

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It may be small, but it is mighty.

(to very badly crib from the Bard)
 

MikeyFresh

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First impression? This thing is SMALL ( seems odd making my letters bigger to emphasize how small it is, but I digress...)
That case isn't even the smallest, with the daughter board that arranges all of the ports on the rear, that case is both longer and wider than a typical RPi case. Still, it can only really be described as small.
 

240sx4u

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I am using a RPi in my car actually, fascinating devices. I really need to set mine back up and keep learning about it.. This is a fun post Erik, I hope it's a huge success!
 

Don Ivey

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I have just recently setup a pi3b+ and since I use Roon, almost exclusively, went with Ropieexl as the os. Google “Archimago’s Musings” for a step by step procedure. It works great with Roon and the “xl” component allows the use of Dlna, Squeezelite, and Spotify through interaction with 7” touchscreen. It’s really a great implementation.
 

prime minister

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Audirvana for now. If I don’t end up happy with it, I’ll switch to Roon. Copying my music over into the new computer as we speak, errr, type.


Any OS recommendation?
 

MikeyFresh

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Audirvana for now. If I don’t end up happy with it, I’ll switch to Roon. Copying my music over into the new computer as we speak, errr, type.


Any OS recommendation?
Moode, it seems to just sound the best according to most. A sweet sounding combo with Audirvana for sure.
 
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