Re: Intel Nuc

Aman Singer


It all depends what you want. You can pay $10 and you can pay $200 or more, depending on what's on the board, what accessories you want, etc. Note, also that many of the routers that support openwrt/wede will also work in similar ways to single board computers and can sometimes be cheaper than equivalent single board units.

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From: [] On Behalf Of The Wolf
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2018 12:23 AM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Intel Nuc

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On 5/20/2018 8:09 PM, Aman Singer wrote:

The machines aren't ends in themselves, remember. I like the single board machines because they're so easy to destroy and rebuild, they're like virtual machines in that way. I also like them because they're so easy to move and so cheap. Therefore, anything you want to do with them is going to be quick and easy to recover from if you make a mistake. They're a more or less safe way to experiment with different things. They're also useful for tightly integrated single tasks without wasting power, as Dane and others here have said. I, for example, use one as a NAS, one as a VPN server,, etc. BTW, to comment on your VPN idea, I would use something like Algo VPN to get a connection into the UK if you want that sort of thing. You can have your VPN in the cloud and destroy it when you're done with it.
The NUC units are nice, particularly for those of us who can't see, because they're basically an entire office in your pocket. You don't need to move a screen, therefore, you can pick up your machine and go wherever you want to or put your machine wherever you want to.
Finally, they are, or can be, just fun. I, for example, don't watch videos or listen to much audio. Instead of doing that, I play around learning a little bit about different software and hardware. Consider it another type of Netflix binging.
Having said all that, there is no duty to have lots of computers. They exist for us, we don't exist for them, if you find that one machine meets your needs, that's even better than having a ton of machines around. It can certainly cost less.

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From: [] On Behalf Of
Anders Holmberg
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2018 2:16 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Intel Nuc

Ok, this might sound like i am going to bash all these machines people seem to have in there houses but i am just curious.
Myself i have a mac mini from 2011 a macbook air which is my daily computer and a very old pc from 2009 which i have linux on.
I have 2 raspberry pie’s which i don’t know what to do with them and 2 ipad minis an Iphone SE and my nokia 8 for daily use.
So i also have a lot of units.
But i am very curious on what you all who have these nuk’s and rasperry pies and other small intresting units do with them?
What can you do in regards to audio and video on these machines.
Can you have for example a raspberry pie 3 as a vpn server so that i can listen through that device to bbc 5 Live which i really want to do.
I guess you can have these things for many tasks but my inspiration is gone right now so i am really wondering i have to have these machines around.

19 maj 2018 kl. 11:56 skrev Dane Trethowan <>:

Thanks for this and I followed up the Gigabyte Brix.
I have two of the Intel Nuc basic versions running at the moment so obviously my third box for want of a better description was going to be something a little more powerful, the Brix and Nuc both offer an Intel I7 that would fit my specifications so now the question is which one to buy?
If anyone’s looking at the basic Nuc and Brix? Well they’re similar but the Nuc does have 2 USB 3.0 ports whereas the Brix has 4 USB 2.0 ports, something to think about.
On the audio side the Intel Nuc has 3 outputs, analogue, SPDIF and HDMI for audio.
I use one of my Intel Nuc machines with JAWS and FS Reader as a dedicated portable DAISLY player.

On 17 May 2018, at 1:34 pm, Aman Singer <> wrote:


There are many boxes like this and like you, Dane, I think they're excellent. They're particularly good for blind users, running with no screen is simple and they are easy to move and run off a battery if necessary. My favourite are the Gigabyte Brix models, but I have used both the Zotac Zbox and the Intel NUC. All work well.

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From: [] On Behalf Of
Dane Trethowan
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:32 AM
Subject: [all-audio] Intel Nuc

For those looking for a box to use as say a media player by the bedside or something to hook up to the entertainment system in the lounge then you might like to take a look at some of Intel’s Nuc offerings.
I’ve built several of these machines here and what amazes me about the Nuc is what you get in the package.
I have one of the basic models in front of me on the desktop now, its around 4 inches square by 3 inches high and yet its dripping with functionality all over it.
Starting on the top lower left hand corner is the power button.
On the front panel are 2 USB 3.0 ports On the left hand side is a SD
card reader And on the back are 2 USB 3.0 ports, input for a power adapter, a HDMI port, headphones/optical digital audio out, VGA Video port and LAN port .
So that’s the connectors and then there’s the built-in stuff like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
This model is only a Dual Core unit running at 2.6GHZ but fast enough to browse the web, play media files, watch video and so on, I’ve not seen any sluggishness yet in all my tests with the Nuc machines I’ve had and again I’m using the very basic models.
This particular machine I’m using has 8GB of RAM installed and a 500GB to boot though storage wasn’t really an issue given the connectivity of this machine and given I have NAS storage available.
So a nice little piece of kit, the Nuc including parts worked out to well under $500.
I had to purchase the RAM and the Hard drive.
There are stores on eBay who will build the machine up to your particular specifications.

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