Re: Intel Nuc

Anders Holmberg

Yes i see that there are tons of tutorials out there.
Its just me who have to kick myself in the but and go do it.

19 maj 2018 kl. 22:29 skrev Dane Trethowan <>:

My attitude is a simple one, if you have all those machines around then you may as well use them as best you can though regarding the raspberry Pi given their price - if you’ve had them for a while - then its more than likely that far more powerful Pi’s are available now so say goodbye to the old and buy the new for the same price you paid for the old, around $30 in my case.
Using a Pad for a VPN is a great idea, a dedicated VPN unit away from your main machines so set the Pi to whatever VPN you need and off you go, I have a Pi using XBMC that can do this very thing, I got the whole project in kit form thus came with it some very useful accessories which made using the device more fun, a remote control unit that plugs into one the Pi’s USB ports, this is the transmitter for the supplied infra read remote control, a Wi-Fi dongle for connecting to the Internet etc.
Once the Pi with this XBMC installed software was on the network then it was easy to further enhance the control with the XBMC Media App for your IOS or Android phone.
I have a Raspberry Pi - one of the older Pi’s - controlling my Doorbell system, got the kit from the United Kingdom through eBay.
My doorbell system does several things along with ringing a standard electro mechanical doorbell when the button is pressed.
The most exciting thing about the system as it stands right now is the fingerprint reader installed where the light would normally go behind the button thus the Pi can recognise fingerprints and you can assign labels to each.
Next the Pi can eMail and send you a text SMS, the Pi has Network connectivity to do this.
As well as the electro mechanical doorbell ringing the Pi is able to play MP3 files for you to hear and I’ve mounted a bluetooth speaker just inside the front door to take advantage of this given the latest Pi I upgraded to for this project has Bluetooth so why not take advantage of it.
Depending on how you feel you may need a little help wiring up but you’d be surprised just how simple everything is, plenty of examples of bell tones, plenty of files to edit - scripts - with plenty of examples of how things work etc.
And finally I have a Raspberry Pi here which is a dedicated field recorder.
What are the recording limitations? Well that’s precisely up to the hardware you’re using to record from so the better the attributes of the sound device then the better quality recordings you can make.
The Mac mini is a true champion when it comes to audio as it has both analogue and digital inputs and outputs along with plenty of USB ports to keep you going, I’m assuming your 2011 Mac mini is much the same design as my late 2012 Model.
Audio Hijack on such a machine turns the Mac into a master of audio manipulation.
The latest Sound Forge for Mac is a very nice app now and most of the App is accessible - I say most - so you can go down that route for Audio Editing or use something like the classic Amadeus Pro, Sound Studio etc which for the price demanded are excellent value for money audio tools

On 20 May 2018, at 4:15 am, Anders Holmberg <> wrote:

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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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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