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    The Trouble with Tribbles (aka Thin Clients)

    I need to step away from ebay. The monitor just arrived today, it's a Samsung TC222W with built-in thin client. Not pictured is a Wyse 5070 currently running as my home file server and LMS server and a Wyse 3040 (same as the small ones on the left) running as my main home router. Both the server and router are running Alpine Linux and are, without a doubt, the best hardware I've had in these roles to date. Very happy with them.

    As far as the rest of the group pictured, the 4 3030's (center right) the 3030lt (center left) and the 3 3040's (left) I've reloaded with Alpine for testing. The 5 M300's were the armel boxes I got for $10 a piece and I sort of gave up on after having some random file corruption that I never resolved.

    Some of these will be running squeezelite I'm sure so I don't feel like this is completely off topic.
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    Why would I choose a used Wyse 3040 over a new Pi 4? They are comparable in price and specification, but the Pi has a wealth of addons available that the Wyse terminal does not. Also, the Pi is available with more RAM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troffasky View Post
    Why would I choose a used Wyse 3040 over a new Pi 4?
    I re-read my post and I can't spot where I advocated that?

    They are comparable in price and specification, but the Pi has a wealth of addons available that the Wyse terminal does not. Also, the Pi is available with more RAM.
    I have a Pi4, had a Pi3 B+, have an original model A, an A+ and at least 10 zero W's. I'm not anti-Pi by any stretch. I got the used 3040's for around $35 a piece and they were wifi models, which many on ebay aren't. So I guest it depends on what your plans are for it and what kind of deal you get. $35 for a 4x4 inch x86_64 box with a traditional BIOS, wifi, case, power supply, USB 3 etc. is a pretty good deal if you don't need GPIO for whatever application you plan to use it for.

    For me, I just enjoy looking for good deals and tinkering around with different hardware.

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    Ooops, got another offer accepted. $10 each shipped on these, checked them all out tonight - working good. These are 5020's DX0Q.
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    I picked up an HP T430 thin client recently. Alpine, squeezelite and jivelite all loaded without issue. Didn't try LMS but I'm sure it would be fine, just limited by the 16GB onboard storage. Compared to the Wyse/Dell models I have, kind of nice to have HDMI and 3.5mm at least on the side instead of the front. Not sure why they insist on putting the 3.5mm audio out on the front on most of these as I would guess anyone using these for their intended purpose would still be connecting them to desktop speakers, not headphones.
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    I agree. The right thin client with the right os can be rock solid.

    I'm running lms on HP t520 with the max 60 gb m.2 drive running Snakeoil os.

    I paid ú25 for hp including 60w psu which means I can attach USB3 external drives without needing a powered hub.
    SB Touch (Community firmware v8.01) UE Radio, SMSL Sanskrit MkII, Talk Electronic Cyclone 1.2 amplifier. LMS 8.2 Snakeoil OS, HP t520 thin client.
    BBCiPlayer, BBC Sounds, Shairtunes2 plugins, edo applet

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