Category Archives: Raspberry Pi Clones

Orange Pi Plus Launched

OrangePi Plus
After Raspberry Pi, Waxberry Pi, and Banana Pi boards, here come another fruit-named board with Orange Pi. There are actually three models, with Orange Pi and Orange Pi mini based on Allwinner A20, and Orange Pi Plus powered by a quad core Allwinner A31s processor. This article will concentrate on the Orange Pi Plus.

Raspberry (Banana) Pi to PC using a Serial Connection

USB-to-serial Console Cable
Using a Connection via a Serial Port is a low-level way to send data between the Raspberry (Banana) Pi and another computer system. There are two main ways in which it can be used:
  • Connecting to a PC to allow access to the Linux console. This can help to fix problems during boot, or to log in to the Pi if the video and network are not available.
  • serial interface. This can be useful if you want the Pi to control another device.

The Banana Pi: Upgraded Alternative to the Raspberry Pi

As the name implies, the Banana Pi is a clone of the Raspberry Pi. Just like its predecessor it has 2 USB ports, 26 GPIO pins and draws a tiny amount of power. However, with Dual Core 1GHz A20 CPU, 1GB Ram, Gigabit Ethernet, Infrared receiver and SATA adapter, it packs a powerful punch.

The Banana Pi: Upgraded Alternative to the Raspberry Pi

Banana Pi
As the name implies, the Banana Pi is a clone of the Raspberry Pi. Just like its predecessor it has 2 USB ports, 26 GPIO pins and draws a tiny amount of power. However, with Dual Core 1GHz A20 CPU, 1GB Ram, Gigabit Ethernet, Infrared receiver and SATA adapter, it packs a powerful punch.

Setting Up a Static IP Address for the Raspberry Pi

Static IP Address
When you wish to log in to your Raspberry Pi remotely, you will need the IP Address of the Raspberry Pi. By default, the Raspberry Pi will be given an IP automatically by the router (called Dynamic IP and denoted by DHCP) when you connect to a network. However, as the name suggest, the IP can change whenever you remove the Pi from the network or turn it off.

Having a static IP isn’t essential, however it will make repeated access to the Raspberry Pi via SSH and VNC much simpler, as you will always know that the Raspberry Pi has the same address every time.

Remotely Control the Raspberry Pi using VNC

Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is a graphical desktop sharing system that uses the Remote Frame Buffer protocol (RFB) to remotely control another computer. It transmits the keyboard and mouse events from one computer to another, relaying the graphical screen updates back in the other direction, over a network. VNC is platform-independent – a VNC viewer on one operating system may connect to a VNC server on the same or any other operating system. There are clients and servers for many GUI-based operating systems, including Java.
I will endeavour to explain how to install and use VNC with your raspberry Pi. This will allow you to see/use the Raspberry Pi’s graphical desktop remotely, using the mouse and keyboard as if you were sitting in front of your Pi.

Banana Pro, Allwinner A20 CPU, With WiFi Now Available!

Banana Pro
  • The Banana Pro is an update version of Banana Pi, designed by LeMaker Team and it has more enhanced features.
  • Banana Pro has GPIO Port Compatibility with the Raspberry Pi B+ mini PC, allowing  you to use many existing hardware add-ons designed for the Raspberry Pi.
  • Banana Pro has an excellent O/S compatibility with multiply software supports. Basically all mainstream Linux-based operating system can run on Banana Pro, with the version of Lubuntu, Android, Debian, Bananian, Berryboot, OpenSuse, Scratch, Fedora, Gentoo, Open MediaVault, OpenWRT. Banana Pro also supports BSD system.



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