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Web browser on TV

post #1 of 6
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I work for a solar integrator, and we install monitoring equipment that sends production data to a website. We need to mount a display at the customer's site that connects to the internet over his LAN and displays the contents of that website. It wouldn't need to do anything else.

What would be our most efficient and cost effective way to do that? Will this gizmo and a TV do it?

post #2 of 6
In theory, yes.

BUT...it was also discontinued nearly two years ago. Don't expect updates/support other than perhaps the warranty itself.

For less than $200 you could buy an Intel NUC (Celeron), 2GB stick of RAM, a 8GB USB memory stick, and a wireless (RF) keyboard/trackpad which could boot and run a "live" version of Linux from the memory stick (example: Ubuntu). It even includes a mounting bracket to attach to the back of the display as long as it supports HDMI (or use a HDMI-to-DVI cable). You could run a 100% current version of Firefox or Chrome web browsers with whatever desired add-ons are required, if any.

For less than $150, or perhaps even $100 (all in w/ wireless keyboard mouse), there are numerous lower powered devices (usually ARM CPU) that run Android and via various methods can connect to a LAN.

For even less than that one could assemble a Raspberry Pi (google it---you'll be amazed) and install a version of Linux.
Edited by bluechunks - 8/26/13 at 4:39pm
post #3 of 6
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What about the Sony NSZ-GS8?
post #4 of 6
Wouldn't something like Chromecast work for ~$35?
post #5 of 6
+1 to the Raspberry Pi. I will also like to add BeagleBone Black ($45) to the list. It comes preloaded with Linux. It has a LAN port and an HDMI port (upto 720p resolution). You can power the BeagleBone from the USB port of the TV if it has one, or use an external USB power adapter. You may also need a case. Since it is Linux, you can configure it to launch the web browser when it boots up, and display your configured URL in full screen.

Some other ways of doing so, but less efficient:

i) PC/laptop/netbook/chromebook.
ii) iPad / iPad Mini / iPod touch / iPhone / An Android phone/tablet with HDMI/ An Android dongle. (These don't have a LAN port, but can connect over WiFi)
iii) Android smart TV boxes.
post #6 of 6
Originally Posted by itznfb View Post

Wouldn't something like Chromecast work for ~$35?

Chromecast will not work standalone.

It has a feature to mirror a tab from the chrome browser. But this means you'll need another computer to mirror the tab.
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