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One thing to keep in mind is micro SD cards perform wildly different based on the model. I thing the SanDisk Extreme Pro is around the top (via several test sites) at roughly 170/90 MBs. Still around half the speed of eMMC storage. I'm using the SanDisk in my N2 with CoreELEC and it's very snappy - such as indexing media.

Regarding installing apps I Google the app with ODROID. This way you can typically see if it's supported and if there is anything you need to keep in mind. I did see they got it (Ubiquiti Unifi) running on the XU4 a while back... not sure about other devices.

I agree they are "fun" little devices. Just something satisfying about performing x tasks at such a simplistic level. Kind of like the right tool for the job... nothing more or less.

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I've had no luck getting unifi to run on the XU4. I always have issues with mongo not installing. The last info I found had custom files that I would have to put the device too instead of grabbing them from the net. Need to figure out how to do that. Haven't had tons of time to spend on it.

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I've had no luck getting unifi to run on the XU4.
I heard you got it up and running. Great. I might be digging (more so) into 4k media if I upgrade my projector. Trying to play 4k local media via WiFi (I have lousy WiFi) is too much for my Fire TV 4K (in the office) so I'm considering getting a C4... or perhaps another N2.

I ended up ripping the rest of my music CDs via Kodi as I didn't find a FLAC app I wanted to use and for casual listening the N2 serves them via Plex Media Server just fine.
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The N2 does great with 4k, been really happy with it. Our seems like for coreelec the C4 is plenty. I believe one advantage I read about the N2 over the c4 is that it can software decode 1080p if need be because of the CPU horsepower. I believe situation only arises with the Netflix add-on for Kodi.

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Cleaning up my office closet I ran across two remotes that have never been used. They work perfectly with Kodi, CoreELEC, LibreELEC and so forth. I just got them (back in the day) for the IR sensor. Anyway if anyone would like one (for free!) just let me know. Pay whatever the postage is and it's yours. Sorry, no batteries or sensor.
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Cleaning up my office closet I ran across two remotes that have never been used. They work perfectly with Kodi, CoreELEC, LibreELEC and so forth. I just got them (back in the day) for the IR sensor. Anyway if anyone would like one (for free!) just let me know. Pay whatever the postage is and it's yours. Sorry, no batteries or sensor.
I'm interested. I have the same remote (Ortek VRC1100) but it's wore out. I tried to buy a replacement but nobody has them anymore.
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I'm interested. I have the same remote (Ortek VRC1100) but it's wore out. I tried to buy a replacement but nobody has them anymore.
PM me your address and I'll see what USPS says the shipping is and let you know.

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One remote gone... one left. I guess shipping to the 48-states is $8 Priority 2-Day Mail (cheapest online via USPS).

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I just ordered a 4K projector and if it works out I'm probably going to order a C4 so I won't have to dual boot (the ODROID-N2). Looking around I haven't found many reviews of the C4. Here a quick look from HardKernel...



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You took the plunge huh? Congrats, does the projector do HDR or will you have to tone map?

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You took the plunge huh? Congrats, does the projector do HDR or will you have to tone map?
It's the JVC RS2000 and it supports HDR and most ever thing else outside of Dolby Vision. I have been waiting for a "cheap" true 4K DLP projector which still doesn't appear on the horizon. The pixel shifters would be more or less OK however they all seem to project a light border around the image (which would drive me nuts). Plus I like the power zoom and focus along with the high contrast of the JVC. I just ran into a bad issue with JVC years ago and it's been hard to "forgive" them in order to go back. Although I don't even think they are owned by the same people nowadays...

I would have tried one a long time ago however you only get 3 hours to decide if it's a keeper. In my eyes it's pretty difficult to evaluate a projector that quickly. I can just see 4 hours click on the meter and I spot... So I'm hoping I get a good sample but you never know as with projectors there is a lot of luck of the draw.

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Three hours? What does that mean? Does it actually clock the hours?

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Three hours? What does that mean? Does it actually clock the hours?
Three hours on the chassis. Yeah projectors clock hours on both the chassis and lamp (lamp you can reset). Your return window closes at four hours. At that point it's yours. I understand in most cases it will be resold and it loses resell value as the hours mount up however I think three hours is extreme on both sides. Too short to really get a good look and if I was looking to buy a "used" one having say eight hours versus three wouldn't matter at all to me.

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Yeah that doesn't seem like much time to really check it out. A movie and a half maybe.

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Yeah that doesn't seem like much time to really check it out. A movie and a half maybe.
More like three hours of test patterns.

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Sounds like fun!

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Sounds like fun!
Hey don't you have a Shield TV? I'm wondering if I end up keeping the projector should I go with one of them over the N2 because of its AI upscaling? A lot of my viewing will be 1080p which will have to be upscaled to 4K (the projector is reportedly so/so and not really looking for the receiver to do such)... I could move the N2 to 24/7 server duty. Bottom line I'm not sure which would upscale better but I'm guessing the Shield over the N2... probably the same case with the C4.

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Hey don't you have a Shield TV? I'm wondering if I end up keeping the projector should I go with one of them over the N2 because of its AI upscaling? A lot of my viewing will be 1080p which will have to be upscaled to 4K (the projector is reportedly so/so and not really looking for the receiver to do such)... I could move the N2 to 24/7 server duty. Bottom line I'm not sure which would upscale better but I'm guessing the Shield over the N2... probably the same case with the C4.



Did you happen to see the Linus Tech video on the Shield 4k upscaling? They were very impressed (in the Linus sensationalized fashion...)



Seems pretty clear that the Shield would be a better option over the N2 to upscale to the projector.
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Hey don't you have a Shield TV? I'm wondering if I end up keeping the projector should I go with one of them over the N2 because of its AI upscaling? A lot of my viewing will be 1080p which will have to be upscaled to 4K (the projector is reportedly so/so and not really looking for the receiver to do such)... I could move the N2 to 24/7 server duty. Bottom line I'm not sure which would upscale better but I'm guessing the Shield over the N2... probably the same case with the C4.

Yeah I'm thinking the shield as well, but I only have a 65" screen not a 125", so not sure how well it does at that size.

I will say that 2k Blu-ray remuxes look excellent. But I really like the N2 as well and for just local material really prefer Coreelec.

I would say grab a shield from Amazon and test it out but they can be hard to come by right now.

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Did you happen to see the Linus Tech video on the Shield 4k upscaling?
Yeah I caught that a while back. Typically I'm not much of a processed image guy however something has to upscale it to 4K.

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But I really like the N2 as well and for just local material really prefer Coreelec.
I have had several Shields over the years and have had no real issues. I last sold one as the new generation shipped figuring I'd grab a new one at some point. I also have a soft spot for CoreELEC and if all of my content was native I'd stick with it for sure. I could really use the Pro's USB port for my remote which appears next to impossible to find in stock anywhere.

I guess I'll table it until later this week when I check out the projector and see if am going to be 4K or not. If I am the Shield will also bring streaming Apps to the room and moving the N2 back to the XU4's duties will be nice as it will always be up. Although I'll have gained nothing by upgrading to the N2.

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For sure if there is anything involved beyond local the shield wins imo hands down. It's my main media device, currently the N2 is in a spare room.

Yeah you didn't gain much in the side grade except something to tinker on for a few days, and you helped out a fellow avs'er!

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Yeah you didn't gain much in the side grade except something to tinker on for a few days, and you helped out a fellow avs'er!
True! Although selling both the C2 (no use for it if I go 4K or use the N2) and XU4 I got a pretty good discount on the N2. I just had a couple of (rather old) PCs come free and I was thinking I could use one as my Ubuntu server in lieu of the N2. However they simply feel way overkill even if they are ancient. Just checked and the local Best Buy is supposed to have the Shield TV Pro for pickup this Saturday so I placed an order... worse case I cancel.

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True! Although selling both the C2 (no use for it if I go 4K or use the N2) and XU4 I got a pretty good discount on the N2. I just had a couple of (rather old) PCs come free and I was thinking I could use one as my Ubuntu server in lieu of the N2. However they simply feel way overkill even if they are ancient. Just checked and the local Best Buy is supposed to have the Shield TV Pro for pickup this Saturday so I placed an order... worse case I cancel.

Sweet! You could always see how you feel and return it if you're not satisfied.

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Sweet! You could always see how you feel and return it if you're not satisfied.
I'm hoping I'll start to actually use the room. Long ago I used it quite a bit however the last few years I haven't at all. It's embarrassing how few hours I have on my current projector. I got it years ago when Mitsubishi (HC7900DW) got out of the projector business for next to nothing. It's a nice 1080p DLP projector - sharp with good contrast. I think I have well less than 100 hours on the original lamp! Mostly tweaking with a little entertaining guests thrown in. The new projector comes with a free lamp (offer) so I'll have no excuse not to use it. A few of the YouTubers I follow use 4K along with various online series could keep it busy outside of the occasional 4K movie.

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Oh wow that is a low amount of hours. I have never delved into the theater arena. Sounds like fun but a lot of dough.

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Yes and No... you can get a new nice projector/screen for 2K or so. Of course you can go up from there... TVs have been coming down a lot although that's still in the ballpark of a nice mid featured 65" or so. There is something about a life size projected image that is simply cool. You just have to be willing to view in a dark room. Some people use such for everyday/casual viewing which I don't care to however for content that has your attention it's pretty hard to beat.

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Anyone transferring large files to their N2's USB 3.0 drives? Over my Gigabit network I'm seeing rather slow speeds and I'm wondering what others are getting... it's faster than 100Mbit so I don't have a wrong cable or whatnot in the loop. The drive is virtually full if it matters.

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