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Orange Pi comparison table

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Since I was experimenting with the video surveillance Xeoma from Felenasoft I wasn’t really happy with it running as a VM on my Xen Server 6.5 host. Mainly because I also run my Internet gateway/firewall (IPFire) on that host. And since I’m so lucky to have 500Mbit (up and down) fiber in my home, I want to spend as much resources (as necessary) to my Internet gateway. I really don’t want another VM hogging my host resources.

Since I’m a major fan of Aliexpress I started a quick search there and stumbled upon the Orange Pi development boards. Positioned as Raspberry Pi alternative this looked like a really good (and in most cases) cheaper alternative.

The absolute positive thing about the Orange Pi is that there are versions with a SATA connector. A video surveillance system can use A LOT of disk space if you want to record EVERYTHING 🙂  Having the option to use an old laptop harddisk for storage was the main reason I decided to order one.

But searching for a version I found that there are a lot of different Orange Pi’s. I decided to make the comparison table below for my own use.

Orange Pi One Lite PC PC Plus Plus Plus 2 Plus 2E
CPU Speed 1.2Ghz 1.2Ghz 1.6Ghz 1.6Ghz 1.6Ghz 1.6Ghz 1.6Ghz
Memory (shared with GPU) 512MB DDR3 512MB DDR3 1GB DDR3 1GB DDR3 1GB DDR3 2GB DDR3 2GB DDR3
SATA port  –  –  –  –  Up to 2TB Up to 2TB
Onboard Flash (EMMC)  –  –  –  –  8GB  16GB  16GB
Ethernet (RJ45) 10/100M  10/100M  10/100M 1GB  1GB   1GB
Wifi yes (unknown chip)   IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (Realtek RTL8189ETV)  IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (Realtek RTL8189ETV)  IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (Realtek RTL8189ETV)
Audio Input  Onboard Microphone  Onboard Microphone  Onboard Microphone  Onboard Microphone  Onboard Microphone  Onboard Microphone
Audio output via HDMI AND CVBS yes  yes  yes  yes  yes  yes
USB 2.0 Ports  1x HOST / 1x OTG  2x HOST / 1x OTG  3x HOST / 1x OTG  3x HOST / 1x OTG  4x HOST / 1x OTG  4x HOST / 1x OTG  3x HOST / 1x OTG
Buttons  Power  Power  Power  Power  Power / Recovery / UBoot  Power / Recovery / UBoot Power / Recovery / Uboot
GPIO(1×3) pin  UART / ground  UART / ground  UART / ground  UART / ground  UART / ground
Other IR input  IR input  IR input  IR input / Uboot  IR input / Uboot  IR input / Uboot
Size (mm)  69 × 48  69 × 48  85 × 55  85 × 55  108 × 60  108 × 67  108 × 67
Weight (grams)  36 36 38 38 50 83 52
Price (september 2016) $10  $12  $15  $20  $39  $49  $35

 

I decided to order the Orange Pi Plus 2. It has 16GB built in flash, so no need for an SD for booting. It has the much wanted SATA connector. It has 2 GB of internal DDR3 ram, should be enough for even a surveillance system.

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