Mini PC for Burk AutoPilot?

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Mini PC for Burk AutoPilot?

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Recommendations for a mini-PC to run a transmitter status display?
It's going to need to hang off the back of a wall-mounted HDMI monitor & run Burk AutoPilot.

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I've used several for "monitor drivers"--we have the new STORQ system which is accessible over the in-house network by browser, I just use these to run the monitor & give me access to the satellite program when I need it. They are around $150 on Amazon. Most have both cgi and hdmi outputs for the monitor, and a limited number of USB ports--just enough for keyboard and mouse.

Major problem I've found is limited storage capacity. Which one would think wouldn't be a problem where you don't need to store very much data...but I've run into problems with Windows10 updates trying to stuff them too full of useless junk like various games.
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dell optiplex 7040's. Sometimes you can find i3's for under 200, but I got all my i5's under 300. they typically are running windows 10, have a 128 or 256 GB ssd in them, 4-8GB of RAM, Display port and HDMI (both of which can convert to VGA with a $4 adaptor, and some have optional vga. some have wifi too. I believe dell made a bracket to attach to the back of a monitor, but a couple strips of industrial strength velcro would hold one too.

I've been replacing office desktops with these, there small and quiet, and as long as you don't need add-in cards they're great. power supply is an external 19V line lump.
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I like the Intel NUCs - https://www.amazon.com/Intel-NUC10i3FNK ... 087D4Q11L/ This is the newest gen, but there are other options that are lower cost with older-generation CPU.

I use these for miscellaneous kiosk-type displays... relatively inexpensive, has native HDMI and ethernet, and comes with a Win10 license. We stick them to the back of a wall-mounted TV using high quality velcro.
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Look for a Dell Micro or a Lenovo Tiny. Both have VESA mounting brackets to attach them to the back of the monitor.
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Go for an Intel NUC, they proved to be stable
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i used rpi4 for kiosk. works great. as far as I remember, can add video, pictures and html there. I think this is the cheapest TCO.

also I think that for HTML - any Ogange/Pi/Odroid for 5-10 dollars is suitable, but I need hardware video decoding, it work bad on 10-20USD boards, board OK - bad linux software, so select rpi.
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We ended up using a Dell Micro. Some had been purchased for lightweight office use & we grabbed one for this application.

We do use some Raspberry Pis for web-based display applications & they work very well. However, it's unlikely we could get AutoPilot to run on a Pi.
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I recently put a Dell ChromeBook, (with their ethernet dongle) at the AM site. Original purpose was to add visibility to the Burk R/C to simplify routine checks and calibrations without having to haul a laptop through a quarter mile of deep snow on foot.

Turns out it also makes a good backup for the front panel display on the Nautel NX25 (which hasn't failed and probably never will because there is a backup in place).

In addition, taking the station's stream (originates at the studio miles away) through an expensive limiter thence into the backup analog audio input of the NX provides a cheap backup to the STL which has a spotty history though was recently completely updated.

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My primary religious belief: "That for which one is prepared will NEVER happen".

Yes. Always get a spares kit for the transmitter so you will never need it.
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Azulle Byte.
https://shop.azulle.com/products/byte4? ... 8104482990

I'd recommend 8gb ram and a bigger hard drive
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