Has anyone tried using a cheap ARM based Android TV Box running Armbian as a mount side computer? It is like a raspberry pi with USB3 and 4GB RAM (minus the GPIO pins)
I got a A5X Max (RK3328 chip) : quad core, 4GB RAM, with 1xUSB3 and 3xUSB2 ports for about $40 and installed Armbian on a SD card. It is supposed to be 1.5GHZ but on Armbian I see 1.3 Ghz.
The built in Wifi and BT do not work on the Armbian I have but ethernet does, I use it with a travel router on the Ethernet port. Some say that some USB dongles for wifi and BT do work. I left Armbian on the SD card and did not install it on the eMMC which is a little faster, as I want to keep the Android on the eMMC in case I want to run Sky Safari on a large screen TV some day . I have a Bionic version of the Armbian distro.
I am new to Indi/Ekos/Kstars but my limited uses seem to be working on it, Stellarium works on a monitor but not under VNC .
Some of the boxes (not mine) have 5Ghz wifi and Gigabit Ethernet, and some have Octacore processors. If you plan to buy a box check before on
to see if people have successfully run Armbian on it.
You will find these TV boxes on ebay/gearbest/geekbuying/banggood etc.
Edited by hcf, 30 December 2018 - 06:37 PM.