As my Raspberry Pi was too slow for some tasks, I needed something faster but still power saving: a Cubietruck or Cubieboard 3 was the solution for me.
The advantage: due to a Dualcore Allwinner A20 Cortex A7 SoC with 1 GHz as well as 2 GB RAM, the Cubietruck system has significantly more power than the Raspberry Pi. For the use with BitTorrent Sync the SATA port is ideal: in my case I connected a Hitachi HDD with one terabyte.
The Cubieboard 3 or Cubietruck is, like all ARM-based Mini-PCs, very frugal in terms of power consumption. Although a 15 Watt power supply is recommended when using a hard disk, the Apple power supply of the iPad 3 with 10 Watt manages to run the system stable.
As operating system I rely on Cubieez Server in the current version 1.5 - the RAM requirement is very low by default, ideal for running additional services.
TVHeadend 3.4 on Cubietruck
A problem occurred when installing tvheadend 3.4: the version for Raspberry Pi was not found via apt-get. The "solution": compile it by yourself, instructions are available on the tvheadend project page. Thanks to the available power it runs in a few minutes, I have built a package that is easy to install (without guarantee that it works on every system):
If you want to build tvheadend from the current GIT repository yourself, you only have to do the following steps:
- The current status Download from GitHub and unpack
- In the directory tvheadend-master ./configure. This will probably fail to find all the possible packages that you will need to install. ./configure until no more packages are missing.
- As a last resort. ./Autobuild.sh -t debian in the tvheadend directory. This creates a .deb file in the parent directory, which is then saved with dpkg -i tvheadend-*.deb can be installed.
At my last attempt with the current version of 26 May 2015, the package I created had no version number - but that's not a problem so far, it could be executed anyway. That this works on every system is of course not guaranteed.
You can then call up the configuration via the tvheadend default port: http://localhost:9981or replace "localhost" with the IP of the Cubietruck.
Update 01.09.2015: tvheadend 4.0.x released
Already in May 2015 the new tvheadend version with the version number 4.0 was released. Basically the new version works like the previous one - only the transcoding is not yet integrated in all versions and does not work under Mac OS X yet. As before, tvheadend can be used to redistribute a TV signal from a DVB-C, DVB-T or IPTV signal in the network.
After tvheadend is installed, the equipment corresponds to that on the Raspberry Pi. The result: instead of ~90% CPU usage by tvheadend on the (overclocked) Raspberry Pi, tvheadend on the Cubietruck only needs a good 30% CPU power.
BitTorrent Sync on Cubietruck
The available CPU power can be used to install a BitTorrent Sync node on the Cubietruck. Through the SATA connector, a 2.5-inch hard disk can be installed, the Apple power supply with 10 watts that I use is sufficient for this. For BitTorrent-Sync there are ready-made, though unofficial packages for ARM - so the installation is easy to handle.
After successful installation of BitTorrent Sync can be found under http://ip-adresse-des-cubietruck:8888 call the BitTorrent sync interface and add directories to be synchronized. If you want to access the files from the internet you have to add Owncloud or Seafile.
Although I currently use the possibilities of the Cubietruck (thanks to the HDMI connection and the IR port, a media center could also be built on it), but the Cubietruck is ideal for my needs and my goal of getting a tvheadent and BitTorrent sync server with as little power consumption as possible. Since the operating system is stored on micro SD cards, I'll experiment a little more in the future - and always exchange the "important" SD card for another one once it's set up.
If you are looking for an entry into the world of ARM Mini-PCs and want to Raspberry Pi wants to start will find the right offers here: Buy Raspberry Pi at Amazon. If you want to mount it directly on a Cubietruck, you can get it for 115,- Euro with power supply unit at Amazon: