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Orangepi Lite vs Raspberry Pi: Which One is Better for Your Needs?


Orangepi Lite Download: How to Get Started with This Mini Computer




If you are looking for a low-cost, open-source, and versatile single-board computer, you might want to check out Orangepi Lite. This tiny device can run various operating systems and perform different tasks, such as building a wireless network server, a game console, or a smart speaker. In this article, we will show you how to download and install Orangepi Lite image, and how to use it for various projects.




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What is Orangepi Lite?




Orangepi Lite is an open-source single-board computer that can run Android, Ubuntu, Debian, and other operating systems. It is based on the Allwinner H3 SoC, which has a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and a Mali400MP2 GPU. It has 512MB or 1GB of DDR3 RAM, depending on the model, and a micro SD card slot for storage. It also has WiFi, HDMI output, CSI camera port, two USB 2.0 ports, a micro USB OTG port, a power button, a power LED, a status LED, a 40-pin header, and an infrared receiver.


Features and Specifications




Here are some of the main features and specifications of Orangepi Lite:


Feature


Specification


CPU


Allwinner H3 quad-core Cortex-A7


GPU


Mali400MP2 GPU @600MHz


RAM


512MB or 1GB DDR3 (shared with GPU)


Storage


Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)


WiFi


Yes (with antenna)


Video Input


A CSI input connector for camera


Audio Input


MIC


Video Output


HDMI output with HDCP, CEC, and 30 function support


Audio Output


HDMI


Power Source


DC input or micro USB OTG input (don't supply power)


USB Ports


Two USB 2.0 HOST, one USB 2.0 OTG


Buttons


Power button



Low-level Peripherals 40 Pins Header GPIO (1x3) pin UART Ground LED Power LED Status LED Key POWER Supported OS Android Lubuntu Debian Image Interface Definition Product Size 69mm x 48mm Weight 60g Source: Comparison with Raspberry Pi Orangepi Lite is often compared with Raspberry Pi, which is the most popular single-board computer in the market. Here are some of the differences between them: - Orangepi Lite has a faster CPU and GPU than Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Plus, but slower than Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. - Orangepi Lite has less RAM than Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, but more than Raspberry Pi Zero W. - Orangepi Lite has fewer USB ports than Raspberry Pi 4 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Plus, but more than Raspberry Pi - Orangepi Lite has WiFi built-in, while Raspberry Pi 4 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Plus need an external dongle or a hat. - Orangepi Lite has an infrared receiver, while Raspberry Pi does not. - Orangepi Lite has a lower price than Raspberry Pi 4 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Plus, but higher than Raspberry Pi Zero W. How to Download and Install Orangepi Lite Image




To get started with Orangepi Lite, you need to download and install an image of the operating system you want to use. Here are the steps to do that:


Prepare the Necessary Accessories




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  • A micro SD card (at least 8GB)



  • A micro SD card reader



  • A power supply (5V/2A)



  • A HDMI cable and a monitor



  • A keyboard and a mouse



  • A WiFi antenna (optional)



Choose an Operating System




Next, you need to choose an operating system for your Orangepi Lite. You can find various images on the official website or on the community forum. Some of the popular choices are:


  • Android: This is the most user-friendly and feature-rich option, but it may not support all the hardware functions of Orangepi Lite. You can use it for media playback, gaming, web browsing, and other applications.



  • Lubuntu: This is a lightweight version of Ubuntu, a Linux-based operating system. It is suitable for general-purpose computing, programming, and server applications. It has a graphical user interface and supports most of the hardware functions of Orangepi Lite.



  • Debian: This is another Linux-based operating system that is stable and secure. It is ideal for server applications, such as web hosting, file sharing, and network management. It has a command-line interface and supports most of the hardware functions of Orangepi Lite.



Burn the Image to a Micro SD Card




After you choose an operating system, you need to download the image file and burn it to a micro SD card. You can use a software tool such as Etcher or Win32 Disk Imager for this purpose. Here are the steps to follow:


  • Insert the micro SD card into the card reader and connect it to your computer.



  • Download the image file from the website or forum and unzip it if necessary.



  • Open the software tool and select the image file and the micro SD card as the source and destination respectively.



  • Click on "Flash" or "Write" to start burning the image to the micro SD card.



  • Wait until the process is completed and eject the micro SD card safely.



Boot Up Orangepi Lite




Now you are ready to boot up your Orangepi Lite with the image you have installed. Here are the steps to follow:


  • Insert the micro SD card into the slot on Orangepi Lite.



  • Connect the power supply, HDMI cable, keyboard, mouse, and WiFi antenna (if needed) to Orangepi Lite.



  • Press the power button on Orangepi Lite to turn it on.



  • Wait until you see the boot screen or logo of the operating system on your monitor.



  • Follow the instructions on the screen to set up your Orangepi Lite.



How to Use Orangepi Lite for Various Projects




Once you have set up your Orangepi Lite, you can use it for various projects that suit your interests and needs. Here are some examples of what you can do with it:


Build a Wireless Network Server




You can use your Orangepi Lite as a wireless network server that can provide internet access, file sharing, media streaming, and other services to your devices. You can use Lubuntu or Debian as the operating system for this project. You will also need a WiFi router or access point, a USB flash drive or external hard drive, and some software tools such as Samba, Apache, or Plex. Here are the steps to follow:



- Connect your Orangepi Lite to your WiFi router or access point via an Ethernet cable or WiFi. - Connect your USB flash drive or external hard drive to your Orangepi Lite via a USB port. - Install and configure Install and Configure Plex on Orangepi Lite




Plex is a popular media server software that allows you to stream your movies, shows, music, and photos to your devices. You can use your Orangepi Lite as a Plex server and enjoy your media collection anywhere. You will need a Lubuntu or Debian operating system for this project. You will also need a Plex account, a USB flash drive or external hard drive, and some software tools such as Plex Media Server and Plex Media Player. Here are the steps to follow:



  • Connect your Orangepi Lite to your network via an Ethernet cable or WiFi.



  • Connect your USB flash drive or external hard drive to your Orangepi Lite via a USB port.



  • Create a Plex account on the official website or sign in if you already have one.



Download the Plex Media Server package for Debian or Ubuntu from the website or us


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