Thanks to the spread of Free Hardware, the so-called Internet of Things has grown a little more and there are more and more interesting solutions in this field. Spreading devices with wifi makes many projects have access to a wireless internet that allows us to communicate our gadget or our project with the rest of the Network.
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Currently, more and more models of new SBC boards will incorporate this wireless internet ability thanks to the inclusion of a Wi-Fi module. The last of these plates has been Raspberry Pi than in its model 3 already incorporates a wifi and bluetooth module, but there are other alternatives that were already looking to offer wireless internet when others did not, such as VoCore or CHIP.
Next we will talk about the 5 most famous free plates on the market, ideal for our project or our computer to have access to wireless internet and not lose power.
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Raspberry Pi 3
Perhaps the most famous of them all is Raspberry Pi 3, a plate that many will have used or at least its previous versions. The latest model Raspberry Pi 3 is interesting for many projects that want to have wireless internet since in addition to having an interesting power thanks to its 64-bit chip, the Raspberry Pi 3 has a wifi module and another bluetooth that will make any device controlled by this board have Internet access.
Not long ago we talked to you about VoCore. This small plate, and we say very small because it does not bulge more than a coin, has a built-in wifi module and a bluetooth module, in addition to the ethernet port. Inside it houses the OpenWRT operating system, a system that is used for router software, so we can implement VoCore in any project and thus have access to the internet, not only wireless but also through cable.
A year ago we met a plate It was trying to rival the Raspberry Pi, not only to rival in power or price but also in function. This board was called CHIP and it was based on Raspberry Pi 1 and Raspberry Pi 2, boards that had neither Wifi nor bluetooth. CHIP can offer wireless Internet to the project that has it and it is also compatible with many software developments that we know as some GNU / Linux distributions or adapted versions of Android.
Although we have talked so far about many boards and all having Raspberry Pi as a reference, the truth is that there are other projects that cannot be compared to Raspberry Pi such as the Arduino Project that also has boards that we can use to give our projects that wireless Internet access. In this project the Arduino YUN board stands out enormously. The purpose of Arduino YUN was offer the same as offered Arduino UNO but with a Wifi moduleHence its success since many have tried to use it as a part of the electronics of our project and some have even tried to use it in 3D Printers to give more functionality to these projects. Unfortunately Arduino boards don't have the same power as Raspberry Pi or CHIP So the functions that we can do with Arduino YUN are rather basic and all of them as a simple transmitter channel of what the project collects or we want it to collect. Even so, its effectiveness is proven.
Orange Pi It is one of the most unknown plates but that by name you will surely have already related who it is trying to imitate. Orange Pi was born as a fork of Raspberry Pi where not only the power of the board was expanded but also a wifi module was added to give wireless Internet access. In addition Orange Pi tried that prohibited operating systems in the first versions of the raspberry computer were like Ubuntu and its flavors. Thus Orange Pi offers greater power and wireless access for a slightly higher price than normal. Its 2 Gb of ram and its processor are worth it because few boards have it.
The last of the plates that I am going to name but not for that reason the least important is Samsung Artik. Last year Samsung released three motherboard models that were oriented to the IoT world. This world needs to have access to wireless Internet as it relies on making devices “smart” that were not before. These plates they are taking time to reach the market but its arrival is imminent and its characteristics are very interesting because they play very well with size and power.
Conclusion about these boards for wireless Internet
Really choosing an SBC or smart board for whatever project we are working on is a difficult task. Since not only the size or the need for wireless Internet is implied, but also we must have other factors such as connections or the operating system that we can use. In any case there are many plates and we have many options when choosingAlthough the 5 presented here are one of the best options we have when trying to give wireless Internet to our projects. Which one do you choose?