OpenSprinkler Forums Hardware Questions OpenSprinkler Beagle (OSBo) Is the BBB still a recommended platform for OS?

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    I read this forum and it seemed initially the BBB has issues with reliable WiFi. Is this now corrected? Also, I know the BBB is no where near as popular as the Pi, but there seems very little forum participation relative to the Pi. Since I have both a Pi and BBB, I am debating which OS to get.

    Other than the WiFi issue I mentioned above, what are the other pros and cons of using the Pi vs the BBB as the underlying platform?

    Will support for the BBB likely to go away due to smaller acceptance base?

    Thank you.



    I’m looking to move to either the RPi or BBB version in the near future, after finding the low-level management of memory and TCP/IP stack on the microcontroller version a bit beyond me.

    Whilst the OS-Pi customer base is likely much larger, that forum is where the development of the interval program which runs on both the RPi and BBB is based, so I’m guessing this is taking activity away from the OS-Bo forum too.

    I was going to go for the RPi B+ version, simply because my OCD-tendencies were having trouble with the untidy angle that OS-Bo 1.1 sits at, but I’ve decided I need to get over it and decide objectively. In my defence, it will be mounted in a transparent outer enclosure with the cover off, and I will be using a longish USB WiFi adapter that would stick out at a funny angle across the inside of the enclosure.

    I’m now leaning toward the OS-Bo, as the additional UARTs will come in useful for my intended application. Ultimately I will be using parts of both the P8 and P9 headers, but I’m having difficulty working out from the pictures in the manual if they are all physically available.

    Can someone tell me if a using a USB WiFi adapter obstructs the OS-Bo 1.1 P8 breakout at all, or is there adequate clearance to be able to solder in and use pin headers?



    Sorry to join late on this thread. @2wet: I believe the WiFi issue has been solved after the OSBo pre-configured image has been updated back in August. OSBo will continue to be offered and there is no plan to discontinue it at all.

    @denis.french: all P8 and P9 pins are mapped out on OSBo. You can check the user manual page 9 for details:

    The WiFi adapter is placed on the side with P8 pinout, covering about 10 pins. So that region will not fit standard pin headers, but the adapter is well above the PCB, you can definitely solder wires from the PCB to connect external components.

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