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  10/7/201926 Awesome Uses for a Raspberry Pihttps://www.makeuseof.com/tag/different-uses-raspberry-pi/1/17  Advertisement You’ve been thinking about it for a while, and you’ve nally taken theplunge: you’ve bought a Raspberry Pi. But what can you use it for?Can this little device really act as a desktop PC? As a server? As a radiostation? Yes, it can! To get you started, we’ve collected a whole bunch of uses for theRaspberry Pi, with detailed tutorials from across MakeUseOf. We’ll assume you’re using a Raspberry Pi 4, but most of these projects willwork on older models and the even the Raspberry Pi Zero 1. Replace Your Desktop PC With a RaspberryPi EmailFacebookPinterestTwitter 26 Awesome Uses for aRaspberry Pi By Christian Cawley  / Updated July 10, 2019 10-07-2019 /17 minutes DIY  Christian Cawley 1251  articles Christian Cawley is Deputy Editorfor Security, Linux, DIY,Programming, and Tech Explained.He also produces The Really UsefulPodcast and has extensiveexperience in desktop andsoftware support. A contributor toLinux Format magazine, Christian isa Raspberry Pi tinkerer, Lego loverand retro gaming fan. 688 8 PC & MOBILELIFESTYLEHARDWARE  10/7/201926 Awesome Uses for a Raspberry Pihttps://www.makeuseof.com/tag/different-uses-raspberry-pi/2/17 The simplest use for a Raspberry Pi is as a desktop computer. ৳ 1 260 08 Along with the Pi itself, the microSD card, and power supply, you’ll need aHDMI cable and a suitable display. As with a traditional computer, you’llalso need a USB keyboard and mouse.The Raspberry Pi 3 and later has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built in. If you’reusing an older model, you’ll need compatible USB dongles (checkcompatibility at elinux.org’s Raspberry Pi Hub ). If you prefer to useEthernet, however, all Raspberry Pi models (except the Pi Zero) areequipped with Ethernet ports.After installing your preferred operating system, you’ll nd LibreOfce ispre-installed, along with the Chromium browser.Everything you need to run your Raspberry Pi like a desktop computer ! Using a Raspberry Pi as a Desktop PC: 7 ThingsI Learned Aer a Week Can a modest Raspberry Pi replace a desktop PC? I spentseven days writing and editing on the Pi, with interestingresults. 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Print With Your Raspberry Pi Have an old printer that you really like using, but which cannot beconnected to wirelessly? You’re probably inclined to dispose of it safely,but you really don’t need to. All you need is a Raspberry Pi connected toyour home network, and some print server software.This is done by installing the Samba le sharing software, followed byCUPS. The Common Unix Printing System provides drivers for your printerand provides an administration console.Once this is set up, congure the Pi to ensure any computers on yourhome network can access the printer. That’s all there is to it. Note that thisreally depends on your printer having a USB cable. If it doesn’t, adaptorsare available. 3.  Add AirPrint Support to Your Pi PrintServer The above project only takes things so far. It’s ideal for printing from aWindows, Mac or Linux computer, but what about tablets and phones? Forthat, you’ll need Air Print support, which can be added via a single script.Although printing is available natively on iOS devices, Android tablets andphones will require a dedicated app. Most new printers offer support forprinting from mobile devices. With a Raspberry Pi, you can extend thisfunctionality to older printers! 4. Cut the Cord With Kodi: A Raspberry PiMedia Center Guess the Theme Songs... Again! |TGTS S3E14How to Stop Irrelevant YouTubeRecommendationsHow to Program Arduino in VSCode (Using Platform.io)PLAY ALONG: Guess the Movie(SEASON FINALE) | TGTS S3E15 Latest Videos   PC & MOBILELIFESTYLEHARDWARE  10/7/201926 Awesome Uses for a Raspberry Pihttps://www.makeuseof.com/tag/different-uses-raspberry-pi/4/17 It’s likely that the main use for a Raspberry Pi is as a Kodi media center.Available as disk images, several Kodi builds have been released, withOSMC and OpenElec among the most popular. Worldwide Hosting Your project deserves the perfect setup. 100% exible hardware congurations! velia.net  OPEN If you prefer to keep your Raspberry Pi available for other projects,however, Kodi can simply be installed on Raspbian. It can also be added toretro gaming systems (see below). Installing Kodi comes with somecaveats, however. Not all add-ons are available, and of those that are,many will be intended to stream pirated content.As such, we recommend you only install safe and legal add-ons from theofcial Kodi repositories . But it doesn’t end there. As with any device, aRaspberry Pi running Kodi is vulnerable to some security issues. 7 Security and Privacy Issues to Consider Witha Kodi Media Box As more and more people make the decision to cancel theircable TV packages and cut the cord, Kodi continues to grow inpopularity. But is it as secure as you think? READ MORE 5. 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