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Running Pi-Star on Raspberry Pi Zero 2 (w)'s

If you’re running a Pi-Star hot spot on a Raspberry Pi Zero rev.1 or rev.1.1 (1st gen.) board, consider replacing your Pi board with the new 2021 Raspberry Pi Zero 2. Especially if your using my W0CHP-PiStar-Dash version/fork of Pi-Star.

The performance increases are quite a joy and are very noticeable1. And the price, $15 USD as an average…you can’t go wrong. The most relevant improvement over the Pi Zero, us the the Pi Zero 2 has a quad-core 1GHz processor, vs. only one core.

Here, you can view a detailed write-up with benchmarks, comparing the Pi Zero vs. Pi Zero 2.

Albeit, the new Pi Zero 2’s are bit tricky to acquire. However, I was able to acquire 3 of them in one day from 3 different vendors (most limit one-per-customer due to shortages/inventory limitations/back-orders.). All three of them arrived in a week or less (and two vendors were overseas.).

In any event, I would highly recommend that you upgrade if you’re running Pi-Star on a 1st gen. Pi Zero.

  1. For all of you fucking idiots in the various Pi-Star discussion mediums saying, “Running Pi-Star on anything greater than an old 1st gen. Pi Zero is a waste of money”; go fuck yourselves. No one cares about your (commonly invalid) opinion…and how people spend their own money, is none of your fucking business. Please shut up. Also, see footnote # 1 here, for a more detailed justification

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