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Some thoughts and suggestions about Lollipop hardware options.
After much testing, discussion, success, failure, and inspiration… we are happy to announce the boards we will officially support!
We’ve selected different boards as our primary targets for the Lollipop Cloud project. Our team members will be working with these boards heavily and will prioritize supporting them. The boards were selected for their price ($25-$100 USD), specifications, and ease-of-use, keeping in mind our goal of making self-hosted clouds an accessible reality.
The Raspberry Pi 3b and 3b+ are arm64v8 boards. They have 1Gb RAM, 4 core CPU, lots of expansion options and more.
Rasbian distribution is setup to run as arm32v7 so be mindful when reading documentation. Ubuntu offers a 64bit release that’s arm64v8.
This is our recommended board for deploying a Lollipop Cloud, especially for our beginner users.
The Orange Pi PC 2 is a reasonably priced arm64v8 board. This board can be purchased as a full set that includes a board, case, and power supply. It’s got enough RAM, CPU, and more to run a full self-hosted cloud for an individual, family, and maybe a little more.
It has 3 USB ports for additional WiFi adapters or USB disks. It also has a full HDMI connector so you can setup using a USB keyboard and TV/monitor/etc.
It does not have a WiFi chip on-board, be sure to remember a WiFi dongle if needed.
The Orange Pi Plus 2e is an arm32v7 board. It packs 2Gb of RAM, 4 core CPU, lots of expansion options, built-in WiFi, built-in ethernet, and more.
This board can run a self-hosted cloud for an individual, family, or small group. If you’re looking for the “big board,” this is it.
Due to our community asking for boards that support large amounts of storage we’ve found and tested the following setups for more storage focused Lollipop Cloud builds. The below builds are “bill of materials” that outline our tested and working configurations.
1-bay NAS dockoptions on the main Nano Pi Neo2 product page and run it without a case
Heat Sink(this is NOT optional as the board WILL overheat without the heatsink)
4x SATA HAT
If you’re going to run services like NextCloud, Syncthing and/or Samba you will want to consider what kind of USB disk to use. I’d recommend a Sandisk Cruzer Fit (link) or Sandisk Ultra Fit (link) or similar, low power flash drive. Full hard disks that aren’t SSD’s tend to be power hungry and can cause problems with SBCs.