When possible, I try to select low cost equipment and DiY philosophy in order to allow my students to work outside the University labs. So, get your own lab!!
Here is the list of required equipment for developing all the activities.
A PC is a must. If you want, you can came at the classroom with you notebook.
In this particular seminar, a Linux virtual machine for Oracle VirtualBOX is utilised. Youi can run the virtual machine on Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS or Linux without installing estrange thing in your laptop.
Raspberry PI 2 model B
You need and embedded system. For this pourpose, I selected the low cost and well known Rasberry Pi platform.
Around 35 Eur.
This platform is only for amateur/hobby projects, not for industrial-grade project. Simply pay more and you can apply the same concepts to a professional system.
- Display with HDMI or DVI input.
- HDMI cable.
- USB keyboard and mouse.
- 5V 2A USB power source (buy in serious comerces).
- 8 GiB microSD card, class 4 (class 10 works for me). Brandded, please!!!!
- RJ-45 Ethernet cable (and Internet connection).
USB DVB-T Dongle
For the «Software defined radio» experience, the cheapest option is to use an USB DVB-T dongle compatible with RTL-SDR. You should check Internet for finding an appropriate one.
I am using a Conceptronic’s HDTV USB 2.0 dongle (ref. CTVDIGUSB2) and it seems to work.
Linux reports it as a ‘Dexatek DK DVB-T Dongle’ that include a Realtek RTL2832 and a Fitipower FC0013 chips.
NOTE: New versions of the dongle are not compatible with RTL-SDR 🙁
Around 20 Eur.