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Running SSDR on a mini Intel NUC kit. Integrates nicely on the desk.  Blog post.  
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Martin Ewing AA6E

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Danny K5CG

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Pictures! - or it didn't happen. :)
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Martin Ewing AA6E

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From the blog post:
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Danny K5CG

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Thank you!
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WX7Y

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I've been running on a NUK5I7 for about 1.5 years with 2 monitors (1 native and the other USB Video Card) and I would not go back to a big desktop, my power bill went way down and the NUK5I7 runs on my stations 13.8Volt supply / Solar Batteries system just great. 

Pictures? don't know what that would do over looking up the Intel NUK on line.

73's
Bret
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Danny K5CG

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With a 12V supply, I've just got to have one. I can pitch (re-purpose) my UPS!

It's not about pictures of the NUC, that's easy. It's about the shack running the NUC.
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Delbert McCord

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Had me interested but I looked it up and the reviews says it does not work with Windoz 7. Would have been nice because it would run off my Solar bank of batteries just like my rig. Oh well. Thanks for the heads up.
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James Del Principe

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What OS does it run???    This could put me closer to a battery backup station. 73, Jim
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Gary - WB5ULK

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Delbert,

The reviewers may have been correct in "their experience", Windows 7 works with most all NUCs. USB 3.0 had to have a special add-on. Here is a discussion of Windows 7 install and extra driver/installer for USB 3 use:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-carnage-will-continue/2017/10/02/59e51d62-a7ab-11e7-850e...
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WX7Y

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The NUC5I7 series does run on WIN7, I think that the NUC7I7 needs to run WIN10 for the USB C/Firbolt to work
IT DOES RUN on my 12V Solar system perfectly
Bret
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Martin Ewing AA6E

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@Gary -  You gave us the wrong link!
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G8ZPX

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Windows 7 will NOT work on any Intel 7th generation CPU. eg i5-7xxx 5th and 6th gen are fine.
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Gary - WB5ULK

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Yes, Martin, I fat-fingered the copy/paste of the URL. The correct URL is below, and as the post from G7BCX noted, there are limitations (although some *seem* to have over come those. 
https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/intel-nuc-kits/000017241.html

A Google search for this "Intel NUC Windows 7" will result in MANY entries about Win7 and NUCs.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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We use NUCs for hamfest demo.  They work very well.
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Bob G W1GLV

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Been using one for about six months and to tell you the truth if the need ever rises I would buy another. Intel has a winner.
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Norm - W7CK

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Are any of you using monitors that run off of 12v?    I haven't seen many medium to large displays (27" or >) that run off of 12v DC.

Norm - W7CK
 
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Norm,
I have two Samsung 24" 1080p TV/Monitors that have 12V external power supplies.  They are pretty RF Quiet, unlike the Panasonic they replaced several years ago.

I have not tried to run them from my main 12V Shack Power supply (an Alinco DM330 that is also RF Quiet above 500 Hz) but I am sure I could if I wanted to.  Eventually  plan to put some Powerpole connectors and a fuse in their power line.

When I can afford to upgrade my two monitors to a single 4X UHD large screen (40-48 inches) then one of these will be moved to our Roadtrek mini RV and operated via the 12V supply lines.
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I have a pair of Samsung 4k U28E590D 28” monitors that are running off my station 13.8V supply. They came with laptop style AC to DC power supplies that indicated they were 14.0V output. I bought two extra ones really cheap off of eBay (kept the originals just in case I wanted to sell the monitors) and cut the cables on the monitor side off, added Anderson power pole connectors, and viola! Two less power supplies in the shack. Works great, no issues.

Justin
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WX7Y

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same here I have ZERO wall warts in my station, 
Radios 
NUC computer
Monitors
Powered USB3 Hub
ASUS Router
Netgear Ethernet switch
Speakers
Ethernet Power Switchs
Antenna switch

Plus all other accessories I have found and searched specifically for 12 to 14 Volt Opertion
ALL runs on my solar power Batteries
73's

Bret
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Danny K5CG

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I just bought a NUC5i7RYH (Core i7-5557U Gen5 , 8GB RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD). Should be absolutely perfect for the job.

Thanks for the tip!
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Bret, were you the person I helped get VPN setup a few months ago? That is honestly the first I've heard of NUCs. 
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WX7Y

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Yes it was and Thanks again for your help It works flawlessly.
I have moved the VPN Host server to the Radio's NUC PC and that has been really nice to because I leave it on all the time anyway.
Thanks for your work on the PiVPN
73's
Bret
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Using a NUC5i7 here with W10 with my new Flex. Absolutely perfect here as well.

Gary
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Rich - N5ZC

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How many monitors will the NUC support and what resolution?  I have a couple 29" wide screen monitors that are set at 2560 x 1080.  Will the NUC handle them?  Rich
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NUC (seventh generation) claims to support 3 monitors through 2 I/O ports, HDMI (1 display) and USB-C (2 display streams, Thunderbolt 3).  I use a simple USB-C to HDMI adapter cable to drive my second HDMI monitor. Check Intel specs here. Apparently good for up to 4096 x 2160 pixels each.  Works for me!
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Rich - N5ZC

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Thanks Martin and Gary.
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Gary Wells

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I run with two wide screen monitors that are 25:9 which are like having 4 monitors. 34" diagonal. Works great!

Gary
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Rich - N5ZC

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Thanks Gary,

I'd like to upgrade to a pair of 34" monitors in the future.  There was a big performance boost when I went to the 29" monitors.
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Martin Ewing AA6E

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I'd rather have pixels than inches and position the screen closer to the op.  My two 22" monitors already take up too much space on my desk.  (See my photo above.) Different strokes.
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Costco has these that I use. Great for multiple stuff going on that I can't fit on a conventional monitor. With my eyes bigger screen is better. As you say, different strokes.

LG 34UM61-P 34" UltraWide Full HD IPS Monitor
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Danny K5CG

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Gary, I have an LG 29UM67-P. The power jack input says 19V DC. Does your 34UM61-P say the same? Do you run yours with 13.8V? What are the odds my 29" will also work with 13.8V?
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Danny K5CG

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For future reference the LG 29UM67-P runs fine on 13VDC.
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Rich - N5ZC

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I'm running a NUC I7 and it's driving a Dell 34" monitor.  I've been running this new setup since December and really enjoy it.  I really like having the 34" monitor.  There's plenty of room and I no longer need to monitors, for now anyways, hi hi.

Rich - N5ZC
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I've been using an i5 NUC running Windows 10 on my 6500 - two monitors. Works flawlessly - best change I ever made. Boot up time with the SSD is ~ 20 seconds.
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Danny K5CG

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By the way folks. If you need some additional I/O on the NUC, there are replacement lids available with various interfaces. I was thinking I might be a little short on USB ports so I found a lid that added two more.
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This is a nice NUC expansion, but the one that interests me most is the Thunderbolt 3  port provided on the latest i5 and i7 NUCs.  This is a 40 Gb/s port (no typo!) that will support multiple 4K monitors, ethernet, audio, USB3, and what have you.  You can use an inexpensive single adapter cable, or go for a multi-function dock. Search for "Thunderbolt 3 docking". Intel propaganda.
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I have been playing around with the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port and a I have some issues with a few devices NOT working as windows can't find the supposedly built in drivers. 
The multi-port device I have tried is the PAXCESS USB-C 2 x USB3's, HDMI Port, RJ45 Network, and a USB-C Port.
It won't work on MY NUC7I7 and on my MAC Book Pro running WIN10 under bootcamp it does work most of the time after several retries on 3 of it's USB-C ports but on the 4th USB-C port it acts just like it does on the NUC, just keeps trying over and over to load the drivers. 
There are NO downloadable drivers that I can find on the PAXCESS web site. 

SO just a heads up with the PAXCESS device it probably won't work on your NUC7I7.

73's
Bret
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Martin Ewing AA6E

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I've noticed that some tb3 devices claim Windows compatibility and some do not (probably for Macs). Agreed, you need to be careful.
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Didn't realize they made lids like this, cool.

I plan on getting a 2nd NUC for operating position #2.

Rich - N5ZC