The Raspberry and Orange Pis have an HDMI output port. For most installations the best approach is not to use the HDMI output at all. The most convenient way to access SolarAssistant is via a web browser, Android or iPhone app.
When would you want to use video HDMI output?
- You want to use SolarAssistant with a computer monitor, keyboard and mouse close to your solar installation.
- During troubleshooting if you are unable to access the device in another way.
Full HD video output
The HDMI port outputs the full interactive SolarAssistant application via the HDMI port. See this video of SolarAssistant with HDMI output to get an idea of how it works.
Only the Orange PI 3 LTS currently has video output enabled. In a future update the Raspberry PI 4B will also output video.
We recommend using a Rii mini keyboard for the best experience of SolarAssistant video output:
- Rii mini keyboards on Amazon ($12 - $30)
- Rii mini keyboards on Takealot (R150 - R250)
No video output
All boards except the Orange PI 3 LTS have video output disabled. This is to ensure the board remains performant. In a future update, this mode will be replaced with text based video output. If you need to access the device for troubleshooting, please see our Bluetooth guide.