This area of the wiki is all about various hardware topics as well as OS-specific topics. Everything from HTPCs to remotes to audio receivers. It is also another way to categorize and discover topics relating to specific hardware or OSes. Feel free to add or create pages/info as needed.
- Remote controls
- Ambient lighting
- LCD info displays
- PVR (Live TV)
- Philips Hue - smart bulbs for automatic playback dimming and ambient lighting
4 HTPC and Media Appliance devices
|These pages are maintained by the community and should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation. Device pages are made when there's a bunch of useful information for a particular device, and someone takes the time to make that page. Keep in mind, some devices simply don't need a page of specific information, but are still excellent devices. *|
| Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV (first and second-generations) is a series of Android-based (Fire OS) set-top-box that contains a powerful ARM processor (that can even handle some of the more heavy Kodi skins). First released in 2014, Amazon's Fire TV series stands above some of the other Android-based offerings due to Amazon's strong product support and because it contains more remote friendly versions of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other video service clients, which generally makes it a good pairing with Kodi.
The Chromebox is an inexpensive small form-factor PC which runs Google's ChromeOS; it is the desktop variant of a Chromebook laptop. Although Kodi does not run natively under ChromeOS, the Chromebox can easily be made to run Linux (or Windows) and Kodi.
| Intel NUC|
The Intel NUC is a series of small, awesome, x86 hardware based PCs that works fantastically as an HTPC. Can run a full desktop OS if desired. Reasonable starting price considering size and power. Uses Celeron to Core i5 CPUs. Can run fanless with a replacement heatsink case.
| Nvidia SHIELD Android TV
Nvidia SHIELD Android TV
| Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi, Raspberry Pi 2/3 and Raspberry Pi Zero are a series of ARM-powered, credit card-sized single-board computers (developer boards) made in the UK by the non-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation organization for educational and hobbyist purposes. These low power computers are mass produced at very low prices and the high number of units sold gives it massive community support. As Kodi HTPC, all Raspberry Pis support full 1080p (Full HD) video playback of the most commonly used codecs, most if not all Kodi add-ons, and have reasonably responsive GUI performance.
| Xiaomi Mi Box|
Xiaomi Mi Box and Xiaomi Mi Box S from Xiaomi here specifically refers to the 2016 released Xiaomi Mi Box with Android TV 6.0 and its successor the Xiaomi Mi Box S released in 2018 with Android TV 8.1, both includes a bluetooth voice remote with microphone for Google Assistant support. This is an affordable 4K UltraHD (2160p) resolution capable Android TV box based on Amlogic S905X SoC that as of yet, as an Android TV box, Xiaomi have given the impression that the firmware for these two boxes will be better maintained and supported in the long-run than most other Android TV boxes out there.
| x86 hardware|
Computers and appliance devices with an x86 processor (a "desktop class" computer with a "normal" Intel or AMD x86/x86-64 based CPU) are the usually the most power-full and most stable option for an dedicated Kodi powered HTPC (Home Theater PC) / media center computer.
Using standard x86 computer hardware provides a great amount of flexibility and can be made from spare parts, old laptop/desktop computers, or new dedicated hardware, and as such are also by definition upgradable.