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I built a silent (except for a barely audible CPU cooler that barely runs) using an AMD M1 CPU a while back. It's in a nice little mini-ITX case and runs Win10 very well. It was quite inexpensive as well (much cheaper than an Intel NUC at about $200 + third party CPU cooler + RAM.) Unfortunately, AMD discontinued that line of CPU. Tried an Intel NUC with a mobile CPU but it was an absolute disaster in performance and it was overpriced.

Adobe Flash is an issue and it's going away soon. In a year or two all browser support and vendor support will be gone. Then it will be an even worse security issue.
 

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I can play with an open source implementation of flash on my Linux pc, essentially what mythweb is doing when you watch a recorded video over the web with mythweb (talking MythTV here) and the pi is running Linux. The pi3 can also run windows.
Though i can't say I ever have.
 

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I tried playing some online video in FF and Chrome on my RPi2. It was very tedious and pretty much a total failure. For starters, the web browsers are very slow to start and to load pages. I don't have access to Fibe TV so I tried Rogers On Demand. That was a total failure due to incompatibility. Tried Crackle, which failed to load movies. Tried YouTube which sort of worked but was plagued by stuttering and pauses. The problem is probably due to the slow speed of the SD card that appears to be bringing disk I/O to a crawl. It's a class 10 card but probably not the fastest available. The CPU and other resources appeared to be ok.

I bought the Pi2 to watch TV and videos with Kodi and that works fine with the RPi KODI distro. Unfortunately, KODI won't work with Fibe TV or most streaming services. It will work with streaming services that are supported by a media server such as Plex but, again, you won't see Fibe TV on Plex.
 

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I think if you are 1/2 satisfied with rpi2, you'll be pleasantly surprised with rpi3.
By comparison I can't go back to rpi2 having been using rpi3 for over a year.
My rpi2 was converted to a router, after installing LEDE on it.
Works well so far, but haven't connected it to the internet yet. On the TODO list.
 

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The RPi3 looks like an impressive upgrade from the RPi2. Not sure if it's enough to make me want to use it for browser video though. The RPi2 is just too painful to make the RPi3 look appealing. I would like to see an option for a faster disk drive, like an NVMe connector. It would probably really push up the price though.

I considered using the RPi2 as a firewall/router. The lack of gigabit speeds on the LAN or USB ports made me look elsewhere. Not that I need those speeds for internet right now but I still had concerns over the USB to LAN adapter performance and overall throughput. It would do in a pinch.

In the meantime, it's an interesting hobby box.
 

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exactly, one can't expect much for a $35 price point. But it does the job for me..
I don't use it for a web browser. One thing ya might try is configure it to be it's own DNS server and use google as a backup.
 

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Back to my original question :) Does anyone have a raspberry Pi or similar device and have Bell Fibe service. Could you please test if it works? Thanks!
 

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I loaded Raspian on to a Pi3 (original Pi3, not the newer one) and tried to watch Bell Fibe through Chromium, the frame drop rate was very high. Not watchable.
 
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