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Old Droidbox boxes T8 /T8s

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ballitin, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. ballitin

    ballitin New Member

    Hi Just sorting out some stuff came across 2 of these boxes that as far as I'm aware still work, have remotes and power supply,just wondered what could be done with these now ...it just seems a waste to throw them away ,can they be utilized for some thing else ?

    Thanks in advance

    JWW
     
  2. VikramDroix

    VikramDroix Administrator Staff Member

    Hi JWW,

    Many apps will be supported for a while, however, as time goes on, some developers may stop supporting the older version of Android that the device runs. You'll likely still be able to sideload older versions of apps through sites like APKPure, APKhero, etc.

    If you're ever interested in upgrading, we sell a variety of Android boxes that run Android 8 and up, which are sure to be supported for many years to come. You can view them all here: https://droix.net/collections/android-powered-tv-box
     
  3. ChrisM

    ChrisM Administrator Staff Member

    You will definitely find that newer models have better specs and wider compatibility with apps and games due to the newer version of Android, but ideas for leftover hardware:

    Info screen/digital signs on a tight budget... If you have a community centre, charity shop or similar nearby, with an unused monitor or TV, you could have videos/Powerpoint presentations playing on a loop. Some setup required, but virtually no cost to the good cause

    Simple work stations - If you know someone with kids at school and they don't have the funds for their own laptop/desktop PC, an old Android box could have a USB mouse and keyboard plugged in, and be used for homework (Google Docs or similar).

    Depending on the app you use and webcam compatibility, as a video calling system. If elderly relatives don't want a smartphone, but would like to chat with family, you could have a go at setting up a simple interface for them. Definitely recommend a simple replacement launcher for this sort of thing. Just have shortcuts for the video app and perhaps the Play Store.

    NAS - the performance might not be good enough for streaming multiple 4K streams across your house, but with a powered USB hub you could plug in a few external hard drives to an old Android box and share their files across your home network with SMB, uPnP, DLNA etc. The info and links found at https://droidbox.co.uk/how-to/network-sharing-local-storage-for-kodi-and-dbmc/ and https://droidbox.co.uk/how-to/sipping-power-quiet-characteristics-of-a-droidbox-as-a-server-vs-a-pc/ have a bit of info on this.
     
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