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The new Raspberry Pi 3 features a brand new quad-core 1.2GHz 64bit processor, 1GB or RAM and both on board Wireless LAN and Bluetooth!

The original Raspberry Pi came live exactly 4 years ago and since then got 10 times faster, yet remained in the same credit card sized form factor and at the same fairly low price point of $35 USD.

The new Raspberry Pi maintains exactly same board layout as its predecessor Raspberry Pi. In addition to a CPU boost from 900 MHz to 1.2 GHz, the new Raspberry Pi got it’s GPU upgraded from 250 MHz to 400 MHz! This opens the whole new possibilities for video recording and processing. However, perhaps the biggest upgrade for home automation and in particular Prota OS users is that the new Pi has all the necessary wireless connectivity on board — no more need for Bluetooth and WiFi dongles of any kind that often were easy to loose and took the precious estate of 2 USB 2.0 ports.

Let’s cut to the chase and learn how to start using Prota OS on Raspberry Pi 3. Also, at the end of this instructable, we’ll show how to start using power Pi 3’s GPIO pins with Prota Stories automation engine.

What do you need?

* Keep in mind that with the addition of more powerful hardware and added wireless capabilities this new Raspberry Pi 3 uses more energy than its predecessors. We recommend using preferably 5.1 V and 2.5 A power supply with the new model.

Get started

Open and follow our quick start and advanced guides to learn how to start using Prota OS in minutes.

Step 1: Difference in Performance

We put some stats together to demonstrate that the new Raspberry Pi 3 runs Prota OS and its applications 2x to nearly 3.5x times faster than its predecessor!

<p>gerschneebelflivitz: I too had a week long battle, but in the end I won!! On the Southern most tip of Africa internet is a an unrealiable resource with speeds varying from .2 - 8Mb on my 10Mbs line. After the 3rd attempt I logged a support call via e-mail and was promptly told to begin from scratch and to follow the documented instructions at http://docs.prota.info/101-prota-pi/ (which I was religiously following btw ...). Then it hit me ... watch the WiFi dongle and network activity light on the RPI to see when the activity completed. It took on average 60 minutes per step. I left the app open on my iPAD and then unplugged the RPi after each step and viola! That seemed to do the trick. Once you have the Prota image registered, it becomes easier. There are a few steps missing in the descriptions of some of the application screens such as the fact that some parameters are compulsory and you have to figure it out. In the end, it was worth while. The best combination would be to use a RPI3.</p>
<p>I've been unsuccessful getting Prota pi to run on Pi B+ or Pi 3, after downloading three different times (protapi_official_0_21_17010318.img) and installing on two different SD cards. I briefly see the prota-xxx SSID and have attempted to connect to it via the app on Android and iOS, Mac OS, and Android OS directly, but I don't get an IP address and then the SSID disappears. I burn the image to the card the same way I do all my other Pi builds (using dd with a 1m block size). What am I doing wrong?</p>
<p>https://prota.info/prota/pi/index.html</p>
<p>Hey guys,</p><p>there is no download option for raspberry pi 3 on your website! You can only chose Pi B, B+ and Pi 2, so where is the missing Link? ;)</p><p>Thanks</p>

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