The above photo shows my first attempt to convert a dumb flat screen TV into a Raspberry Pi Smart TV. As you can see I temporarily used the HDMI and RJ45 cables from the HD satellite media server on the shelf below. The “smart” box (Raspberry PI Model B) also required a USB keyboard and mouse.
My current offering uses a Raspberry Pi 3 which functions much faster and smoother due to a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU processor and a VideoCore IV 3D graphics core. The addition of Bluetooth 4.1 together with the existing built-in 802.11n Wireless LAN cuts down on the bird’s nest of cables. Finally Model 3b has an Micro SD card slot rather than the full size SD card featured in the model in the photo. The finished unit is very tidy with only a power cable and a HDMI cable required.