TL;DR - GUI is laggy or non-responsive. LG Magic Remote control is sporadic. Vero randomly “disappears” from the network. Do I perhaps have a bad unit?
I’ve been using Kodi for several years. Started on a Raspberry Pi 2 I think. Worked awesome until high resolution movies came along and it just didn’t seem to handle them very well. Then I got a Firestick 4K and it worked better. Wll, except for the atrocious Amazon home screen and the tendency for the Kodi app to become unresponsive and needing to be killed and restarted. Then I tried it out on an old xbox One that I never used. It was pretty much the same thing as the Firestick. I missed a dedicated Kodi box.
So I looked for a dedicated Kodi box and the Vero 4K+ looked to be exactly what I wanted. I should be able to control everything from my TV remote and no crap I don’t want. Ordered it from PiShop and eagerly awaited it in the mail. Since I am so familiar with Kodi, I set it up just like I always do. I set my Synology samba shares, downloaded my OpenSubtitle & Yahoo weather addon’s and got to watching! My LG NANO91 recognized it as an LG Bluray player, so I thought I would be golden! Turns out the LG Magic Remote doesn’t play nice with Vero/Raspberry/Linux. My issue appears to be that I get about 6 - 10 “clicks” or button presses and then the Vero doesn’t recognize the remote any longer.
So I figure that I will just have to endure the included remote. However I noticed that it isn’t very responsive either. Many clicks aren’t registered or several clicks will get buffered and then they all come at once and Kodi goes crazy. So I switch to Kore on my phone. I can use it even though I don’t want to, but every in a while, it cannot connect to the Vero. This is where it gets really weird. When Kore cannot connect to Vero, it’s almost like it is not connected to the network any longer. It won’t play videos on my server, but it still has an IP address and I can see it connected on my router device list. I have to reboot the Vero for everything to work again.
In my attempt to fix everything, I signed up on here and started reading. After messing with a ton of settings, I decided to just completely reset the thing. I set it up with just my essentials. Video sources and subtitle addon, fix the overscan, add username and password for web UI and Kore control. That was about 2 hours ago. The remote issue persists, I can’t speak to the weird network issues.
I’ve been reading my logs and honestly, it’s either Greek or gibberish to me. I set my log up to DEBUG until the remote no longer worked and then stopped the logger with the Vero remote. But I don’t see where it says anything about an error. So why am I posting here? I just need someone to tell me if I perhaps have a “bad egg” or if this is the normal experience.
I am in no way saying the Vero is junk or Linux sucks or anything like that, I’m just kind of disappointed in the whole experience. If I knew that LG were such a pain to use with Kodi, I would have bought a Sony! But the slow or laggy response with the included remote has me scratching my head. In case you can’t tell, I like to chat, so if you are still reading this Dickensian post and you want more information, I shall be happy to provide it.