I posted one of the $9 support donations in exchange for the Omega 2 plus package back last year. Having worked quite a deal with Raspberry Pi, ESP8266, Arduino, ATTiny, etc. I assumed I could just hook it up to a 3.3v power source and work with it. As I was waiting for them to start shipping, I also decided to post one of the bundle submissions once they announced the original package was actually on it's way -- and I did.
The first Omega 2 finally showed up a few weeks ago and around the same time I got the survey link to select my preferred docks/shields for the bundle I had just recently added. I filled it out and then also tacked on a mini-USB dock 'ala carte' as well as the GPRS/GSM shield.
When I finally went to hook the Omega 2 up, it got stuck in a boot loop using just my peg-board power supply. I saw on various forums that quick boot looping was likely a sign of not enough power. I then dug out a beefier 3.3v buck converter and plugged it to the iomega power. The boot went much further but still eventually froze, I'm guessing when it was trying to start the WiFi. Further reading on forums showed that a number of people were running into this, generally when they were trying to power it directly as I was. The guesses as to the problem was noise or inconsistency in the power source.
Most of the recommendations were to use one of the docks that had capacitors to buffer the power input properly and most of the responses were that using a dock solved the problem(s) for those who had been getting the same freeze-up that I was.
In the meantime, I can't use my Omega 2 apparently until I either figure out how to build a capacitor buffer myself to meet it's needs or until my docks show up. Yet there seems to be no hints yet that my dock order has even been fulfilled no less shipped.
I'm wondering if there is any way I can get at least the mini-USB dock that I ordered ala-cart (separate from the bundle) shipped early so I can start playing with my existing Omega 2 while waiting for the second one and the other bundle-docks/shields to arrive?