Raspberry Pi Setup

I bought a Raspberry Pi 3 and found the setup to be straight forward. Just follow the instructions provided with the board. In my case, all I needed to connect to the Pi was:

  1. HDMI cable(included) to a monitor (not included)
  2. USB keyboard(not included)
  3. Insert the SD card into the Pi (included)
  4. Power Supply (included)

NOOBS was pre-loaded onto the SD card I received with my Raspberry Pi. (NOOBS is helps you easily install an operating system onto a Pi). All I had to do is follow the instructions. I chose Raspbian Linux. If you don’t have you can search for a tutorial online

Figure 1: Noobs was pre-installed on SD card

After the install, the Pi restarts and you should see the Raspbian Desktop. There are multiple ways to connect remotely to the Pi. By far the easiest is to first connect the Pi to the wifi network. In the top right-hand corner click on the Wifi icon and select the name of your wireless, and enter your password.

Figure 2: Raspbian Desktop

Setting up the remote connection is where I ran into a few roadblocks. On the Raspberry Pi you definitely need to enable SSH, and optionally VNC. On the top left-hand corner click the Application Menu->Preferences->Raspbery Pi Configuration, or type the following into the console

Figure 3: raspi-config

Use the arrow keys to highlight “5 Interfacing Options” and press Enter

Figure 4: Configuration Menu

In the interface menu select SHH

Figure 5: Interface Menu

Then Confirm the change by selecting Yes. You can do the same with VNC (recommended) so you can run your Pi headless (without the extra screen or keyboard) I enabled this so that I can manage everything from my laptop

Figure 6: Confirmation Menu

That’s it, the next tutorial I’ll show you how to setup remote development so you can use the power of your laptop/computer to compile programs on your Pi

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