IntroductionIt has been a while since my last Raspberry PI article. I have recently been given the new Raspberry PI 2 so I thought I would produce a new tutorial showing how to set it up.
My previous guide for setting up the original Raspberry PI is somewhat out of date. You should follow this guide regardless as to whether you have bought (or are going to buy) the Raspberry PI B+ or the Raspberry PI 2.
There are now a couple of alternative guides:
Who Is The Raspberry PI For?
- Great for children and teenagers to learn how to use computers and create their own programs
- Great for children and teenagers who have an interest in electronics
- Can be used for a web kiosk in a cafe, small bed and breakfast, guest house or hotel
- Can be used for digital signage in small outlets such as local shops
- Can be used to run XBMC to turn your television into a media centre
- Can be used to run games emulators for retro gaming
- Can be used as a small file server, web server or print server
- Can be used to download large files from the internet
What Equipment Do You Need?
|You will need a keyboard to set up the Raspberry PI the first time.|
If you are going to use the PI as an actual computer then you would probably be better off buying a standard USB keyboard but if you are more likely to use the PI as a server or fpr digital signage you can buy a mini keyboard.
Remember this is a one time only purchase as you will be able to use the same keyboard whether you use the original Raspberry PI, Raspberry PI B+, Raspberry PI 2 or in the future the 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7.
|The mouse is also required during the initial setup of your Raspberry PI.
Again if you use the Raspberry PI as an actual desktop computer you will need the mouse all the time but if you use the Raspberry PI as a server you will probably only need to use the mouse once.
You will need a micro SD card for running the operating system on the Raspberry PI and for storage space.
You can buy a 16 Gigabyte SD card for as little as £5.53 and install the Raspberry PI operating system yourself (as this guide shows) or you can pay a little bit extra and buy a 16 Gigabyte SD card for £12.99 with NOOBS pre-installed.
To be honest it will take you no time at all to install NOOBS onto an SD card but you do need an SD card reader. (either built into your computer or available for purchase).
If you need to buy an SD card reader you might be better off buying an SD card with NOOBS pre-installed.
The Raspberry PI
|You will of course need a Raspberry PI 2.|
This little computer is fantastic. There are other single board computers out there and they all claim to be better than the Raspberry PI because they either provide more memory, a better chip or some other unique selling point.
The beauty of the Raspberry PI is how much you get for so little money.
|If you plan to keep your Raspberry PI next to your router then you can get away with using the ethernet port with an ethernet cable and connect via a wired link but most people like to connect wirelessly to the internet from their Raspberry PI.
If you plan to use the Raspberry PI for digital signage you will almost certainly need a WIFI dongle.
Be careful when choosing the WIFI dongle because not all of them are as simple as plug and play.
The LP Link dongles are particularly hard to use.
|A bluetooth dongle isn't particularly necessary but if you plan to use your Raspberry PI as a retro gaming console you will need one in order to pair up games controllers.
You can use a WII controller or an OUYA controller with the Raspberry PI using a cheap bluetooth dongle.
Raspberry PI Case
|A case isn't 100% necessary but if you are using the Raspberry PI as a media centre or for retro gaming it will certainly look better than a small circuit board with lots of protruding cables.
If you use your Raspberry PI for electronics then the case might get in the way when trying to connect breadboards.
A case will help however to keep dust off the Raspberry PI.
|The Raspberry PI 2 consumes less power than the original Raspberry PI but you will almost certainly need a powered USB hub.|
Everything you plug in to the Raspberry PI's USB ports draws power and it doesn't take much to stop your little computer in its tracks.
By using a powered USB hub you can add bluetooth dongles and even an external USB hard drive without crashing the Raspberry PI.
This is pretty much an essential requirement.
|You will need a power supply in order to make the Raspberry PI 2 work.
Be very careful when buying a power supply and make sure that it is designed to work with the Raspberry PI 2 otherwise you might fry the board.
Formatting The SD Card
Install NOOBS To The SD Card
Set Up The Raspberry PI Using NOOBS
Connecting To The Internet
- Connect To The Raspberry PI From The HP Chromebook
- Bored Of Your Raspberry PI
- The Big Book Of Raspberry PI
- Set Up A Wordpress Site On the Raspberry PI
- Hey Raspberry PI Where's My Cat
- Connect To The Raspberry PI From The Outside World
- Set Up A Personal Web Server On The Raspberry PI
- Connect To The Raspberry PI Using VNC From An Android Tablet
- How To Install Applications Using The Raspberry PI
- A Guide To Setting Up The Internet Using The Raspberry PI