Raspberry Pi Basic Setup – UPDATE

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This post is an updated version of the setup guide that I had posted back in 2014. Many things have changed since then and a lot of improvements have been made to the hardware and software as such. The most notable things are the integration of Wifi and Bluetooth modules on the Pi. This eliminates the use of extra hardware. Also, SSH is now enabled by default – that means the Pi is now totally independent of a monitor, keyboard and a mouse, that was a requirement for the previous versions at least for the first boot! In the following tutorial, I will take you through a step by step guide … so let’s start.

Make sure you have the followings things before you proceed:

  1. Raspberry Pi 3
  2. MicroSD card
  3. SD card reader/adapter
  4. LAN cable (needed for the first time setup)

Step 1: Downloads

We need to download a few softwares and an Operating System to start.

Step 2: Prepare the SD card

Plug in the SD card into your Laptop (usually laptops have an SD card slot) using the adapter shown below or use an SD card reader.

adapter

adapter

Format the card using the SD card formatter. Be extremely careful to select the correct drive!

SD_Card_Formatter

SD_Card_Formatter

Once that is done, open the Win32 Disk Imager and select the SD card drive and the ISO image to burn.

Win32 Imager

Win32 Imager

This will take a while to burn the image. Once completed remove the SD card.

Step 3: Hardware setup

Plug in the SD card into the Raspberry Pi. Connect the Pi to your router using the LAN cable and power it up.

Step 4: SSH 

Follow this detailed post to SSH into the Raspberry Pi. And if you have done everything correctly you should be greeted with a login screen bigsmile

That’s all for today! Have a great day.

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