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:
- Raspberry Pi 3
- MicroSD card
- SD card reader/adapter
- LAN cable (needed for the first time setup)
Step 1: Downloads
We need to download a few softwares and an Operating System to start.
- Raspbian Jessi – Operating System
- SD card Formatter – Format SD card so that we can burn the new image
- Win32 Disk Imager – Software to burn the image into the SD card
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.
Format the card using the SD card formatter. Be extremely careful to select the correct drive!
Once that is done, open the Win32 Disk Imager and select the SD card drive and the ISO image to burn.
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.