The Raspberry Pi is a cheap, little credit-card sized computer, which can be used for a myriad of projects. I’ll show you how to get it up and running, including the necessary peripherials. This guide is aimed on how to set up the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 with wired ethernet connection. I would set a Raspberry Pi Zero up in a different way, since it doesn’t have any built-in network adapters by default.

Essential hardware:

Raspberry Pi computer
microUSB power supply (2A is recommended)
microSD card (at least 2GB)
Ethernet cable (to connect to the local network and Internet)
Your home router which connects your household to the Internet

Recommended hardware:

USB keyboard
HDMI cable
Display with a HDMI port

Optional:

Raspberry Pi case

Before we begin to assemble the setup, we’ll need to write a Raspberry Pi supported operating system on the microSD card. In the majority of my projects I use the Raspbian Lite operating system, you can find how to write it on a microSD card and set it up here.

When you have the OS prepared on the microSD card, push it into the microSD card reader on your Raspberry Pi.

If you have an USB keyboard and HDMI display:

  • Connect the USB keyboard to the Pi.
  • Connect the HDMI cable to the Pi, and connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI display.
  • Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the Pi, and connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to your home router.
  • Plug the power supply into a wall power connector, and connect the microUSB power supply to the Pi.
  • The Pi will start to boot up from the microSD card.

If you don’t have a USB keyboard and HDMI display worry not, we can still set up the Raspberry Pi in a “headless” mode. (That means that it won’t ever have a display attached to it directly.)

  • Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the Pi, and connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to your home router.

…to be continued…