I recently had the opportunity to purchase and setup a second RaspberryPi system. Here’s a very brief shopping list and collection of links to get your own RaspberryPi system setup.
- RaspberryPi - 512MB version
- Enclosure for the RaspberryPi - Clear and contains cutous for all of the ports + GPIO pins.
- WiFi Card - Drivers are included in the latest Raspbian distribution.
- 8GB Class 10 SD card - Class 10 cards have a fast read / write speed.
- USB A to USB MicroB cable - The ‘power cable’ for the RaspberryPi
- USB power supply - High powered USB power supply to drive the RaspberryPi + WiFi card.
- HDMI cable - HDMI cable to connect to HDTV / monitor.
Setting up the SD card
- Download the latest Rasbian linux image.
- Setup the SD card by following the RPi Easy SD Card Setup guide.
Booting it all up
Plug everything in, boot up the system. If you’re planning to SSH into the RaspberryPi via Ethernet (instead of using a keyboard/mouse/monitor) you’ll have to log into your router and determine what it’s IP address is.
The default RaspberryPi login is username
pi with password
raspberry. You’ll probably want to change this.
Expanding the root partition
Update: April 12th 2013: Thanks to Conky (and Kevin) for suggesting this.
Once your RaspberryPi boots up, you’ll want to adjust the root partition to take up the entire SD card. This will help prevent errors about the file system being full once you start updating packages and installing new packages:
# Open the RaspiConfig tool:
# Navigate to the "expand_rootfs" option and select it
# Quit out of the raspi-config screen
# Reboot the system:
sudo shutdown -r now
Setting up the WiFi
Assuming everything booted up okay, you’re ready to setup the wireless. To setup the wireless card to connect to your WPA/WPA2 secured wireless network, edit
/etc/network/interfaces and add this to the bottom of the file. You may need to remove some existing configuration for
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
Save this file, and run:
sudo ifdown wlan0
sudo ifup wlan0
ifconfig and you should see that
wlan0 has an IP address.
Setting up NTP
Accurate time is useful.
sudo apt-get install ntpdate
sudo ntpdate -u ntp.ubuntu.com
Updating Raspbian OS
After everything is setup you’ll probably want to update Raspbian to the latest packages and version.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Updating the RaspberryPi’s firmware
To update the firmware to the latest version, we’ll use Hexxeh’s rpi-update script.
sudo apt-get install git-core
sudo wget http://goo.gl/1BOfJ -O /usr/bin/rpi-update && sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/rpi-update
At this point you should be completely setup and operational.
If you had any troubles with this please let me know in the comments.
Here are some resources to do further reading: