Getting and Setting up Your Raspberry Pi.

Back inside Where It’s Lovely and Warm.

Well hello! Welcome to episode two in my raspberry flavoured odyssey, if you’d like to play along from the beginning why not nip back to episode one and start from there. :-)

Note: These instructions will work equally well for any combination of Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi case.

Assembling the Raspberry Pi.

So now that you’ve bravely hunted and gathered all of the electronic ingredients we’re going to need, you’ll need to get your Designated Pair of Hands™1 to assemble all of the parts for you. Once the physical components are assembled, we can do everything ourselves without touching the Raspberry Pi again. Very handy for the quadriplegics among us!

The assembly is simplicity itself and breaks down into these eight steps:

  1. Assemble your Pibow Rainbow Raspberry Pi case and put your Raspberry Pi - Model B+ inside it.
  2. Connect one end of your Belkin Cat6 Ethernet Cable to your home Internet Router and the other end to the ethernet port on your Raspberry Pi.
  3. Slot your Edimax EW-7811UN 150Mbps Wireless Nano USB Adapter 802.11n into a spare USB slot on the Raspberry Pi.
  4. Squirt2 the Raspbian operating system onto your 32GB Samsung SD Card.
  5. Put the SD card with our fresh version of Raspbian on it into the Raspberry Pi.
  6. Connect the 5V 2A USB Power Supply to the mini USB port on your Raspberry Pi, and the other end into a wall socket and wait for the little red power light on the Raspberry Pi to switch on.
  7. ???
  8. Raspberry Flavoured Profit!!!

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Gathering Together the Ingredients.

The operating system that the Raspberry Pi uses is called Raspbian, and it’s based on the very popular and stable Debian. Unlike most traditional computers the Raspberry Pi doesn’t use a hard drive to store the operating system and your files, instead it uses an SD card for this purpose. So we need to squirt3 Raspbian onto the SD card before we can get started.

Head on over to the Raspberry Pi downloads page, scroll down one page and download a copy of Raspbian to your computer. We won’t be using the NOOBS system here, so setting that up is outside the scope of this article.

I was going to the lay out the process of how to squirt the Raspbian operating system onto your SD card, but the folks over at the Raspberry Pi Foundation have already done such a good job at explaining it that I think you should go over to their website and follow the instructions for your operating system.

Off you go, I’ll wait here while you nip over and run through the instructions. It’s not difficult and you’ll be done in no time.

Job Done!

That’s it, job done! You now have a fully assembled Raspberry Pi, functioning operating system and just waiting for you to decide what you’d like to do with your newfound computing power!

  1. My wonderful SO in my case. :-) 

  2. That’s the actual technical name! 

  3. No seriously, it really is called squirting the OS!