Now that you have ordered you parts and waited painfully two to three weeks, first thing when parts have arrived is to setup the hardware. There wasn’t actually much to do: place the board inside casing, connect display, keyboard, mouse and Ethernet cable and there you go.
Second step is to prepare the memory card. Raspberry Pi needs an operating system set up on the memory card, without it you won’t see anything on the screen. It’s suggested to install Raspbian operating system, which is based on Debian and optimized for Raspberry Pi. Easiest way to install Rasobian is using NOOBS operating system installer. Very good tutorial how to do this can be found here. In a nutshell:
- Download Noob Installer
- Format your SD Card
- Copy files to SD card
- Finally insert the SD card to you raspi, connect the power source and admire the Raspberry logo on you screen.
Once Raspbian has been installed, it’s time to install additional hardware, WiFi dongle and camera module. Probably you can do this before as well, but I like to advance by taking baby steps.
Let’s start with WiFi. Again, there is a good tutorial available. Setting up WiFi was pretty straightforward. Only thing was that when I restarted raspi, it didn’t find ip via DHCP automatically, UNTIL I connected it with Ethernet cable as well. When I plugged the cable, WiFi started to work at the same instant moment. I googled a found a fix from here.
At this point you can ditch the keyboard, mouse and display as well, and connect your raspi via SSH (for example using PuTTY).
And finally the camera. This is again very easy, installation steps can be found here. Power off the raspi, plug camera, power on, run raspi-config and reboot and you are done!