Just got around to setting up my new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B that I got on Christmas. It comes with Bluetooth and Wireless LAN connectivity, as well as a nice amount of USB ports, and a LCD Touchscreen Display. I never had one of these before, or ever built a computer, so I was not sure how difficult this was going to be. Turns out, it was not difficult at all.
First thing’s first, it is quite small—as they had advertised. To compare, it was a tiny bit bigger than a credit card and for that, the rest that follows was quite magical to see for myself.
Just to get it to work, I had to put in the MicroSD card into the appropriate port with the Raspbian OS already installed, plug up the power supply, and plug in an HDMI to a monitor in order to see that it is working. Quite simple, eh? Then, came the more involved part, but it was not bad. Just needed a little bit of research and it was a piece of cake.
The next bit that I had to do was hook it up with the touch display, which came with its own case. The thing that was quite new to me was attaching the Ribbon Cable to the DSI connector. Never having experience building computers, I had no idea what to do with the darn thing, but with the tutorials on the internet, I figured out its use and connected accordingly.
Eventually, I got the Raspberry Pi running and I was quite pleased. It was a fun, different thing to do and I really like how easy and versatile it is.
The only problem I encountered is that the Wireless LAN connectivity does not seem to be connecting to my WiFi. I still need to figure it out, but in the mean time, it runs perfectly.
For a beginner, the Raspberry Pi is perfect. It really does get you acquainted with the process of building a computer, gives you a nice idea of what you want to look for in certain devices, even if all are not created equal. It is also very cheap, the Raspberry Pi 3 itself is $35. A fantastic deal for a fun little device.
Now, I need to figure out this WiFi thing. If anyone has any suggestions, please leave a comment.