Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit Hookup Guide

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Now that the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and the Pi 3 Model B+ are the latest and greatest in the line of Raspberry Pi Single Board Computers, what's new? This hookup guide goes through the same process of getting going that worked with the Pi 2, but from a Pi 3 point of view.

Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit

Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit


Covered in This Tutorial

Materials Required

You'll need a mouse, keyboard, and monitor to begin with. Once configured, the pi can be operated from its own peripherals or another computer connected over the internet.

Note: The serial port still has a few bugs, so it's not recommended to use for configuration. Raspbian can be hacked to get it to work but it's not covered by this guide. This Pi forum post talks about the serial port in more depth.

As a desktop, these materials are required:

  • Pi 3 Starter kit -or- Pi 3/2 Accessory Kit and your own Pi
  • USB Mouse
  • USB Keyboard
  • HDMI monitor/TV/adapted VGA

After configuration, 'headless' operation over Telnet/SSH requires:

  • Pi 3 Starter kit -or- Pi 3/2 Accessory Kit and your own Pi
  • 2nd computer connected via internet
  • Telnet/ssh terminal software

You'll also need an internet connection to get resources! This link can be wired or wifi and must be available for the Pi. For wireless connections, you can use the on board WiFi antenna.

Suggested Reading and Viewing

You may want to check out the following tutorials and videos before continuing.