Setting up a Rasberry Pi 4

Although there are several Rasberry Pi models, it is without a doubt that the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the newest, cheapest, and simplest. It can have from 2 GB to 8 GB. After you get a working prototype, you can graduate to the Raspberry Pi Zero which is smaller and needs less control.

This guide walks you through the process of initial set up.

USB C & Power Supply

The Raspberry Pi 4 needs a power supply that provides at least 3.0 amps via a USB C. Raspberry also provides a Power Supply charger as well.

microSD Card

To store the Raspberry Pi OS operating system, your Raspberry Pi requires an SD card that is at least 8 GB of space. The Samsung Evo 256 GB is my personal favorite due to its speed and volume.

Keyboard and Mouse

You need a USB keyboard and a USB mouse to begin using your Raspberry Pi that is wired. I chose to go with the Logitech Media Combo.


One of the nifty things about the Raspberry Pi 4 is that it has two micro HDMI ports that allow two separate monitors to be connected. As a result, you need a micro HDMI to HDMI cable. This one will do.

Rasberry Pi Imager

Download the Rasberry Pi Imager found here appropriate for your system (Windows or Mac). The Rasberry Pi Foundation has done an excellent job. The imager will set your SD card with Python, Java, Sonic, and much more.

Start your Rasberry Pi

Now you can mount and power up the SD card into the Raspberry Pi. It’s important to note that the default user name is pi, with the password raspberry.



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