It's Chrismas in July! My Raspberry Pi has finally arrived. Setup was pretty easy:
- Standard cell phone charger (micro USB) at least 700mA
- either an HDMI or composite video connection
- USB keyboard and mouse
- Cat5 cable run to my network switch
- Compact Flash card, 4GB, loaded with Raspbian “wheezy” OS
Ran the configuration program
set timezone and enable SSH
Set the IP address to static (default is automatic)
sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces
and change the eth0 section to
iface eth0 inet static
Then restart eth0 to take the change
sudo ifdown eth0
sudo ifup eth0
Create a user for myself and set the password
Change the default "pi" user's password while I'm at it.
Update the package manager and install Samba to create windows shares.
apt-get install samba
apt-get install samba-common
Configured and created the /pihome network share (google "Samba Howto")
I am using my preferred development environment on my Windows system and access the files via the network share. The command line via SSH is used to build it.
I installed the WiringPi library and got the GPIO part working.
My next post will describe the hardware interface I an building - serial port, 8 inputs, 6 relay outputs.