Instant Raspberry Pi
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Instant Raspberry Pi

The Beginner's Guide to Raspberry Pi setup

About the Book

Instant Raspberry Pi is neither a cookbook nor a recipe book for the Raspberry Pi related projects. However, it is a detailed guide for the setup, basic administration, and usage of Raspberry Pi family of computers. If you are a beginner with Raspberry Pi, then this book is the best point to start learning. It covers following topics,

  • Introduction and history of Single Board Computers
  • Introduction and history of Raspberry Pi family of computers
  • Raspberry Pi setup
  • Introduction to Raspbian
  • Important commands
  • Remotely accessing Raspberry Pi
  • Other Raspberry Pi Models
  • Overclocking Raspberry Pi

This is the crisp and no non-sense guide for the beginners.

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    • Embedded Systems
    • Computer Science
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Internet of Things
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About the Author

Ashwin Pajankar
Ashwin Pajankar

Ashwin Pajankar is a Polymath. He is a Science Popularizer, a Programmer, a Maker, an Author, and a Youtuber.

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He is author of multiple books. He has written 3 books with Packt Publication, 6 books with Leanpub, and 3 books with Apress. He has also reviewed four books for Packt Publications. He is working on few more books.

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He graduated from IIIT Hyderabad with MTech in Computer Science and Engineering. He has keen interest in the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.


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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
      • Why am I writing this book?
      • Who this book is for?
      • How is this book organized?
      • What this book is not?
    • About the Author
    • About the Reviewer
    • Errata and Suggestions
    • How to Help the Author
  • 1. Single Board Computers
    • 1.1 History of SBCs
    • 1.2 Various popular SBC families
      • 1.2.1 Raspberry Pi
      • 1.2.2 Banana Pi
      • 1.2.3 Cubieboard
      • 1.2.4 Intel Galileo
    • 1.3 SoC
    • 1.4 Summary
  • 2. Introduction to Raspberry Pi
    • 2.1 Popular Raspberry Pi models
      • 2.1.1 Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+
      • 2.1.2 Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
      • 2.1.3 Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
    • 2.2 Raspberry Pi cases
      • 2.2.1 Raspberry Pi Official case
      • 2.2.2 Pimoroni Pibow case
      • 2.2.3 Raspberry Pi acrylic case
      • 2.2.4 Other cases
    • 2.3 Where to buy Raspberry Pi and the cases
    • 2.4 Summary
  • 3. Setting up Raspberry Pi
    • 3.1 Hardware required for the setup
      • 3.1.1 Raspberry Pi
      • 3.1.2 Computer
      • 3.1.3 I/O Devices
      • 3.1.4 microSD card
      • 3.1.5 Power Supply
      • 3.1.6 Card Reader
      • 3.1.7 Monitor
    • 3.2 Preparing microSD card manually
      • 3.2.1 Download the required freewares
        • Download Acclerator Plus
        • Win32DiskImager
        • WinZip or WinRaR
      • 3.2.2 Download and extract the Raspbian OS image
      • 3.2.3 Writing the OS image to the microSD card
      • 3.2.4 Altering the contents of config.txt
    • 3.3 Booting up the Pi
    • 3.4 Configuring the Pi
    • 3.5 Summary
  • 4. Raspbian and useful Linux commands
    • 4.1 Raspbian
    • 4.2 config.txt
    • 4.3 Connecting Raspberry Pi to a network and the internet
      • 4.3.1 WiFi
      • 4.3.2 Ethernet
        • Static IP address
        • Dynamic IP address
        • Verifying connectivity
    • 4.4 Important Linux commands
      • 4.4.1 updating the Pi
        • Updating the firmware
        • Updating and Upgrading Raspbian
      • 4.4.2 Shutting down and restarting Pi
      • 4.4.3 Getting help on Linux commands
      • 4.4.4 Network related commands
        • ifconfig
        • iwconfig
        • iwlist wlan0 scan
        • ping
      • 4.4.5 System Information Commands
        • CPU related information
        • Memory related information
        • System and version information
        • Partition related information
        • Other useful commands
    • 4.5 Summary
  • 5. Connect to Pi remotely
    • 5.1 Enabling Pi for SSH from raspi-config
    • 5.2 Checking connectivity with Pi from our computer
    • 5.3 PuTTY
    • 5.4 Accessing Raspberry Pi Desktop remotely
    • 5.5 WinSCP
    • 5.6 Connecting to Raspberry Pi using Linux or Mac OS
      • 5.6.1 Remote login with SSH
      • 5.6.2 X11 Forwarding using SSH
      • 5.6.3 SCP for file transfer
    • 5.7 Summary
  • 6. Other Models of Pi
    • 6.1 Raspberry Pi Model 1 B
      • 6.1.1 Setting up Raspberry Pi Model 1 B
    • 6.2 Raspberry Pi Model 1 A
      • 6.2.1 Setting up and accessing Raspberry Pi Model 1 A
    • 6.3 Raspberry Pi Model 1 A+
      • 6.3.1 Setting up and accessing Raspberry Pi Model 1 A+
    • 6.4 Raspberry Pi Zero
      • 6.4.1 Setting up and accessing Raspberry Pi Zero
    • 6.5 Summary
  • 7. Miscellaneous Topics
    • 7.1 Taking the backup of microSD card
    • 7.2 Expanding the filesystem
      • 7.2.1 Always take backup before expanding the filesystem
    • 7.3 Changing the hostname
    • 7.4 Summary
  • 8. Overclocking Pi
    • 8.1 Risks of Overclocking Raspberry Pi
    • 8.2 Installing heatsink on Pi
      • 8.2.1 Procuring heatsinks
    • 8.3 Overclocking the Pi with raspi-config
    • 8.4 Overclocking the Pi with /boot/config.txt
      • 8.4.1 Options in /boot/config.txt
      • 8.4.2 /boot/config.txt options for various models of Pi
        • Options for Pi B and Pi B+
        • Options for Pi 2
        • Options for Pi 3
    • 8.5 Summary
  • 9. Conclusion

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