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You'll want to make sure you have all of the required accessories. For this project, you'll need, at a minimum, the Raspberry Pi, a 2.5A power supply, and a Micro SD card. Links to the required accessories are available on this guide in the "Tools" section.
If you have a kit, then that should have everything you need to get started. Check out our review of the Canakit for the Raspberry Pi 4 for an example of a good kit.
If necessary remove the SD card from the adapter and push it into the reader on the Raspberry Pi. Push down until you feel and hear it click into place.
Plug in the power cable to the wall and then the Raspberry Pi. It will power on as soon as it's plugged in.
Now, with your pi powered on and connected to your local network, you should be able to ssh into your pi. SSH comes installed and enabled on Rasppberry Pi OS, so you should be able to SSH in without any prior setup.
First we'll ping the Raspberry Pi to make sure we can find it. The default hostname for the Raspberry Pi is unsurprisingly: raspberrypi.
You should see output like this:
PING raspberrypi.attlocal.net (192.168.1.243): 56 data bytes 64 bytes from 192.168.1.243: icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=81.131 ms
Then press ctrl+c to stop.
Since we can reach our pi, now we'll SSH in. The default username and password for the Raspberry Pi is pi and raspberry.
ssh -l pi raspberrypi
The -l option specifies the username, which in our case is pi. Then we'll type in the password: raspberry. For security reasons, you won't see the password as you type.
Now you should be logged into your pi, and you should see a prompt like this:
At this point, you'll want to change the password for the pi user on your Raspberry Pi. This can be done using the passwd command.
Follow the linked guide for more details.
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The Raspberry Pi is a wonderfully flexible SBC and easily one of our favorite open-source boards on the market today.