Get your Pi set up in eight easy steps:
- Purchase a Pi by searching up ‘Buy a Raspberry Pi’ and buying one from a website.
- You could choose to buy a Pi 2, or 3 or B+ if you want a head start. Be more advanced by getting a Pi A+, A or Zero. Or you could just buy a normal Pi Model B.
- Get a keyboard, mouse and Wi-fi dongle. (Pi 3 has built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1, so you won’t need a dongle if using a Pi 3.) Pi 2 and B+ have 4 USB ports so you can plug in a dongle without a USB hub. Pi A+, A and B users must use a powered USB hub (unless Model B users use an ethernet cable to connect.) Pi Zero Users will need a Micro USB to USB adapter and then plug the hub in.
- Get a HDMI cable and hook the Pi up to the TV using it. You will need a TV as well. (Tip: Pi Zero Users need a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable to connect their Pi to the TV.
- Get a power supply (a mobile phone charger will do) to power the Pi. Please note the Pi needs a certain amount of power.
- An SDcard. Pi A+, B+, 2, 3 and Zero require MicroSD cards. Otherwise, you will need a full size. I recommend an 8GB at the very least.
- Plug the SD/microSD card into the PC (via an SD adapter if needed) and go to raspberrypi.org/downloads and download the NOOBS zip file and unzip it onto the SD/microSD card. Then eject the SD/microSD card and slot it into the Pi. Then plug in the TV power supply and the power supply, switch the TV on and then switch the power supply on.
- Then when NOOBS loads, choose Raspbian Jessie and Data Partion. Then click install.