Guide to…Ways to connect to a Raspberry Pi
This guide will focus on exploring the many ways in which the Raspberry Pi can be used.
The Raspberry Pi computer is around the size of a pack of cards and weight of 45g (1.6 oz), and when combined with a suitable case*, it becomes very easy to put in your pocket/bag and take it with you. However, when you consider that a typical setup will also require a screen, keyboard, mouse and power…its size and weight advantage is soon overcome.
I will show you that this need not be the case, with some neat tricks you can keep your Raspberry Pi available to you wherever you go.
*A suitable case is recommended since an exposed Raspberry Pi board has lots of pins and some components which could be easily broken if unprotected. When selecting a case for portability ensure you select one which doesn’t leave the SD-Card unsupported since a common failure is damage to the SD-Card slot. Also consider if you intend to make use of the GPIO pins and/or use add-on boards in which case you will want one which allows easy access to the P1 header/option to fit a ribbon cable and has space above it for stacking boards.
First we will cover the basic methods of connecting to and using the Raspberry Pi, but I will keep adding guides which cover the more unusual but also exceptionally useful ways in which you can use your Raspberry Pi.
- Analogue to TV
- Use a network cable to router/network – By using the methods shown in the Guide to…Remote Connections, you can use X-Forwarding and file sharing to control your Raspberry Pi with another computer.
- Use a network cable to directly connect to PC/laptop – This allows you to use X-Forwarding and file sharing to control your Raspberry Pi as if it was connected to a normal network.
- USB Wifi Dongle to Router (standard Wifi network)
- USB Wifi Dongle to Phone (Phone acting as an access point)
- Serial Console Cable (see the guide on using remote terminal connections)
- Serial Bluetooth Connection
- Texy’s LCD Screen or similar (see this review)
- Remote connection through the internet
- Automatically running scripts on power up
The idea for this guide occurred to me when I forgot to bring a network cable with me, and I had to look through my “bag of goodies” to determine how else I could connect and make use of the Raspberry Pi. At the time I counted 6 other ways I could have used it.
I now have 12 ways planned (the 1st 5 are the most obvious ones), but I expect there will be more by the time I have written all the guides.