Return to Guide to…Ways to connect to a Raspberry Pi


This is by far the simplest way to use the Raspberry Pi.


Standard Equipment

  1. Raspberry Pi (Model A or Model B)
  2. SD-Card with NOOBS or pre-loaded with an OS (http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads)
  3. Power supply (Micro USB power supply 5V @700mA or more)

Equipment for setup

  1. A TV (or screen) which has a HDMI input connection available – Note: if you have a laptop with a HDMI port, this will be HDMI out only, DO NOT attempt to connect to this.
  2. HDMI Cable (version 1.3a or above is recommended, but will work with any HDMI cable, features of 1.4 and above aren’t supported)
  3. Keyboard (and Mouse) – remember the Model A Raspberry Pi only has a single USB port

Optional Extras

  1. Network Cable and home network/router (to provide internet access)
  2. Powered USB hub (helpful if you wish to connect power hungry USB devices or you need extra USB ports)

Making connections

  1. Connect all your peripherals (keyboard / mouse)
  2. Insert your SD-Card pre-loaded with an operating system or with NOOBS
  3. Connect to your digital TV using a HDMI cable
  4. Connect power (via micro USB power supply)


  • Simple quick setup
  • Works directly out of the box
  • Digital audio is provided as part of the HDMI connection
  • High resolution display (up to 1080p)


  • Requires a suitable screen to be available (can be a problem if only screen available is the main family TV)
  • Not portable – even with a portable screen (RaspiTV produce a 7-inch portable screen) you still need keyboard and mouse (and power for everything).

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