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Community Article The Definitive Micro Computer Buying Guide — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides The Definitive Micro Computer Buying Guide MicroCenterOfficial admin August 2021 edited August 2021 in Reviews & Buying Guides Written by Nick Beiderman Choosing a microcomputer board for a project can be a difficult task. Raspberry Pi alone offers a plethora of boards, each one having unique strengths and weaknesses based upon what you want to do with them. Then you get into Adafruit and Arduino’s microcontrollers and even more questions arise. But, before you reach choice paralysis, we’ve broken down 7 of the most common Raspberry Pi models (and take a quick detour to discuss Adafruit and Arduino), exploring what projects they excel at and what each board offers. We'll be taking a look at the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the current flagship product from Raspberry Pi. This model features two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two Micro HDMI outputs, a 3.5mm audio jack, a gigabit Ethernet port, a USB-C port for power, a 40-pin header, and a camera input and display output. On the wireless side, the 4 Model B features WiFi and Bluetooth. The 4 Model B uses a Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core CPU, VideoCore VI GPU, and is available with 1, 2, 4, or 8GB RAM. For most uses, the 2 or 4GB model is a good balance of cost and performance. I’ve set up several 2 and 4GB models as servers for PLEX, PiHole, file sharing, and gaming. I keep an 8GB around for prototyping new projects. After I finish my prototype, I can check the RAM usage and buy a board that gives me the best performance at the best price.   Raspberry Pi Zero The Raspberry Pi Zero is physically smaller than Raspberry Pi’s other single board computers, consumes less power, and comes in three different styles. While all three have less processing power than standard Pi boards, the base Zero model does not have wireless connections, nor header pins. The Zero W adds Bluetooth and WiFi, and the Zero WH adds wireless connectivity and has pre-soldered headers. All three versions use a Broadcom BCM2835 Microprocessor, have 512 MB RAM, and have two Micro USB ports (one for power, one for connecting devices via USB OTG), a camera connector, a Mini HDMI port, and a 40-pin header. The Zero is great for low-power projects, like portable displays or remote monitoring. With a bit of web development knowledge, you can create a web interface for your projects. Add in a little ad-hoc networking and you can access your systems wirelessly in areas that don’t have WiFi. The price is low enough I like to use the Zero W for all my projects, though you can save a few dollars by using the non-wireless version. Some of my favorite projects that utilize a Raspberry Pi Zero include a timelapse camera and a PiPod music player. The PiPod is a small, portable music player based on the Raspberry Pi Zero (image from raspberrypi.org/blog/pipod-pi-zero-music-player) Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ The previous flagship model, 3 Model B+, is still widely available. It’s less powerful than the 4 Model B with a Broadcom BCM2837B0 and 1GB RAM. It features four USB 2.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port, a 3.5mm audio jack, gigabit Ethernet, a 40-pin header, WiFi, and Bluetooth. Power is provided via a Micro USB port. This model is generally a few dollars cheaper than the 4 Model B. The 3 Model B+ can be used for a lot of the same projects as the 4 Model B. While I’ve migrated most of my 3 Model B+ projects to 4 Model Bs, I still control my 3D printer with OctoPi running on a 3 Model B+.   Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ The 3 Model A+ falls in between the 3 Model B+ and the Zero. It uses the same Broadcom BCM2837BO as the 3 Model B+, but only has 512MB RAM. Connectivity is a bit more limited than other models, with only a single USB 2.0 port. Like the 3 Model B+, it features a full-size HDMI port, Micro USB for power, 3.5mm audio jack, camera, and display connectors, a 40-pin header, WiFi, and Bluetooth. However, it doesn’t have Ethernet networking, which makes it a better choice for some portable projects, like the PiGrrl, that benefit from the smaller size but don’t use much RAM. All of the models listed above feature a 40-pin header. 40-pin headers can be used to attach Hardware Attached on Top, or HATs, to expand functionality. Some of my favorite HATs include the POE HAT that allows me to power a Raspberry Pi via Ethernet, and Pimoroni’s Inky pHATs that add an eink display to the Pi. These pins can also be used as GPIO pins to control lights or relays, read inputs from buttons, switches, and other actuators, or provide connections via SPI and I2C. Raspberry Pi 400 The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is also available in two unique form factors. First is the Pi 400. This all-in-one computer has the same form factor as the official Raspberry Pi keyboard but has a full computer built-in. On the back, there are three USB ports, a USB C port for power, two Micro HDMI ports, a 40-pin header, and gigabit Ethernet. This model is the perfect option for a micro desktop computer replacement, as it combines the computer and keyboard into one unit. All of the models listed above also feature a Micro SD card slot. The Micro SD card acts as the Raspberry Pi’s hard drive. It stores the operating system and any user files on the computer. Depending on the board, operating system, and system configuration, the Raspberry Pi can support cards up to 2TB. For most projects, I use 32GB cards as they tend to be the best bang for your buck, but I have used cards as big as 512GB for projects like my PiPod and PiGrrl. I frequently use Micro Center’s house brand cards for their excellent price and performance. The Raspberry Pi 400 is the perfect starting point for a clean, clutter free desk (Image from raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-400/) Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 In addition to the 400, Raspberry Pi offers a compute module based on the 4 Model B. This version is sometimes referred to as the CM4 and is designed for use in embedded systems. The only connectivity is two high-density connectors on the bottom of the board. These connectors allow the CM4 to be connected to carrier boards to expand its functionality. The CM4 is great for projects that need specialized hardware controlled by a Raspberry Pi, such as the Gumstix flight controller for multirotor drones.  Raspberry Pi offers an IO board for the CM4, which is necessary for flashing the operating system to the internal memory. There are a total of 32 variations available, with a range of RAM and internal storage options, and with or without wireless connectivity. All of the models listed above are fully-fledged single board computers. They run a Linux-based operating system and are great replacements for low-power computers. They can be used for servers, desktops, and complex control systems. They’re able to run multiple programs concurrently, and can easily be connected to monitors, keyboards, or mice. But now we’re going to shift into microcontrollers. Microcontrollers run a single program that starts when they are powered on and stops when they are powered off. Microcontrollers don’t have an operating system and are great for simple control systems, like automated light control, watering plants, or logging environmental conditions. While microcontrollers often feature SPI, I2C, and other communication methods to connect peripheral hardware, GPOI pins are the bread and butter of microcontrollers. These pins can serve as outputs, providing a voltage (usually 3.3v or 5v), or inputs, detecting whether or not a voltage is present. Raspberry Pi Pico The Raspberry Pi Pico is Raspberry Pi’s first microcontroller. It features 26 GPIO pins (of which three may be used as analog inputs), 2xSPI, 2xI3C, 2xUART, a serial debug port, and 16 PWM channels. There’re 20 header pins on each side, for a total of 40 pins. The spacing of these pins allows the Pico to be mounted to a breadboard for rapid prototyping or soldered to perf board or strip board for more permanent projects. The pin holes are castellated, meaning they can be soldered directly to a PCB. This makes the Pico a great option for small scale production products. The Pico can run code written in MicroPython or C++, and can include low-level assembly code. This flexibility makes it great for everything from quick projects in Python to high-performance projects written with C++ and assembly. The Pico offers an excellent variety of inputs and outputs in a small package  While Raspberry Pi is one of the best-known names in the hobby board market, other companies like Arduino and Adafruit also produce well-known microcontrollers. Like the Raspberry Pi Pico, they run a single piece of code in a loop until they are powered off. This makes them great for simple projects like control or monitoring systems. They’re not well suited for servers, desktops, or other roles that require a more traditional computer with an operating system. While the Pico can generally be used in the same applications as boards from Adafruit and others, it’s not always the best choice. Depending on the project, you may need a board with more input and output pins. For very small or low-power projects, a smaller board might be a better fit. Since the Pico is fairly new, some ecosystems like Adafruit’s Feather line have a larger variety of peripheral accessories available than the Pico. Adafruit’s Feather ecosystem offers numerous mainboards and expansion “wings” (image from learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-feather)  Now that you’ve got a handle on what each board is and what it does, you’re ready to start digging into the world of Pi! If you’re still not sure what board is right for you, start by asking yourself if a microcomputer or a microcontroller is right for your project. Single-board computers are larger and generally have higher power consumption, processing power, and cost. If you choose a microcontroller you’ll also want to consider the language you’ll be programming in, the number of pins, and available peripheral accessories. There’s no “one size fits all” board, but now you should be able to go out and choose the board that’s right for you.   More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more information about Raspberry Pi? We’ve got a Hobby Board section of the community, as well as Hobby Board guides like How to use a Wyze Cam V2 as a Webcam, Raspberry Pi Basics, and Using the Raspberry Pi Pico. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. 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In this guide we will work through converting a Raspberry Pi Zero into a webcam that you can plug in as if it were made to come that way. There are two different methods: a simple one using a pre-made kit Micro Center created, and a do-it-yourself guide for those of you who want see exactly how it all works The method using the pre-made image is the simpler of the two, because we have already created a custom Raspbian OS image with all the coding and setup done already for this purpose. Pretty much all you have to do is download it, write it to a microSD card, then put it all together and plug it in. Click here to be taken to the guide using our pre-made image The DIY guide is much more in depth, and will cover everything needed to do this from scratch. All the steps used in the DIY guide are what we used to make the custom image ourselves, so if you want to do all the coding and see how it works, you can take it step by step.  Click here to be taken to the DIY guide 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin June 2020 edited June 2020 How to set up the Raspberry Pi Zero W Webcam using our premade Image If you're new to Raspberry Pi doing something like this may seem a little daunting at first. As such, Micro Center decided to create a custom Raspbian image with everything already configured for you. You just need to assemble it, install the software, and you'll be good to go! Hardware you will need: Any Pi Zero model Pi camera Raspberry Pi Zero Case USB Type-A to Micro USB Type-B cable Windows PC SD card adapter (If your computer does not have one) microSD card Software you will need: Raspberry Pi Imager (Download and install) Custom Raspbian image (Save for later) Bonjour Services (Download and install) IP Camera Adapter (Download and install. Ignore any errors saying a module failed to install, just press ignore and finish the installation.) Preparing our custom image for the Pi: Note: Micro Center did have some pre-made kits available for purchase in store, with all the hardware included, along with a microSD card that already has the Raspbian image on it. If you purchased that kit, skip down to Assembling the Pi.  Insert the microSD card into your computer. You may need a USB microSD card reader if your system doesn’t have an SD card slot built-in Open Raspberry Pi Imager and select Choose OS Scroll to the bottom and choose Use custom. Navigate to where you downloaded our custom Raspbian image, select picam.zip and click open. Select your microSD card (MAKE SURE TO SELECT THE RIGHT ONE – Selecting the wrong one could result in data loss) Select Write, this will flash the microSD card and verify it. Once this process is done, you'll get a prompt letting you know it can be removed from the computer. Remove your SD card and insert it into your Pi. Assembling the Pi First we need to assemble everything. Our Pi case comes with a few swappable top pieces, but we are going to be using the top with a hole in the middle. 1. Take your Pi camera and detach the cable that comes with it. To do this, you must push up both sides as shown below. 2. Lightly pull the cable out. Now we need to insert the cable that came with our case. 3. Insert the larger side of the cable into the camera interface with the pins facing the same side as the camera. 4. Push the piece back down so that it locks the cable in place. 5. Now unlock the Pi’s camera interface and insert the smaller end of the cable. The pins should be facing the back side of the Pi. 6. Once we have the cable pushed in, lock it down as we did with the camera interface. Put in the microSD card, then we can insert our Pi into our case. (It may be a tight fit, that is normal). Insert it so the ports on the PI match up with the holes in the case. The Pi should lock in place and fit snug in our case by pushing it down, there are a few pegs that line up with the holes on each corner of the Pi. The cable may need to be bent to fit in, but don’t worry about that, the cables are made to handle this. Now grab the top we mentioned earlier and fit the camera into it. It will only fit one way, so once we have that seated, we can pull the top onto the pi to finish assembling the case. The final product should look like this before closing the lid.    7. We need to download IP Camera Adapter 3.1. Go to https://ip-webcam.appspot.com/ and click download, then run the .msi file it downloads. If it pops an error saying a module failed to install just press ignore and finish the installation. Now we just need to open it up and point it to our Pi. Type camera adapter into your taskbar and open Configure IP Camera Adapter 8. In the Camera feed URL, type or copy/paste raspberrypi.local:8080/?action=stream and click Apply and OK.  If this works, it’s time to test this out for real! Open up your app of choice.  If using Skype, make sure you download the standalone desktop client from https://www.skype.com/en/ (Microsoft Camera and other default Windows 10 apps cannot see our MJPEG camera device, so the built-in version of Skype in Windows 10 will not work). Make sure your camera is set to MJPEG Camera to show you the proper feed. Once set, you’ll see the Pi Camera and that’s it. Enjoy your webcam! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 edited June 2020 DIY Pi Zero Webcam Setup For those of you who want to learn how to do the setup yourself, this is a comprehensive guide that will walk you through all the steps to turn your Raspberry Pi Zero into a webcam. This is the same process we used to create the microSD cards in the pre-made bundle. We'll go over all the software and tools used, as well as how to configure the Raspbian OS properly to make it all work.  Hardware you will need: Any Pi Zero model Pi camera Raspberry Pi Zero Case USB Type-A to Micro USB Type-B cable Windows PC SD card adapter (If your computer does not have one) microSD card Software you will need: From your PC (we are using a PowerSpec running Windows 10 Pro for ours) navigate to https://downloads.raspberrypi.org/raspbian_lite_latest  and download Raspian Lite.  This will download a zip file containing the operating system for the Raspberry Pi Zero. We will be using Etcher to burn our Raspbian image to our microSD card. Etcher will work on Windows, Linux, and macOS and can be downloaded from here https://www.balena.io/etcher A video chat program that supports changing the camera (Skype, Zoom, Discord, etc).  You may also need  to download Bonjour services. If your system doesn’t have these installed you won’t be able to connect to the Pi Zero. Bonjour services can be downloaded here: https://download.info.apple.com/Mac_OS_X/061-8098.20100603.gthyu/BonjourPSSetup.exe Preparing the microSD card for the Pi: 1. Insert the microSD card into your computer. You may need a USB microSD card reader if your system doesn’t have an SD card slot built-in 2. Open Etcher and press Select image 3. Navigate to where you downloaded the Raspbian Lite image, select the .zip file and click open 4. Select your microSD card (MAKE SURE TO SELECT THE RIGHT ONE – Selecting the wrong one could result in data loss) 5. Click Flash! Then click OK on the User Account Control prompt. This may take a few minutes to complete depending on your hardware, maybe go grab a coffee while you wait.    6. Eject the microSD card/drive and re-insert it. 7. A new drive should appear called Boot.  If it does not automatically open, navigate to File Explorer or My Computer and open the drive (it should be listed on the left). We need to modify two specific files: cmdline.txt and config.txt Note:  If you are prompted to format the drive click cancel.  You may also be prompted telling you the drive is not accessible, if so hit OK.  8. Right-click and open config.txt with Wordpad and add this to the bottom: dtoverlay=dwc2. Make sure you save before you close it. Or… You can copy the snippet of code below and paste it in replacing what is in your file. # For more options and information see # http://rpf.io/configtxt # Some settings may impact device functionality. See link above for details # uncomment if you get no picture on HDMI for a default "safe" mode #hdmi_safe=1 # uncomment this if your display has a black border of unused pixels visible # and your display can output without overscan #disable_overscan=1 # uncomment the following to adjust overscan. Use positive numbers if console # goes off screen, and negative if there is too much border #overscan_left=16 #overscan_right=16 #overscan_top=16 #overscan_bottom=16 # uncomment to force a console size. By default it will be display's size minus # overscan. #framebuffer_width=1280 #framebuffer_height=720 # uncomment if hdmi display is not detected and composite is being output #hdmi_force_hotplug=1 # uncomment to force a specific HDMI mode (this will force VGA) #hdmi_group=1 #hdmi_mode=1 # uncomment to force a HDMI mode rather than DVI. This can make audio work in # DMT (computer monitor) modes #hdmi_drive=2 # uncomment to increase signal to HDMI, if you have interference, blanking, or # no display #config_hdmi_boost=4 # uncomment for composite PAL #sdtv_mode=2 #uncomment to overclock the arm. 700 MHz is the default. #arm_freq=800 # Uncomment some or all of these to enable the optional hardware interfaces #dtparam=i2c_arm=on #dtparam=i2s=on #dtparam=spi=on # Uncomment this to enable infrared communication. #dtoverlay=gpio-ir,gpio_pin=17 #dtoverlay=gpio-ir-tx,gpio_pin=18 # Additional overlays and parameters are documented /boot/overlays/README # Enable audio (loads snd_bcm2835) dtparam=audio=on [pi4] # Enable DRM VC4 V3D driver on top of the dispmanx display stack dtoverlay=vc4-fkms-v3d  max_framebuffers=2 console=serial0,115200 console=tty1 root=PARTUUID=738a4d67-02 rootfstype=ext4 elevator=deadline fsck.repair=yes rootwait modules-load=dwc2,g_ether [all] #dtoverlay=vc4-fkms-v3d dtoverlay=dwc2 9.   Next open up cmdline.txt and add this between rootwait and quiet: modules-load=dwc2,g_ether. Save and exit.  Note: If you do not see "quiet" you likely have booted this SD card in the pi.  Just add the code to the end like we did previously 10.   Make sure your folder view in File Explorer allows you to see file extensions. Go to View at the top and check “file name extensions.”   11.   Next, we need to create a new file called SSH With the Boot drive opened, right click anywhere within it, select new and select text document Name the new .txt file SSH, then make sure you delete the .txt extension after it. You’ll get a prompt saying if you change the file name extension, it may be unusable. That’s fine, click Yes to confirm the change. The file should just show as SSH now, this will allow us to connect via SSH once our Pi fully boots. (more on that later)   12.   Eject your microSD card and insert it into your Pi.  Setting up the Camera Now we need to assemble everything. Our Pi case comes with a few swappable top pieces, but we are going to be using the top with a hole in the middle. 13.  Take your Pi camera and detach the cable that comes with it. To do this, you must push up both sides as shown below. 14.   Lightly pull the cable out. Now we need to insert the cable that came with our case. 15.   Insert the larger side of the cable into the camera interface with the pins facing the same side as the camera. 16.   Push the piece back down so that it locks the cable in place. 17.   Now unlock the Pi’s camera interface and insert the smaller end of the cable. The pins should be facing the back side of the Pi. 18.   Once we have the cable pushed in, lock it down as we did with the camera interface.  Now we can insert our Pi into our case. (It may be a tight fit, that is normal). Insert it so the connectors match the ports on the case. The Pi should lock in place and fit snug in our case by pushing it down, there are a few pegs that line up with the holes on each corner of the Pi. The cable may need to be bent to fit in, but don’t worry about that, the cables are made to handle this. Now grab the top we mentioned earlier and fit the camera into it. It will only fit one way, so once we have that seated, we can pull the top onto the pi to finish assembling the case. The final product should look like this before closing the lid.    19.   Now it’s time to boot up our Pi for the first time. We need to plug our USB to microUSB cable into the computer and into our Pi. Since our Pi has two micro USB ports, we will be using the port closest to the middle so we can SSH into it from our computer. SSH is how we interface with the Pi over a data connection, think of it like a gateway to our terminal. Since Windows doesn’t have an SSH client, we will need to download one. The most common SSH client is known as Putty, and it can be downloaded here: https://the.earth.li/~sgtatham/putty/latest/w64/putty.exe  Make sure you save it somewhere you can easily access it, as this is not an installer, it’s a standalone .exe file so you can run it from anywhere. Once its downloaded, run it and you will see a screen like this:                                                                20. Yours will be empty if this is your first time opening it. First, we need to create a new connection. To do this, type a name for your pi into the saved sessions box, then type raspberrypi.local into the hostname box and click save. If done correctly you will see your new saved session below the saved sessions box.  21. Double click on the name you gave it and you should now be presented with a warning of a potential security breach.  This is normal to see if this is your first time connecting to your Pi. Once you click yes, it will not pop up again. Now it’s time to sign into your Pi. Raspbian’s default user is pi and default password is raspberry. While typing your password, it won’t show you anything on the screen. This is done for security reasons, so enter raspberry and press enter and you’ll be logged into your Pi. Now we need a network to continue. 22. With your Pi still powered on and connected to our computer, search in the taskbar for network status and open Network Status. You can also click your Start Button, go to Settings, then open Network and Internet and you’ll be in the status menu. Click Change adapter options and a new window will open up and show you all of your network adapters. One of them will have “USB Ethernet/RNDIS Gadget” under the name. Remember which connection show that because that is the connection to our Pi. My pi’s connection name is Ethernet 4 and my primary internet connection is named Ethernet 1. 23. Right click on your primary internet adapter and click properties. At the top you will see sharing. Click this and check the top box to allow other network users to connect through it and select your Pi’s connection. Click ok to close the window. Now unplug the pi and plug it back in. This will reboot your Pi and share your connection. This will also terminate our SSH session. For now, we will close Putty. Note: If you are familiar with Linux, you can bring the interface down and back up, but for the sake of simplicity, we will just unplug and plug it back in. 24. It may take up to 90 seconds for our Pi to fully reload. Open Putty again and double click our sessions name to log back in. Same details as last time, pi for username and raspberry for password.  Now we can move onto installing the required software. Type the following command and hit enter: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cmake git libjpeg8-dev -y 25. After our above command finishes, we need to type and run sudo raspi-config and navigate to interfacing options. Select Camera and enable it. Navigate to finish and press enter to save everything. It will ask to reboot, select yes and let it reboot, then restart Putty.  26. Now we need to get mjpg-streamer. We will be using this to stream our webcam via our network on the Pi. Run the following command: git clone https://github.com/jacksonliam/mjpg-streamer 27. Once that finishes, run this command: cd mjpg-streamer/mjpg-streamer-experimental && make && sudo make install  28. Once that command finishes, we need to run a test to ensure it works. While in the ~/mjpg-streamer/mjpg-streamer/experimental directory, run this command: mjpg_streamer -i input_uvc.so -o output_http.so 29. If you see a red light on your camera, you’re live! It’s time to set it up so our camera starts automatically when we plug in the Pi. We need to first close out of our running stream. To do this, hold down ctrl and press C. Wait a few minutes and you should see our [email protected]:~ $ line again. If not, hold ctrl and press Z to get back to that line. 30. Now we need to make a script to run at startup. Type and run nano ~/cam.sh, then paste in the following. #!/bin/bash cd /home/pi/mjpg-streamer/mjpg-streamer-experimental mjpg_streamer -i input_uvc.so -o output_http.so Make sure the lines match up exactly as they are listed here. Now hold ctrl and press X. It will ask if you wish to save, press y for yes and enter to save and close. 31. Run the command chmod +x ~/cam.sh , then run the command crontab -e 32. It will ask which editor you prefer, press 1 for nano and enter to confirm. Now you will see our Pi user’s crontab. At the top, press enter to make a new line, and add PATH=~/bin:/usr/bin/:/bin:/usr/local/bin/, then go to the bottom of the file and enter @reboot /home/pi/cam.sh, like so:  PATH=~/bin:/usr/bin/:/bin:/usr/local/bin/ # Edit this file to introduce tasks to be run by cron. # # Each task to run has to be defined through a single line # indicating with different fields when the task will be run # and what command to run for the task # # To define the time you can provide concrete values for # minute (m), hour (h), day of month (dom), month (mon), # and day of week (dow) or use '*' in these fields (for 'any'). # # Notice that tasks will be started based on the cron's system # daemon's notion of time and timezones. # # Output of the crontab jobs (including errors) is sent through # email to the user the crontab file belongs to (unless redirected). # # For example, you can run a backup of all your user accounts # at 5 a.m every week with: # 0 5 * * 1 tar -zcf /var/backups/home.tgz /home/ # # For more information see the manual pages of crontab(5) and cron(8) # # m h  dom mon dow   command @reboot /home/pi/cam.sh 33. Just like our cam file, hold ctrl and press X, then hit y and enter to save and exit. Now we just need to reboot the pi to confirm it works. Run sudo reboot and wait for it to reboot. In about 30 seconds, your camera should light up red again. This means our script works and now we can work on getting our camera streaming to our PC. 34. We need to download IP Camera Adapter 3.1. Go to https://ip-webcam.appspot.com/ and click download, then run the .msi file it downloads. If it pops an error saying a module failed to install just press ignore and finish the installation. Now we just need to open it up and point it to our Pi. Type Camera into your taskbar and open Configure IP Camera Adapter 35. Now in the Camera feed URL, enter raspberrypi.local:8080/?action=stream and click Apply and OK.  If this works, it’s time to test this out for real! Open up your app of choice.  If using Skype, make sure you download the standalone desktop client from https://www.skype.com/en/ (Microsoft Camera and other default Windows 10 apps cannot see our MJPEG camera device, so the built-in version of Skype in Windows 10 will not work). Make sure your camera is set to MJPEG Camera to show you the proper feed. Once set, you’ll see the Pi Camera and that’s it. Enjoy your webcam!   1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin July 2020 We also have another Raspberry Pi article on our forum. Be sure to check it out! 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A Pi media server is just for you! With a Pi media server, you can take all of those old movies around your house and upload them to the server to watch from anywhere. How Does a Raspberry Pi Media Server Work? The server runs off a program called Kodi. Kodi is a media server application made for this purpose specifically. It runs on your Raspberry Pi via ethernet so you can easily plug it in and let it do its thing. You can then upload movies, songs, pictures, and TV shows to the server and view them from anywhere. It's like your own personal Netflix that you create! What You Will Need to Set Up a Raspberry Pi Media Server Raspberry Pi (With ethernet port) Micro SD Card Micro SD card adapter An external display (like a monitor) KODI External Storage for movies/music/media Setting up Kodi on your Pi Before starting up anything you'll need to make sure Raspberry Pi OS is installed on the Pi. We already have a great guide on how to do this here. Starting off you will need to download Kodi. You can do so by opening the terminal by hitting the terminal icon at the top of the screen and typing in the command: sudo apt-get install kodi Once you enter this command it may prompt you to say yes or no. Type "y" and push enter, and the command prompt will download Kodi for you. Once complete type "Kodi" into the command prompt and it will launch. Next, there are some settings you have to configure. Select the gear icon in the top left to access settings. Select "Services" Check the bubble on the right side for "Enable UPNP Support" to allow your server to be discoverable from other devices. Setting Up Media Storage To set up a media server you will need an external storage device hooked up to your Pi. But first, you will need to Format so Hook the device up to your PC via USB. Next, you will right-click on the drive located in "This PC" and select "Format." Make sure that the External storage is set to file system FAT32, name the volume and press start to format the drive. Once formatted you can add your movies, photos, and music to the drive. Now we are going to identify the source for the library. Connect the drive to the Pi and select the gear icon again. Select Media Select the Library tab and under Manage Sources select the type of media you are trying to put on the server (videos, music, or pictures) Select Add Music... Once here select Browse. Now navigate to the USB drive by selecting navigating to Root filesystem/media/pi/ESD-USB. Once you get your attached storage device, select ok in the corner. Now that the storage drive is selected press ok. You have now identified your library! The next step, view your media from anywhere in the house. Viewing your media Now that your library is identified, you will need to get other devices on your network to view it. In this case, I am using a Macbook Air with Kodi installed but you can do it with any device with Kodi. Go ahead and select the type of media you would like to view and hit Enter Files Section Select Add Videos... Select UPnP Devices And As long as you are on the same network as your Pi it should show up here! Now you can view all of your movies from any device as long as you have them in your server library from anywhere in your home. Enjoy your at-home custom streaming service. More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more information about Raspberry Pi? We’ve got a Hobby Board section of the community, as well as Hobby Board guides like The Definitive Micro Computer Buying Guide, Raspberry Pi Basics, and How to Create a Retro Game Console With Raspberry Pi. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments JRC ✭✭ September 2021 External storage - How much per movie? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin September 2021 @JRC The amount of storage that a movie will take up would depend on the length, compression, and quality of the movie. 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Raspberry Pi Basics — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › How to & Technical Guides › Maker Raspberry Pi Basics NickBiederman admin December 2020 edited April 20 in Maker Updated 3/14/22 Setting up a Raspberry Pi often involves several basic processes that are the same for every project. This post is meant to serve as a beginner’s guide to some of those processes so you can reference it while working on your project.  Flashing an OS with the Raspberry Pi Imager Flashing an operating system to your SD card is one of the most basic tasks when setting up a Raspberry Pi. While you can buy SD cards with an operating system or NOOBS pre-installed, it’s cheaper to start with a blank card and flashing the OS yourself opens up a wide range of specialized operating systems. Some of my favorites include Octopi and Volumio. Start by downloading the Raspberry Pi imager from the Raspberry Pi website and installing it on your computer. You’ll need administrator access to install and run the program. If you plan to use a specialized image like those listed above, download and save the image file from the publisher as well. After installing the imager, plug your microSD card into the computer (you may need a card reader, like this two in one version) and launch the imager. Click “Choose OS”.   Next, you’ll need to decide if you want to use a default OS (like Raspbian or Retropie) or not. If you want to use a default OS, simply click the name of the OS in the window. If you’re using a different image, scroll to the bottom and click “Use Custom”. This will open a file explorer you’ll use to navigate to the image you downloaded earlier. Select the image and click “Open”. n this case, I selected "MasterAtariNoobs.img". Next, click “Choose SD card” and select the appropriate drive in the pop up window. Make sure you don’t select the wrong drive as the drive will be erased. Finally, click “Write”. The imager will go through a writing phase then a verify phase. Once this is done, the card is ejected and you’re good to go. Setting up Wi-Fi and SSH for “Headless” systems Not all projects are conducive to a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Sometimes it’s better to access your pi via SSH. This is easy if you have an ethernet connection available, but can be problematic if you need to use Wi-Fi. Thankfully, there’s a method for configuring Wi-Fi before even booting your pi. First, we’ll enable SSH. Plug your SD card into your computer and navigate to the drive labeled “Boot”. Create a file names “ssh” with no file extension and save it here. The file should be empty and not have a file extension like “.txt”. You can use any text editor to create an empty .txt file and save it to the boot drive. You can then rename the file to remove the file extension. If you’re using Ethernet, you can now eject the card from your PC and boot your Pi. You’ll be able to access it from a terminal using “ssh [email protected]”, where is the IP address assigned your pi. If you’re on Windows, you can use Putty or WSL to connect via SSH. It's important to change your password after enabling SSH. This can be done with Raspi Config, described in the next comment. Connecting Wi-Fi is similar to enabling .ssh. Create a .txt file named “wpa_supplicant.conf” with the following content:

ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev

update_config=1

country=US

network={

    ssid="

  psk=""

  key_mgmt=WPA-PSK

}

Replace and with your network name and network password, but leave the quotation marks. Save the file to the root of your boot (just like the ssh file). Next time you boot your Pi it will automatically connect to your Wi-Fi network. This will work for almost all home networks in America. If you’re in another country change “US” after “country=” to the 2 letter code for your country. If you use something other than WPA-PSK for network security you’ll need to change the key_mgmt as well. Very few people use a different management scheme, so it's unlikely you'll need to worry about changing key_mgmt. These files are provided in the “ssh_and_wifi.zip” at the bottom of this post. Configuring SSH, cameras, SPI, and other I/O Raspi-config is a very powerful tool for changing settings on your Pi. To access raspi-config, you’ll need to connect a monitor and mouse or SSH into your Pi (see the above comment for more info on SSH). Next, run “sudo raspi-config” from the terminal. This will open the following window:   Navigation is done using the up and down arrows to scroll through options, enter to select an option, the right arrow to move from “select” to “finish”. From here you can change all kind of hardware settings. Full documentation is available on Raspberry Pi’s website. Some particularly useful options include the display options, “Expand File System” under “Advanced Options”, and “Wireless LAN” under “System Options”. You can also change your password under “System Options”. This is very important if you have SSH enabled.  After making the changes you need to make, use the right arrow to highlight at the bottom of the screen. Press enter to exit the utility and reboot your pi with the command “sudo reboot” Backing Up Your Installation - Windows Having an extra copy of your image can be useful in case an SD card fails or you need to duplicate an installation. For Windows, I like to use Win32 Disk Imager. After downloading and installing the program, connect your Micro SD card to the computer (I like to use this two in one card reader) and launch the program. Click the file icon next to the field “Image Name”. This will open a file explorer. Navigate to the location you want to save the image and enter the file name in the field at the bottom. In my case, I’m creating “example.img” on my desktop. Make sure you don't choose the same location and name as another image our you'll overwrite it. Ensure the correct card is elected in the “Device” field (circled in red). Check the box next to “Read Only Allocated Partitions” (circled in green), then click “Read” (circled in blue). The program will read your file system to the file you selected and create a file that can be written to a new SD card as a custom image using the Raspberry Pi imager. Backing Up Your Installation - macOS, Raspbian, and Linux Backing up a Raspberry Pi installation on a *nix operating system like Linux, Raspbian, or macOS doesn’t require any third-party tools. We’ll use dd, which reads an input file one block at a time and writes it to an output file. The dd command is very simple, but it’s critical to ensure you choose the correct input and output files. If you specify the wrong files you can easily overwrite important files and potentially damage your system. The method described below will work for any Linux, macOS, or other *nix system. I took the screenshots on an Ubuntu computer. On other operating systems things might look a little different. The general form of dd is dd if= inputFile of= outputFile. We’ll use our SD card as the input file, so we need to determine the name of our SD card. Plug your SD card into your computer and open a terminal window. Run the following command and enter your password if prompted: sudo fdisk -l This will give you a whole long list of drives connected to your computer like the one below. We’re only worried about the last block which lists portable drives like SD cards and USB drives. You should see something like this after running fdisk. I know the card I plugged in is 64gb, so I’m looking for a drive with roughly that capacity. /dev/sdb has a size of 58gb, which is pretty close. That’s my SD card. You’ll notice there’s two devices called sdb1 and sdb1. These are partitions of the same drive. Next, I’ll run dd to copy the SD card to an image file. This is the command I used: sudo dd if=/dev/sdb of=~/OctoPi.img You’ll notice I used /dev/sdb for my input file rather than specifying sdb1 or sdb2. This will copy everything from both partitions of the SD card to an image file named OctoPi.img in my home directory. It will look like nothing is happening, but just let it run. This process can take time for large images. After the process is complete run ls -l in the directory you wrote the image file to. This will show a list of all the files along with their size, which will allow you to verify the image was copied successfully.   Ls -l lists all the files in a directory along with their size, making it easy to verify the process completed properly.   That’s all you need to do to backup a Raspberry Pi on a *nix system. You can write this .img file to another card the same size or larger using the Raspberry Pi imager. How to Shrink Your Raspberry Pi Image Once you read a Raspberry Pi SD card to a .img file using dd or Win32DiskImager as described above, you’ll be left with a very large file. My OctoPi image is around 60GB. This can be a problem if you want to write the image to a smaller SD card, or an SD of the same size with slightly less available memory. Fortunately, Drewsif wrote a script called pishrink that will reduce the image to its smallest possible size. Today we’ll be looking at shrinking images on Windows and Linux.  Windows Though pishrink is only officially supported on Linux, Windows Subsystem for Linux allows us to run it on a Windows computer. Start by installing WSL2. You’ll need WSL2, as the script will not run on the original WSL. You can choose any Linux distro you’d like from the Windows store. I’ll be using Ubuntu 20.02.03 LTS. With WSL2 installed, go ahead and launch your Linux distro. You’ll be greeted with a Linux terminal. Depending on the distro you choose you may need to do some first-time setup. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the setup. Next, we’ll need to download the script using wget. Run the following command: wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Drewsif/PiShrink/master/pishrink.sh You’ll see a progress bar and a few other notifications as the script is copied. This will save the script to your home directory, also known as ~. You’ll see a progress bar as the script is downloaded to ~. Next, we need to make sure it’s executable. Run the command chmod +x pishrink.sh Adding scripts to WSL2’s path isn’t very straightforward, so we’ll just run the script from our home directory. The general form for running pishrink is sudo pishrink.sh pi.img We’ll start by using the cd command to navigate to the folder our image is saved in. To navigate to a folder, prepend /mnt/ and the letter of your drive to the path. In my case, the file octo.img is in the root folder of my Z: drive, so I’ll navigate to the folder my image is stored in using cd /mnt/z If you save the image in your Documents, your command will look something like cd /mnt/c/Users//Documents Once we’re in our folder, we’ll run pishrink on our image. Use the command sudo ~/pishrink.sh .img This tells our system to look for pishrink.sh in ~, and executes the script on our image. For my image I used the command sudo ~/pishrink.sh octo.img As the script runs you’ll see some progress notifications, and once the execution is complete, the script will report the original and new sizes of your file. As you can see in the screenshot below, the script shrunk my OctoPi image by more than 90%. The script reports progress as it runs as well as the original and new file sizes. You can now install your image on a smaller SD card using the Raspberry Pi imager as described above. Pishrink shrinks the image in place, so the new image file will have the same name and be in the same folder as the original image. Linux Executing pishrink on Linux is a little easier than Windows. I’m using a virtual machine running Ubuntu 20.04, but this will work with most Linux installations. Start by opening a terminal window, and run wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Drewsif/PiShrink/master/pishrink.sh This will download the script. You’ll see some progress information in the terminal as you do this. You’ll see a progress bar as the script is downloaded to ~. Next, make the script executable with chmod +x pishrink.sh Finally, we’ll add the script to our local path so it can be executed anywhere using the command sudo mv pishrink.sh /usr/local/bin Running the script is as simple as using cd to navigate to the directory you wrote your image file to. In my case, I have the file stored in a shared folder mounted under /media/. Once you’re in the folder, run the command sudo pishrink.sh .img I used the following commands to navigate to the shared folder containing my image and shrink it: cd /media/sf_VM_Shared sudo pishrink.sh octo.img As the script runs, you’ll see some progress notifications. Once the script has executed it will report the original size and the new size. In my case it shrunk my image by a little over 90%. The script reports progress as it runs as well as the original and new file sizes.  With the image shrunk, you’re ready to write it to another SD card using the Raspberry Pi imager. Pishrink shrinks the image in place, so the new image file will have the same name and be in the same directory as the original image. Looking for more information about Raspberry Pi? We’ve got a Hobby Board section of the community, as well as Hobby Board guides like The Definitive Micro Computer Buying Guide, Raspberry Pi Basics, and How to Create a Retro Game Console with Raspberry Pi! And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Community Article raspberry pi — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion raspberry pi irvingf ✭ December 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion Hi: I am interested in starting a raspberry setup. What kit would you recommend? I see a pi4 and pi4B what is the difference? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin December 2020 Hello @irvingf! Welcome to the community! I think the specific model Pi that I'd recommend could change based on what you plan to do with it. As a base, I'd recommend the Pi 4 Model B. It's a really great option for just about everyone, beginners and advanced. Here's a list view comparing all the different Raspberry Pi's and their features. We do carry a couple of kits that will have everything you need to get started as well. Typically I'd recommend going with the 4GB or 8GB models. More RAM typically allows you to multitask more. Here's a CanaKit - 4GB: https://www.microcenter.com/product/615270/canakit-raspberry-pi-4-starter-max-kit-(4gb-ram) and here's the Official Raspberry Pi 4 Kit - 4GB: https://www.microcenter.com/product/625369/raspberry-pi-official-pi-4-essentials-kit---4gb I hope this info helps, but I'd be happy to discuss it further if you have any other questions or concerns! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article How to set up a Raspberry Pi — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › How to & Technical Guides › Maker How to set up a Raspberry Pi Cfresh Columbus, Ohio admin July 2021 edited September 2021 in Maker Have you just recently purchased a Raspberry Pi and don't know where to start? Then, this is the place to be. We'll go over what you need and where to start when setting up your Pi for the first time so you can jump right into making projects! What You Will Need Raspberry Pi (Any Model) Micro USB Cable MicroSD Card Keyboard & Mouse (Wired) HDMI Cable (Micro HDMI on Pi 4) MicroSD card adapter or port PC or Mac Ethernet Cable (optional) Setting Up The MicroSD Card The MicroSD card is important for your Pi as it will house the Pi's operating system (OS), a necessity for almost everything you can do with Pi. Go to the Pi downloads page here, scroll down, and select the download link for your computer's OS. Once the installer has downloaded, go to your downloads and run the program. You will be prompted to select the OS you want to install. There are a lot of options, so it's helpful to know what you want to use your Pi for. If you're looking for a starter project, however, keep following along. We are going to download Raspberry Pi OS to turn our Pi into a mini-computer! We will do this by selecting "Raspberry Pi OS (32-bit)." Next, you will insert the MicroSD Card into your PC (Or SD card Adapter for MicroSD) and hit "chose storage" to select your card from the list. Once your card is selected, you can move on. Once you have the OS and storage selected, click on write, and the program will start to image the card! Connecting The Pi Once the OS has been successfully written to the card, remove the MicroSD card from your PC and insert it into the Pi's Micro-SD card port. Next, connect your wired keyboard and mouse to the Raspberry Pi's USB ports. Next, we'll set up a display. If you have a Raspberry Pi 1, 2, or 3, you will connect to your display with HDMI. (Left Image) If you have a Raspberry Pi 4, you will connect with one of the two Mini HDMI ports. (Right Image) The Pi 4 supports up to two displays as well. Time for the internet! If you want your Pi to have access to the internet, you can hook it up via ethernet to this port. You can connect this to a wall ethernet port, router, or any other device that outputs ethernet. Last but certainly not least is power. You will need to connect the Pi to a USB wall adapter with a Micro-USB cable, just like charging a smartphone. Going Through the Initial Setup When you plug in the Pi, this will display on your screen after boot up. Select next to begin Select your country, time zone, and language on this screen, then select next Next, you will select your password and confirm it. Once you confirm the password, you can select next to move on. This is a section unique to Pi set-up - the Pi is checking to make sure it is accurately filling the whole screen. Check if there is a black border around your screen. If it is surrounded by a black border, then check the box and push next. Select your Wifi network here and login if needed. If you don't want wifi or plan to use ethernet, select skip. Otherwise, push next after you selected your network. Your Pi is completely set up as a mini-computer! Now you can treat this as a small PC and use it for any purpose you need! But, before you do..... You should put your Pi in a case! Raspberry Pi's are functional motherboards, but they leave the components exposed. A case protects your Pi and its components from dust, falls, and other damage. A case also allows the user to install a fan if needed as some processes will require cooling. Finding the Right Case Pi cases are not hard to find but finding the right one is important. Not all Pis are the same size, and not all Pis have the same ports. Make sure to select the case your Pi needs. If you have a Raspberry Pi 4, you'll want to choose a case for the Pi 4. Also, keep in mind whether you intend to install fans, as some cases don't allow for this type of expansion. Installing the Case When installing the case, make sure the Pi sits evenly in the case and that the ports are correctly aligned with their cutouts. Once it is aligned correctly, the top half of the case will snap into place. If it does not, make sure the Pi is even with the bottom of the case. Some cases will require you to screw the top half in, while others will only require it to be snapped in. Installed and Good to Go Once you have your Pi screwed or snapped in, you are all set! Your Pi is now protected. You can switch your case at a later time to fit the look you want as there are many different designs. There are even some retro game console themes! If you would like to see cases that Micro Center carries, click here. You might find something that fits your needs and style! More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more information about Raspberry Pi? We’ve got a Hobby Board section of the community, as well as Hobby Board guides like The Definitive Micro Computer Buying Guide, Raspberry Pi Basics, and Using the Raspberry Pi Pico. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments pervin_utdallas_edu ✭ August 2021 Is there an easy way to use my laptop's keyboard and screen as the i/o for my Raspberry Pi? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin August 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/35470#Comment_35470 I found this guide from Raspberry Pi that may be able to assist you with that process: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/use-your-desktop-or-laptop-screen-and-keyboard-with-your-pi/ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article How to Set Up a Remote 3D Print Server with your Raspberry Pi — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › How to & Technical Guides › Maker How to Set Up a Remote 3D Print Server with your Raspberry Pi Cfresh Columbus, Ohio admin August 2021 edited September 2021 in Maker Have a 3-D printer at home but want to get more prints done throughout the day, even while you're out? Then this is the project for you. With your Pi, you can start and even monitor prints from anywhere. This project runs off of a custom OS for the Pi called Octoprint OS. OctoPrint OS is an operating system specifically made for the remote 3-D printing server that runs on the Pi. Once set up, you can monitor temperatures, motion settings, terminal log, and even connect a webcam to monitor the print from anywhere. You can print from your laptop or even from your phone with the OctoApp Integration! What you will need Raspberry Pi (3 or 4 works best) Raspberry Pi Power Supply (3A and 5V Min) Micro or Mini USB Cable Ethernet cable and access Webcam for monitoring (optional) 16Gb Micro SD Case for Pi (optional but recommended) Computer with Micro SD access Imaging the SD Card In this project, a different OS is used than our other projects. While other projects just used Raspberry Pi OS, this project uses OctoPrint OS, a special image on the Raspberry Pi Imager that can be downloaded here. Once you have the Raspberry Pi Imager downloaded, launch it and select Choose OS. Scroll down to Other Specific Purpose OS. Next, select OctoPi and then select the top option (not the mirror) Next, you will insert the MicroSD Card into your PC (Or SD card Adapter for MicroSD), click "chose storage" and select your card from the list. Once your card is selected, you can move on. Once you have the OS and storage selected, click on write, and the program will start to image the card. Connecting The Pi Once the OS has been successfully written to the card, remove the MicroSD card from your PC and insert it into the Pi's Micro-SD card port. Now for the server to work, it must be connected to ethernet. You can do that by connecting to this port. You can connect this to a wall ethernet port, router, or any other device that outputs ethernet. It is possible to set up OctoPrint over WiFi as well, though ethernet will allow for a more consistent connection. Now, for your Pi to connect to the printer you will need to locate your printer's data port. This could be a micro-USB port or, in this case below, a mini-USB port. Once you find this port and connect it to your Pi's USB port, your Pi will be able to communicate with your printer. Finally, the optional steps. It's recommended to have a case for the Pi. You can print one from Thingiverse or buy one here. You can also connect a Logitech webcam with USB to the Pi and position it in a way to monitor your prints. Using a webcam allows you to watch your print remotely, using OctoPrint live! Setting Up OctoPrint To set up your OctoPrint, you will need to use a computer that is connected to the same network as your Pi and navigate to https://octopi.local where you will be greeted with the screen below. Below is the setup for OctoPrint. Click next to get started. Next, you will be on the access control page. Here, you will set up who can log in to your printer remotely if you are sharing it. You can set a generic username and password and then share that with others who want to access your computer. Once you finish that, you will be greeted with the Anonymous Usage Tracking page. Use this pick whether or not you want to send usage data to the developers to help correct bugs. Click next again, and you will be greeted with the Online Connectivity Check page. This will regularly check to ensure that your Pi is still connected to the internet. It is recommended to leave this enabled at the default 15 minutes. Now for the Plugin Blacklist page. This page is used to block possibly malicious plugins on the Pi. This is a good thing to keep activated, as it will allow you to add some plugins to your Pi without risking malware. And finally, the Printer Profile. You will need to get the information on your printer for this one. Make sure you know your build plate size and volume along with the temperatures you keep your prints at. Now just hit finish, position your webcam you plugged in, and your server is running. You can monitor your print progress, temperatures and even upload files to the SD card from your remote server. You'll need to be on the same network for now, but once you add a plugin to the printer, you can view it anywhere. Click on the wrench at the top of the screen to launch the settings and select Plugin Manager. From there, click Get More... You will see a screen to install new plugins. Type in OctoEverywhere to bring up the plugin and click install. Once installed, navigate to https://octoeverywhere.com/getstarted, and the setup wizard will walk you through the process of getting everything started for a fully remote server. Once you follow those steps, you'll be able to start and monitor prints from anywhere on the globe. So have fun starting your remote 3-D print experience! More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more information about Raspberry Pi? We’ve got a Hobby Board section of the community, as well as Hobby Board guides like The Definitive Micro Computer Buying Guide, Raspberry Pi Basics, and How to set up a VPN on Raspberry Pi. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article How to Create a Retro Game Console With Raspberry Pi — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › How to & Technical Guides › Maker How to Create a Retro Game Console With Raspberry Pi Cfresh Columbus, Ohio admin August 2021 edited September 2021 in Maker Do you miss going to arcades? Or are you too young for that and just want to play some retro arcade games? Well, with Raspberry Pi, you are in luck. You can actually turn your Pi into a retro arcade game machine with access to hundreds of games. You'll be able to play more games on one little device than you ever could at an arcade. Get ready to recreate an arcade right in your living room. What You Will Need Raspberry PI (At least a Model 3 but a 4 Would be best) Micro SD card adapter Display Micro SD Card Game USB Controller PC to Image Micro-SD Case to Protect Pi (Optional) USB Storage Device for Games How to Set Up the Micro SD First, you will have to download the Pi Imager here. This will convert your SD card into an Operating System (OS) for the Pi. Once you are here, select Choose OS. Once you are here, select Emulation and Game OS Select RetroPie From the options Then select the version of the Pi you are using. In this case, we are using the Raspberry Pi 4, so we will select RetroPie 4.7.1 (RPI 4/400) After that, you will select the SD card you have inserted into your PC so the program can Image it with your selected OS. Once you have everything selected, just hit Write, and the program will image the card. How to Set Up Raspberry Pi for RetroPie Once you have your Micro-SD Card imaged, you will want to insert it into the Pi like in the image below. You'll also need to connect the rest of the cables. We've put together a great guide on how to do that here. Make sure you also plug the controller into one of the Pi USB ports (Shown Below) Once you have everything hooked up, power on the Pi, and you will be greeted with a string of text. This is the Pi configuring itself. Once this is complete, you will be greeted with the next step. Once the configuration is completed, you will then begin keybinding. Keybinding is the process of programming your input methods. In other words, establishing what happens when you press "up". Hold any button to start keybinding, and then press the corresponding button the screen shows on your controller. How To Install Games on Raspberry Pi When it comes to games, there are two main different ways to get them we will go over. At Microcenter, we carry an Atari Micro SD Card which can be inserted into your pi and comes with over 100 licensed Atari games. This is a quick and easy way to get your Pi set up with these games. Information on how to get this micro sd card set up can be found here. If you'd rather find games you own from different consoles, you can also download specific games online. First, you need to insert a USB drive into the PC and format it. Older games are generally pretty small, so 16GB is most likely enough, but you can use any size. Next, you will right-click on the drive in This PC and click format. Make sure the file system is Fat32 and label the volume "RetroPie," and create a folder on the drive named RetroPie. When complete, you will then insert the flash drive into the Pi so it can boot up. Once booted up, turn off the Pi and put the flash drive back into your PC, and you will see the files below. Navigate to the roms folder Once there, you will select the system your ROM is on. In our case, we have Pac-Man on the Atari 2600, so we will select that. Next, drag and drop the ROM you downloaded into the correct system folder and remove the drive. Finally, insert the flash drive, and you will be greeted with this screen, and you should see however many games you downloaded are available and their consoles. After selecting your console, you should see the games you downloaded. Just select, and you are good to go! You can now play your retro games. Enjoy this blast from the past as you can play hundreds of games on your Pi right from your living room! More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more information about Raspberry Pi? We’ve got a Hobby Board section of the community, as well as Hobby Board guides like The Definitive Micro Computer Buying Guide, Raspberry Pi Basics, and Installing the latest RetroPie Image with the Atari Games Card. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Introducing the Ultimate Atari Fight Stick and Ultimate Atari Fight Stick with Trackball — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › Retro Arcade/Gaming Introducing the Ultimate Atari Fight Stick and Ultimate Atari Fight Stick with Trackball NickBiederman admin August 2020 edited November 2020 in Retro Arcade/Gaming Today we launched the newest additions to our retro gaming lineup: the Ultimate Atari Fight Stick and Ultimate Atari Fight Stick with Trackball. We’ve been offering a USB 2 player Atari Fight Stick and 2 player Atari Fight Stick with Track ball for a while now, but the USB versions only provide the controller. They need to be connected to a Raspberry Pi, PC, or other system to create a complete gaming set up. This provides more flexibility at the expense of convenience. The new Ultimate Fight Sticks add a Raspberry Pi running RetroPie to the cabinet, creating a complete gaming set up in one unit. In addition, the Ultimate Fight Sticks come loaded with over 100 officially licensed Atari games on our Atari Games Card. This allows you to get started gaming without having to track down games or worry about the legality of downloading ROMs. Everything comes pre wired and ready to go. You’ll need an internet connection to complete the initial set up and a TV or monitor with an HDMI input. The Ultimate Fight Sticks retain all the features of the USB versions. Both use the same control layout, support single and two player games, and use the same XinMo Co. USB encoder. We’ve used the same high- quality buttons, switches, joysticks, cabinets, and track balls as our other retro gaming products to ensure the Ultimate Fight Sticks will provide a durable and enjoyable gaming experience. Like the USB Fight Sticks, the Ultimate Fight Sticks include a hydraulic lifters and a lock. This makes it easy to access the internals while keeping them secure. You can find the Ultimate Fight Sticks and USB Fight Sticks at the links above, or check out our Retro Arcade Builder to design your own Fight Stick or arcade cabinet. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Dyltone ✭ November 2020 Not to "Osborne" your wonderful product, but are there any plans to offer this with a Pi4? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NickBiederman admin November 2020 @Dyltone We don't have any concrete plans to offer this with a Pi 4, though it is possible the next iteration will have a Pi 4. It's dependent on a number of factors including our development schedule and availability of the hardware. In the mean time, it's possible to make your own using our USB fight stick and a Raspberry Pi 4. You'd lose some of the convenience, but would gain the extra power of the Pi 4.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Sparklesofblue_1 ✭ December 2020 Hi Nick!  I just received this beast!  I would really like to add more games, but I am new to this.  Is there any help I can receive as to how to use this with my pc laptop?  Thanks 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NickBiederman admin December 2020 @sparklesofblue_1 If you have the Ultimate version you can add more ROMs to the Raspberry Pi using the instructions here.  If you're wanting to play PC games it will depend a lot on the specifics of what you're tying to do. For emulation Retroarch works great. Many other games will be plug and play, but that varies depending on the game and your exact setup. If you have the ultimate version you'll need to disconnect the USB cable(s) from the Raspberry Pi and plug them into your computer. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ninja502 ky ✭✭ January 2021 the SFTP option is the one i use to copy more roms over to the unit i have winscp  and just drag the roms over to the /RetroPie/roms/ (systems name here folder)    example   /RetroPie/roms/nes some of the arcade stuff will require a newer version of the software lr-mame2016 or lr-mame2015 and can be added under the pi setup also look for  at https://pixelcade.org/pi-install/ for premade images 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook tommyv1981 ✭ February 2021 Hey Nick! I just purchased the atari fight stick with the trackball. I did not get the one with the built in raspberry pi and wanted to use my own image. However, it's only detecting the one controller even with both USBs inserted. The joystick on player 2 is the only thing that responds. How do I get player 2 to detect and map the controls as well as the trackball functionality. That's also not responsive with games like centipede on arcade. Thank you! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin February 2021 Hello @tommyv1981 thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. You mentioned you are using your own image. What emulator software are you using? You can also check out this post below if using the RetroArch. https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/3966/configuring-the-dual-fight-stick-and-trackball 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Tpeezy ✭ February 2021 My wife and mother in law bought this unit for me for Christmas. I saw a man on YouTube with this from Micro Center and he had Colecovision games when he set up his system so I thought if I updated Retropie on mine, I could get the additional Colecovision games too.  I let the system update for several hours but unfortunately for me, there were no Colecovision games and my controllers weren't working after the update.  I have no knowledge of how to fix this.  Can this be explained in the simplest of terms?   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NickBiederman admin February 2021 @Tpeezy The short answer is no. The Colecovision games were not supposed to be in the image. As soon as we discovered they were we rolled back to the previous version. Which controller are you having issues with? The fight stick and PS2 controller should still work properly, but the Trooper II will require configuration. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NickBiederman admin February 2021 @tommyv1981 See this post from the Retropie documentation for instructions on getting the XinMo controller in the fight stick to work properly: https://retropie.org.uk/docs/Xin-Mo-Controller/ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Tpeezy ✭ February 2021 I am not using any other controllers other than the ones that are on the cabinet (fight sticks, trackball and buttons.)  I could select a game , but then nothing worked after that.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook WirelessMikeDJ ✭ March 2021 Hello, just purchased the Fight Stick with Trackball Ultimate, and I have it all up and running per instructions. The Trackball USB was not plugged in, so I plugged it in a USB2.0 port under the controller. I fired up Centipede, and the trackball is not tracking correctly left-right...the nuts on the bottom were loose, so I tightened them up...but still not tracking right, and the trackball is not the smoothest rolling. Any ideas? I love this unit, and I love RetroPie. Do you have the joystick config anywhere if I replace the Rasberry PI 3 with a 4b and redo with my own RetroPi setup? Thank you. -Mike 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook WirelessMikeDJ ✭ March 2021 I returned the unit and purchased the fight stick without the PI as I already had a 3b at home to pop in and working on configuring a 4b as we speak to swap in. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook WirelessMikeDJ ✭ March 2021 So I added a PI4 to the Fight Stick without the PI.  I added a USB 7port hub inside and added flush mount USB ports to the front and a flush mount HDMI/USB ports to the back.  It’s tight but with some creative wire routing it works like a charm and you don’t have to pop it open every time you want to connect external things to it. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 2ericcannon ✭ December 2021 Is there anyway to get you guys to sale a plexi top for this? I really need a plexi top for it to be able to give it that authentic arcade look with the plexi. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rey_Scorpio21 ✭ December 2021 The Atari Arcade Centipede aspect ratio is a bit off. The top and bottom cut off. Where in the cfgs can I correct this?or is there another area to correct this? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article What are your Pi day plans? And [CLOSED] Raspberry Pi Kit Giveaway! — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion What are your Pi day plans? And [CLOSED] Raspberry Pi Kit Giveaway! MicroCenterOfficial admin March 2021 edited June 2021 in General Discussion Happy Pi Day! Sunday is March 14th, or 3-14, and so we're celebrating with a big slice of Raspberry Pi, and we want to share it with you! We've put together some of our best Raspberry Pi guides, beginner walkthroughs and a giveaway for a complete Rasberry Pi kit! Raspberry Pi Basics - Learn how to work with Raspberry Pi in one easy guide How to turn your Raspberry Pi Zero into a webcam - Ready for something a bit more challenging? We'll walk you through turning a Pi Zero into a functioning webcam step-by-step. How to make a NAS with a Raspberry Pi using Linux - another challenging build, but we make it a bit easier, showing you how it's done and helping you through the process. And if you're looking to pick up a Raspberry Pi of your own, we have them at all our stores but we're also giving five complete kits away! Just enter with the link below: https://gleam.io/YGwOY/pi-day-giveaway So: What Raspberry Pi Recipe are you cooking up this weekend? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments DaveCombs ✭ March 2021 Prototyping a wireless model rocket launch system using a Pi Zero W; dipping my toes into CircuitPython to run it. (This will replace the one we have using Arduinos.) 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook P1ayerJuan ✭ March 2021 edited March 2021 I plan on finishing the setup of my PC system monitor display using MoBros! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Alex_tepa Riverside ✭ March 2021 I hope to win hopefully I can make a retro gaming 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Joshuahonguyen ✭ March 2021 edited March 2021 Making a cluster computer 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DIMITRISKON ✭ March 2021 retro gaming 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook throttle484 Boyertown, PA ✭ March 2021 Retropie, Designated PiHole, Weather Station, SmartMirror, and Web Server all this month! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook aross76 ✭ March 2021 would like to set up a NAS and also would like to experiment with android and see if can get DUO working on it 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Brykanst ✭ March 2021 oh shit i just did a pi NAS build myself 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook KingXF ✭ March 2021 edited March 2021 Pi Day is actually my birthday, 16 today! 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The Pi 400 will use Pi OS, you connect it to a monitor via HDMI and you start from there. 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When will they get a restock? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin July 2021 Greetings, I’m sorry but I do not have an ETA on when we will stock this item. 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With all of the excitement around the launch of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, we here at Micro Center wanted to offer the community a chance to download and print your own case! Please find the .stl files below available for download at no cost! Make sure to stop in to Micro Center for all of your 3D printing and filament needs!


Download Links

  • TopCase.stl
  • BottomCase.stl


Suggested Print Settings (example using a 3D Printer):

  • land PLA 1.75mm - color of your choice
  • Filament Temperature - 210
  • Speed - 50m/x
  • Layer Height - .2
  • Outer Walls - .8
  • Top Layers - 3
  • Infill - 13%
  • Heated Bed first layer - 60 degrees
  • Heated Bed all other layers - 50 degrees


© Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Using the Raspberry Pi Pico — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › How to & Technical Guides › Maker Using the Raspberry Pi Pico MicroCenterOfficial admin January 2021 edited April 5 in Maker The freshly-released Pico is Raspberry Pi's first venture into Arduino boards. But without an on-board OS like Raspberry Pi's other boards, the Pico's utility is a bit more niche and might require a bit of an explanation for newcomers and veterans alike. That's where we come in. Getting Started with MicroPython The Raspberry Pi Pico is very straightforward. You'll need a Linux, Windows, Mac PC, or a Raspberry Pi set up as a desktop. You'll need to install MicroPython on your Pico. Visit https://pico.raspberrypi.org/getting-started/ and click on "Getting started with MicroPython." Download the UF2 file and follow the instructions under "Drag and drop MicroPython." You'll also need to download and install Thonny. Thonny is a Python Integrated Development Environment, or IDE and console in one, allowing you to write code and interact with the Pico in the same program. Thonny is available on all platforms and is preinstalled on the Raspberry Pi OS. Thonny Setup After installing and launching Thonny, click "Select Interpreter" under "Run." Next, set the interpreter to "Micro Python (Generic)" and choose the proper port. I've had good luck with the automatic port selection option, but you may need to select a port manually.   Hello World Script Our first script will be the classic "Hello World" script. Enter the following text in the text editor: print("Hello World") Then click the "Run" icon under "View" and "Run" in the menu bar. It's a green circle with a white "play" icon in it. Thonny will ask where you would like to save the file. Select MicroPython device and give the file a descriptive name, like "hello.py" – make sure to include the .py. You should see the text "Hello World" in the terminal at the bottom of the window. Setting up LED Blink Our next script will be a single blinking LED. Using a breadboard, an LED, and a 1k resistor, wire up the following circuit: In this circuit, we connected the positive side of the LED to GPIO 1 and the negative side ground with a 1k resistor. This resistor is called a current limiting resistor, and it reduces the amount of current flowing through the circuit by increasing the total resistance of the circuit. The value of this resistor isn't significant. A few hundred ohms is adequate. The higher the value of the resistor, the dimmer the LED will be. Current limiting resistors serve to protect the LED and keep it from burning out. Since the Pico uses 3.3v logic, you can usually get away without a current limiting resistor, but it's a good idea to include one to be safe. Replace the hello world code with the following code and run it as described above: import machine #library for hardware; allows us to access pins import time #for delays redLed = machine.Pin(1, machine.Pin.OUT) #initialize GPIO 1 as output for red LED while (1): #infinite loop; runs until manually stopped redLed.toggle() #if LED is on, turn off. Else, turn on. time.sleep(.5) #pause for 1/2 second
This will turn the LED on for half a second then off for half a second until the code is interrupted. You may have noticed some words change colors when you paste or type this into Thonny. Thonny highlights specific keywords to make them easier to identify. For example, control keywords (like "while" and "import") are bold magenta, and strings (anything surrounded by quotation marks) are green. Comments, which are anything preceded by a #, show up in light gray. These aren't part of the code but are used to explain what the code is doing. We can make things a little more interesting by wiring up this circuit: This is essentially the same circuit as the last example, but it has been duplicated two times. After wiring up this circuit, run the following code: import machine #library for hardware; allows us to access pins import time #for delays redLed = machine.Pin(1, machine.Pin.OUT) #initialize GPIO 1 as output for red LED yellowLed = machine.Pin(2, machine.Pin.OUT) #initialize GPIO 2 as output for yellow LED greenLed = machine.Pin(3, machine.Pin.OUT) #initialize GPIO 3 as output for green LED redLed.value(0) #Turn off red LED yellowLed.value(0) #turn off yellow LED greenLed.value(0) #turn off green LED while (1): #infinite loop; runs until manually stopped redLed.toggle() time.sleep(.5) redLed.toggle() yellowLed.toggle() time.sleep(.5) yellowLed.toggle() greenLed.toggle() time.sleep(.5) greenLed.toggle() yellowLed.toggle() time.sleep(.5) yellowLed.toggle()   The LEDs will flash in red, yellow, green, and yellow until the script is interrupted.   Pushbutton Input Next, we'll look at some simple inputs with a pushbutton. Wire up this circuit using the same components we used before, plus a pushbutton: Here we have removed the yellow LED and installed a pushbutton. One side of the button is wired to GPIO 4, and the other is wired to 3.3v. Notice we're using two legs on opposite corners of the pushbutton rather than the same side. It is the easiest way to ensure the contacts you use aren't connected inside the switch. Next, load and run this code:

import machine #library for hardware; allows us to access pins import time #for delays redLed = machine.Pin(1, machine.Pin.OUT) #initialize GPIO 1 as output for red LED greenLed = machine.Pin(3, machine.Pin.OUT) #initialize GPIO 3 as output for green LED button = machine.Pin(4,machine.Pin.IN) #initialize GPIO 4 as input for button redLed.value(0) #set LED initial values greenLed.value(1) while(1): if button.value(): #if button is pressed, button.value == 1 redLed.toggle() #Toggle the LEDs greenLed.toggle() time.sleep(.5) #Pause for half a second #If the button isn't pressed nothing happens and the while loop executes again

  When you push the button, both lights will toggle. Either the red or green LED will always be on, but never both at the same time. If you hold the button, the lights will toggle every half second until you let go. The delay in the while loop causes this. This delay also slows down the code's execution. If you remove it, the lights will flash faster than you can press the button, causing it to flash multiple times each time you press the button.   While these examples are straightforward, they form the building blocks of many projects. The LEDs could be replaced with buzzers, motors via an H bridge or other motor controller, or brighter 12v LEDs via a MOSFET or relay. The pushbutton could be replaced with a bump switch, PIR motion sensor, or photoresistor. Beyond the basic digital I/O we covered in these examples, the Pico also supports several serial protocols, including IIC and SPI, allowing you to connect a vast range of sensors, displays, and other I/O devices. The Pico also supports pulse width modulation (or PWM) and analog inputs. PWM can be used to vary the intensity of LEDs or drive servos, and analog inputs can be used to take readings from potentiometers, thermistors, or photoresistors. Since it's all programmed in MicroPython, any libraries or tutorials written for other MicroPython boards will port to the Pico without much trouble. If you're looking for a starting point for your project, we offer many components and component sets in store:   Inland Pi Kit Deluxe Parts Pack Inland PIR Motion Sensor Module 37 in 1 Sensor Kit Elenco Electronics LEDK-80 80 Piece LED Component Kit NTE Electronics LED 3MM Blue Water Clear Lens 1500MCD & 1/8W 220 OHM Resistor – 25 Pack Inland 400 Tie-Points Breadboard – 3 Pack Inland Dupont Jumper Wire 20cm – 3 Pack NTE Electronics 5MM Photoresistor (LDR) – 10 Pack Inland Blue 9G Servo – 3 Pack 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla
Community Article Raspberry Pi PICO availability? — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Raspberry Pi PICO availability? jwschull ✭ March 2021 edited June 2021 in General Discussion As of about a week ago, the PICO is not shown as available at my local Marietta, Ga. Microcenter. It's not even listed as backordered on the web site. Whats up? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin March 2021 Hello @jwschull It looks like we're sold out currently, but I am still seeing that we list the PICO on our website. https://www.microcenter.com/product/632771/raspberry-pi-pi-pico-microcontroller-development-board---based-on-the-raspberry-pi-dual-core-arm-cortex-m0-rp2040-processor%2C-up-to-133-mhz%2C-supports-c I know we have carried raspberry pi's from a couple of different manufacturers in the past. Perhaps our buyers are acquiring them from a new source? I'm not certain, I'd recommend keeping an eye on our website for the time being, when we have more, we'll be sure to update our website! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 2021 edited March 2021 @jwschull the picos blow out almost as fast as we can get them in! ive seen larger and larger shipments recently so hopefully things should even out for us to have a pretty decent stock on soon! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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With a magic mirror, you really can make your house something from a Sci-Fi movie. With a Raspberry Pi, you can create a smart home mirror and upload your own modules to customize it exactly how you like it. This guide will show you how you can start living your dream life of the future and impress your friends. Programming the Pi First comes first: you will need to make sure you have set up your PI on Raspberry Pi OS. We have a complete guide on how to do this here! Once you have that setup, you will need to download the code. You can find this on Github for the Magic mirror. Or, you can download it through the terminal on the Pi with system commands! Remember that this requires a Raspberry Pi 3 or higher to work. First, you need to open the terminal on the Pi by hitting the Terminal logo in the top right. Next, you will need to type in the command below! Using this command will download the Node.js command environment for the Pi. curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_14.x | sudo -E bash - sudo apt install -y nodejs After that, You will need to get the MagicMirror branch from Github. You can do this with a command. Enter the text below into the terminal. git clone https://github.com/MichMich/MagicMirror Once downloaded, you will need to install the software. To install, change the directory to Magic Mirror and then run the install command. Both commands are found below and need to be run in order! cd MagicMirror/ npm install You now have the program downloaded and installed. Copy the default files from the config files, which you can do with the following command. cp config/config.js.sample config/config.js Lastly, you will need to launch the program with: npm run start Make sure if you are launching the device from boot that you change directory with CD MagicMirror/ (case sensitive) before running NPM run start. Once done, you will get the display below! After Setup Sometimes after setting up the Magic Mirror, you may notice that your weather is not working or showing an incorrect location. For the weather to work, you will need to navigate to Home/Pi/Magicmirror/Config/Config.js (pictured below) Open config.js and find the weather module. Once you find this, you will see where it says "API key" This will be where you will paste your weather API key. There are several providers of these keys, but the one we used for this example was from Open Weather Map, where you can make a free account and get an API key for this mirror. Once you've pasted your key in the API, your weather should automatically display. To get your exact location to display, you'll need to download the file at this link and find your locationID - see below for examples. Your Magic Mirror is Complete! Now that you have gone through the setup, the magic mirror is fully programmed. Now all you need to do is physically build the mirror. There are many different ways to do this. You can find an excellent guide to follow at All3DP, where they walk you step by step on how to create the frame for this! 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Are you a person that has a lot of videos or files saved on your computer but would like to play them on other devices such as your phone or smart TV? I will show you a way that you can set up your Raspberry Pi as a file server for your home network. This is one of my favorite server roles to set up on a Pi, and it’s quite simple. In this guide, I’ll give you step-by-step instructions that you can follow even if you do not know any programming languages, like me. This will all be set up using some basic Linux commands. If you are a beginner when it comes to Linux, then I encourage you to connect the Pi to your monitor and connect a mouse and keyboard directly to the Pi.    What you will need: -Raspberry Pi -Micro SD Card (with Raspbian OS) -SD Card reader -Internet Connection -External HDD or USB flash drive (optional) -USB Mouse and Keyboard -Ethernet Cable (optional)   Step 1 - Install Raspbian: Install Raspbian on the micro SD Card. You can download the OS and imaging program here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/ Download the Raspberry Pi Imager and Raspbian from the link above. Then install Etcher (Raspberry Pi Imager). Once you have Etcher installed, open the program so we can flash our SD card with the Raspbian OS. (See screenshots below) First, select the Raspbian zip file: then select the SD card (I recommend unplugging all external drives except for the SD card at this step), then click flash. Do not remove the SD card or close the imaging program until it is finished. Step 2 – Update Pi: After we install Raspbian on the SD card, we will need to update the repositories and the pi. First, we need to connect to the internet. If you connected your Pi using an ethernet cable, then skip ahead to updating your pi. To connect your Pi to WiFi, click on the arrows with the 'X' over them on the taskbar (your taskbar will be on the top of your screen). Then you will see the list of available WiFi networks. Select your SSID and enter the Wi-Fi password to connect (see screenshot below).  Now, We need to open terminal by clicking on the icon on the taskbar or by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. You can also open terminal by clicking on the start button in the corner (the raspberry) > Then go to 'Accessories' > Then go to 'Terminal'  Once you have terminal open. enter the following command: (It may ask for your password. If you have not changed it then the default password is ‘raspberry’)   sudo apt-get update   (sudo in Linux stands for ‘superuser do’. It is similar to ‘Run as Admin’ on Windows) Once that is finished, we can now update the Pi OS and all the installed programs. Enter this command:   sudo apt-get upgrade   (It will ask you to type Y or N to confirm if you want to install, type Y and hit ‘enter’)   Step 3 – Create Server Folder: Next, we will need to create a directory (folder) for the server. This will have to be done differently depending on if you are using an external hard drive or the SD card as the storage location for the server.   Creating the folder on the SD card: **If you want the server files to be stored on an external drive then proceed to the next step** To create a folder in terminal, we will use the ‘mkdir’ command. We also must include the folder name. Type the following command in terminal:   mkdir /home/pi/shared   Remember this directory path! The folder we are using for our server is ‘shared’. It is in the ‘pi’ folder which is found within the ‘home’ folder.   Creating the folder on an External Drive: **If you already created the server folder on the SD card above then proceed to step 4** Now, we just need to make sure the drive is recognized and accessible. We can easily determine this by looking at the desktop on the Pi. If you can’t see it on the desktop, then try unplugging the drive and plugging it back in. If you do this several times and it is still not detected, then I recommend formatting the external drive on a different computer. Make sure it’s formatted in the exFAT or FAT32 filesystem. Once you can see the external drive on the Pi then you are ready to create the folder on it. From here we will have to see what your drive is labeled as. Type the following command:   cd /media/pi   (cd means change directory) Now we need to list the contents of this folder with this command:   ls   (this is a lowercase L and not an I) The name of our external drive will be displayed. So, on my pi when I enter that command it displays:   ‘HDD’   (This is likely going to show a different name for you, just remember this for the next step) Once we see what the external drive is labeled, we can create a folder for the server on the external drive. We will call this folder ‘shared’. We will run this command:   mkdir /media/pi/HDD/shared   (Remember to replace HDD with the name of your external drive!)   Step 4 – Install Samba: Now we must install samba with the additional files required for the server. To do this, we will enter this command:   sudo apt install samba   When that is finished installing, enter this command:   sudo apt install samba-common-bin   Step 5 – Open the Server File: Once these are installed, we will need to open the smb.conf file to create the server. We are going to use a text editor in terminal to edit the file. We can do this by entering the following:   sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf   (If you are like me and constantly want to change the settings or name of your server, then remember this command and the directory path)   Step 6 - Configure the Server: This will open the server configuration file. Once it is open, scroll all the way to the bottom using the down arrow on the keyboard. I have set up this samba server a few different ways so I will just explain the method I believe works the best. We will add these lines to the bottom of the smb.conf file:   [global] netbios name = PiNetworkName                    server string = The Pi File Server workgroup = WORKGROUPNAME                     [PiServerName]                                   (The name of your server)    path = /media/pi/HDD/shared        (The path to your server folder – See Step 3) browsable = yes writeable=yes create mask=0777                          directory mask=0777              public=no                                              (If you do not want to require a password to access the server then you can change the last line from ‘public=no’ to ‘public=yes’.) Now I want to mention a few things here. For the NetBIOS name, this is how other computers and your phone will recognize the Pi on the network. You can name it whatever you would like. Also, be sure you entered the correct path to your server folder above. We created this folder in step 3. If you created it in your home directory, it would look like ‘/home/pi/shared’ and if you created it on the external drive it would look like ‘media/pi/USB/shared’. As you can see above, I am setting up my server to use an external drive. This is an important step so if you are not sure then go look at step 3 again and copy that directory path here in the smb.conf file. When you are finished it should look similar to this:   Once these lines have been added to the bottom of the file be sure to save using Ctrl + X. Then Y for yes - Then enter to save.   Step 7 – Create a Password: Now, we must assign a username and password to the server. In this example, we will set a password for the user ‘pi’. Let’s enter this command:   sudo smbpasswd -a pi   It will prompt you to set a password. Go ahead and type in a password and hit enter. It will ask you to type it in again to confirm it, then hit enter again.   Step 8 – Restart Samba Service After we create the password for the server, we need to restart the samba service so it will accept all the changes we have made. Do that by entering this command:   sudo systemctl restart smbd   It is worth noting that if you ever have any issues with accessing the server then running this command can solve that problem.   Step 9 – Access the Server Once you restart the samba service, you will be able to see the NetBIOS name on another PC or device that is on the same network. You can download an smb client app on android or iOS to sign into and access the samba server. I use CX File Explorer for Android, however, there are dozens of apps to choose from. On a Windows computer, if you open file explorer and click on 'Network' you will see the NetBIOS name of the pi there. You can double-click on it and you will see the server folder. Once you double-click on that it will ask you for the username and password. If you have issues recognizing the pi over the network, I advise restarting the pi itself then restarting the samba service. You can also reseat the ethernet cable (if you are using one) or reconnect the pi to Wi-Fi.  3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TS_JosephF admin July 2020 Questions or Comments I really hope that you all enjoy your server and this project as much as I do. Please let me know if you have any questions. As always, we encourage your feedback! If there is a section in this article you do not understand, please leave a comment and let us know what part. We can explain it more in-depth in the comments and we could edit the guide to help any future viewers.  Thank you for reading! If you are looking for some other ideas on what you can do with a Raspberry Pi, then I recommend checking out our article on "How to turn your Raspberry Pi Zero into a Webcam" 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Whenever you do anything on your network, your ISP, or Internet Service Provider, can see what you're doing. The best way to browse the web privately is by installing a VPN onto your home network devices, including the Raspberry Pi. This can block anyone from seeing your web footprints left while browsing the internet. What is a VPN? VPN stands for (Virtual Private Network). A VPN hides your IP (Internet Protocol) address, so what you do online cannot be traced. They also allow you to mask your IP with an IP from a different country, granting you access to content from other countries that aren't available in your physical location. However, some VPNs can slow down internet speeds and cause connectivity issues. This is why it is important to make sure you select a VPN that is great for everyday use and won't limit your internet speeds. For that, we turn to NordVPN. NordVPN subscriptions support up to 6 devices, so once you install it on your Pi, you've got plenty left over for phones, tablets, and laptops! How do I set up a VPN on Raspberry Pi? First things first, you'll need to grab a copy of NordVPN. After you set up your NordVPN account, you'll need to image your Pi. This project requires Raspberry Pi OS to be installed on the device. For a full tutorial on how to do this, check out our How to set up a Raspberry Pi article. Once these initial steps are done, you are ready to start setting up NordVPN on the Pi. Begin by logging into your Pi via SSH with the command below. SSH allows you to remotely log into your PI remotely and gain access to the terminal. This gives you the ability to send system commands to the Pi to download programs and change system settings. Once you are logged in, you will need to download the NordVPN client for the Pi with the command below. This will take a moment while it downloads the files. Once it has been downloaded, you will need to log in to your account. Make sure you set up an account when purchasing the NordVPN code or subscription. You will use the command below and be prompted to enter your e-mail and password. Sometimes you may run into an error saying permission denied. To solve this, enter "usermod -aG nordvpn $user" and then reboot. After that, retry the login process, and it should finish setting up. You'll know it worked when you see "Welcome to NordVPN," as shown in the image below! To be able to log back into your VPN, you will need to whitelist or allow your device. You can do this by using the command below. After that, you are all set. Below you can see the command list to change settings on your VPN server. Protected! Now that you have your Raspberry Pi VPN is set up! This allows you to browse the web with confidence, knowing that your IP is masked through other nodes and you can't be directly traced. In addition, with the cities and countries commands, you can set your IP location to be anywhere you would like to have access to different types of content not available in your region. So have fun surfing the web securely and confidently! More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more information about Raspberry Pi? We’ve got a Hobby Board section of the community, as well as Hobby Board guides like The Definitive Micro Computer Buying Guide, Raspberry Pi Basics, and How to Create a Retro Game Console with Raspberry Pi! And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments erserver ✭ September 2021 Does this only work with NordVPN or can one use another VPN provider? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin September 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/36033#Comment_36033 Yes, you can use other VPNs, our guide uses NordVPN as an example. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 60 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 105 New Members 246 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 69 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 34 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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