Set Up Hardware and Network Access

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Before you begin, you'll need the following components:

  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and power supply (see recommended kit)

  • USB microphone (see recommended)

  • Speaker, preferably USB (see recommended USB or 3.5mm-jack)

  • An SD card with NOOBS pre-installed. NOOBS is an OS installer that contains Raspbian by default and simplifies OS setup.

  • You may also want to have a USB keyboard, USB mouse, and a monitor with an HDMI cable. These simplify initial hardware setup (and are required to install NOOBS).

You'll now set up the hardware and configure network access.

Connect the hardware and configure network access

  1. Connect the microphone and speaker to the Raspberry Pi.
  2. Insert the SD card into the Raspberry Pi (with NOOBS or Raspbian with Desktop already loaded).
  3. Connect a USB keyboard, USB mouse and HDMI monitor to your Raspberry Pi. If you don't have these, you can always connect to the Pi remotely.
  4. Plug in an ethernet cable or connect to a Wi-Fi network.

After you configure access, you can connect to the Raspberry Pi via SSH (optional).

Configure the date and time

Check that the date and time are set correctly on the device.


Connect to the Raspberry Pi via SSH (Optional)

To run commands on the Raspberry Pi, you need to open the terminal on the device or use an SSH connection. You must use an SSH connection from your development machine if you do not have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse connected to the Raspberry Pi.

Make sure SSH is enabled on the Raspberry Pi.

ssh pi@raspberry-pi-ip-address
password: password-for-raspberry-pi

For example:

$ ssh pi@
password: raspberry

On Raspbian, the default password for the pi user is raspberry. You should change this password immediately (run passwd in a terminal on the Pi).

Use the terminal or the SSH session you set up in this step to enter the commands in the rest of this guide. The working directory for both is /home/pi.

Next step

Configure and Test the Audio