I brought a Raspberry Pi Zero on Friday because it was really hyped up and it was also very cheap. I brought mine from The Pi Hut, I got the Zero + Essentials Kit variation (which costed £10.25 at the time of purchase).
My first impression of the Pi Zero was that it was extremely small. The only place I had seen it is in magazines which made it look bigger. When I first booted it up it took a while making me think it was going to be quite slow but once it was booted up it seemed quite snappy (in bash/command line mode).
- I first plugged in the HDMI adapter then a (powered) HDMI to VGA adapter as my monitor is VGA.
- Next, I plugged in my OTG cable then plugged that into a powered USB Hub which I had my keyboard, mouse and Wi-Fi dongle connected.
- Then, I inserted my microSD card which I had put Raspbian on (I used the lite version (which has no desktop GUI) as I like to run my Pi's headless and its more fun to learn bash :))
- I plugged in the power then waited for it to boot up for the first time.
- I typed in
pifor the username and
raspberryfor the password.
- I then expanded the filesystem to use the whole of my SD card by typing
sudo raspi-configthen selecting 'Expand Filesystem'.
- I then finished by rebooting the Pi.
- I then set up the Wi-Fi by: (using this article)
- Scanning for networks using
sudo iwlist wlan0 scanbut as I already knew my Wi-Fi SSID and Password it was unnecessary. The
ESSIDpart is the SSID you need for later
- Opening the configuration file by typing
sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf. Then going to the bottom of the file and adding:
ssid="ssid of your network"
psk="password of your network"
- Next, I updated the apt packages by typing
sudo apt-get update. You could also do
sudo apt-get upgradeif your image is a bit old.
- As I had no desktop, I decided to install Lynx. A web browser that can be used in the command line. You can install it by typing
sudo apt-get install lynx. Then opening it by typing
Overall the Raspberry Pi Zero is great for the £5 price tag but can set you back a little more for the adapters. It is very small so can be used for projects when a traditional Pi is too big.