and click on Raspberry Pi Configuration (Figure 10). This
opens the configuration window.
Click on the Localisation tab (Figure 11), and set your
locale, time, keyboard, etc. When you’re done, click OK
and Yes to the reboot prompt for the changes to take
place. If you aren’t prompted, know that you’ll have to
reboot the Pi for the changes to take place. Congrats!
You’ve successfully set up your Pi!
If you didn’t connect to your Wi-Fi earlier, you can set
it up from the desktop screen. Look to your upper right
corner (typically) and locate the network button. It should
be just to the right of the Bluetooth icon, and be an image
of two computers. Click on it, select your local Wi-Fi
network, and enter in the necessary password. If the Pi
connects, the icon should change to radiating waves
depicting one, two, or three bars.
Something else you’ll most likely encounter as you set
off on your Raspberry Pi journey is the need to access and
use the terminal. Accessing the terminal is simple: Click on
the icon resembling a black box near the upper left-hand
region of the screen. A terminal window appears (Figure
12). Here, you can control your Pi through various text
commands and flirt with that hacker persona inside of
you. Refer to the sidebar on Extra/Commands for how to
get started with some of the basics.
How is this even remotely
The standard Raspberry Pi setup with a
connected USB mouse, keyboard, and
monitor isn’t always convenient. Luckily, there
are two popular ways you can control your Pi
remotely: Virtual Network Computing (VNC);
or Secure Shell (SSH). They’re both relatively
simple to set up.
Let’s take a look at VNC first. VNC
allows you to control your Pi from a laptop or
other computer through a graphical desktop
interface. In short, whatever appears on the
monitor connected to the Pi will appear in
real time on the VNC Viewer on your laptop.
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Pre-installed NOOBS SD Card
Title: 16GB Card with NOOBS 2.1
Product ID: 1583
Raspberry Pi 3 Power Supply
Title: CanaKit 5V 2.5A Raspberry Pi 3 Power Supply/
Title: Tactile Button switch ( 6 mm) x 20 pack
Product ID: 367
Title: Half-size breadboard
Product ID: 64
Female/Male Jumper Wires
Title: Premium Female/Male 'Extension' Jumper Wires
20 x 3"
Product ID: 1953
Here is a short list of general terminal commands that you may find
immediately handy as you get familiar with your Raspberry Pi. Note
that this list is not comprehensive.
• hostname -I: Gives you the IP address of your Pi.
• sudo raspi-config: Opens the Raspberry Pi configuration window.
• sudo apt-get update: Your Pi will retrieve the latest updates available.
• sudo apt-get upgrade: Your Pi will actually update/upgrade its system.
• sudo raspi-config: Opens the Configuration menu. Note this is the
same menu that you can navigate to from the menu button with your
• sudo shutdown -h now: Effectively shuts down your Pi.
• pwd: Prints working directory; returns the name of the folder you’re
• ls: Lists the contents of the directory you’re in.
• lsusb: Lists the connected devices.
• cd [name of directory]: Changes the directory to whatever you type
• mkdir [name of directory]: Creates a new directory which you name.
FIGURE 12. The Raspberry Pi Terminal window.