Raspberry Pi for N00bs – WLAN

So you already know how to connect to the LAN, but sometimes the Router is not right next to the Raspberry Pi and you need a wireless connection. Not every WLAN stick is compatible, check the compatibility list before you buy one. I am using a TP-LINK 150Mbps Nano, no additional driver needed and you almost don´t see it when it´s in the Rasbperry. With “ifconfig“, you can see if the WLAN stick is up and running with the correct driver:

Raspberry Pi - WLAN Configuration

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Raspberry Pi For N00bs – Linux Basics

After installing a Linux distribution as explained in my article “Raspberry Pi for n00bs – Installation“, it is time to change some basic settings. This article covers everything you need to know to get your system ready to use. I only run my Raspberries “headless”, without a monitor/TV. Saves an expensive gold-plated HDMI cable and all the cool kids do it 🙂

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Raspberry Pi for N00bs – Installation

A complete PC for only 30 Euros, super-silent without active cooling, the operating system on SD card. That is the Raspberry Pi 🙂

Shopping List

…ok, to get it up and running, you will need a few more Euros, here´s the minimal configuration:Raspberry Pi Logo

  • Raspberry Pi – B/B+ (30-35 Euros)
  • Ethernet cable (1-2 Euros)
  • Power supply with at least 0,7A (better 1A) and Micro USB (5-10 Euros)
  • One of the countless Raspberry cases (5-10 Euros)
  • SD card with at least 4GB, better 8 or 16 (10-20 Euros)

Now we´re already at ~50 Euros, but the Mini-PC only needs 2-3 Watts and practically no space.

A HDMI cable and a USB keyboard are optional, for the first installation and if you don´t just want to administrate the Raspberry Pi with SSH. Check your local supplier for all the items, SD cards are pretty cheap at Amazon. It´s a good idea to check the compatibility list first: http://elinux.org/RPi_SD_cards

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QNAP NAS – USB Webcam with Motion Detection

A NAS is not only good for storing data and media, you can also use consumer-webcams per USB. And that´s all you need for video monitoring with motion detection. The tutorial is based on the QNAP TS-212 (the best there is), but it should be the same for all QNAP devices. In fact, it should work on pretty much every linux distribution.

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