Raspberry Pi Zero Networking Solutions

Having been lucky enough to get a Pi Zero when they were first released on the cover of the MagPi magazine, we’ve had plenty of time to try out a number of different things on it.

During that time, one of the things that we’ve always had to consider is the question of how to get our Pi Zero on the network, so we’ve spent a little time investigating some of the different networking options for the Pi Zero.

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BBC Microbit

We’ve been trying to get our hands on a BBC Microbit for quite some time now; especially after seeing a whole wall of them at the recent BETT Show in London a couple of weeks back.

BBC Microbit Wall
BBC Microbit Wall

Anyway, our good friends at Kitronik recently sent us a bundle of BBC Microbit goodies to play with; including their excellent Inventor’s Kit, a couple of different cases, a Prototyping System, breakout boards, and a motor driver board. It was like Christmas all over again.

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PaPiRus ePaper Hat

We’ve been having a bit of a play with the new PaPiRus ePaper HATs from Pi Supply. These are basically small displays (they come in different sizes; 1.44″, 2.0″ and 2.7″) which use ePaper technology, and sit on the Raspberry Pi GPIO header. The great advantage of the ePaper (aka eInk) technology is that you can display information on the screen indefinitely; even after the power is switched off.

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Astro Pi

This Tuesday (15th December 2015), British Astronaut Tim Peake is due to head off into space for a 6 month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Part of his mission will be to carry out some experiments using a couple of specially augmented Raspberry Pi computers (known as Astro Pis) that were recently delivered to the ISS.

We thought it would be appropriate to mark this auspicious occasion by having a look at the Astro Pi Sense Hat software that Tim will be using aboard the ISS.

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Raspberry Squids

We’ve recently received a new product from MonksMakes (http://www.monkmakes.com/) called a Raspberry Squid.

These are RGB LEDs which have built in current limiting resistors, and header sockets that will fit straight onto the GPIO pins of a Raspberry Pi. There’s also a push button which, like the LED, has a built in protection resistor and header sockets to fit straight onto the GPIO pins.


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Getting started with NOOBS on the Raspberry Pi

We recently had a query from a customer who was having trouble setting up his Raspberry Pi with NOOBS. While investigating this issue, it occurred to us that there were a number of common pitfalls which can catch out the unwary; including, sometimes,  ourselves.

So, here are a number of things to watch out for when installing an operating system on your Pi using the NOOBS distribution.

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