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How to setup the hardware of your Raspberry Pi 3 B+

Time needed: 5 minutes

This tutorial will guide you to setup the hardware components on your Raspberry Pi. After having completed this tutorial, your Raspberry Pi is equipped with all the basic components and you are ready to install the operating system.

  1. Prepare to setup the hardware

    Be sure to have prepared following components:
    – your Raspberry Pi 🙂
    – a heatsink set (optional)
    – Raspberry Pi case
    – USB keyboard
    – USB mouse
    – micro-SD card (already preloaded with NOOBS or an OS)
    – HDMI cable connected to a monitor or TV (supporting HDMI video)
    – ethernet cable to connect to your LAN (optional)
    5V power supply with micro-USB plug (make sure it’s powerful enough ex.: 2500mA)

    If you miss one of the components, do not hesitate to visit our shop .Raspberry Pi 3B+ starter kit

  2. Place the heatsinks

    Start to place the heatsinks onto the board. If you’re not sure how to do it, have a quick look at our tutorial “Placing the heatsinks on the Raspberry Pi 3 B+”.Raspberry Pi 3 B+ heatsinks

  3. Place the board into the case

    Now the heatsinks are placed, it’s the right moment to mount your board into your preferred case.Raspberry Pi 3 in black case

  4. Insert the micro SD card

    For optimal performance, we recommend a class 10 card with a minimum of 8GB of storage capacity.
    Make sure you have noobs or any compatible OS preloaded onto your SD-card.
    Simply place the micro card into the SD card slot on the Raspberry Pi as shown in the figure below. If your board is already mounted into a case, the case should not hinder the placement or retrieving of the SD card.

  5. Connect mouse, keyboard and display

    Next, plug your keyboard and mouse into the USB ports on the Raspberry Pi.
    And connect your HDMI cable from your Raspberry Pi to your monitor or TV.

  6. Connection to your network(optional)

    For a wired network connection, plug the ethernet cable into the Ethernet port.

  7. Plug in the power supply

    If you’re sure all components are connected and the micro SD card has been inserted, you can plug in the micro USB plug from the power supply.
    This action will boot your Raspberry Pi!

Congratulations! All the hardware of your Raspbery Pi has been setup now. In the next tutorial “How to install Raspberry Pi OS starting from Noobs” we will see how we can install the OS.

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