The following are required for this tutorial:

  • Raspberry Pi computer, preferably one with both Ethernet and WiFi built-in. The classic form-factor Pi 3 B+ or Pi 4 are ideal. Other Pi models can certainly work with the addition of dongles or IO boards, but this guide focuses on the basics.
  • Ethernet internet connectivity is required; that’s where we’ll be routing wireless traffic.
  • Ethernet cable
  • microSD card (4GB or larger) for Raspberry Pi OS. Early Pi models use a full-size SD card or a microSD adapter.
  • Power supply for your Pi. Some also require a USB cable if not attached, either USB-C or Micro-B depending on Pi model.

The following are optional or required only in particular circumstances:

  • A USB WiFi adapter is required for earlier Pi models that don’t have WiFi built-in. Not all WiFi adapters work, we know for sure the ones in the Adafruit shop are compatible!
  • A USB Console cable can be used for logging in and configuring the system, or you can remote log in via ssh over Ethernet, whichever you prefer.
  • Case for your Pi.
  • A SD or MicroSD card reader.

Our Pi starter packs have all you need and come with more fun stuff you can play with.

This guide was first published on Jun 12, 2013. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

This page (What you'll need) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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