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A quick overview of Raspberry Pi 4 Model B and setting it up

This guide will walk you through getting started with the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B and setting it up.  First and foremost, let’s take a quick look at the Raspberry Pi 4 Overview.

In this post, we’ll show you how to build a new Raspberry Pi from the scratch and get it ready to use. The Raspberry Pi will be switched to desktop mode. It is the most user-friendly and straightforward to operate. Furthermore, the Pi supports all of the functions in this mode.

Components Required

For getting started & setting up Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, here are the following requirements.

  • Raspberry pi 4 Model B-2GB/4gb/8GB
  • Power Supply for Pi-2.5-3 Amp
  • Monitor & cable
  • SD Card-32GB/64GB/128GB
  • Keyboard-with USB connectivity
  • Mouse-with USB connectivity
  • Working PC

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B

The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the newest member of the Raspberry Pi computer family. When compared to the previous-generation Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, it offers revolutionary advances in processor speed, multimedia performance, memory, and connectivity while keeping backward compatibility and power efficiency. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is comparable to entry-level x86 PCs in terms of desktop performance.

Features of Raspberry Pi 4 Model B

  • Broadcom BCM2711, Quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz
  • 2GB, 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4-3200 SDRAM (depending on model)
  • 4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports; 2 USB 2.0 ports.
  • Raspberry Pi standard 40 pin GPIO header (fully backward compatible with previous boards)
  • 2 × micro-HDMI ports (up to 4kp60 supported)
  • 2-lane MIPI DSI display port
  • 2-lane MIPI CSI camera port
  • 4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
  • 265 (4kp60 decode), H264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode)
  • OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.0
  • Micro-SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage
  • 5V DC via USB-C connector (minimum 3A*)
  • 5V DC via GPIO header (minimum 3A*)
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled (requires separate PoE HAT)
  • Operating temperature: 0 – 50 degrees C ambient

Setting Up the Raspberry Pi 4

Now that we know the Raspberry PI 4 is a microprocessor, we need to install an operating system in order to use it easily and in a user-friendly manner. Let’s get started:

  • Take your SD card and plug it into your computer.
  • Go to this page, scroll down, and download Raspberry Pi Imager from here for your operating system, whether it’s a Mac, Linux, or Windows, as seen in the image below.
  • Install and open it once it has been downloaded.
  • Now, as seen in the image below, click “CHOOSE STORAGE” and choose the SD card that you are using to install the OS.
  • Now go to “CHOOSE OS” and choose the first option, i.e.; Raspberry Pi OS, as seen in the image below.
  • Once you’ve made your selection, click “WRITE” to begin the imaging process.
  • After the imaging is completed, the imaged files will be verified.
  • After that, remove the SD card from the PC.

Raspberry Pi 4 Connections

Now we will set up our Raspberry Pi connections

  • Connect both USB ports of the Raspberry Pi to the keyboard and mouse.
  • Now we move to the HDMI or Display connections. 
  • We have two micro HDMI ports on the Raspberry Pi, and anyone can be used.
  • If the wire is not connected properly, the port may be destroyed. I got a VGA to HDMI Male connection and a Female HDMI to Male Micro HDMI connector as seen in the image below because I had a VGA display.
  • Now, all we need is an SD card. We have one SD Card slot beneath the Pi board, so all we have to do is insert the SD card there.
  • The board must now be powered on by attaching it to a power supply via the C-Type connector, which has a 5v and 3 Amp output. Following then, two onboard LEDs will begin to blink.

Display Setup & Interface

  • After that, it may take a few seconds or a minute for a display with a Raspberry Pi OS Home screen to appear on the monitor.
  • A pop-up window will appear, asking for timing and language settings; my settings were as follows.
  • After that, click Next, and another box for setting the password and another Wi-Fi connection will appear, which may be configured as needed.
  • The figure above shows the window for setting a password
  • Next is the  Wi-Fi configuration window. We will need to enter the Wi-Fi password, after which the Wi-Fi will join immediately. (Make sure your Wi-Fi connection is 2.4GHz rather than 5GHz, or it will not connect.)
  • Finally, our setup is complete, and we are ready to begin working on the Raspberry Pi. You can begin working on numerous projects right now

Conclusion:

I hope all of you have understood how to set up the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. We MATHA ELECTRONICS will be back soon with more informative blogs.

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