Category Archives: Raspberry Pi

Assembling the RTk.GPIO Case

Assembling the RTk.GPIO Acrylic Case The RTk.GPIO is a pin compatible Raspberry Pi GPIO header that can be connected to any USB capable computer to emulate the functions of the Raspberry Pi – Without the need for a Raspberry Pi (but can be used on one!). The project started life successfully on Kickstarter to get off the ground, and now in full production. Check all the pieces To assemble the… Read Article →

Assembling the GPIO Splitter

Assembling the GPIO Splitter The GPIO splitter is a HAT sized extension to the Raspberry Pi GPIO pins, enabling debugging, prototyping or extending a project. The GPIO Splitter has labels for the BCM numbering, and board numbering. Check all the pieces To assemble the case, you will find: 1x PCB 1x Female header 1x Box male header 1x Male header Soldering Iron Preparation Check the placement of the headers, as… Read Article →

Assembling the Word Clock

Assembling the Word Clock Check all the pieces In the word clock kit, there should be the following: 3x acrylic face plates 4x acrylic sides 1x acrylic back plate 1x baffle layer 1x LED matrix holder 1x acrylic middle layer 1x 8×8 LED matrix + header 3x jumper cables 9x M3 bolts 9x M3 nuts 4x M2.5 bolts 4x M2.5 nuts   What else is needed? Soldering iron + solder… Read Article →

Assembling PiZero case

Assembling the Raspberry Pi Zero Acrylic Case The Raspberry Pi Zero is a miniature version of the ever popular Raspberry Pi, created to establish the $5 computer. Since its release, a miniaturised CSI camera port was added, as well as software for USB on the go support making it a very powerful tool. Check all the pieces To assemble the case, you will find: 1x Top layer 1x Bottom layer… Read Article →

Soldering the M590 GSM/GPRS Module

The M590 module is a small and very compact module that is perfect for hiding away and providing feedback over SMS, or acting upon a phone call or text message containing a specific code. The module power itself is 5v, but the logic over the Transmit and Receive lines are 3.3v. Although perfect for a similar logic device such as a Raspberry Pi, a logic leveller such as a MAX232… Read Article →

Creating a Dynamic MOTD

If like me, you use a Raspberry Pi remotely from SSH a lot, be it a web server or network monitor it is always handy to have a quick eye on the running of it. This guide will put some handy outputs in the MOTD (Message Of The Day) upon logging in. The MOTD is commonly used to pass messages on to users of the server easily without the need… Read Article →

Setting up SAMBA file sharing on your network

This article carries on from Automatically mount multiple drives, so if you already have a folder to share (such as the home directory) carry on reading, otherwise it is recommended to go back and set up a drive to be shared. What we plan to achieve Having a Raspberry Pi on a network is great when browsing the internet or updating software, but sometimes the need to copy files and… Read Article →

Automatically mount multiple drives

If you are building your own file server, the chances are you would have multiple hard drives or memory sticks for storing all your files on. Raspbian, the recommended linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi doesn’t automatically mount new drives by default on Raspbian Wheezy, and on full Jessie is mounted to /media/pi. What we plan to achieve Using the Raspberry Pi as a file server is one of the… Read Article →

Switching on your Pi for the first time

You have got your Raspberry Pi, chances are with some accessories like an SD card and various cables, but what do you with them? First a quick check on what actually is needed. What makes up a Raspberry Pi? The most obvious is the Raspberry Pi itself, the credit card sized computer. Since its launch the Raspberry Pi design has changed a bit, but the functionality hasn’t changed. If your… Read Article →

Create Traffic Lights in Python

Introduction We are now going to look at controlling the outside world using your Raspberry Pi. There are lots of things a Raspberry Pi can control, such as lights, motors and buzzers. For this we are going to use a Pibrella add on, as it has everything we need on a little board that fits snugly on top of the GPIO pins. Using the Python language we will control the… Read Article →