Raspberry Pi & standard USB Wi-Fi
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Fri Mar 8 09:32:56 MST 2013
On Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 10:30 PM, Dan Egli <ddavidegli at gmail.com> wrote:
> *Hey, has anyone used that Raspberry Pi single-board-computer? I'm looking
> into getting something like that setup as a tinker project but had a couple
> of questions. If someone knows the answers to these, please let me know.
> * *
> *1) What kind of power supply device do I need to get the Pi running, and
> where can I get one?*
Any Micro-USB power source will work, though some might be better than others.
iPhone charger plus Micro USB cable
Micro USB cable plugged into your computer
Android phone charger
> *2) I know the Pi has USB ports on it. Does that mean I could take a
> standard USB Wi-Fi adapter like I'd grab from Staples off the shelf and
> make it work on the Pi?*
Yes, many of them will work.
I use one from Monoprice and it works great.
> *3) Has anyone heard how well PC centric programs like Wine would work on
> it? Not for major things or games, but smaller things like maybe Quicken or
> maybe some Windows based file sharing program like Shareaza or something? *
I don't think Wine runs on ARM
> *4) What is a safe surface to place the Pi on so as to avoid excess static?
> I know the device doesn't have a case of it's own so is it safe to, for
> example, leave the pi in it's box while it's running? This is in case my
> Niece & Nephew come to visit. Especially my Nephew loves to look at
> anything that is electronic and then frequently leaves it on the floor.
> Since most of my home is carpet that could lead to a catastrophic static
> buildup. I figured if it's in it's box (or some other generic container)
> then he (and she for that matter, although not as much) are less likely to
> grab it, and if they DO grab it it would theoretically survive being
> dragged across the carpet a few feet.*
Buy a case for it. There are *tons* of options.
Adafruit carries a ton of them. http://adafruit.com/category/105
Element 14 carries some nice ones too.
> *5) What's the biggest SD Card you've ever heard of running on the Pi? The
> mentions I saw of it spoke of 4GB and 8GB cards. I would hope it supports
> at least 64GB cards. Do cards go above 128GB? It seems to me I've heard of
> 256GB cards but I could be mistaken.*
I currently use a 32GB card, and it works great. Buying a faster card
helps too. The Raspberry Pi supports up to Class 10, IIRC.
> *6) Since it's a distribution of Debian (even if modified) that runs on it,
> I'm assuming standard tools like Firefox and such can be found without the
> need to try and compile them on the Pi (compiling the latest Firefox on a
> 700MHz cpu would take a lot of time I'd rather skip). Has anyone heard
The official distribution, Raspbian, contains plenty of packages. But
it's not the only distro you can to use. You can use Arch or even
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