Set Up Raspberry Pi

Download Raspbian OS and image your SD card

Before you can start your Raspberry Pi, you'll need to use your Linux, MacOS or Windows PC to load an Operating System onto an SD card to boot the Pi from. We'll use Raspbian NOOBS OS version 2.9.0 for this tutorial. On your PC, click here to download the file, then unzip it locally on your PC.

After unzipping the download, open the NOOBS_v2_9_0 folder and drag and drop the entire folder's contents onto an empty 8/16/32gb microSD card. Now you're ready to insert the microSD card into your Pi as shown below.


Assemble your Raspberry Pi

  1. Check that your micro SD card is inserted into the micro SD card slot on your Pi. The SD card contacts should face up.
  2. Plug in the USB microphone and install your earbuds or speaker into the 3.5mm audio jack on your Pi.
  3. Connect the keyboard and mouse via the USB ports. Make sure you don't cover the USB mic.
  4. Connect your monitor using the HDMI port.
  5. Connect the Ethernet Cable (if not using Wi-Fi)

Start up your Raspberry Pi

Plug in the power supply to the micro USB connector on the Pi. You should see a loading screen go through some startup steps before booting to desktop. If you run into any errors upon startup, try booting from a different pre-imaged micro SD card. If nothing happens after that, ensure your micro SD card is inserted upside-down (contacts facing up).

Upon successful startup, you'll be prompted to select an operating system and locale. Check the box next to Raspbian [RECOMMENDED] and select your language and keyboard preferences at the bottom of the screen. Once you've selected your preferences, click "Install" in the upper left corner of the pop-up box.

Note: if you don't have the correct locale/keyboard selected, you might get password errors. Make sure to use the correct keyboard layout for your keyboard - you can test it when selecting to ensure any special characters you type show up correctly.


It should take around 15 minutes to fully install. Once it's done, you'll see a success message - click OK and you'll be taken to a desktop. Select your locale/language/keyboard but feel free to close the window when it asks you to change your password or do any other setup steps.

If you missed the option, you can always check your Keyboard Configuration by clicking on the Raspberry icon in the top right and selecting Mouse and Keyboard settings from the Preferences menu. Click Keyboard Layout from the Keyboard tab and select the appropriate configuration. Make sure whatever you pick, you can write characters such as "quotes" and @ symbols.

If you're not using wired Ethernet, activate 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi on your Raspberry Pi by clicking on the connectivity icon in the top-right corner of the toolbar and selecting your SSID. Note that the Raspberry Pi 3B doesn't work with 5 GHz Wi-Fi.

To make sure your sound will output over the 3.5mm audio jack, right-click on the speaker graphic in the upper-right hand corner of your Pi and select "Analog".

Verify connectivity by opening a web browser – click on the globe icon in the top-left toolbar.


Got your Pi online? It's time to get the AVS Device SDK onto your Pi and input your credentials.