Updated November 20, 2017: Power Supply, MicroSD and WiFi Accessories for the Best Raspberry Pi Experience!
The Raspberry Pi credit card-sized single-board computer was developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools and in developing countries. But it has gone far beyond this in popularity and applications. In fact, over
7 million So far 14 million Raspberry Pi boards have been sold since it was first launched. On average, over 250,000 Raspberry Pi boards are sold monthly.
Raspberry Pi however, is not a standalone product that can be purchased and used right out of the box. It is only the computer board and such users have to consider powering the device, interfacing with it, security of the board, wireless network connectivity, microSD storage etc. in the past
2 For 4 years I’ve been playing around with different Raspberry Pi models and like most, I’m really impressed with how fast and stable the Raspberry Pi 3 is. That said, the Raspberry Pi remains vulnerable to poor customer satisfaction when paired with cheap or fully compatible accessories. You can spend hours trying to solve freezing, reset, data corruption and other issues that at some point you will rarely have to do anything with the actual RPi board.
Like any consumer device that has become popular, there is a flood of options to choose from! Today we will focus on the three most important add-ons: power adapter, microSD storage, and WiFi connectivity. The purpose of this post is to guide readers to the best options available that I have tested and use personally without issue. Getting these options right can save you time, money, and a lot of headaches. So without further delay, here are my recommended items for the ultimate Raspberry Pi starter kit!
Power Supply: Canakit 5V 2.5A to Raspberry Pi 2/3 Adapter
CanaKit 2.5A Raspberry Pi 2/3 Power Supply/Adapter Used to be Designed and tested exclusively for Raspberry Pi, With this power supply, you can power the Raspberry Pi at full load. It’s also great for over-clocking the Raspberry Pi, which low power/quality adapters usually cause to freeze or reset. This power supply differs from normal 5V USB power supplies in that it can deliver the full 2.5A and still output a voltage well within the minimum voltage specifications for a Raspberry Pi board. Many of the push 5V USB power supplies on the market suffer a voltage drop that can cause the Raspberry Pi to reboot or freeze unexpectedly.
MicroSD card: SD adapter 45MB/s . With 16GB MicroSDHC Cross Class10 UHS-1
Transcend’s MicroSDHC/SDXC Class 10 UHS-I 300x Memory Card Can realize read/write transfer rates of up to 300x (45Mb/s) faster. Built-in Error Correction Code (ECC) to detect and correct transmission errors. Supports Ultra High Speed Class 1 specification (U1). Fully compliant with SD 3.01 standard. Available in 16GB (TS16GUSDU1), 32GB (TS32GUSDU1) and 64GB (TS64GUSDU1) capacities. Highly Recommended Option Stability, Price and Speed!
see x2 too fast Adapter 90 MB/s. MicroSDHC Class 10 UHS-I Memory Card With Par, Available in 16GB (TS16GUSDHC10U1) and 32GB (TS32GUSDHC10U1). Highly recommended for read/write intensive uses like Kodi (OpenElec, OSMC, etc), these are fast, yet stable at a slightly higher cost.
WiFi: Panda 300Mbps Wireless 802.11n USB Adapter with High Gain Antenna
Panda 300Mbps Wireless 802.11n USB Adapter with High Gain Antenna (PAU06) With low power consumption. OS support includes: 32-bit and 64-bit Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10/2008r2/2012r2, Mint 14/15/16/17/17.1, Ubuntu 12.10/13.04/13.10/14.04/14.10, Fedora 18/19 /20/21, CentOS 6.4/6.5/7.
Looking for basic connectivity and not worried about range and speed? see ya TP-Link TL-WN725N Wireless N Nano USB Adapter 150Mbps, Plus, check out the size of this thing! Don’t lose it
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