I have been using a Raspberry Pi 4 for a while and it is simply great, it is fast, has tons of cool features. however, I wanted to have a portable system so I can take it with me anywhere, connect to a PC or my iPad and continue to work on my favorites projects. Due to the confinement I had to give my RPI4 to my daughter as a home PC so she could do her homework on Internet. Consequence I had to buy a new one for me ( yeahhh ). Here is how I have done it to get it running.
I bought the RPI4 and the standard case from amazon. I also bought a fairly fast SD card and some cables. Here are the links:
– Raspberry pi
– SD Card 128 Go
– USB-C Cable
– USB-C to USB-C
– HMDI Cable
First you have too install the Raspbian Operating system on the SD Card. Download and Instructions can be found here. Connect all the cable you need and power up. Simple !
It is a good idea to change the default pi user to your personal user. A really good instruction can be found here
To be able to use the raspberry pi with the USB-C cable only, you need to setup a few things on the RPI4. Here is a great instruction.
On my iPad that was already enough to get it running and be able to connect through the USB-c cable directly using SSH, same on my Ubuntu machine. However, on my Windows 10 PC, I was required to install a small driver. Instruction can be found here.
After that I am all set. I can power and connect to my RPI4 using the USB-c cable. When I am home, it connect directly to my WiFi and I can use the internet. On the way, I use my iPad as personal hotspot to connect to the internet. For the moment, I have all my favorites projects on it. I will set up the file sharing to share the file with the PC and iPad to have some storage space that I can synchronize with a cloud system.
Here you go, I hope it can help you. Have fun with this new gadget !