La Raspberry Pi 2 est arrivé, choisissez les bons accessoires !

Choosing accessories for your Raspberry Pi 2

Mis à jour le 10 April 2015 - 0 Commentaires - , , ,

The Raspberry Pi 2 is now available and is absolutely brilliant. Faster, more powerful still affordable, and now supports Windows 10.

When Raspberry Pi 2 was available we told you that we would go out a guide to help you choose accessories for your Raspberry Pi 2, here it is.

We will cut this tutorial in three parts, the mandatory accessories, those useful, and those who serve you in some specific cases. We will try to be as clear and concise as possible.

The accessories shown in this article can also be used for the Raspberry Pi B +.

Required accessories

La Raspberry Pi est livrée nue, sans clavier, sans alimentation, bref toute seule.

The Raspberry Pi is delivered naked, without keyboard without power, in short all alone.

The Raspberry Pi 2

This is obvious, but we will mark just the same, you will need a Raspberry Pi 2.

IIt is mainly a question for us to remind you quickly the changes in the Raspberry Pi 2 compared to the Raspberry Pi B+.

The Raspberry Pi 2 proposes 1GB RAM, against 512MB for the model B+ . It also has a new processor 4 cores to speed 900Mhz against a 700Mhz processor 1 heart for the B+, this new processor is at least 6 times more powerful.

Last important point, the Raspberry Pi 2 supports Windows 10, while model B + only supported Linux.

Here is a small summary table!

Raspberry Pi B+

32€
32€
  • Ram : 512 Mo
  • Processor number : 1
  • Processor : ARMv6
  • Processor speed : 700 Mhz
  • Windows 10 available : Non
  • Storage : Carte MicroSD
  • Ports : 4 USB 2.0
  • Power : 600 mA (3,5 W)

Raspberry Pi 2

42€
42€
  • Ram : 1 Go
  • Processor number : 4
  • Processor : ARMv7 (~6x performance)
  • Processor speed : 900 Mhz
  • Windows 10 available : Oui
  • Storage : Carte MicroSD
  • Ports : 4 USB 2.0
  • Power : 600 mA (3,5 W)

The power supply of the Raspberry Pi

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Power supply Raspberry Pi

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Too many times, the power supply is too weak, it’s important to choice a good one or your Raspberry Pi could be too slow, or it can’t suply the USB devices.

We advertise you this power supply with 2500 mA, which provides sufficient current to power the Raspberry Pi and USB devices.

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The SD card

The Raspberry Pi dooesn’t have any internal storage., it’s mean it doesn’t have any hard disk. Instead, it uses a MicroSD card that is used to store your data and the system that run the Raspberry Pi.MicroSD Raspberry Pi

MicroSD card is solicited very often so it is really important to choose a card very fast and reliable, in the opposite case the Raspberry Pi performances may be impaired.

We recommend the following MicroSD card in 4 sizes, depending on your use of the Raspberry Pi.

Recommended accessories

If you intend to use your Raspberry Pi 2 not only as a server exclusively by SSH command line, or even to increase its service life, you will most likely need the following accessories.

A case for your Raspberry Pi

By default the Raspberry Pi 2 look like a green printed circuit. This is not very nice and leaves the Raspberry unprotected.

Case for Raspberry Pi 2 OneNineDesign

Whether for aesthetic reasons or simply to protect her, you should probably make a case for your Raspberry Pi 2. There are several types, we advise you in four, according to your needs. In all cases we have ensured that provided access to all connections in the Raspberry Pi 2 and that allowed it to breathe.

  1. First of all, the official Raspberry Pi Foundation case !
  2. All uses from the PC to the server via the home automation and media-center. Discreet and elegant, this small design touch, a perfect protection, definitively our favorite!
  3. For decorative purposes, this case is very nice rainbow but less discreet, very well it will protect your Raspberry Pi 2 and bring some fun.
  4. For the most ecologist of us, a wood case !

A Wi-Fi dongle

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Undoubtedly one of the most important points Raspberry Pi 2 has no Wi-Fi, only a wired internet connection. If you want to use your Raspberry Pi anywhere in your home, the transport, etc., you will need a WiFi USB dongle that allows the Raspberry Pi to have wireless internet.

We recommend this adapter that meets the speed requirements, consumption and compatibility you might have.
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Dongle Wifi Raspberry Pi 2

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A wireless keyboard with touchpad

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If you will be using your Raspberry Pi as a conventional computer, a media-center, or more generally without using it via internet and SSH you will probably need a keyboard, you must choose a small keyboard, wireless, with an integrated mouse (or touchpad instead), to maintain the full mobility of your Raspberry Pi.

We advise you this QWERTY keyboard, which is perfectly compatible with the Raspberry Pi and that works very well.

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A screen and cables

To use your Raspberry Pi 2 other than SSH without interface, you will have probably a screen, and potentially a suitable cable.

For screens, three solution :

HDMI display for your Raspberry Pi 2

For cables, depending on the screen you use, you may need either, a simple HDMI cable, or a HDMI/VGA converter, or a câble jack Audio/Vidéo.

Specific Accessories

In some very specific cases, you may need a number of special accessories. We’ll draw up a short list here.

A Raspberry Pi Camera

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It is likely that one day you want to equip your Raspberry Pi with a camera , whether you use it as a computer or to create a video surveillance system.

You then have to choose interest this tiny FullHD camera that was created specifically for the Raspberry Pi.

Note that there are also infrared version of this camera.
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Camera for Raspberry Pi 2
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An external hard drive suitable for Raspberry Pi

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External hard drive for Raspberry Pi

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If you want to store large amounts of data, for example as part of a media-center, you have interest in equip you to an external hard drive for your Raspberry Pi 2.

However, the Raspberry Pi supplied power to the USB ports is not always sufficient to power a hard drive . You have two options to correct this problem, choose a standard external hard drive, and a USB HUB with mains power supply, or choose a hard disk with its own power supply.

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A USB HUB

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If you need connect many devices to your Raspberry Pi, or equipment consume a lot of electrical power , you might have interest in adding USB ports with
a USB hub with its own power supply (the USB ports of the Raspberry Pi can’t power a HUB to them alone).

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USB HUB for the Raspberry Pi 2

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An external battery

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Battery

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In some use cases, laptop, robotics, surveillance, and others, you may need to move your Raspberry Pi 2 without being connected.

In this case, you should take an external battery, a phone for emergency battery could be a very good choice , and should allow you to hold more than 20 hours (this battery offers over a battery indicator that will prove very useful).

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Conclusion

We hope this article has helped you see more clearly in the choice of accessories for your Raspberry Pi 2.

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