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MCM's cheapest shipping is $9.99 which is way too much to ship something this small. Can send it USPS Priority Mail for 5.25 anywhere in the US.
They arrived very quickly once the back order was filled and they were shipped.
I'm very happy with them and plan to order more.
Since I use my Pi for different projects, I have multiple power sources. Anything will work as long as it puts out 5volts dc and 600mA - 1800mAs. Just don't go cheap on your power source. Get one that provides a steady 5v and 1500mAs.
I have powered mine from a USB 2.0 port on my computer without any issues so far.
Don't use a cell phone microUSB charger for power. Most phone chargers don't put out enough volts or amps to operate the Pi 2 correctly. If you are going to use a charger, use a tablet charger.
I love mine.
1) An HDMI monitor or an adapter from HDMI to your monitor.
2) A microSDHC card 8G (they have tested up to 32G)
3) Micro USB power supply
4) USB Keyboard and mouse
5) 10/100 network cable and port to connect to
1) usb wireless network dongle
2) usb dongle wireless keyboard and mouse
1) Raspberry Pi Cobbler (40 Pin)
1. MicroSD card, I would recommend 8Gb or larger depending on what you plan to do on it. Try Openelec media center
2. Power Supply - make sure you buy one that is greater than 1amp, Some cheap USB phone chargers will work, but they don't have enough amps and it will cause irratic behavior on the RPi.
3. Case - I would recommend the Kootek brand. They have a nice clean designed case for the RPi2
Other stuff you will need to get it going that you probably already have: keyboard, mouse, monitor, HDMI cable or HDMI adapter.
Power is provided through the mini USB jack. Most people recommend a solid 5V and 1a. I use an Anker portable power pack that can jump start a car (not really). The Anker puts out as much juice as the device asks for up to 12V and up to 23000ma. Since the Pi has power management hardware built into the card, the Anker and device work together to provide optimal power consumption. If you decide to use a phone charger (don't) make sure (please don't) the power charger can put out (bad bad idea) at least 5V and 1a. Use a tablet charger instead that puts out 2a with 5V.
Next comes the keyboard. The Pi has four USB ports. That is four slots to add in a USB keyboard, a mouse, a WiFi adapter, and a thumb drive even before you think about adding in a powered USB hub. What I did was buy a portable Bluetooth keyboard with a touchpad and laser built in. Yes, a laser. It's red and it's cool. Just don't expect to type a long letter on it cause it is small. I'm all about portability.
So break out your calculator and add up the cost of these accessories. You don't need a screen because you can remote in (headless) using either Putty (CLI) or OpenVNC (GUI). You can use the HDMI out to connect it to a TV or a monitor or you can use the audio/video out for PAL. Just know that the four pole jack is a strange configuration.
My Anker power pack cost me $19. The portable keyboard/touchscreen/laser cost $15. The touch screen costs $35 without shipping. My WiFi with antenna cost another $15.
If you are going to do robotics, then look at microcontroller and servo controllers. Those can cost $20 upwards. The actual motors get expensive. If you are planning on building a robot army to take over the world, you'll need to take out a second mortgage on your home.
But the basic accessories all depend on what you plan on doing with your Pi. Don't worry, you don't have to make that decision just yet. The Pi can always be reconfigured to make new things, unlike a computer or a smartphone. There are tons of things you can do with the Pi.
It helps a lot to be at least minimally knowledgeable in using and administering Linux.
Having another computer at hand the is connected to the internet is handy for looking up commands and finding things.
MicroSD card (I recommend a fast Class 10 one. I got a 32GB and I believe that is the largest officially supported). You download (for free) the OS of your choice following the instructions on the Raspberry Pi Downloads area of their site.
MicroUSB charger. Most Android phones use this type. Should be 5V which is what most of them are anyway. For remote projects you can even power it with AA batteries and other things, just be sure to read the specifics online.
HDMI cable (full size male to male) like you'd use to connect a DVD or bluray player to a monitor or TV)
USB keyboard (try to avoid models that light up the keys and that will draw extra power and it may cause issues for you. It won't hurt anything but it will limit what all you can plug in to the Pi2.
You can get internet to it via a wired Ethernet port or via a wireless USB dongle. I recently got a model (Panda 300Mbps Wireless-N USB Adapter w/ WPS button) on Amazon for $17 and it works great. It's also the fastest wireless one you'll find. 300Mbs. Also keep in mind that wireless draws power as well, so depending on your particular setup you need to be aware of all of the devices plugged directly into the Pi2. If you ever run into an issue where something doesn't work you likely just need to use a powered hub with the Pi2 to help provide extra power to all of the devices.
Eventually you'll want a case for it too. There are tons to choose from online (existing Model B+ RPi cases work with this model too) and I tried one out but it wasn't a good design. So I recently got another one (SunFounder 1000C2 Raspberry Pi Clear Acrylic Case for Model B+) and love it. It fits very securely in this and looks great. Very protective how it is mounted.
I attached a photo of mine all mounted in the case, along with 4 small sugru feet attached on the bottom corners to make it sit nice and firm on smooth surfaces.
Value Added Exclusive Accessories that are a must have include the WiPi Wifi Dongle(07W8938) and PiView (07W8937)
Raspberry PI 2 B+ has 1 GB memory
The Pi 2 also has twice the amount of ram, 1 gig instead of previous Pi's that were 512 meg and below. This means that certain OS's can actually be loaded into the system ram (or at least the kernel and major components). Again, this adds speed and power to the new Pi 2.
The overall design hasn't been changed as much as it's been tweaked to maximize power consumption and efficiency. Heat build up is a thing of the past thanks to onboard power management and the chip design. This means less electrical power is wasted which is great for us portable type users. It is also nice that you don't really need to add heat sinks or fans which can use up more electrical power or take up additional room.
I've seen one design where the whole Pi 2 is sealed up for underwater use. No excessive heat build up.
The same configuration from the Pi B+ was used so you'll find the same USB ports, HDMI, 40 pin GPIO so on in roughly the same locations.
A Pi 2 is now competing directly with your tablet, your smart phone and your desktop but it's a lot more fun. This is not a toy anymore. The Pi 2 is computer on a board that cost $35. Make sure you update your image so that you are taking advantage of the quadcore 64bit processor.
New Generation Technology - Benefit from ARMv7
More Memory - Enjoy 1GB RAM (that’s double from the B+)
Same form fit as the Raspberry Pi Model B+ (full accessory compatibility)
Backward compatible with most Raspberry Pi Projects
A quick search on the Internet should get you started.
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get upgrade
...then your NOOBS card should get the new kernel and should boot and work fine.
Celebrate with a new card and an new image for your new Pi 2. Treat yourself.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
The sky really is the limit.
1) a Bit Torrent server using Deluge.
2) Flight tracker using RTL2832U from amazon to receive airplane transponder signals.
3) Volumio music playing system.
4) Control a 3D printer with Octopi -- this is awesome as disconnects the printer from your laptop so if it glitches you don't ruin a print.
There are also XBMC (now called Kodi) for streaming to a TV.
People have also done security camera's, interface to n-wave home automation, etc.
The beauty of the product it that it gives you a computer-- so HDMI, 4 USB's, ethernet. Easy to add wifi, and the camera. So you can easily put it on the internet, AND have it access the "real-world" with sensors etc.
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