|Item model number||RASPI_KIT_13|
|Item Weight||12 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||10 x 6.6 x 2.2 inches|
Raspberry Pi Model B+ Ultimate Camera Kit -- Includes Raspberry Pi Model B+ Board and 15 Essential AccessoriesRaspberry Pi Ultimate Camera Kit -- Includes Raspberry Pi Model B+ Board --5MP Camera Board Module and 15 Essential Accessories
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- Includes Raspberry Pi - Model B+ & Raspberry Pi Enclosure Case (Clear)
- Includes Raspberry PI Compatible 5MP Camera Board Module
- 8GB SD Card pre-loaded with "NOOB" (Includes Raspbian -- OpenELEC -- Arch -- RaspBMC-- RISC OS -- Pidora)
- USB Power Supply with Micro USB Cable -- HDMI Cable -- Wireless Wifi Adapter---Heatsink for Raspberry Pi - Set of 3 Heat Sinks
- Breadboard -- Male Jumper wires -- USB to TTL Serial Cable -- GPIO Ribbon Cable with Breakout board--10 Yellow LED's & 10 Red LED's
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Raspberry Pi - Model B+ (512 MB / Revision 2)
Raspberry Pi Enclosure Case (Clear)
Raspberry PI Compatible 5MP Camera Board Module
8GB Micro SD Card pre-loaded with NOOB -- Which has the following software pre-installed -- Raspbian -- OpenELEC -- Arch -- RaspBMC-- RISC OS -- Pidora
USB Power Supply with Micro USB Cable
6FT High Quality HDMI Cable
Wireless Wifi Adapter Realtek 8188CU Same Chip used by the Edimax EW-7811Un
400-Tie-point breadboard (white)
65 Male Jumper Wires -- 45 pcs--100mm, 10 pcs--150mm, 5 pcs--200mm, 5 pcs--250mm
USB to TTL Serial Cable
GPIO Ribbon Cable with Breakout board
45 X 330 Resistors
45X 10K Resistors
2X Big 12mm Buttons
Heatsink for Raspberry Pi - Set of 3 Heat Sinks
10X Yellow LED
10X Red LED
NOTE: The SD Card may appear to be a smaller capacity when you test it on your computer, but it's 100% guaranteed to be 8GB.
The reason it appears to be smaller is because of the partitions placed on the card once the software is installed.
Top Customer Reviews
o The SD card is really 4GB, even though Windows will only show 1GB. Ignore that. The included OS takes up about half the card, leaving about 2GB free once booted.
o The power supply is underpowered and appeared to cause problems during booting, which I thought were SD card related, but weren't. Since the included power cable is USB, I replaced the supply with a much better one and this cleared up the booting issues.
o After installing a LAMP stack, I ran out of space on the original card, so I went ahead and bought a 8GB card and ended up with about 4GB free after LAMP. I also d/led and installed the latest version of Rasbian on this card.
o The included WiFi worked fine, after adding the SSID and passwd, (just google raspberry pi wifi).
o My kit contained no instructions at all. Would have been nice to add a one page Getting Started, but googling raspberry pi setup got me thru the initial stuff.
You can piece together all the items in this kit, but the resulting cost, if you have to buy separately, ends up about the same or more unless you already have some of the cables and such.
UPDATE: The company contacted me offering to replace the power supply for free, saying that they did discover a bad batch. Excellent customer service!
Things you might want to know:
It uses Linux as the OS. The OS comes with it and is on a SD card. It uses NOOS which actually has several versions of Linux OS that you can try out. At boot just hold down the shift key and you can install a different OS from the list. There are also other Linux OS's that you can find on the web.
Uses HDMI connection to Monitor. I am running mine off a 24 Inch LCD with no problem. If you only have a DVI port you will need to my an DVI to HDMI adapter.
Uses USB keyboard and mouse. I connected a wireless Logitech K400r with the built in touch pad and it recognized it without problem.
Kit comes with wireless network adapter, did not need to use supplied drivers, recognized by system automatically but you do have to set it up using the provided Linux app. that comes with the OS.
When placing the board into the case you have to angle it in for there are fit points that go on top of board on one side. These are used to hold in the board to the base. I only comment on this because of some reviews saying the case doesn't fit.
You can overclock it. Use the config file you can overclock the CPU to higher rates. Stock is at 700 MHz. I got mine running at 900 MHz without problems but took it back down to 800MHz since that is all that is really needed for this system and it runs very cool at that setting. Modding a small fan I am sure I could take it up to over 1 GHz.
There are lots of free books, help, information, and projects on the web. I did buy a book (kindle) but that is because I want to use this to build a motorized robot device with a camera. But now I thinking of using this in my classes to teach ( I am a college professor) python programming, networking, and basic IO computer controls and functions.
If you like playing with computers or maybe just want to try out Linux this is a great item to get.
The Raspberry Pi is a "fit in your shirt pocket" linux box! Brilliantly designed to meet a simple goal: putting open technology within affordable global reach. There are many Pi enthusiasts who use this inexpensive platform to build some pretty cool projects including home automation, running media centers for videos/music, robotics. Just search under raspberry pi projects on the web and prepared to be amazed. After that, let your imagination run wild!
To clarify, this is the Model B (latest) version of Raspberry Pi with 512MB. The one I received from this seller was made in the UK, not China. Furthermore, the cat /proc/cpuinfo command confirms this as revision '000e'. These are all the versions released thus far, and their manufacturer: (Note that some Model B's that only have 256MB)
'0002' => 'Model B Revision 1.0',
'0003' => 'Model B Revision 1.0 + Fuses mod and D14 removed',
'0004' => 'Model B Revision 2.0 256MB', (Sony)
'0005' => 'Model B Revision 2.0 256MB', (Qisda)
'0006' => 'Model B Revision 2.0 256MB', (Egoman)
'0007' => 'Model A Revision 2.0 256MB', (Egoman)
'0008' => 'Model A Revision 2.0 256MB', (Sony)
'0009' => 'Model A Revision 2.0 256MB', (Qisda)
'000d' => 'Model B Revision 2.0 512MB', (Egoman)
'000e' => 'Model B Revision 2.0 512MB', (Sony)
'000f' => 'Model B Revision 2.0 512MB', (Qisda)
I purchased the kit that includes the board, clear case and wifi adapter. (EDIT 1/25/2014: It looks as if the kit I purchased is no longer available, rather an expanded 11 piece kit is offered with many accessories.) I used an old cell phone charger, and 4GB SD card (the bare minimum) that I already had lying around. (Note: I just used this stuff to get going but you probably want to upgrade to 8gb, see below for more comments about power supplies.). From my Windows 7 PC, I installed the free SDFormatter software (from the SD Association) to format the SD card, and installed the NOOBS (New Out of Box Software) on the SD card. Once I booted up the Raspberry Pi, the NOOBS software presented me with a choice of operating systems. (Depending on your final application(s) you may want different OS). I selected the Wheezy Raspbian for my OS (as I planned to make an AirPrint Server). I may also consider the XBMC OS's in the future, but what I really wanted this for was AirPrint. The GUI walked me thru an installation process that was virtually completely automatic.
A note about Power Supplies:
Although I am getting by with a cellphone charger (rated to deliver 0.7A) this is really the absolute bare minimum. Many pi hobbists have reported unreliable function with weaker supplies (mine would be included in that category.) So far I haven't encountered any problems, but if I did, I would go straight to a decent 2A USB charger. (There's no sense fiddling with questionable equipment.) PowerGen sells a very nice 2.4A dual USB power supply for $10 which I have tested on the Raspberry pi. PowerGen Black 2.4-Amp (12 Watt) Dual USB Wall Charger w/Swival Plug Designed for Apple and Android Devices This would be my first choice.
As I've been garnering more iOS devices, and the iPad is becoming more popular, the lack of available print function has been more intolerable. AirPrint (apple's communication protocol for printing) is only available on certain printer models, and there are no drivers for older (and otherwise fine printers). I personally own a Brother HL-2170W, that has been performing great for me. I didn't want to have to replace it, just to be able to print from another device. I considered the Lantronix xPrintServer, but it costs about $90. I wasn't to interested in paying that much considering a new printer would not be much more.
It turns out that there are several "how-to's" on installing and configuring software on the Raspberry Pi to make a cheap airprint server. They use the CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) spooler and print scheduling system, which Apple has been using in MacOS X since 2002. The instructions are pretty straight forward and can be implemented in a couple of hours. The particular website I used was:
EDIT: Amazon keeps deleting my link. Just do a search an google for "raspberry pi airprint" and you should get useful hits near e top. If you can't find it, just ask me in the comments.
So happy to be finally printing from my iOS devices!
There are many examples on the web on setting up a low-powered, always available VPN server. This allows you to privately browse the internet on any network (work, pulic wifi) with total encryption. Another benefit from VPNs are the ability to change the source of your internet traffic. For instance I have a VPN server in Japan that I use to obtain Japan-only streaming video content in the US. Hulu, Netflix and another that rhymes with Bamazon have this restriction, which the VPN can circumvent. You can make a PPTP (simple to make) or OpenVPN (more complex but more secure) servers. There are several how-tos for both.
Another application I'm very interested in is attempting to make a media server based on the popular XBMC platform. The reviews I've read on the Pi implementation have been very positive, there are also a few demonstrations on YouTube so I'm looking forward to trying this out! I've seen Xbmc used to setup Apple AirPlay to stream music and videos to your Pi. Cool!
Some more ideas (All of these have been implemented on the web to some degree)
Home automation: controlling lights, garage doors, sprinklers and appliances with a mobile interface
Security camera: for 30 bucks on amazon you can add an HD motion camera, then mount it in a security camera shell
Temperature and humidity monitor: monitor your house temp and possible interface with thermostat or outside vent shutters
A very enthusiastic 5 stars!
Please feel free to leave a comment/question as I'm happy to reply.