I'm looking for suggestions for the easiest way to use the raspberry pis in my dojo where we don't have separate monitors and keyboards. Does anyone have "sushi level" instructions/references for how to use a windows or mac laptop as the display and keyboard for the pi?
It's maybe not quite sushi level, but the instructions here would get you started.
You'll need a lead that connects the Raspberry Pi serial port to the USB port of your computer. You're looking for something called a USB-to-Serial (sometimes referred to as USB-to-TTY) adapter. It's a lead with a USB connector on one end and four colored wires on the other. You can find them online pretty easily. You'll pay about £5 for one off the likes of Amazon. I paid 99p (forgive the sterling currency if you're somewhere other than the UK) for one from China but it took a little longer to survive.
At our dojo, we've had mixed success with various leads but with a bit of fiddling, they all worked eventually.
It is a convenient way to use your Pi without having to have separate monitors for them all.
I hope you have success.
There's a beginners sushi guide here http://kata.coderdojo.com/wiki/Beginner_Raspberry_Pi_Sushi
The RPi Foundation have some really cool tutorials as well https://www.raspberrypi.org/
I'd also strongly recommend Adventures in Raspberry Pi by Carrie Anne Philbin who now works for the RPi Foundation. She has a youtube channel called Geek Girl Diaries
@Gareth-Fleming Thanks Gareth! I'll order one and give it a try. I was also able to get VNC working between my laptop and the PI, so we may also try something with static address and a wireless router. Except all the PIs don't have wireless...
This guy gives instructions on how to use VNC via ethernet LAN cable without static IP addresses. You'll need a screen for the initial setup. i haven't tried it out, but generally his website is helpful http://simplesi.net/plug-and-play-raspberry-pi/
@Ruth-Willenborg there are Raspberry Pi sushi cards available here:
They're super easy to use and they cater a lot of the basics.
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