Where To Buy A Pi
I purchased my Model 2 B a long time ago from Element14. So long ago the stereo output is already oxidized now .
You can go to the Raspberry website To find your local stockists. Click this link, and select the Raspberry product to purchase. The site will use your location to find a list of vendors to buy from.
Before You Start
Raspberry Pi is a mini computer.
For the installation stage you’d need to connect your Pi to a wired Internet connection. Additionally, other things you’d need for a basic but practical Home Assistant setup are:
- Good quality power supply. I’m an audiophile after all - power supply matters. It’s recommended that you use a good quality unit to power your Pi. Avoid phone chargers if you can because they do not always work well. Having said that, I’m powering my Pi off my router.
- Pi case. Raspberry Pi is a bare-bones computer (i.e. it’s exposed and not protected from anything). Buying a case to protect the guts is never a bad idea. You’d avoid silly mistakes like short circuiting, snapping the GPIO pins, etc.
- micro-sd card. I am using a 16 GB for this but I recommend you go for at least 32 GB if possible. You’d also need a micro-sd card reader for installation.
- XiaoMi gadgets. Home Automation is kind of pointless without smart gadgets. Examples would be the XiaoMi Gateway, YeeLights, power socket, wireless switch, motion sensor, door sensor, XiaoMi Robot Vacuum, etc.
- Computer. You’d need to use your main computer to download the OS image, and then write the contents to a micro-sd card (in step 3).
If you’re in Australia, checkout ozbargain.com regularly and wait for special offers on Pi and all the XiaoMi gadgets. You’d need a good collection of smart gadgets to make Home Automation fun. The costs of buying smart gadgets do add up so the dollar saved from OzBargain can be used to buy more smart gadgets. The OzBargain community will always find the cheapest prices for the day.
Just try and be patient and wait for deals. Once a good deal come up strike quickly. Some XiaoMi deals can expire in the span of minutes. Snooze and you will loose (I’m speaking from experience here!).
Comment from: Dmitry Novikov Visitor
It is very interesting that I cam use Pi to install Snakeoil. any special image required?
Comment from: Member
ARMv7 edition of Snakeoil is not ready yet. Hopefully I can find some time to implement that in the coming months.
Comment from: jucas_pt Visitor
Great article, I just add one thing…you should tell to look for the permissions of the folders where the private keys are. I’ve got some issues when i tried to connect to HTTPs and was resolve by changing the permissions of home assistant user for that folders.
Maybe because of the version of hass.io - 0.82.1