How to Set up a Raspberry Pi: Enabling SSH on Raspberry Pi
Be sure to check out the whole Raspberry Pi series:
  1. How to Set up a Raspberry Pi: Getting Started
  2. How to Set up a Raspberry Pi: Enabling SSH on Raspberry Pi
  3. How to Set up a Raspberry Pi: Troubleshooting Issues
  4. How to Set up a Raspberry Pi: Creating a .Net Core Website on Your Pi
  5. How to Set up a Raspberry Pi: Set up Build to Raspberry Pi Using Azure DevOps
  6. How to Set up a Raspberry Pi: Set up Release Pipeline to Raspberry Pi
When I set up my Raspberry Pi, I thought it would be really nice to have something lightweight that I could use for monitoring and logging and running the occasional command. I didn’t want a full-blown remote desktop running the entire time (it can be sluggish at times, and it takes up a ton of screen real estate). Good thing for SSH.

Know what SSH is? I do! After a google search. 

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It’s Secure Shell. It means that you can access a terminal window without physically logging in to your Raspberry Pi.

Here's what to do to get it setup.
  1. You need your IP address. Find this by opening up a terminal and typing in hostname -I (mine was at 192.168.1.50)
  2. Now go to here and follow steps one and two to get this started.
  3. Download a program called Putty on the computer that you want to access the Pi with.
  4. Open up Putty after you install it, and enter in the IP address you found above, and save the information in the putty session by clicking save.PuTTY configuration window
  5. Then click on Open
  6. It's going to ask you for a username and password, the default username is pi, and the default password is raspberry.
Once you're in, you can do anything on the terminal you want without having to have a bulky UI for the Raspberry pi!

Be sure to check out the whole Raspberry Pi series:
  1. How to Set up a Raspberry Pi: Getting Started
  2. How to Set up a Raspberry Pi: Enabling SSH on Raspberry Pi
  3. How to Set up a Raspberry Pi: Troubleshooting Issues
  4. How to Set up a Raspberry Pi: Creating a .Net Core Website on Your Pi
  5. How to Set up a Raspberry Pi: Set up Build to Raspberry Pi Using Azure DevOps
  6. How to Set up a Raspberry Pi: Set up Release Pipeline to Raspberry Pi

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A Grand Valley State University graduate, Albert is the guy who takes on new technology and learns it inside and out. At BizStream, he mostly does SharePoint and Kentico development, but you can put him on any project and it will be a success. Albert has four adorable kids, and is a shark when it comes to Foosball and anything XBox-related.

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