Configuring the Pi

Now we will customize a few settings. For this we will use the built-in ‘Raspberry Pi Software Configuration Tool (Raspi-config for short). This tool has a system-wide effect, every new user’s interface will be affected by the changes we make with this tool. The biggest advantage of this is that we will only have to do this process once and that the new user we’ll create in a later step is going to have the exact same settings as the sudo user, this sudo user is the account you’re in now.

We shall edit our Keyboard layout, the Timezone and connect the machine to the Wi-Fi

 

Keyboard LayoutSelect the second option to change the keyboard layout.

Launch Pi-Assistant and click the button that says “Raspbian Configuration Tool”, now your terminal changed to a blue colour. You will navigate through this menu by using your arrow-keys and you will use the enter/return key to select that menu.

  • Open the menu that says ‘Internationalisation Options’.
  • Select ‘Change Keyboard Layout’.
  • Unless you are using a special keyboard, you can choose the default option by simple pressing enter.Select the country that corresponds to the keyboard layout.
  • Unless you have a keyboard with the UKlayout, you’ll need to use the down-arrow to select the option ‘Other’ and press enter.
  • Look for your country of origin/language and select it by pressing enter.
  • Choose your keyboard layout.
  • Set the key you want to use as AltGr.
  • If needed, select a compose key.
  • Since we don’t want our visitors to have the power to kill the xserver, we will select ‘<No>’ when prompted.
  • Now your keyboard layout is configured; test it and redo these steps if your chosen layout doesn’t match your keyboard layout. Select '<No>' when prompted to disable the X-server.

 

Timezone

  • Now we’re back to the base menu of Raspiconfig, use your arrow-keys to go to ‘Internationalisation Options’.
  • Select ‘Change Timezone’ Select the city that corresponds to your time zone.
  • Choose your Geographic area.
  • Choose the city that corresponds to your time zone.
  • After pressing enter you will return to the Raspiconfig menu, it can take a few moments for your system’s clock to change.

 

Wi-Fi

  • Exit the Raspiconfig menu by selecting ‘Finish’, you’ll want to use your right-arrow key for this.
  • Now click the Ethernet/WiFi icon in your taskbar. It’s located at the top right of your screen.
  • Look for the name of the accesspoint you want to connect to, double-click it.
  • Enter your password and click ‘OK’. Select your access point, then provide the Pre Shared Key to connect.
  • Disable the Bluetooth by left clicking the icon and selecting ‘Turn Off Bluetooth’.
  • Note that:
    • Only the Raspberry Pi 3B supports WiFi, this machine will only support 2.4Ghz-connections. If you can’t see your access-point on the Pi, but see it on other devices that might mean that your access-point isn’t broadcasting in the 2.4Ghz-range; consult the manual of your Wireless access-point and change it. Most models will allow you to use dual-band technology where the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz ranges are used simultaneously.
    • You don’t need to use WiFi, each Raspberry Pi has its own Ethernet-port, you can use this to connect it to your network by means of a LAN-Cable.

 

 

Next: Updating the system