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Access from Windows

A Raspberry Pi can run stand alone, connected with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. However, C-STEM Studio on Raspberry Pi can also be accessed through Windows, Mac, or Chromebook computers  using existing peripheral devices through Virtual Network Computing.

In order to set up your Raspberry Pi for remote access, follow these steps

1. Connect your Raspberry Pi to your laptop using an Ethernet Cable for network access and Micro-USB for power. Make sure your laptop is connected to the internet.

  • If your laptop does not have an ethernet port, you will need an ethernet to USB adaptor (shown in Access to MAC OS X).

Raspberry Pi to Windows laptop configuration


2. Download and install Bonjour Print Services v2.0.2 for Windows

3a. Access the Raspberry Pi through the Command Line Interface (CLI)

  1. Putty is included in the distribution of Ch. If Ch has been installed in your machine, you can type  “putty” in a Ch Command Window to launch Putty. Otherwise, download and launch Putty.
  2. In Putty,  type in “raspberrypi.local” and hit the “Open” button
  3. A terminal window will pop up and log in as “pi” with the password “raspberry”
  4. You may change the password by typing the command “passwd” in the terminal window.
  5. If you would like to connect your Raspberry Pi to a remote window, continue on to section 3b and 3c.

3b. (Optional) If you will be using multiple Raspberry Pis in one room at the same time, change the host name of your Raspberry Pi through CLI.

  1. Log into the Pi through command line interface
  2. Run the command “sudo raspi-config” (without quotation marks), by typing in the terminal window that opened in 3a step 2. You should see a blue screen with options in a grey box in the center
  3. Select “Hostname” (Use up and down arrow keys to navigate between vertical options and use the enter key to select)
  4. Read the rules for a valid hostname and hit “OK”
  5. Remove the default hostname “raspberrypi” and type in a unique hostname, e.g. harry-rpi.
  6. Use the new hostname.local, e.g. harry-rpi.local, to access the Pi (3a step 1)

3c. Access the Raspberry Pi through Graphical User Interface (GUI)

  1. Download and install VNC software, such as realvnc and tightvnc, from the internet
  2. Launch a VNC viewer and type hostname.local, e.g. harry-rpi.local. (hostname is the one you set in section 3b) and hit connect
  3. Use the same user name and password to login