Use SSH so you can operate your Pi in “headless” mode: no monitor, keyboard or mouse required. Adafruit has covered this at length, but here are my personal notes on one page.
- Connect RPi to modem via Ethernet cable. Connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor too.
- Power on the RPi.
- If it’s your first time booting, you can search through the setup menu to enable SSH.
- If you’ve already booted up before, open up the Terminal application and type sudo raspi-config
- SSH > Enable
- Connect your computer to the same network (wired or wireless).
- Determine the IP address of your RPi. Steps will vary based on your modem. If I type the IP address on the side of my modem into a web browser, I can find an option to list all device IPs that are currently connected. Here’s another method that I haven’t tested.
- Open the OSX terminal (Applications > Utilities). Be aware that you can do some major file/systems damage if you’re not careful.
- Type ssh [device IP] -l [device name] . Replace the bracketed text and delete the brackets. The RPi is named “pi” by default.
- When prompted, enter the RPi password. It’s “raspberry” by default. You won’t see any cursor activity as you type – this really confused me the first time around.