Unless you intend to use a home-based server of some sort, you will need to purchase web space and a domain name for your Meteotemplate website. I use HostPapa, but there are countless options available. That said, if you need help, I recommend reaching out to the support teams at the web host you choose. This can be a complicated process, depending on the hosting provider, so I’m not going to cover it here. But once it’s done, it’s worth it, and hopefully it’ll just work from there.
You may choose to hook your RPi up to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse and leave it that way, but that can take up valuable desk space. I prefer to have it tucked away in a corner of my desk and connect to it remotely, but I have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse available when needed.
To connect remotely, I strongly recommend installing TeamViewer AND AnyDesk, because it’s always a good idea to have a couple of ways to connect remotely, in case one doesn’t work at any given time for whatever reason. And they’re both FREE.
You can find the RPi version of Teamviewer on their website. Scroll down and you’ll see the Raspberry Pi version. Click on ‘Download Host’. You do NOT want the generic Linux version. Alternatively, you’re welcome to download it from my Dropbox (the current version is 14. I’ll do my best to keep the most current version there).
You can find the RPi version of AnyDesk on their website. Works much the same way TeamViewer does, to be honest. The install process is basically the same as well.
This is what AnyDesk looks like on the Raspberry Pi.
This is what AnyDesk looks like on Windows 10.
Depending on where you have your Raspberry Pi setup in your home, setting up the WiFi, and installing Teamviewer (or AnyDesk) to connect to it remotely might be a convenient option. I have a spare monitor, keyboard, and mouse hooked up to my RPi, but I almost always connect to it via Teamviewer to do stuff.
After Teamviewer installs, to connect it to your Teamviewer account (assuming you have one already – it’s free), they’ll send a confirmation link to your email address. Once you add your RPI as a trusted device on your account, you’ll be able to connect to your RPI quickly and easily.
I also recommend checking for updates once again to ensure you have the latest version of TeamViewer.
I strongly recommend getting the CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ from Amazon! It’s very quick and easy to get setup. Be sure to take your time and read ALL of the documentation that comes with the Raspberry Pi (RPi). The only thing the documentation doesn’t describe is how to install the heat sinks. Install the RPi in the case FIRST. Then, take the plastic off each heat sink and carefully place them as shown below. Or, you can check out this YouTube video.
Buy and Configure your Raspberry Pi After you carefully install the RPi into the case and install the heat sinks, be sure to gently insert the MicroSD card, as shown here. Make sure the gold contacts are facing towards the top of the case, and the lettering is facing down. Don’t force it. It should go in easily.
Then, hook it up to your monitor and usb devices (keyboard, mouse), plug in the power, and turn it on.
You should soon see the desktop. It may present you with some initial setup options, so go ahead and do that.
Since it’ll be connected to the internet, using WiFi or ethernet (hard wired), for the sake of security, you’ll want to change the RPi admin password so no one else can do anything to your RPi, regardless of how unlikely that may be. Click on the Raspberry “Start Menu” > Preferences > Raspberry Pi Configuration”.
Click ‘Change Password’. The default password is: raspberry
If you want to use WiFi, you’ll need to enable it. You should be able to click the “network” or “WiFi” icon, then ‘Turn On WiFi’, select your network, enter and password, and easily connect.
Next, download the updates and install them. To do this, open Terminal and type:
sudo apt-get update (and press enter and wait until it’s done)
sudo apt-get upgrade (and press enter and wait until it’s done)
Then restart your Raspberry Pi. Type “sudo reboot” (w/o quotes) Or Start Menu > Shutdown > Reboot
It’s also worth getting a real-time clock memory module. If/when the power goes out, the Raspberry Pi may not maintain accurate time, but the battery-powered clock module will. That being said, be VERY delicate and gentle when you install the real-time clock. Those pins on the RPi can be easily broken. Install the real-time clock module as described in this article (if that article is no longer available, view or download the PDF version here), and be sure to follow the instructions to tell your RPi to use the module as the system clock, not the built-in RPi software clock.
To install the RPi real-time clock module, turn off and unplug the power from the RPI, then GENTLY line up the module exactly as shown above, with the battery facing down and the pin holes in the module connected to the inside far end row of pins (facing the “GPIO HEADER” label). The module should be connected to the first 5 pins on the row. ensure the module is snug and no part of those five pins are exposed. Once that’s done, plug it back in, turn it on, and follow the instructions on the previously mentioned page (or the PDF version here) to configure the RPi to use it, then reboot your RPi for good measure.