Launching Your Escape Pod, Step 1: Assemble Your Pi Kit

Assemble Your Pi Kit

Welcome! In this four-step article series, we will set up a small PC known as a Raspberry Pi as an Escape Pod. we will put files on the Escape Pod, configure it, and allow our robots to join the Pod. Step 1 covers the assembly of your Pi kit and collection of necessary materials.

Note: The Pi you use for Escape Pod is designed to run "headless"; that is, with no monitor, keyboard, mouse, or other accessories attached- you can simply connect the Pi to your router via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable and access it from any other computer on the same network by opening an internet browser and navigating to http://escapepod.local

Before deploying your Escape Pod, please be familiar with the current Known Issues and Limitations. See Known Issues and Limitations

Basic Requirements:

  • Pi 4 (strongly recommended for performance reasons)
    • Pi 3B / 3B+ can be used as a minimum.
  • Case compatible with Raspberry Pi (Usually included with a Pi kit)
  • Approved Pi power source (5V/2.5A for Pi 3B / 5V/3A for Pi 4)
  • Ethernet Cable and 1 free LAN port on router (Recommended for best performance)
    • Cable: CAT5 (minimum) / CAT5e / CAT6 / CAT7
    • (If Ethernet cable not available): Wi-Fi network, 2.4GHz (Pi 3B / Pi 4) or 5GHz (Pi 4 only)
  • MicroSD Card, 8GB or larger
  • MicroSD Card Reader / SD Card Adapter & Reader
  • 1 Vector Robot

Section 1: Unbox and Assemble Your Raspberry Pi Kit

Your new Raspberry Pi is here and you're ready to go! Carefully open your kit and lay out your components on a clean surface. For the best experience, make sure you have all of the following to continue:

Raspberry Pi 3B+ / 4 (Pi 4 model is recommended for performance reasons)

Raspberry Pi Case
Appearance and assembly instructions may vary.

Raspberry Pi Power Supply

MicroSD Card (minimum 8GB)

USB MicroSD Card Reader/Writer

(Optional) Ethernet Cable (for best performance)

Instructions for case assembly should be included with your kit or with any Pi case that you order. Assemble the Pi in its case according to the instructions. Once you've verified you have everything listed above, move to Section 2: Flash Your SD card.

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