The instructions below walk you through assembling and connecting your
In addition to the items in your TinyPilot kit, you'll need:
- A Philips head screwdriver
- A target computer to control with TinyPilot
- An HDMI cable (e.g. HDMI to HDMI, DVI to HDMI)
Step 1: Assemble the case
Remove the Argon NEO case from its packaging. It should contain:
- Plastic base
- Case middle cover
- Magnetic top cover (it will be attached to the middle piece)
- Thermal tape
- Case screws (6)
- Rubber feet (4)
Remove the plastic film from the bottom of the case:
Remove the magnetic cover from the top of the case, and lay out all the
Remove the plastic film from both sides of the thermal tape:
Break the thermal tape in half, and place each half on the indentations
underneath the case's middle piece:
Remove the Raspberry Pi from its packaging, and place it facedown on the
case so that its pins and ports line up with the empty spaces in the
The screwholes on the left side of the case will line up with the Pi's
screwholes, whereas the ones on the right will not.
Using a Phillips head screwdriver, screw the base of the case to the
middle of the case, securing the Pi between the two pieces:
Place the rubber feet into the four indentations on the bottom of the
Flip the case over and screw in the last two screws:
Slide the magnetic cover on to the top of the case:
Step 2: Insert the TinyPilot microSD card
Insert the TinyPilot microSD card into the Pi's microSD slot.
The microSD is already configured with TinyPilot's software.
Step 3: Connect the VGA to HDMI adaptor (Optional)
This step only applies if you purchased a kit with a VGA adaptor because
your computer has no HDMI output.
Connect the VGA adaptor to your computer's VGA display output.
Use the 30-inch black USB-A to microUSB cable to connect the VGA adaptor
to any available USB port on your computer.
Step 4: Connect the HDMI cable
Plug the HDMI capture dongle into one of the Pi's USB ports and connect
it to an HDMI cable.
You can use any USB port. The USB 3.0 ports (blue) and the USB 2.0
ports (black) perform identically.
Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the output display port of
the target computer.
Depending on the target computer's output, you can use a HDMI to HDMI
cable, a DisplayPort to HDMI cable, or a DVI to HDMI cable.
Step 5: Hook up the power connector
Use the 6-inch USB-C to USB-A cable to connect the USB-C port on the
Raspberry Pi to the USB-A port on the TinyPilot Power Connector.
Connect a microUSB to USB-A cable to the port labeled "Power" on the
TinyPilot Power Connector. Connect the other end to the USB to AC
adaptor and plug it into a power outlet.
Only use the TinyPilot power connector with power supplies that
provide power isolation. Virtually all modern power supplies isolate
power, but if you're working with especially old (20+ years) or
low-quality hardware, verify that it's power isolated.
Connect a microUSB to USB-A cable to the port labeled "Data" on the
TinyPilot Power Connector. Connect the other end to a USB port on your
If everything is connected correctly, you should see the Pi's power LED
shine a solid red. The disk activity LED will flash green intermittently
as the device runs.
Step 6: Attach an Ethernet cable
Connect TinyPilot to your local network by connecting an Ethernet cable to
device's Ethernet port.
Step 6: Access the TinyPilot web interface
With your TinyPilot booted, you can now access the TinyPilot web interface
at the following URL from any device on your local network:
Your very first boot might take up to two minutes as the Pi expands the
microSD card's disk to maximize storage space.
Your target computer's display output should display in the browser.
TinyPilot forwards any keystrokes you enter to the target machine.
Step 7: Change SSH credentials
TinyPilot's default credentials are:
- Username: pilot
- Password: flyingsopi
For security, you should connect to TinyPilot through SSH and run
passwd to update your password.
How'd installation go?
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