Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi Zero W benefit from their sizes, but it is really awkward to work with. Fortunately, you can use a USB port to connect to your board without a keyboard or a screen. This is great for all these projects where the network is not needed. So what if you need a headless client to set up a card? You can either do this via Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 and share the card or connect to the Raspberry Pi Zero, Raspberry Pi Zero W SSH USB – in 4 simple steps.
Raspberry Pi Zero, Raspberry Pi Zero W – SSH over USB in 4 simple steps
You will need:
- Raspberry Pi Zero or Raspberry Pi Zero W – kinda obvious
- Windows PC – with a Bonjour installed (it’s the first time I get to use this in my life – Linux people Avahi-Deamon will do it)
- USB cable
- SD-card and a reader
- Putty on Windows or terminal on Linux
Download the Raspbian image – full release or Lite – it works with both versions. Install Bonjour on your computer (or Avahi).
Install the Raspbian image on the SD-card, and open it on the PC. You will need to open 2 files.
Add the following (new line):
Add the following text after rootwait (leave a space, keep all in a single line):
Save both files.
Put the card in, plug the USB to the socket marked USB not PWR IN and power it up. Wait about 1-2 min – don’t rush it the first time.
Enter the Raspberry Pi credentials:
- Login (default): pi
- Password (default): raspberry
and… You know how to connect Raspberry Pi Zero, Raspberry Pi Zero W SSH USB! Now that you have the access to to the Raspberry Pi Zero W, you can take a look at this guide to set up the network permanently.
You are welcome!