There are a lot of options for how you can connect to your Raspberry Pi and configure it. In this guide, we will show you what we find the be the simplest approach which is to plug the Pi into your computer using an ethernet cable and then connecting to it over your local network.
Before you connect to your Pi, it will of course need to be powered on (but you probably already knew that right?). To do so:
Eject the SD card from your computer (if it was still there, that is).
Insert the SD card into your Pi.
Connect your Raspberry Pi's ethernet port to the same LAN your your laptop is connected to (usually, at the router).
Plug the USB power plug into your Raspberry Pi, which will cause your Pi to boot up
Now, you can SSH into your Pi (assuming everything went well!). To do that on your computer, open up the Terminal (or whatever command line tool you prefer to use) and run:
If all goes well, you will be prompted to accept the public key of the Pi and then you will be prompted to login.
The default password on a Pi is
If everything went smoothly, you can now connect your Pi to the internet! Give yourself a pat on the back and go grab a cookie!