How Remote work with the Raspberry Pi 4
Due to the current situation around the world, people started to worry much more about their health and well being. Companies, like here at FilipeFlop, have adopted the remote working method to protect their employees from the pandemic that is plaguing the whole world.
However, some people end up not having a computer at home, making it impossible for them to work remotely. In today’s post, we’ll talk about how we can use the Raspberry Pi 4 as a low-cost option to work effectively during this quarantine.
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 4 GB
- DC 5V 3A USB-C power supply
- Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable
- Class 10 16 GB (or larger ) Memory Card
- USB Mouse and Keyboard
- Monitor with HDMI inpu
Key Features of the Rapberry Pi 4
The Raspberry Pi 4 card arrived recently and is already a guaranteed success, thanks to its great specifications. The version sold here at FilipeFlop is 4 GB of RAM , a very reasonable amount for those who hate those annoying crashes when opening an application.
Check out some of the board specifications below :
Broadcom BCM2711 processor, quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit 1.5GHz SoC
RAM: 4GB DDR4
Integrated WIFI adapter 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11b / g / n / ac wireless LAN
Bluetooth 5.0 BLE integrated
2 micro HDMI ports supporting 4K and 60fps video
2 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports
Power supply: we recommend a switched DC source 5.1 V 3 A with USB-C connector
Camera interface (CSI)
Display interface (DSI)
MicroSD card slot
Audio and video connector
You can already see that she is not something, right? And it is thanks to this robustness, combined with a fluid performance that we can use this powerful plate for daily use and also for our own work.
Installing the Operating System
The common and extremely popular option is the use of the Raspberry Foundation’s own Linux-based system: Raspbian. Unfortunately the Raspberry Pi 4, by using an ARM processor, is unable to efficiently run (at least for now) Microsoft’s operating system, Windows.
We have a very detailed post on how to perform the installation and leave the system running smoothly. For that, check out the First Steps with the Raspberry Pi.
Connecting to WiFi
After installing Raspbian, you will be at the home screen, like the one below:
Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi 4
If you did not set up your WiFi network during the system installation, you can do so now. Just click on the WiFi symbol there in the upper right corner :
Here will be all available networks . Then just select your home network. A window will open, asking for the password. Type it in and soon your card will be connected!
The default Raspbian browser is Chromium . The name reminds you of something, right? The Chromium is the basis of most current browsers like Google Chrome and the new version of Microsoft Edge. When you start it, the interface is the same as standard browsers, so there is no mystery as to how it works.
Due to the specifications of Pi 4, the use of Chromium will be fluid and without bottlenecks, being able to access its main sites quickly and simply, maintaining your productivity while you are in remote work.
Today our “labor” lives are basically located in e-mails. With the Raspberry Pi 4 you can normally use the websites of email providers like Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo using Chromium. However, if you are adept at email managers , an option that comes from the factory is Claws Mail . So you keep your emails up to date while doing remote work.
The setup is very simple, and done automatically. The first step is to open Claws Mail . Then, click Next .
Email for remote work with Raspberry Pi 4
On the next screen, enter your name , email address you want to use, and if you want the organization you work for. Then press Next .
Email for remote work with Raspberry Pi 4
Then, in server type, you must choose POP and then press the automatic configuration button . Thus, it will pull all data to the next screens. In Username and Password , enter your email user data , as if you were going to log in normally. Then click Next .
There is no need to change anything on the next screen, just click Next again.
Now just click on Save .
Now everything is ready for use!