Windows Remote Desktop Access to Raspberry Pi Device

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If you have a Raspberry Pi you may not want to have a monitor, keyboard and mouse connected to the device. So the best solution is to be able to remote desktop onto the device from your Windows laptop or desktop.

Well you can do that with a few simple commands on your Raspberry Pi.

Follow the command steps below to enable remote desktop connections:

Install XRDP onto your device:

  • sudo apt-get -y install xrdp

Install Samba to connect using a hostname:

  • sudo apt-get -y install samba

That is all you need to run on your Raspberry Pi device. Now turning to your Windows device, start up the Remote Desktop Connection tool and enter either the IP address or hostname of your Raspberry Pi device in the Computer section to connect to.

You should then use the following login credentials (assuming you have not changed your Raspberry Pi password:

  • Username: pi
  • Password: raspberry

Give it around a minute to fully connect to the Raspberry Pi device and you should now have full remote desktop access to your Raspberry Pi from your Windows computer.

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Install Node.JS on Raspberry Pi

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If you are using Raspbian Jessie on your Raspberry Pi then you may want to use Node.JS.

You can use Node.JS for a number of things one being running a Twitter Bot to automatically retweet, like or favourite tweets based on Twitter search queries.

To install Node.JS on your Raspberry Pi, simply follow the steps listed below:

Open a Terminal session by clicking on the icon on the taskbar:

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This will open a Terminal session and you should then run the following commands this this order.

Update your version of Raspbian and all packages:

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Download the required package:

  • wget https://node-arm.herokuapp.com/node_latest_armhf.deb

Install the package:

  • sudo dpkg -i node_latest_armhf.deb

Test the installation and Node version:

  • node -v

You will now have Node.JS installed on your Raspberry Pi and ready to start using it.

Check out our blog for other guides on the Raspberry Pi.

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