• CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi

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  • Includes Raspberry Pi 2 (RPi2) Model B Quad-Core 900 MHz 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB Micro SD Card (Class 10) pre-loaded with NOOBS, CanaKit WiFi Adapter, CanaKit 2.5A Power Supply with 5 feet Micro USB Cable and Noise Filter (UL Listed)
  • High Quality Raspberry Pi 2 Case, Premium Quality 6.5 feet HDMI Cable, Heat Sink, CanaKit Full Color Quick-Start Guide
  • CanaKit GPIO to Breadboard Interface Board, Ribbon Cable, Breadboard, Jumper Wires, GPIO and Resistor Colors Quick Reference Cards
  • RGB LED, 8 x LEDs (Blue/Red/Yellow/Green), 15 x Resistors, 2 x Push Button Switches

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The sky is the limit I view this kit as one of the best ways to get acquainted with the Raspberry Pi (also, be mindful that earlier reviews were for the older Raspberry Pi B card with slightly different kit components, so this kit is now a practically different product...). True, you could get all these components piecemeal, and it's quite likely you won't need some of these anyway (I'm thinking about the heatsinks in particular...if you aren't planning on overclocking the board, you'll be fine without heatsinks). But this kit by itself does offer you enough stuff to pull off some intermediate-level projects. The kit also includes some highly useful items, such as a wifi dongle, NOOBS, and an HDMI cable, that offers convenience to the end user and really helps you get up and running out of the box. Really all you need to get going aside from this kit is a television/monitor with an HDMI input and a USB mouse/keyboard...both of which hobbyists or tinkerers likely already have lying around the house.The B+ is a joy to work with over the B. The addition of two more USB ports is especially welcomed, as are the mounting holes in the board. And for the price, you're pretty much getting a decent Linux box with which you can do a kajillion things. The Raspberry Pi community is HUGE and dedicated to education and open sourcing of material. I don't feel as though I'm on my own with this thing.I will also say this - my 10 going on 11 year old son is interested in stuff like this. He messed around with littleBits for awhile, and while littleBits are a quality product, they are so expensive and (I think) somewhat limiting because a kid really needs their module library to do things. With Raspberry Pi, obviously the price is a big feature, but I also believe it's far more open ended than something like littleBits. The board is good quality and really encourages open-ended real-world-application tinkering. It's a winner.So for first timers I really suggest getting this kit, since the value you get from the components and the convenience is higher than the price charged. This is a very good kit. 5Decent starter kit for hobbyists This is a decent starter kit. My advice to anyone who is thinking of purchasing a raspberry pi for the first time is to know what you want to do with this device before buying it. This device is more like a rough prototype device for hobbyist's that have an incredible amount of time to spend on tinkering and debugging. It is great for inventors, coders and people who really want to understand the inner workings of Linux.The card comes pre-loaded with many flavors of OS. I didn't think that any were suitable for use as a desktop PC unless the purpose is something specific (file server, web server, ftp, etc). I thought that Raspbmc functioned very well and was stable enough to run XBMC. If you re planning on buying this for video game emulation, I would wait for a more powerful version. Emulators ran very slow and require the user to take the risk of over-clocking.The wireless antenna that comes with this kit has very poor connectivity. I recommend using an ethernet connection or another compatible high-powered wifi dongle. The enclosure is very good quality. It kept the internals quite cool. Also, I would hope future models would have a power switch as this one does not.Knowing what I know now about the Raspberry Pi, I think I would have waited for a more powerful version or tried another hardware manufacturer. Whatever you decide, expect to spend a tremendous amount of hours configuring and debugging. 3CHEAPER to buy this kit than assemble on your own, details below I was hesitant to purchase this kit because of what other people said about the price. So, I tried assembling the set myself using the cheapest versions of the same items listed in this kit. I figured out that it IS NOT CHEAPER TO MAKE THIS KIT YOURSELF unless you buy all the parts from one company and pay for shipping only once. (Or, go in person to buy the things you can.)When I gathered all of the information from AMAZON, this is what I found:1) Raspberry Pi ($35, new)2) Hard case ($10-15 if you get a cheap one, $20 for a Tibow brand)3) SD card ($5-20 depending on the size. I would choose a 16GB 10 class. This kit came with 8GB, pre-loaded with software)4) Wi-Fi Dongle ($6 for a used one, $11 for new)5) HDMI cable (We all have these, but if you had to buy one you can find them for $2)6) Breadboard ($1 for a cheap-o one)7) GPIO Ribbon Cable ($0.01, okay no biggie)8) GPIO to Breadboard Interface Board ($8)9) Pack of LEDs ($6)10) 180 ohm resistors set ($1 for a 10 pack)11) 10K ohm resistors ($1 for a 25 pack)11) Push-button switches ($4 for a pack of 10, or $1 for a pack of 4)So, that is $77.01 for the cheapest versions of the listed items NOT INCLUDING SHIPPING. Shipping is really why I decided to purchase this pack. Not only did I not have to leave my house to go find these pieces in person, but I only had to pay one shipping charge. In addition, the pieces came in one box on the same day so I could start messing with the Pi as soon as I got it.Also important is the fact that this kit comes with a pre-loaded new-out-of-box-software (NOOBS) SD card. I honestly wouldn't have cared if I had to transfer the disk image myself, BUT for people who aren't comfortable doing that I would recommend getting this set. (It's honestly not hard to load a blank SD card. Just Google the instructions if you want to assemble your own kit. If you're buying a Pi, you are probably already a bit tech-savvy.)Good luck! 5It was if it was hastily put together. dead links point to non-existent manual this product came intact with a bunch of things, the guide had dead links and it took me a long time to find a free manual. The manual did not belong to this kit so I didnt know the pin configuration for the ribbon that you use to tie into a breadboard. windows 10 core was a terrible OS to use (apparently there are 2 modes, one mode cause the PI to just be blackscreened (by design) and I could never recover from it so i just stuck with rasbian and remoted into it and played around with python. After a lot of my own work and research I was able to play around with it a bit. I will probably play more with the Pi3 but there are now so many more exciting boards out there I will probably mess with first before I come back to this one. 2It's an awesome tiny computer CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFiI really love the Raspberry pi! It's the size of a credit card yet it has enough processing power for projects. I use for projects where I need a small computer that will always be on and will not use a lot of power.I have made over three projects so far with it and the possibilities keep going. Currently I bought one of these kits for an Opensprinkler project.[...]I even have this opensprinkler project controlling lights inside and outside the house, and the external power outlets. I can turn on the christmas lights at a set schedule or check to see if they are running.My second project is a kodi box. Kodi link: [...] The directions were relatively easy to set up. Currently I use the kodi box to view media and play mp3's.My third project is a retropi. Retropi link: [...] I have a usb gamepad attached to the raspberry pi and I can play super nintendo, nintendo and old sega games. It's great and is a quarter the size.The raspberry pi has a well supported user base with lots of guides and forums. With a little imagination you can use it to create any project you can think of. I have bought three of these devices so far and will be buying more in the future. 5Impressive for what you pay, but you may want more First impressions of this kit: Extremely well packaged for what you get.THE PACKAGEAs this kit has evolved over time and older reviews do not describe its current contents, I'll list each item in the box received 2015-07-12, as I remove them:- Basic HDMI cable, 6ft- A little heatsink (unexpected!)- A zip-top component bag containing a 40 pin ribbon cable and a "Pi T Cobbler" with 5v and 3v3 rails- A small box containing a Cana Kit branded WiFi dongle- A Pi-sized breadboard w/ adhesive foam on the back- A zip-top component bag containing 8 LEDs, 1 RGB LED, resistors, 2 tac switches- 30+ reinforced M/M jumper wires of a couple different lengths- A box from RS Electronics containing the RasPi2, Cana Kit sticker telling you the TF card is inside the box and giving you their support URL.- A generic Raspberry logo looking box with a Cana sticker on it with another helpful link, this is the 3-part screwless (press-fit) case in shiny black.- A box containing the Cana Kit branded wall wart, US 2 prong, sideways orientation, 5v/2.5A micro-USB.- A 10 page Cana Kit RasPi Quick Start Guide, updated for RasPi2.- Two postcards, one with an axial resistor color code chart and one with a quick ref for the 40-pin Pi GPIO header, both advertise Cana Kit's products on the back good bit of marketing there.- A folded "General Assembly Guide" for electronics talking about good soldering techniques, how to best seat components and trimming leads, etc.- A bit of cardboard left over from box assembly. This probably isn't part of the kit. ;)Overall, I'm very pleased. Depending on how you want to use it, the kit is not perfect but it is very close to it. It doesn't have a LOT of electronics goodies in it, but it's got the right quantity and set for figuring out if that's something you care about. If you go this route, you'll absolutely need a bigger breadboard. I'm not overfly fond of the case which is casey enough, but Pi cases are kinda like cell phone cases get one that fits your personality and purpose. And the hole for the broadcomm chip heatsink doesn't line up with the SoC completely, which is why they tell you to put the case on and then the heatsink. A cheap keyboard and mouse might have finished the kit, but they assume you probably have those laying around. If you don't, grab this kit along with say Anker's Keyboard/Mouse combo for a complete just-add-modern-TV system.You cannot build this kit as a one-off for less than it costs here even if you were shopping at that electronics store and community for engineers and hobbyists featured on that YouTube show hosted by the game console laptopifier and pinball nut known for regrettable acting. You know the one, readers :) Anyway, you can't do it, unless you did it in quantity, in which case you'd be Cana Kit because they already did it.FOLLOWING THE SETUP GUIDETo be continued in a day or two 5Great for Kids and Makers My Husband and I purchased this kit to introduce our son into the world of engineering and electronics.My seven year old son was very eager and caught on quickly to the steps on creating a circuitry of resisters and LED.My husband decided to go to a google site to build a virtual circuit and test it before working with real electricity and found that the transition from virtual to reality was very natural for online savvy kids like ours. Now, with the tool set from the CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2, he is able to wire and program simple circuitry on his own.Additionally, He's working with the provided software that came in the form of a micro sd card; Scratch, Python games and his favorite game that we downloaded called Minecraft Pi via the included wifi adapter. Overall, He is learning and will continue to learn and Explore.As a bonus, My husband has been learning how to code languages that he yearned to do while he was in college but was unable to do to his major now he feels and looks like the geek he always wanted to be. lol 5Many rough edges, but... awesome anyway. Pros:It works really well. I've had it running for days at a time and remained logged in in a shell on my desktop via a static IP on my wifi network, no glitches at all. Display looks good, seems very snappy from the command line (which is how I am using it: headless.) Runs cool; I like that. The NOOBS installer was present the supplied card, and OS install (Raspbian) and configuration went fine. I gave the minimum memory to the GPU as I didn't intend to use the GUI (although I did try it later, and it worked anyway.) The Pi worked first time with my random keyboard and mouse, and also with my 60" LG HD display. The breadboard and jumpers and connection to the pi are very good quality, although the breadboard itself is very small. The case is a black hunk of meh and was of no use to me as I had things to connect. Wifi dongle works fine (and that's how I'm using it now that it's set up: headless, and wireless.) Power supply is awesome -- I've got it running the Pi, the Pi Face, and a SainSmart dual-relay board.Delightful discoveries:Midnight Commander, the *very* most handy thing ever for casual and up *nix shell usability, is exactly this easy to obtain...sudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install mc...awwwwwwesome. :)Another: I wrote a fairly serious raytracer as a component of a commercial package some years back, and I created a stand-alone console version derived from it, source code in c. I moved the source (about one megabyte -- it's very feature-rich) over using midnight commander, typed make, and shortly thereafter, was the proud owner of a fully working copy of my raytracer on the Pi. I traced some of the tougher scenes, and they came out perfect.Another: installed apache2, went fine, now the Pi responds if hit as a webserver.Another: sqlite3 is available and works great. It's not PostgreSQL (which looks tricky to install, too bad) but it's pretty awesome anyway.Cons:REQUIRES mouse, keyboard and HDMI monitor/display in order to configure. There's no way to configure it "headless" (IE, over the network) board without first collecting all this stuff somewhere. Once you set it up, you can connect remotely by SSH though, so I'm hoping at that point that no keyboard, mouse or monitor will be required.Does not physically fit the Pi Face board. The B+ has an additional double-height USB socket, and the Pi Face shorts out on the metal case, and will not seat properly and therefore cannot fit within the Pi's footprint as advertised/intended. So you will require a GPIO extension cable, female one end, male the other, and a place to put the Pi Face, or else a header extension (and bracing/support), again female to male. The GPIO cable supplied in this kit for the breadboard connection will not work in this application -- it is female to female.More on the Pi Face -- I believe many readers will find this relevant: the relays themselves are rated at 10 amps and 240 volts. But the specifications for the Pi Face relays as installed are only 20 volts and 5 amps!!! This made the relays useless to me, and to anyone who (of course) wants to switch a vanilla AC device. I had to buy a SainSmart dual relay board and some male-to-female square pin jumpers (4 pins worth) to get done what I needed done, which was pretty minimal, actually. Just a couple of watts, but at 120 VAC.Documentation: None. You'll be going to the net, and that's going to be fairly time consuming -- the information you will require is spread out all over, and varies in quality from awesome to uber-stankified. Prepare to build a whole new network of bookmarks.Survival Tip:When you want to power it down, make sure you SHUT it down first...sudo shutdown -h now...wait for that to complete, THEN power down. You *nix first-timers can thank me later. :)Suggestions:Someone might want to start selling cards (8GB, 16GB and larger) with NOOBS/raspbian already configured for headless or command-line operation and tested for correct operation on the B+. Or just raspbian itself. Would have saved me a great deal of time and fooling around. No card reader here. This will require having SSH available within NOOBS, etc., but I'm sure it could be done. I did look for one, but either there isn't one, or my google-fu is weak -- entirely possible. Would also like to see PostgreSQL available as a simple apt-get. Not sure why that seems to be a problem, but from what I'm reading... it is. Perhaps someone will enlighten me in the comments.Using first Pi for:Remote (headless, wireless) ability to shut down my salt aquarium filtration system so that I can feed the waterkids (corals, fish, invertebrates) without the filter system immediately filtering out the food. The Pi starts the filters again after 45 minutes. Also good for filtration media changes, keeps gunk from being blown through the system when the filter media is being cleaned or replaced. Ordered another Pi tonight, same kit, so I'll have one just to play with again. :)And finally:The Pi itself is a remarkably high powered machine for its size and at this point in time. I hope that next time around we get a couple (or more!) gigs of RAM instead of the 512MB, and perhaps even a speed bump for the CPU, but I really just want the RAM. I'm totally impressed with the machine as it stands right now, and no, I'm not clueless as to speed -- I have an 8-core 3 GHz machine on my desk. I'm just able to keep things in reasonable perspective. I totally wish I'd had one of these as a kid. Oh well. I'm still a kid, really. Just a really, really old one. Almost 60. :) 5The perfect kit to get into Rasberry Pi, Python, GPIO, and fun! This was the perfect kit. I already owned a Rasberry Pi B+ Ultimate Kit, but bounced off of it pretty hard. I purchased the KanoKit for my son which got my thinking about my Rasberry Pi again. After some research I saw the the Pi 2 was out and I jumped on this kit. I don't know what was different this time around, but I'm teaching myself Python and I have been working with the breadboard and LEDs to make some basic programs. I'm really into it and the added horsepower of the Pi 2 is definitely noticeable. I recommend this kit to anyone looking to know more about programming and basic input/output. Something about writing scripts that control physical devices is really satisfying. 5Great little computer. I bought this to be my media center. Boosted my bandwidth on my internet. I had been reading about the Raspberry Pi, and I also have a friend in the IT profession. So I decided to give it a run. I am not super tech jock here, but I am also not tech illiterate. This was very easy for me to set up. Everything you need to run is loaded on the card. All you need to do is figure out what you are going to use it for. For myself it was XBMC. So I installed to RaspBMC software that was pre loaded on the card. There is a set of very easy to follow instructions on youtube to explain how to set up the addons you will need to watch movies. It took me all of an hour total to get everything up. I get great 1080p out of it. It has wifi dongle if you need it, but I went direct connect with it. That freed up a USB port for my HausBeLL controller. It works great with this item, and isn't as much as some of the other wireless controllers. If you are in the market for a media player, and have a little tech knowledge or know someone who can give you a hand, this would be the way to go. You can even plug up your portable hdd and stream off of it. This will play back just about everything. There is another bonus. It has HDMI for great picture and sound. Been running it for 2 days now and no problems. If I have a problem, I will let you know.Update: Now a week into it. The Wifi dongle that came with it died on me. Bought a replacement that seems to be holding up very well. Good solid connection. Raspbmc pretty much stopped working as well. Using the Openelec now. Not sure what happened to Raspbmc. Worked great for a couple of days then wouldn't load any movies. Tried changing out the power supply, rebooting, uninstall and and reload. Nothing seemed to work. So I just decided to give Openelec a try. Works fine. Not sure why that happened. If anything else crashes on me, I will let you know. 5
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The sky is the limit I view this kit as one of the best ways to get acquainted with the Raspberry Pi (also, be mindful that earlier reviews were for the older Raspberry Pi B card with slightly different kit components, so this kit is now a practically different product...). True, you could get all these components piecemeal, and it's quite likely you won't need some of these anyway (I'm thinking about the heatsinks in particular...if you aren't planning on overclocking the board, you'll be fine without heatsinks). But this kit by itself does offer you enough stuff to pull off some intermediate-level projects. The kit also includes some highly useful items, such as a wifi dongle, NOOBS, and an HDMI cable, that offers convenience to the end user and really helps you get up and running out of the box. Really all you need to get going aside from this kit is a television/monitor with an HDMI input and a USB mouse/keyboard...both of which hobbyists or tinkerers likely already have lying around the house.The B+ is a joy to work with over the B. The addition of two more USB ports is especially welcomed, as are the mounting holes in the board. And for the price, you're pretty much getting a decent Linux box with which you can do a kajillion things. The Raspberry Pi community is HUGE and dedicated to education and open sourcing of material. I don't feel as though I'm on my own with this thing.I will also say this - my 10 going on 11 year old son is interested in stuff like this. He messed around with littleBits for awhile, and while littleBits are a quality product, they are so expensive and (I think) somewhat limiting because a kid really needs their module library to do things. With Raspberry Pi, obviously the price is a big feature, but I also believe it's far more open ended than something like littleBits. The board is good quality and really encourages open-ended real-world-application tinkering. It's a winner.So for first timers I really suggest getting this kit, since the value you get from the components and the convenience is higher than the price charged. This is a very good kit. 5Decent starter kit for hobbyists This is a decent starter kit. My advice to anyone who is thinking of purchasing a raspberry pi for the first time is to know what you want to do with this device before buying it. This device is more like a rough prototype device for hobbyist's that have an incredible amount of time to spend on tinkering and debugging. It is great for inventors, coders and people who really want to understand the inner workings of Linux.The card comes pre-loaded with many flavors of OS. I didn't think that any were suitable for use as a desktop PC unless the purpose is something specific (file server, web server, ftp, etc). I thought that Raspbmc functioned very well and was stable enough to run XBMC. If you re planning on buying this for video game emulation, I would wait for a more powerful version. Emulators ran very slow and require the user to take the risk of over-clocking.The wireless antenna that comes with this kit has very poor connectivity. I recommend using an ethernet connection or another compatible high-powered wifi dongle. The enclosure is very good quality. It kept the internals quite cool. Also, I would hope future models would have a power switch as this one does not.Knowing what I know now about the Raspberry Pi, I think I would have waited for a more powerful version or tried another hardware manufacturer. Whatever you decide, expect to spend a tremendous amount of hours configuring and debugging. 3CHEAPER to buy this kit than assemble on your own, details below I was hesitant to purchase this kit because of what other people said about the price. So, I tried assembling the set myself using the cheapest versions of the same items listed in this kit. I figured out that it IS NOT CHEAPER TO MAKE THIS KIT YOURSELF unless you buy all the parts from one company and pay for shipping only once. (Or, go in person to buy the things you can.)When I gathered all of the information from AMAZON, this is what I found:1) Raspberry Pi ($35, new)2) Hard case ($10-15 if you get a cheap one, $20 for a Tibow brand)3) SD card ($5-20 depending on the size. I would choose a 16GB 10 class. This kit came with 8GB, pre-loaded with software)4) Wi-Fi Dongle ($6 for a used one, $11 for new)5) HDMI cable (We all have these, but if you had to buy one you can find them for $2)6) Breadboard ($1 for a cheap-o one)7) GPIO Ribbon Cable ($0.01, okay no biggie)8) GPIO to Breadboard Interface Board ($8)9) Pack of LEDs ($6)10) 180 ohm resistors set ($1 for a 10 pack)11) 10K ohm resistors ($1 for a 25 pack)11) Push-button switches ($4 for a pack of 10, or $1 for a pack of 4)So, that is $77.01 for the cheapest versions of the listed items NOT INCLUDING SHIPPING. Shipping is really why I decided to purchase this pack. Not only did I not have to leave my house to go find these pieces in person, but I only had to pay one shipping charge. In addition, the pieces came in one box on the same day so I could start messing with the Pi as soon as I got it.Also important is the fact that this kit comes with a pre-loaded new-out-of-box-software (NOOBS) SD card. I honestly wouldn't have cared if I had to transfer the disk image myself, BUT for people who aren't comfortable doing that I would recommend getting this set. (It's honestly not hard to load a blank SD card. Just Google the instructions if you want to assemble your own kit. If you're buying a Pi, you are probably already a bit tech-savvy.)Good luck! 5It was if it was hastily put together. dead links point to non-existent manual this product came intact with a bunch of things, the guide had dead links and it took me a long time to find a free manual. The manual did not belong to this kit so I didnt know the pin configuration for the ribbon that you use to tie into a breadboard. windows 10 core was a terrible OS to use (apparently there are 2 modes, one mode cause the PI to just be blackscreened (by design) and I could never recover from it so i just stuck with rasbian and remoted into it and played around with python. After a lot of my own work and research I was able to play around with it a bit. I will probably play more with the Pi3 but there are now so many more exciting boards out there I will probably mess with first before I come back to this one. 2It's an awesome tiny computer CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFiI really love the Raspberry pi! It's the size of a credit card yet it has enough processing power for projects. I use for projects where I need a small computer that will always be on and will not use a lot of power.I have made over three projects so far with it and the possibilities keep going. Currently I bought one of these kits for an Opensprinkler project.[...]I even have this opensprinkler project controlling lights inside and outside the house, and the external power outlets. I can turn on the christmas lights at a set schedule or check to see if they are running.My second project is a kodi box. Kodi link: [...] The directions were relatively easy to set up. Currently I use the kodi box to view media and play mp3's.My third project is a retropi. Retropi link: [...] I have a usb gamepad attached to the raspberry pi and I can play super nintendo, nintendo and old sega games. It's great and is a quarter the size.The raspberry pi has a well supported user base with lots of guides and forums. With a little imagination you can use it to create any project you can think of. I have bought three of these devices so far and will be buying more in the future. 5Impressive for what you pay, but you may want more First impressions of this kit: Extremely well packaged for what you get.THE PACKAGEAs this kit has evolved over time and older reviews do not describe its current contents, I'll list each item in the box received 2015-07-12, as I remove them:- Basic HDMI cable, 6ft- A little heatsink (unexpected!)- A zip-top component bag containing a 40 pin ribbon cable and a "Pi T Cobbler" with 5v and 3v3 rails- A small box containing a Cana Kit branded WiFi dongle- A Pi-sized breadboard w/ adhesive foam on the back- A zip-top component bag containing 8 LEDs, 1 RGB LED, resistors, 2 tac switches- 30+ reinforced M/M jumper wires of a couple different lengths- A box from RS Electronics containing the RasPi2, Cana Kit sticker telling you the TF card is inside the box and giving you their support URL.- A generic Raspberry logo looking box with a Cana sticker on it with another helpful link, this is the 3-part screwless (press-fit) case in shiny black.- A box containing the Cana Kit branded wall wart, US 2 prong, sideways orientation, 5v/2.5A micro-USB.- A 10 page Cana Kit RasPi Quick Start Guide, updated for RasPi2.- Two postcards, one with an axial resistor color code chart and one with a quick ref for the 40-pin Pi GPIO header, both advertise Cana Kit's products on the back good bit of marketing there.- A folded "General Assembly Guide" for electronics talking about good soldering techniques, how to best seat components and trimming leads, etc.- A bit of cardboard left over from box assembly. This probably isn't part of the kit. ;)Overall, I'm very pleased. Depending on how you want to use it, the kit is not perfect but it is very close to it. It doesn't have a LOT of electronics goodies in it, but it's got the right quantity and set for figuring out if that's something you care about. If you go this route, you'll absolutely need a bigger breadboard. I'm not overfly fond of the case which is casey enough, but Pi cases are kinda like cell phone cases get one that fits your personality and purpose. And the hole for the broadcomm chip heatsink doesn't line up with the SoC completely, which is why they tell you to put the case on and then the heatsink. A cheap keyboard and mouse might have finished the kit, but they assume you probably have those laying around. If you don't, grab this kit along with say Anker's Keyboard/Mouse combo for a complete just-add-modern-TV system.You cannot build this kit as a one-off for less than it costs here even if you were shopping at that electronics store and community for engineers and hobbyists featured on that YouTube show hosted by the game console laptopifier and pinball nut known for regrettable acting. You know the one, readers :) Anyway, you can't do it, unless you did it in quantity, in which case you'd be Cana Kit because they already did it.FOLLOWING THE SETUP GUIDETo be continued in a day or two 5Great for Kids and Makers My Husband and I purchased this kit to introduce our son into the world of engineering and electronics.My seven year old son was very eager and caught on quickly to the steps on creating a circuitry of resisters and LED.My husband decided to go to a google site to build a virtual circuit and test it before working with real electricity and found that the transition from virtual to reality was very natural for online savvy kids like ours. Now, with the tool set from the CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2, he is able to wire and program simple circuitry on his own.Additionally, He's working with the provided software that came in the form of a micro sd card; Scratch, Python games and his favorite game that we downloaded called Minecraft Pi via the included wifi adapter. Overall, He is learning and will continue to learn and Explore.As a bonus, My husband has been learning how to code languages that he yearned to do while he was in college but was unable to do to his major now he feels and looks like the geek he always wanted to be. lol 5Many rough edges, but... awesome anyway. Pros:It works really well. I've had it running for days at a time and remained logged in in a shell on my desktop via a static IP on my wifi network, no glitches at all. Display looks good, seems very snappy from the command line (which is how I am using it: headless.) Runs cool; I like that. The NOOBS installer was present the supplied card, and OS install (Raspbian) and configuration went fine. I gave the minimum memory to the GPU as I didn't intend to use the GUI (although I did try it later, and it worked anyway.) The Pi worked first time with my random keyboard and mouse, and also with my 60" LG HD display. The breadboard and jumpers and connection to the pi are very good quality, although the breadboard itself is very small. The case is a black hunk of meh and was of no use to me as I had things to connect. Wifi dongle works fine (and that's how I'm using it now that it's set up: headless, and wireless.) Power supply is awesome -- I've got it running the Pi, the Pi Face, and a SainSmart dual-relay board.Delightful discoveries:Midnight Commander, the *very* most handy thing ever for casual and up *nix shell usability, is exactly this easy to obtain...sudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install mc...awwwwwwesome. :)Another: I wrote a fairly serious raytracer as a component of a commercial package some years back, and I created a stand-alone console version derived from it, source code in c. I moved the source (about one megabyte -- it's very feature-rich) over using midnight commander, typed make, and shortly thereafter, was the proud owner of a fully working copy of my raytracer on the Pi. I traced some of the tougher scenes, and they came out perfect.Another: installed apache2, went fine, now the Pi responds if hit as a webserver.Another: sqlite3 is available and works great. It's not PostgreSQL (which looks tricky to install, too bad) but it's pretty awesome anyway.Cons:REQUIRES mouse, keyboard and HDMI monitor/display in order to configure. There's no way to configure it "headless" (IE, over the network) board without first collecting all this stuff somewhere. Once you set it up, you can connect remotely by SSH though, so I'm hoping at that point that no keyboard, mouse or monitor will be required.Does not physically fit the Pi Face board. The B+ has an additional double-height USB socket, and the Pi Face shorts out on the metal case, and will not seat properly and therefore cannot fit within the Pi's footprint as advertised/intended. So you will require a GPIO extension cable, female one end, male the other, and a place to put the Pi Face, or else a header extension (and bracing/support), again female to male. The GPIO cable supplied in this kit for the breadboard connection will not work in this application -- it is female to female.More on the Pi Face -- I believe many readers will find this relevant: the relays themselves are rated at 10 amps and 240 volts. But the specifications for the Pi Face relays as installed are only 20 volts and 5 amps!!! This made the relays useless to me, and to anyone who (of course) wants to switch a vanilla AC device. I had to buy a SainSmart dual relay board and some male-to-female square pin jumpers (4 pins worth) to get done what I needed done, which was pretty minimal, actually. Just a couple of watts, but at 120 VAC.Documentation: None. You'll be going to the net, and that's going to be fairly time consuming -- the information you will require is spread out all over, and varies in quality from awesome to uber-stankified. Prepare to build a whole new network of bookmarks.Survival Tip:When you want to power it down, make sure you SHUT it down first...sudo shutdown -h now...wait for that to complete, THEN power down. You *nix first-timers can thank me later. :)Suggestions:Someone might want to start selling cards (8GB, 16GB and larger) with NOOBS/raspbian already configured for headless or command-line operation and tested for correct operation on the B+. Or just raspbian itself. Would have saved me a great deal of time and fooling around. No card reader here. This will require having SSH available within NOOBS, etc., but I'm sure it could be done. I did look for one, but either there isn't one, or my google-fu is weak -- entirely possible. Would also like to see PostgreSQL available as a simple apt-get. Not sure why that seems to be a problem, but from what I'm reading... it is. Perhaps someone will enlighten me in the comments.Using first Pi for:Remote (headless, wireless) ability to shut down my salt aquarium filtration system so that I can feed the waterkids (corals, fish, invertebrates) without the filter system immediately filtering out the food. The Pi starts the filters again after 45 minutes. Also good for filtration media changes, keeps gunk from being blown through the system when the filter media is being cleaned or replaced. Ordered another Pi tonight, same kit, so I'll have one just to play with again. :)And finally:The Pi itself is a remarkably high powered machine for its size and at this point in time. I hope that next time around we get a couple (or more!) gigs of RAM instead of the 512MB, and perhaps even a speed bump for the CPU, but I really just want the RAM. I'm totally impressed with the machine as it stands right now, and no, I'm not clueless as to speed -- I have an 8-core 3 GHz machine on my desk. I'm just able to keep things in reasonable perspective. I totally wish I'd had one of these as a kid. Oh well. I'm still a kid, really. Just a really, really old one. Almost 60. :) 5The perfect kit to get into Rasberry Pi, Python, GPIO, and fun! This was the perfect kit. I already owned a Rasberry Pi B+ Ultimate Kit, but bounced off of it pretty hard. I purchased the KanoKit for my son which got my thinking about my Rasberry Pi again. After some research I saw the the Pi 2 was out and I jumped on this kit. I don't know what was different this time around, but I'm teaching myself Python and I have been working with the breadboard and LEDs to make some basic programs. I'm really into it and the added horsepower of the Pi 2 is definitely noticeable. I recommend this kit to anyone looking to know more about programming and basic input/output. Something about writing scripts that control physical devices is really satisfying. 5Great little computer. I bought this to be my media center. Boosted my bandwidth on my internet. I had been reading about the Raspberry Pi, and I also have a friend in the IT profession. So I decided to give it a run. I am not super tech jock here, but I am also not tech illiterate. This was very easy for me to set up. Everything you need to run is loaded on the card. All you need to do is figure out what you are going to use it for. For myself it was XBMC. So I installed to RaspBMC software that was pre loaded on the card. There is a set of very easy to follow instructions on youtube to explain how to set up the addons you will need to watch movies. It took me all of an hour total to get everything up. I get great 1080p out of it. It has wifi dongle if you need it, but I went direct connect with it. That freed up a USB port for my HausBeLL controller. It works great with this item, and isn't as much as some of the other wireless controllers. If you are in the market for a media player, and have a little tech knowledge or know someone who can give you a hand, this would be the way to go. You can even plug up your portable hdd and stream off of it. This will play back just about everything. There is another bonus. It has HDMI for great picture and sound. Been running it for 2 days now and no problems. If I have a problem, I will let you know.Update: Now a week into it. The Wifi dongle that came with it died on me. Bought a replacement that seems to be holding up very well. Good solid connection. Raspbmc pretty much stopped working as well. Using the Openelec now. Not sure what happened to Raspbmc. Worked great for a couple of days then wouldn't load any movies. Tried changing out the power supply, rebooting, uninstall and and reload. Nothing seemed to work. So I just decided to give Openelec a try. Works fine. Not sure why that happened. If anything else crashes on me, I will let you know. 5
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