Getting Started with the RPi Zero 2 W

If you've been wanting to start using the new Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, we have a guide with all the lessons and tips you'll need to get going.

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The latest entry into the immensely popular Raspberry Pi Single Board Computer catalog, the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, provides an upgraded drop-in replacement to the Pi Zero W powered by a quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A53 CPU. This guide highlights the improvements in hardware on the Pi Zero 2 W, how to install and set it up in a desktop configuration, and the basics of using the Raspberry Pi OS.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W


Our guide for the Pi Zero 2 W assumes you have the Pi Zero 2 W Basic Kit, so if you do not have the kit, make sure you have the necessary accessories (power adapter, mini HDMI cable, USB OTG cable or USB hub & a microSD card). Along with the Basic Kit, you will need a monitor (or TV), keyboard, mouse and USB hub (for more than one USB device) to follow this tutorial.

Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

December 22, 2021

Learn how to setup, configure and use the latest version of the smallest Raspberry Pi out there, the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W.

The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Basic Kit provides the bare bones of a Pi Zero 2 W setup. The kit includes a Pi Zero 2 W, Raspberry Pi 12.5W Micro-USB Power Adapter, mini HDMI cable, USB OTG cable and a 64GB MicroSD Card with adapter.

SparkFun Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Basic Kit

SparkFun Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Basic Kit


Please keep in mind that both of these products are extremely popular right now and with the global supply chain issues that are affecting our industry, lead times are subject to some pretty considerable changes and lengths. If you are interested in knowing when we get more Pi Zero 2 W's or its Starter Kit in stock, please make sure to sign up to the "Autonotify" list we feature on the top of each page. You will receive an auto notification email message when the products come back in stock. Keep in mind that this does not reserve stock for you; all requested autonotifications for a products are sent at the same time.



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  • Member #134773 / about 2 years ago / 2

    Uh, Chris, I think you managed to get the wrong picture in the link for the getting started guide. The one shown looks noticably different than either the pics of the RPiZ2W or the two RPiZ2W's I happen to have.

    My RPiZ2W's have an amusing history: I ordered two of the "starter kits" when they showed up on Dec. 23 (they went quickly, as I looked again about 10:00 PM and they were all gone), along with a few other items I needed so as to qualify for "free shipping". They got shipped on Dec. 29, and when I saw the Marshall fire on the news, I verified that according to FedEx tracking they were safely "in transit" in Colorado Springs by the time the fire broke out. I checked FedEx periodically, and by Dec. 31, they were "in transit" in northern Arizona. (I live in a suburb of Phoenix.) However, there seems to be a "worm hole" or "space warp" somewhere along Interstate 17, as the package suddenly showed up in Chicago, IL! (More likely, FedEx had managed to get it on the wrong truck.) By the evening of Jan. 3, it had made it a whopping 15 or so miles out to a Chicago suburb. At that rate, I figured it should make it to Phoenix by Labor Day. The package finally picked up some speed, with "sightings" in Kansas, New Mexico, and again in northern Arizona, making it to my doorstep on Jan. 7. The box had a few minor dings, but nothing too severe. Fortunately I'm not quite ready to use the stuff I ordered. Hmm... guess it's not worth asking for FedEx to "refund" my extravagent $0.00 shipping fee! ;-)

    As a little sidelight to the "saga of the wandering Pi's", about 10 years ago I got an order from our friends at DigiKey that looked like it had been through a train wreck. According to the UPS tracking, there was good reason for it looking that way: it had been through a train wreck in Amarillo, TX. Although the box was in pretty bad condition, all of the contents were in working order!

    • Good catch, I changed the photo on the guide so it should be updated in just a bit!

      I completely understand that "worm hole" dynamic. I live in a similar one due to how new my house is. Heck, we didn't get our ballots here because USPS didn't have our address on file yet!

      • Member #134773 / about 2 years ago / 2

        Hey, at least my package was only a week late. I just saw a report about a letter that was mailed during World War II that was delivered a few days ago -- it was found in Pittsburgh, and I think they said that it was addressed to Massachusettes!

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