This article shows you how to install Kodi on Raspberry Pi 3 or Raspberry Pi 2. We show you the cost, the pros & cons, the Top 10 Raspberry Pi 2 uses, and even how to install Kodi on RPi 2.
- Related: Raspberry Pi 3 overview
How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi 2
To install Kodi on RaspberryPi 2, simply extract the PINN zip file (free – download from GitHub) to a blank MicroSD card and boot up your RPi 2. Then select “OpenELEC” from the main menu and let it download and install OpenELEC (aka KODI) onto your RPi. Voila!
Raspberry Pi 2 Cost
RPi 2 costs around $40 after shipping. It’s available from various retailers around the Internet, so look around! See below for a short list of the best Raspberry Pi sellers on the globe:
Where to Buy Raspberry Pi 2
- CanaKit is one of the oldest retailers of RPis.
- Adafruit is another strong seller.
- Amazon carries plenty of Raspberry Pi units. They may or may not carry “older” Raspberry Pi’s, but there’s only 1 way to find out: look for yourself.
Raspberry Pi 2 vs Raspberry Pi 3
Raspberry Pi 2 Advantages
- More power than Raspberry Pi Zero or Zero W
Raspberry Pi 2 Disadvantages
- Not as powerful as Raspberry Pi 3, which is powerful enough to run Nintendo 64 emulators or even full-featured operating systems like Ubuntu Linux desktop edition.
What is Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is essentially a computer. It might not be as powerful as your laptop or desktop computer, but it essentially makes up for it in size.
Size of RPi 2
The Raspberry Pi has the size of a credit card and its purpose is simple: helping people to learn how to code, in a very cost-effective way.
Raspberry Pi LineUp
There are 4 different versions of the Raspberry Pi, including the Zero, the 1, the 2 and the 3. They’re all priced at around 35 dollars (with the exceptions of the Zero at $5 and premium kits, which are slightly more expensive, although they feature a wider variety of content).
The Raspberry Pi is cost effective and very basic, but it offers a ton of features. With RPi you get more functionalities and possibilities than what you would expect from its limited size and really simple interface.
How to Add a Web Browser to Your TV with Raspberry Pi
One of the most common “hacks” that people do with their Raspberry Pi is to use this tiny and affordable computer as a way to add web browsing capability to their TVs, since it can easily be used to connect to the internet and to any television screen with an A/V out.
Use Raspberry Pi as Printer Server
Some people even connect their Raspberry Pis to various external devices, including printers.
Or Use Raspberry Pi as NAS (Network Attached Storage)
One common use for Raspberry Pi is to use it as a “server” for external storage drives (hard drives!). So, yes – you can turn these devices into a cool home network.
DIY Raspberry Pi WiFi Repeater / Range Extender
Another really cool thing is that Raspberry Pis can also be used as WiFi range extenders. This helps your Wi-Fi signal become stronger and more reliable in your home or business. This is not the easiest configuration to setup and it requires a bit of tweaking, but it is certainly an amazing possibility…one of the many offered by this wonderful device!