Setting Up a Raspberry Pi for Dev Side-projects

The Raspberry Pi is a great device for dev side-projects, such as a home media station, an IoT device, or a local server. Here are some of my go-to configurations when setting one up.

Booting with Connectivity

  • Create a wpa_supplicant.conf in the boot directory for wireless connections
  • Create a ssh file in the boot directory to enable SSH


  • OpenSSH options are set in /etc/ssh/sshd_config
# disable root login
PermitRootLogin no

# allow only specific users
AllowUsers user1 user2

# allow only specific groups
AllowGroups groupA groupB

# change sshd port number
Port 123

# change login grace time
LoginGraceTime 1m

# restrict the interface to login

# disconnect ssh when no activity
ClientAliveInterval 300
ClientAliveCountMax 0


Add User and Password

sudo /usr/sbin/useradd --groups sudo -m user123
sudo passwd user123

Reset Root Password

sudo passwd root

Disable Default Pi Account

sudo passwd --lock pi
Nicholas Nadeau, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Nicholas Nadeau, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Project Director

Nicholas Nadeau is the project director at Halodi Robotics, leading their mission of bringing safe and capable humanoid robots to everyone.