Travel tip: A tip to set up your Raspberry Pi in your motel room
I am writing this post from a motel in the Mammoth Lakes area, California. Have you ever been in a situation where you had to verify something on a Raspberry Pi for a presentation/interview sitting in a motel room? As soon as I walked into my motel room today, I noticed these (shown in the picture below) TV input ports on the wall.
It occurred to me that it is possible to power a Raspberry Pi using the USB port (+ micro USB cable), use the TV as a monitor for the Raspberry Pi (via HDMI).Given the Raspberry Pi B+,A+ (and the Raspberry Pi 2)’s low power consumption, this should work like a charm.
In order to conduct such experiments, the following would be needed:
- Raspberry Pi (A+,B+ or the v2)
- MicroB USB cable
- HDMI cable
Since the total current draw from the TV USB port is limited to 500mA,it might not be possible to connect a wireless adapter to connect to the internet(+some motels charge USD 4.99 per device for WiFi use).
Have you ever tried something like this before? Let us know. I plan to test this on my next road trip and share my observations.