Follow our instructions to create your own DAKboard on a display of your choosing using a Raspberry or Orange Pi!
Not into DIY? Check out the Shop to purchase a DAKboard CPU!
Sign up and configure DAKboard:
If you haven’t already done so, create an account and configure DAKboard Screen. You will find plenty of helpful how-to articles in our blog and support site to help you set up your screen just the way you want it!
Choosing your Display:
The Raspberry and Orange Pi need a Display to show your DAKboard Screen. Any available HD display that fits the space with an HDMI input is likely up to the job, but there are a few things that can make your experience a bit better with DAKboard that you can look out for.
- IPS Displays offer the best viewing angles. This will allow you to see your screen clearly from any angle in the room.
- CEC Technology will allow your Raspberry Pi to turn on and off the display at set intervals, also known as Sleep Schedules. CEC feature is sometimes hard to locate, most monitors include this technology and some TVs do.
Choosing your Pi (Flavor):
The most critical step will be to choose the right Pi computer. DAKboard OS works best on the Raspberry Pi3B+ and Pi4B with 2GB or more, and now on the Orange Pi 3 LTS. The Raspberry Pi Zero 2W and Pi 3A may be used for basic Screen configurations and are not recommended for video due to lower memory. Keep in mind your display’s capabilities (Ultra-wide HD, Ultra-wide 2K, Full HD, 2K, or 4K) when choosing your Pi. Please see the following grid for a feature comparison.
|Model||WiFi||Ethernet||Ultra-Wide HD||Ultra-Wide 2K||HD||2K/4K||Dual HDMI||Video|
|RPi Zero 2W||X||X|
|RPi 4B (2GB+)||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|OPi 3 LTS||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|OPi 4 LTS||X||X||X||X||X||X|
Raspberry Pi kits can be purchased from a variety of retailers. You will need a case, a Power Supply, and an HDMI cable for your Raspberry Pi.
Load up your DAKboard OS:
Also needed will be a Micro SD card that holds the operating system. We provide DAKboard OS for free to anyone, including instructions on how to install and configure it. You can get these instructions from the links below:
Raspberry Pi - Download and Install the DAKboard OS
Orange Pi - Download and Install DAKboard OS
Your Micro SD card should be 8GB or larger. Alternatively, you can purchase a Pre-loaded DAKboard OS from the shop to load into your Raspberry Pi or Orange Pi 3 LTS.
Put it all Together:
Now that you have your Raspberry Pi, your display, and your DAKboard account you can get setup
- If your Pi requires assembly in a case, follow the instructions provided to do so and load in your pre-configured SD card, or the SD card you created.
- Get your display up and running, plug in the HDMI cable, and set it to the corresponding input.
- Plug the HDMI into the Pi and connect the power cord.
- Get connected to your network and set your orientation and resolution settings on DAKboard by following Setup - DAKboard CPU/ Micro SD Card tutorial.