I would like to know how to access the raspberry pi using only the usb cable used to power it.

Is there a way to setup an IP connection through the micro USB port it like we do with firewire equipment?

The setup I would like to achieve:

  • connect the raspberry pi to my laptop with the USB cable.
  • connect to all the IP services on the raspberry pi without any other wires.

Is it possible?



The micro USB power connection does not provide any data connection. You could back-power the Pi with one of the other USB data ports, but at the risk of frying your Raspberry Pi. You can read more about this in an article I wrote about powering a Raspberry Pi.

Additionally, there isn't any way to use IP protocol over USB that I know of. At a minimum, you would need to run an ethernet cord from your laptop to your Raspberry Pi or add a wifi dongle to your raspberry pi in combination with a wireless router.

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