I just bought a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B starter kit. I am a Windows 10 user and I don't have a monitor. I wanted to use Putty to access to my Pi and followed this tutorial.

In order to find my Raspberry Pi's IP address, I downloaded the Advanced IP Scanner and the Pi Finder.

Pi Finder cannot find anything.

Advanced IP Scanner shows me this result: enter image description here

Since the status indicator is gray, I believe there is no traffic between my laptop and my Pi. The LEDs on the board are green(right) and orange(left).

If I try to SSH into my Pi via Putty, with the IP address, I get "Network error: Connection timed out" error.

This is my first boot by the way.

What could the problem be?

  • Did you complete the setup of your Pi before trying to SSH into it?
    – tlhIngan
    Commented Jun 26, 2016 at 18:42
  • @tlhIngan What kind of setup are you talking about? I thought I would be able to do the setup once I ssh into it. Can I do the setup with my laptop? Sorry, first time Pi user here. Commented Jun 26, 2016 at 18:50

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Just like a PC, you need to install the OS first. I personally prefer downloading an OS image and writing it to a card, but some people prefer the NOOB installer (that's it's actual name). For NOOBS, follow these instructions. To download a Raspbian (or other OS) image and write it to a card yourself, follow these instructions instead.

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    Well, I have an SD card pre-imaged with NOOBS, but I guess I need to connect it to a monitor and a keyboard first, to do all the configurations. I will try it tomorrow and will let you know. Commented Jun 26, 2016 at 20:12
  • @massakrienen Yes. NOOB isn't an OS, it's a downloader and installer for a number of OS's. :)
    – tlhIngan
    Commented Jun 26, 2016 at 20:16
  • Oh I see, I am downloading the Raspbian now then. This should work. Commented Jun 26, 2016 at 20:39
  • Yep, by connecting my Pi to a monitor, I was able to access it. Turns out the Advanced IP Scanner got the wrong IP address. Thanks anyways. Commented Jun 27, 2016 at 19:05

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