Thank you for purchasing your Raspberry Pi Kit from CAROBOT and welcome to the Raspberry Pi community.
KODI is a free open-source media centre evolved from XBMC (Xbox Media Centre). Yes, you can install Ubuntu or Raspbian and run KODI on top of the Linux OS. However, by using LibreELEC as a underlying OS, your media centre experience will be much better because LibreELEC is built for just running KODI.
Our CAROBOT KODI Media Centre with Raspberry Pi 3 B (Pre-loaded) already include a microSD card preloaded with the latest version of LibreELEC so all you have to do a plug it in and power it up. Previous version of our kit is pre-loaded with OpenELEC.
- Power up your Raspberry Pi. Now it is time to turn on the Raspberry Pi. Connect a 5V microUSB power supply to the Raspberry Pi (make sure the power supply is rated for at least 1A [2A is recommended]). The red LED on your Raspberry should turn on indicating that there is power. After seeing a colour wheel/square on your monitor, you should end up at this menu:
- [Optional] Change Hostname. If you want the Hostname of your Media Centre, change it here. You can change it in the LibreELEC/OpenELEC setting afterward.
- Connect to your Network. If you are using an Ethernet connection, KODI will automatically connect to your Network. Otherwise, the Raspberry Pi 3’s onboard Wi-Fi adapter will search for nearby Wi-Fi network. Find your Wi-Fi SSID in the list and connect to it by clicking on your Network’s name.
- SSH and Samba. SSH is used for accessing your Media Centre through a console using another device. Samba is used for file sharing with another device. Keep SSH Disabled and Samba Enabled if you are not sure what they are.
- Congratulation, your KODI Media Centre is good to go.