In this tutorial, you will learn how to install V2 Cloud RPi Zero Client on your Raspberry Pi 4. You will need an SD card to download our client. This is to use the V2 Cloud app on a Raspberry Pi 4 instead of a conventional PC.
Download V2 Cloud RPi thin client image
Go to https://v2cloud.com/download and select Download for Raspberry Pi
Install Raspberry Pi Imager application
Go to https://www.raspberrypi.org/software, download and install proper Raspberry Pi Imager based on your current operating system.
Install V2 Cloud RPi thin client image to microSD card
1. Put the microSD card you’ll use into the card reader and connect to your computer.
2. Run Raspberry Pi Imager.
3- Click CHOOSE OS and select Erase.
4. Click CHOOSE SD CARD and carefully select your microSD card, not your other drivers.
5. Click WRITE to erase your microSD card. All data in your microSD card will be erased, so make sure to store your important data in the microSD card elsewhere.
6. Click YES to continue.
7. Click CONTINUE when it is done.
8. Repeat Step 3 but select Use custom option, then File Dialog will be displayed. You need to navigate and select the downloaded V2 Cloud RPi thin client image, then click Open.
9. Repeat Step 5 – 6 . Note that the process will take about 20 – 25 minutes, so feel free to take a break. A confirmation dialog will appear if everything is okay.
10. Congratulations! You successfully install the V2 Cloud RPi thin client image into your microSD card. You can close the Raspberry Pi Imager and remove the microSD card from your computer.
After preparing your microSD card with V2 Cloud RPi thin client image, now you can insert the card to your Raspberry Pi 4, connect monitor(s), mouse, keyboard, Ethernet cable to it and turn on the power. Note that it will automatically setup and reboot several times.
If you use Ethernet cable, then your Raspberry Pi 4 is automatically connected to the Internet as shown in the figure below.
Automatically connected to Internet with Ethernet cable
If you use Wifi, then you need to take a few more steps to connect to the Internet.
No Internet connection, if not using Ethernet cable
1. Click on the Wifi icon on the top left corner.
2. Choose your Wifi network and enter a password to connect. If you don’t see your Wifi network, close the dialog and repeat step 1.
3. The Wifi icon will be changed as shown below.
4. You may need to wait a few seconds to see the login screen.
1. Click on the Monitor icon on the top left corner.
2. Display Settings dialog will be displayed as shown below.
3. It will display the current resolution and position settings of connected monitors.
4. Change the display resolution and position of each monitor as you want then click Apply changes. Note that your Raspberry Pi 4 will be automatically restarted in order to apply your new settings.
1. Click on the Gear icon on the top left corner.
2. Settings dialog will be displayed as shown below.
3. You can select your preferred speaker, microphone and webcam. Note that, Raspberry Pi 4 has no built-in microphone device, the microphone and webcam in the figure above come from a connected USB webcam.
4. Those buttons in red squares are used to scan the corresponding available devices. For example, after you connect your USB webcam with a built-in microphone you can click those buttons to rescan available devices.
5. The Connection section contains options for connecting through RDP
- Check Always use RDP to always access your remote desktop through RDP connection instead of Webconnect.
- Check Use all monitors to open RDP connection in dual screen (if you have 2 monitors connected).
- Check Play sound on this computer to redirect sound from your remote desktop to Raspberry Pi.
- Check Record from microphone of this computer to redirect the connected microphone device from your Raspberry Pi 4 to your remote computer. Note that, you must have your microphone connected because Raspberry Pi 4 has no built-in microphone.
- Check Always redirect camera when using RPD to automatically open preferred camera and redirect it from Raspberry Pi 4 to your remote desktop. Note that, you must have your camera connected because Raspberry Pi 4 has no built-in camera.
- Select your printers to redirect to your remote desktop from Raspberry Pi 4. You can hold CTRL key and click to select/unselect a printer.
Shutdown and Reboot
Click on the Power icon on the top left corner to access Shutdown and Reboot option as shown below