Turn your Zero Pi into a USB Dongle

The $5 Raspberry Pi Zero is a standalone computer that can be embedded in various applications, but maybe now it is time to add some extra features.
It comes with a USB OTG port, meaning it can function as a USB device rather than a USB host. Thus, it can become a serial device with just a USB cable, an Ethernet device, MIDI device, camera, or just about anything else you can plug into a USB port.
Nova spirit has turned his Raspberry Pi Zero into a USB gadget, just like a RNDIS modem, with some easy steps. He aims to get the maximum benefit out of a Pi Zero without having to lug around any cables: “Just plug it in and you’re networked”
His hack turned the Zero Pi into a USB dongle with shared internet, and he could install services like webmin, own cloud, and vnc making it a great all-in-one device!
With minimal soldering, he converted the Zero’s onboard female USB jacks into a male USB plug.

You only need:

  • male USB connector
  • 4 wires
  • some soldering skills Then you can follow the diagram to connect the male connector to Zero Pi
    How to ‘dong lify’ the Raspberry Zero Pi as Nova spirit suggests

    1. Attach the Raspberry Pi Zero running Pixel OS to your computer as a USB network device
    2. Set up VNC (Virtual Network Computing) on the Pi so that you can log into its desktop in a window
    3. Set up networking on the Pi so that it can connect to the wider Internet through the laptop
    4. Install Own Cloud so that the Zero serves as a cloud storage

Nova spirit guy is not the first who converted the Raspberry Pi Zero into a USB gadget that connects to the internet, but the most interesting thing about his project that you won’t lose any functionality of you Zero Pi; you can still plug your stuff and use it in your applications.
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