The easiest thing would be to get a USB hub, but I wanted a minimalist approach. No screen, keyboard, mouse. This method only requires a wireless dongle. So I did some sleuthing on the old Interweb and stumbled and David Maitland's blog.
My approach varies slightly from his, that is why I describe it here:
get access to Raspberry Pi Zero on the network by:
- downloading Raspbian Jessie and dump the image on a microSD card using your PC
- taking another Raspberry Pi, a B+, inserting the 'Zero' microSD card in it
- hooking this up to the network (or screen, keyboard and mouse)
- booting the Pi B+
- modifying the file /etc/network/interfaces file
specifically: add 'auto wlan0' as a separate line above 'allow-hotplug wlan0'
- modifying the file /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
specifically: add to the end of this file
" psk="MYNETWORKPASSWORD" proto=RSN key_mgmt=WPA-PSK pairwise=CCMP auth_alg=OPEN }
Obviously you will replace MYNETWORKNAME and MYNETWORKPASSWORD with your specific values.
- gracefully shut down the B+
- take the microSD card from the B+ and insert it into the Zero
- attach a wireless dongle to the Zero's USB port
- boot the Zero, it should work. If not, check the entries you made for the network values.